Archive | October, 2011

Artsy Spot: Davis & Cline

31 Oct

As the hubby and I travel, we love to explore and see what the surrounding area has to offer.  While living in Grants Pass, Oregon, we’ve come to love the nearby artsy town of Ashland.  While other galleries in Ashland cater more to local work, Davis & Cline Gallery, in the Railroad District, carries a variety of exceptional work by both emerging and established artists recognized both regionally and nationally.

Davis & Cline, exterior

As we walked in the front doors of the gallery, I immediately fell in love with the current show, Out of the Woods, featuring work by Christian Burchard and Haley Farthing.  Burchard’s madrone wood sculptures are stunning in their simplicity and texture, full of organic elegance.  A perfect complement to the rich, milky warmth of Burchard’s sculptures are Farthing’s subtle pastel and ink wood panel paintings.  Look for more on these two artists soon!

Out of the Woods, Christian Burchard & Haley Farthing

Throughout the gallery, the space is well lit and the placement of the work a well-designed mixture of two-dimensional work and sculpture.

Davis & Cline, interior

Davis & Cline has a world class collection of glass work and it is showcased beautifully, both in naturally lit and a specifically designed “dark room”.  It is a space worthy of exhibiting the prismatic beauty of world renown artists like Dale Chihuly ( check out some of Chihuly’s 2-d work hanging above! )

Davis & Cline, glass gallery

The gallerist was friendly yet, unobtrusive– exactly the feeling I like to get in a gallery.  Once we started talking, he was eager to tell me more about the artists and the gallery but never with a “salesman”-like attitude.  This is a gallery where both a serious collector and student would feel welcome and appreciated.

Check out the Davis & Cline website to see more of the artists they represent.  If you’re ever in Ashland, be sure to make a personal visit!

All images are via the Davis & Cline website.

Friday Faves: Spooktacular

28 Oct

You will never catch me watching a gory horror movie, so I’m not usually drawn to truly gruesome imagery.  But I do love a good spooky mystery, so just in time for Halloween, today’s round-up features some of my favorite frightful art!

Edison's Parable by Jamie Baldridge

Chair With Hand by Kim Kamens, thread, nails and wood, 48x72

Dolly Madison Zebra Stripe Death by Dirk Westphal, limited edition print, 11x14, 16x20 or 24x30

Phones by Melanie Pullen

To see more of these artists awesomely creepy work, please visit their websites listed below.  Happy Halloween!

1.  Jamie Baldridge

2.  Kim Kamens

3.  Dirk Westphal ( the print shown is available via ArtWeLove, but make sure to check out Dirk’s website, too! )

4.  Melanie Pullen 

Featured image is “Flock” by Kim Kamens, thread, nails & wood, 72×48.  All images are courtesy of the artist’s websites, unless otherwise noted.

From Earth to Wheel: Diana Kersey

27 Oct

Pottery is one of my favorite sculptural mediums.  Now, I’ve never personally done anything beyond elementary school-level pottery, but I have a deep appreciation for beautiful earthen forms.  Sculptor Diana Kersey’s vessels are a wonderful modern homage to folk-art pottery from around the world.

Untitled by Diana Kersey

Her basic forms are classical in shape, but her use of organic surface forms, such as the fish on the piece above, add a modern, whimsical quality to her work.

Untitled by Diana Kersey

And her use of repetition recalls ancient Greek pottery, but the texture and high-relief reminds us that this work is completely contemporary.  Her rich, warm glazes create really stunning silhouettes.

Untitled by Diana Kersey

Pierced Fish Pot by Diana Kersey

Please check out Diana’s website for more images of her work.  If you’re in San Antonio, you can see her work on the Millrace & Mullberry Bridges!

Featured image is Bird Jar ( detail ).  All images are courtesy of the artist’s website.

Vintage Vignettes: Anna Magruder

26 Oct

There’s something you should know about me, Artsies.  I grew up completely immersed in the styles of past eras.  My dad loves “classic Chevy’s“, that’s 1955, ’56 & ’57 Chevrolets, for those not in the know, and a lot of our family time revolved around my parents’ involvement in a local classic car club.  The adults I grew up around reveled in the cars, clothes and music of the past.  So I kind of automatically have love for anything with a retro-ish vibe.  Enter Anna Magruder’s artwork.

Amphibious, oil on canvas, 16x16

This Portland artist looks back at the people and images of the past, re-imagining their lives and stories.  These re-imaginings have a dreamlike quality to them, like old photos you’ve found in the family photo box, yet know one knows who they are or the stories behind them.

Book Of Poems, oil on canvas, 16x16

Her muted color palette further reinforces the vintage feel of her work, so that they read almost like the faded Kodachrome images of the past.

Cheer, oil on canvas, 12x12

Big Wheel, oil on canvas, 16x12

To see more of Anna Magruder’s work, please visit her website.

Featured image is Observer ( Mediator ), oil on canvas, 16×16.

The Artsy Home: Show-ing Off

25 Oct

As promised, here’s our 2nd Christina Baker feature of the day.  The fabulous Mrs. Baker has four (!) pieces of artwork featured in the Nashville Southern Living Showcase Home.  So I thought it would be fun to give you a peek at her work in this beautifully designed space.

Commissioned work for master bedroom, Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, acrylic on canvas, 48x48

Master bedroom, Lazy Day, acrylic on canvas, 30x40

Master Bedroom Inspiration Board, Southern Living Showcase Home

Art Powered By Passion, Coffee and Big Talent: Christina Baker

25 Oct

I have a confession to make, Artsies.  I have been remiss.  Since the beginning of Artsy Forager, I’ve had Christina Baker listed as a Pick of the Crop artist, and save for a few mentions in Friday Faves and The Artsy Home, I have yet to feature her!  Shame, shame, shame!!  So to make it up to the lovely and always supportive, Christina, today you’re getting a two-fer!!  One now and watch for a special The Artsy Home feature later.

