I am honored to be able to show my work in some of the best galleries in the west. These originals can be seen in Yachats, OR at Earthworks Gallery, The American Art Company in Tacoma, Wa, Dodson’s in Spokane, WA, Pendleton Art and Frame in Pendleton, OR, Valley Bronze in Joseph, OR, Caswell Bronze in Troutdale, OR, Wenaha Gallery in Dayton, WA, Eagle Art Gallery in Eagle, ID, The Depot in Red Lodge, Mt and Moccasin Mountain Art in Lewistown, MT.
I am very pleased to work with these galleries who in my opinion, represent their artist well. That is so important to an artist to have a gallery or galleries that promote your work and really try to sell the art pieces. And ones that pay promptly, according to your agreement, when works sell.
When you are in these towns and cities, please visit these fine businesses and be prepared to be treated well as a customer too!
Pastel Dust…Quick Draw/Quick Finish | Bonnie Zahn Griffith – Blog.
You get anywhere from 30 minutes to 3 or more hours to complete a piece of art. It is adrenalin producing, energy charged time for the artist and a smorgasbord of art options for the collector. Lots of art centers and other art venues host these as part of their fund raising activities. I love them. I like the challenge and I like the interaction with the collectors! The quick draw usually indicates that the piece of art with be completed in total during the given time frame. The Quick finish is just that…a piece of art is started before the event and then just finished at the event. Sometimes artists will complete the entire work during the quick finish, however.
A favorite, challenging quick Draw is the event held in Miles City, MT. where the artist has the challenge of completing a piece of art on 30 minutes that is then auctioned in a live auction in a downtown city park. Another is a more leisure 1 1/2 hour QD at the Festival of Arts at the Joseph, OR that is held in their community center amidst all the art from the festival and with live music and a silent auction of the newly created work. Added to these two great events is a new fave…the Art in the Beartooths to support the Carbon County Art Guild. I was invited to participate in this event this July 11 and it proved to be a grand time. We painted anywhere on the property of the center from 9-2. Your choice of a start from the scratch approach or applying the finishing touches To an already started painting . I decided to paint from beginning to end and with abundant time, it was pretty stress free. This venue, being in the destination spot of Red Lodge, MT is a gem. The setting, in the foothills of the Beartooth Mountains, is inspirational in of itself. The staff was delightful to work with and were most attentive to artists’ needs. The QF culminated with a benefit dinner and live auction under a big tent in the park beside the art center.
My creation was done in pastel…I think the only pastel at the event. I decided on painting some favorite things…Creekside willows in the early spring when they are this incredible orange color, still snow on the ground in places and streams running free of ice. I worked about 3 hours on a 24×12 vertical painting that gave me the feeling I wanted to project. I had plenty of time to visit wth old friends, students of mine and new acquaintances. As a result, we are looking at a workshop three next fall (2016) to coincide with the opening of my solo show there opening September 2.
And “March Willow” sold well.
Next plein air painting in the Columbia Gorge Plein Air event AUGUST 3-7 in Hood River, OR
In the last blog I talked about the Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts in Joseph, Or and the Quick Draw event. There’s a lot more to this area than just the Art Festival. Every time I go Joseph I come home with a bunch of images. It is truly a beautiful valley. When you leave Walla Walla you head south down to Weston and then take the cut off (Winn Road) that takes you over Tollgate in the Blue Mountains to Elgin, OR (that’s SR 204) Once you leave Elgin you take SR 82 on to Joseph. You go down the side of a steep canyon and at the bottom you cross the Big Canyon Creek where the Wallowa River and it meet and flow down to meet the Grand Rhonde. The views are breathtaking as the valley opens up as you go through Wallowa, the Lostine and Enterprise before reaching Joseph which sits near Wallowa Lake a huge body of water from which the Wallowa River flow. It is tucked right up next to these big mountains with lots of cabins and luxury homes all along the shorelines.
If you drive north and east of Joseph, you go through the Zumwalt Prairie and you will gradually come to the Buckhorn Overlook where you can see the Hells Canyon of the Snake river and the Imnaha converge. It is rugged, colorful, beautiful country.
Whenever I go, I take painting supplies and manage to get out and do some plein air painting. Last spring we drove to the Buckhorn Overlook and on the way back you could see the ground cover that is pinkish flourishing, leaving the grasslands with a pink haze to them. Lots of thunder storms in the spring and dramatic skies to paint as well. the piece on the left was done before a big rain storm broke loose that sent rivers of water running down the tire tracks of the gravel road!
We stay at a little B&B outside of town and the roads getting to it go along some swampy area where there are lots of cattails and willows. The red winged blackbirds love that area and I spent quite a bit of time trying to get some good shots of the birds sitting on the cattails.
another note is that in the spring of the year, there is such a range of greens in the foliage. It is quite the sight.
I am going back to Joseph in August to paint at Kelly’s Gallery during the Blues Festival (Aug 13-14) . I look forward to that and think the weather will be hot and sunny, maybe less green but still impressive, just the same. Joseph is a great little town to explore and it, along with Enterprise and surrounds have a wealth of great artists. One is never at a loss to find some good art and sculpture in this destination!