Interview of Deborah Marble

I am so excited about this idea.  Karen Lewis,  PDXOS artist #6, is interviewing all the artists in her area.  This is such a great idea.  I hope all the artists on the tour go out and interview each other.  Let’s get some excitement generated for the tour!

Here is here first interview, of Deborah Marble, Artist #7.

Deborah Marble has been interested in drawing people since childhood. Years of experience in drawing and painting from life have given her a unique way of expressing the human figure. She was a courtroom sketch artist for many years, before cameras were allowed in courtrooms. There she learned to work quickly, putting down on paper the distinguishing features of faces, the nuances of body language. Scenes surrounding people are suggested in a few lines and shapes, just enough to set them in place. There is a tangible emotional quality in her drawn line and painted gesture, as she shows people in daily activities.

Whether she is working from life, from photos, or from memories, Deborah focuses on the people around her, known and unknown. Sometimes a few minutes are all she needs to capture a likeness. She especially likes watercolor for its “unique flowing and blending quality which suit my preference for rapid results.”

Visit Deborah’s studio on your tour to see her working space, tools and supplies, and the range of her figurative work. Throughout the day, Deborah plans to demonstrate her approach on small pieces.

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PDXOS artist Theresa Andreas=O’Leary will be showing at Art Elements Gallery from June 25th to July 18.

Artist’s Statement

“Hallowed Ground”
The voice of artist & seedlings chanting, “Save land, grow food.”
The changing landscape implores my brush to document memories.
Views of sacred hallowed ground in fields, open spaces and farms
dotting the contoured hillsides…revealing striated clay jory soil,
layered hues, connecting me, connecting us. Stewards of the land,
revering Mother Earth, we will remain.

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Portland’s Community Supported Art

As Portlanders, most of us are familiar with the acronym “CSA.” It usually stands for Community Supported Agriculture. However, there is a new CSA in town – “Community Supported Art”.

Portland Open Studios has designed a new program, PDX-CSA, similar to the more well-known CSA. In its first season, PDX-CSA offers three options for art collectors: Mixed Media, Figurative, and Ceramics. Considering project summaries and example works the artists have produced in the past; the collector pays $235–$300(depending on the collection); and receives later, upon completion, three pieces of art, one from each artist in the collection.
Providing funding in advance for artists to create new work supports the artists’ unique visions while allowing the buyers to follow the artists’ progress and enrich their understanding of how the art is made.

The focus of this exciting venture is to provide advance funding for artists to create new work and allow buyers to follow the progress and enrich their understanding of how the art is made. And all the work will be new, with each artist making no more than 20 pieces.

The collections are on sale for only a short window: May 8 – May 15 (unless they sell out). There will be an opening party on May 7 for artists and potential collectors at Ford Food + Drink, 5:30-7:30pm.

Learn about the 9 artists and other details at the PDX-CSA website.

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PDXOS artists show this weekend!!

The Lake Area Artists 49th annual show and sale is this weekend , Friday through Sunday.  Four PDXOS artists will be showing:  Janet Amundson-Splidsboel, Theresa Andreas-O’Leary, Gretha Lindwood, and Deborah Marble.

Lakewood Center for the Arts, 362 S. State Street, Lake Oswego

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Reception tonight!! PM Shore!!

Join PDXOS artist PM Shore for the  1st Thursday Art Show on April 2nd at 5-8pm.   Portland’5 Centers for the Arts
Antoinette Hatfield Hall
1111 SW Broadway
Portland, OR 97212

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Tour Surveys

We hope that you had the opportunity to go on the 2014 Portland Open Studios tour and visit artists’ studios.

Visitors Survey
If you did go on the tour, we would like to hear about your experience:
By filling out this survey you will be eligible for a prize drawing. The survey is intensive, but your feedback is incredibly valuable to us as we evaluate what happened this year and plan for next year.

If you did not attend the tour this year, we would like to know why:

Thank you for helping us continue to improve the tour experience.

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PDXOS artist Janet Amundson Splidsboel in Local 14 Art Show

PDXOS artist Janet Amundson Splidsboel’s small encaustic paintings  will be in The annual Local 14 Art Show and Sale at the World Forestry Center in Portland is coming up soon, Oct. 2-5 .

Here’s information on the show itself.


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“Entitled” at Glyph Cafe on October 2

Portland Open Studios artists Betsy LeVine and Suzy Kitman, along with previous PDXOS artists Amelia Opie, Anna Magruder, Carlie Leagjeld, Jennifer Feeney, Quin Sweetman, and Shawn Demarest will be participating in “Entitled”, a 26-artist group show at Glyph Cafe in NW Portland. Please join them at the First Thursday opening reception on 10/2 from 5-9pm.

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How a Writer Defines Painting

Check out Chas Martin’s blog to see what he’s up to getting ready for Portland Open Studios next month.  Chas is Artist #59 on the tour.

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ALCHEMY – Ceramics by Andy Clift

Andy Clift’s beautiful ceramic sculptures will be at Pulse Art Gallery, 328 NW Broadway, #117, Portland all of September. The opening reception is tomorrow, September 4. Be sure to stop by if you’re in the area.

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