The House My Heart Built, acrylic on canvas, 18x18

This self-taught artist’s work is ever-evolving and intuitive.  One of my favorite games to play with Christina’s abstract work is “What Do You See?”.  In every piece, there is something that is familiar, yet fresh.  In one instance, I may think I see a representation of one thing, but then I go back, take a second look and see something completely different.

Cloud Animals, acrylic on canvas, 8x8

Her use of color and light creates soft, yet powerful imagery, the kind of work that translates easily between contemporary and more traditional aesthetics.

Moondrops, acrylic on canvas, 18x18

Watching the Grass Grow, acrylic on canvas, 30x30

I hope you loved Christina’s work as much as I obviously do.  To see more, please visit her website!  In Nashville, her work can be seen at York & Friends and at the Southern Living Showcase Home until November 6th ( more on that later!! ).  For Atlanta folks, check her out at Gregg Irby Fine Art.

Featured image is The Garden Inside of His Heart, acrylic on canvas, 24×24.  All images via the artist’s website.

Miniature Manifestations: Laurel Bustamante

24 Oct

Birds have a long history of symbolism in art.  Their meanings through the years have been as varied as their colors.   Oregon artist Laurel Bustamante has taken the symbolism a step further, creating imaginary birds that represent what it may feel like to be a bird.

The Pearlfisher #2, gouache and acrylic on clayboard, 5x7

But these are not expressionistic paintings in that typically wild, emotive kind of way.  Instead, they are thoughtful studies of mystery and coquettishness of small birds.

Nigthbird in Pompeii, acrylic and gouache on panel, 8x10

These diminutive paintings have an old world, ancient quality to them, but feel modern in their isolated composition.

Bluebird, acrylic and gouache on panel, 8x10

Nocturne in Brazil, acrylic and gouache on panel, 8x10

You can find more of Laurel Bustamante’s work on her ArtSlant profile ( I was unable to locate a website for her ), or on the websites of a number of galleries in which her work is featured:  Augen Gallery, Davis & Cline, Lora Schlesinger and REM Gallery just to name a few.  Flit like a little bird and visit them all!

Featured image is Nightwatch #1, gouache and acrylic on clayboard, 5×7, via REM Gallery.

Friday Faves: Think Pink

21 Oct

In honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, this Friday Faves round up is dedicated to the color pink.  Pink is the color of femininity, yes, but it is also becoming a symbol of positivity and the power to overcome.  This month and always, Artsy Forager encourages you to Think Pink– breast cancer is a threat to us all, but what an encouragement it is to see so many women ( and men ) winning their battle!  I hope you’ll consider making a donation or linking to The Pink Fund on your blog of Facebook page, look for the link at the bottom of the post.

Rabbit Girl by Denise Nestor, acrylic on canvas, 20×30

Lilly by Michelle Armas, acrylic on canvas, 18×18

Monet’s Dahlia, acrylic on canvas, 36×30

Torn Dress by M.A. Tateishi, mixed media and resin on board, 36×48

Mariposa by Sarah Ashley Longshore

To see more of today’s featured artists’ work, please visit their websites:

1.  Denise Nestor

2.  Michelle Armas

3.  Lisa Ernst

4.  M.A. Tateishi

5.  Sarah Ashley Longacre 

Don’t forget to check out The Pink Fund, a non-profit whose mission is to provide short-term financial aid to women and men who are in active treatment for and recovery from breast cancer.  Getting well shouldn’t mean financial ruin.

Abstracted Ambiguity: John Dempcy

20 Oct

Georges Braque said,  “There is only one valuable thing in art. The thing you can’t explain”.  The best of abstract art is, in my opinion, work that is so ambiguous that trying to explain it is kind of pointless.  There are so many “things” it could be, could represent, that trying to nail it down just seems futile.  The work of Seattle artist John Dempcy strikes me as just that sort of work.

Mingling Fates, acrylic on panel, 36x36

His caleidoscopic-like imagery brings to mind microscopic organisms..

Inner Fictions, acrylic on panel, 40x30

.. or sea life..

Sea Nettles, acrylic on panel, 40x30

.. or the wonders of the universe..

Quantum Leap, acrylic on panel, 30x30

.. or whatever you would like to see.

Renewal, acrylic on panel, 36x36

If you’re intrigued by John Demcy’s work, as I am, please visit his website.  I first saw his work at Augen Gallery in Portland, but you’ll find a list of galleries all over the US in which his work is featured.  There’s bound to be one in your path!

Featured image is Deepwater, acrylic on panel, 48×36.  All images are via the artist’s website.

Milk And Honey Landscapes: Raquel Edwards

19 Oct

One of the things that really drew my hubby and I to the Pacific Northwest is the dynamic, breathtaking landscape.  For a photographer to be able to truly capture not only the natural beauty here, but the atmospheric mystery found in this place is no small thing.  Today’s artist, photographer Raquel Edwards‘ landscape imagery not only catches the physical elements of a place, but the magical feeling one might get being there.

Pacific Pine

Channel Markers

Waterfall

Sea Stack

Want to see more of Raquel Edwards’ work?  Please visit her website— make sure you check out her encaustic photography, too and her still lifes– tons of gorgeousness!  She’ll be showing in November at the Annie Meyer Artwork Gallery in Portland.

Featured image is Alders On Kachemak Bay.  All images are via the artist’s website.  

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