Painting Sticks with Light: Angelita Surmon

By Maria Simon What really knocks me out about Angelita Surmon’s work is her uncanny ability to go directly into the chaos of lines and layers of tangled branch and twig; into the complexity of shadow and reflection; and to arrive at peace and quiet. Her current paintings on canvas and fused glass are derived […]

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Harmony and Dissonance in the work of Kim Lakin

by Jason Kappus Most of our everyday interactions with textiles are utilitarian and the processes behind clothing, quilts, and rugs seem governed by traditions and rules, the idea that there is a right way to do something, that if instructions are executed properly the desired product will be achieved.  In contrast, Kim Lakin’s fiber work […]

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Artists interview each other: Andrea McFarland and Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley

What do Kamala Dolphin Kingsley and Andrea McFarland have in common? As artists, their subject matter, style and use of medium are quite different. In age they are a generation apart. Yet they both share a love of nature, gardening, and the mysterious, darker side of things. They are also both artists who spent their […]

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Katy McFadden’s Figurative Grace

By Careen Stoll A visit to Katy McFadden’s studio and garden overlooking Tryon Creek State Park seems like dropping into a forest dreamworld.   McFadden makes prints and ceramic sculpture: her interaction with the natural world yields figures in the garden that seem more to have come there of their own will because they found it […]

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Liv Rainey-Smith: Revealing Woodcuts

by Morgan Madison Liv Rainey-Smith is a Portland, OR based printmaker.  She was first introduced to the medium while earning her BFA from Oregon College of Arts and Crafts.  I meet Liv Rainey-Smith at Atelier Meridian, the print making studio and arts community in North Portland where she creates her wonderfully imaginative woodcut prints.  It […]

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