Upcoming Gallery Art Show Themes
August – Member Show – Focus on Drawing Media
September – Member Show – Focus on Mixed Media
Upcoming Featured Artists
Featured Artist – Amanda James ; Fine Craft – Melinda Small Paterson
Featured Artist – New Member Showcase ; Fine Craft – Eileen Milsap
About the Featured Artist: Amanda James
As an abstract landscape painter, I try to develop works which speak to the beauty of Oregon with an emphasis on color. In addition to watercolor, I use oil and cold wax and acrylic. I grew up in Southern California. I loved Oregon from the time I first visited as a young child. Upon retirement, I moved to this beautiful state. In addition to the array of trees in this state, my paintings are inspired by looking back to the periods of the Arts and Crafts movement and the artists of the WPA, Works Progress Administration, including my father Van James who painted murals in Northern California. I have studied under Ruth Armitage, Anji Grainger, Liz Walker and Harold Walkup. In addition I have taken numerous workshops in California and Oregon.
Current Exhibitions – Watercolor Society of Oregon – Spring Exhibition -Experimental Water Media, Emerald Spring Exhibition – Springfield Oregon Participation in numerous local shows at Oregon Society of Artists and Village Gallery of Arts
Professional Activities – I am a signature member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and serve as Secretary, Buffalo Grass Society, the Oregon Society of Artists.
About the Featured Crafter: Melinda Small Paterson
Melinda’s motivation as an artist is to transfer the images and motifs found in literature and myths into tangible objects we can hold in our hands. The ancient symbol of the labyrinth is the theme of her current textile sculptures, orbs with the path in fabric and paint. For her labyrinth paintings she chose encaustic because it feels good to touch it. You can follow the circuits with your fingers, whether it is painting is on the wall, or held on your lap. The paintings are not replicas of traditional labyrinths but rather designs she developed because she wanted circuits that are more satisfying to follow. The meanders have formulas to their structure and she is still exploring the new forms they can take. Rodin’s idea has inspired her: “An art that has life in it does not restore the works of the past, but continues them.”
Melinda lives in Cedar Mill, was born in the year of the dragon, practices yoga and tribal belly dance. She grew up in Colorado, camping and skiing with a family of artists, photographers, woodworkers, gardeners and musicians who were funny, inventive, and respectful of the mountains. Her love of nature is the bedrock of her art career which has involved graphics, calligraphy, silk-screens, watercolors, beading, sculpture and costuming for theater and dance troupes and fun.
She produced dolls and doll patterns of folklore characters and taught doll workshops in cloth, polymer and porcelain for twenty years. Miniatures were her focus when she taught workshops on scale-replica wicker furniture. Two of her doll houses have won the top prizes at west coast miniature shows, and featured in articles in miniatures magazines. Her dolls earned her Artisan standing in the International Guild of Miniature Artisans (IGMA) and her work can be seen in many art doll books and at the Rosalie Whyel Museum of Doll Art. For seven years she was a volunteer in the Art Literacy Program in public schools. Visit her website to see more of her work.
Please join us on Sunday August 11th, 2pm – 4pm at the gallery for our monthly Artists Reception. Come meet the artists! The public is welcome!
About Village Gallery of Arts
Village Gallery is a non-profit educational art gallery in operation since 1963.
12505 NW Cornell Road, Portland, OR 97229, next to the Cedar Mill Library
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