Works of Faith exhibit features two Portland Open Studios artists: Jan Von Bergen & Susan Gallacher-Turner.

Text Panel by Jan VonBergen

Works of Faith, juried art exhibit, is a mixed media art show featuring paintings, prints, drawings and sculpture that express faith and a celebration of the gifts of God and discovery of God’s presence in human life.

Jan Von Bergen’s print piece, Text Panel, won honorable mention and a $100 cash prize. The print’s title refers to a textile panel of cloth or clothing representing a spiritual message, the Ginkgo leaves represent the timelessness and importance of a spiritual word or message in a persons life. Susan Gallacher-Turner’s copper repoussé piece, Reflection, symbolizes the flow of love and spirit into the world creating true joy and peace.

Reflection by Susan Gallacher-Turner

Works of Faith show at First Presbyterian Church opened October 25th runs through January 3, 2010. Gallery located at 1200 S.W. Alder Street in downtown Portland.

Two Portland Open Studios Artists work goes to Japan.

Barbed Bird Carole Zoom
Barbed Bird by Carole Zoom

Carole Zoom’s wood block prints and Andy Paiko’s blown glass vases were among the gifts taken by Mayor Sam Adams on his Goodwill Trade Tour of Japan.

When city staffers visited Carole Zoom’s studio during Portland Open Studios tour in October, they saw a connection between Carole’s prints and Japan’s long history of wood-block printing. The City chose five of Carole’s wood-block prints depicting Oregon flora and fauna.

Visiting Andy Paiko’s studio, the city staffers watched him work and selected his blown glass vases and orbs to make the trip to Japan. The Goodwill Trade Tour, October 30-November 6 included a stop in our ‘sister’ city of Sapporo.

Bottles by Andy Paiko

You can watch videos of Carole and Andy talking about their work selected to go to Japan, just click on Mayor Sam Adam’s video the video link