Monthly Archives: September 2015

Anna Magruder, Tara Murino-Braul & Kate Saunders

September 24-October 27
Artists Talk: Saturday, October 17 @2pm

“Mythed Flight” is a collaboration between oil painter Anna Magruder and printmaker Tara Murino-Brault, two women who have a mutual infatuation with wings. They’ve reimagined mythological females such as Medusa, sirens and succubae. Working together to create this show led them to play off each other’s interpretations of myths and symbols, think more conceptually and hold themselves to a higher standard.

Anna Magruder, painting

Anna Magruder, painting

Anna Magruder‘s favorite painting subjects are animals, people, and hybrids of the two. Drifting between realism and surrealism, her inspirations include history and old photos, especially of faces. “If there’s not a face in the painting, I’m probably not going to enjoy painting it that much,” she says. In 2009, after 14 years as a graphic designer, Anna decided to devote herself fulltime to oil painting and illustration. Since then she’s been a featured artist on the Emmy-Award winning series Oregon Art Beat, received an RACC grant for her “Oregon’s Painted History” series and just finished a three-month residency at the Helen Wurlitzer Foundation in Taos, New Mexico.

Tara Murino-Brault has taught at

Tara Murino-Brault, intaglio

Tara Murino-Brault, intaglio

Portland Community College for 10 years, regularly working across disciplines by teaching printmaking, basic design and drawing. Chicago-born, she holds a BFA in graphic design from the University of Illinois and an MFA in printmaking and book arts from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Tara’s printmaking explores symbolism, mortality, rebirth and cultural power and powerlessness. “I enjoy playing with opposing elements such as light and dark, reason and folly, or good and evil, and the interdependence of each to define the other,” she says. She’s participated in Portland Open Studios, mentored candidates for the emerging printmaking residency for Print Arts Northwest and is an active member of the Southern Graphic Council. Tara s shown her work at Print Arts Northwest, Oregon State University and Bite Printmaking Studio, where she curates shows and assists with general operations.

Kate Saunders, kiln formed glass/mixed media

Kate Saunders, kiln formed glass/mixed media

Kate Saunders is a glass artist who is exploring mixed media & glass through house imagery. Her title for this group of little houses is “Dream Houses”. Kate uses these little houses as a metaphor for a place that shelters, that contains our memories and our emotions. Some of the houses have come directly from her dreams, a subconscious source of creativity and inspiration. “It is my hope that my work excites the viewer’s interest and imagination, that they use their own personal archetypes to understand their own desires and needs, to open up to their subconscious.” The materials she used include kiln formed glass, Fimo, wire, bamboo wool, razors, twigs, found objects. “I love the way glass can look both rigid and fluid, bulging and flat. There’s a natural tension in its surface that appeals to my sense of time and space, of imagination, of strength caught at the breaking point.”

Day of the Dead

The popular 9th Annual Day of the Dead group show is here again!  Artists were given the challenge of interpreting the popular festival. Area artists took the established Day of the Dead tradition and put their spin on it. They translated honoring the dead into contemporary terms, some humorous and others deeply profound, but always with an individual flare. The mediums used in the show are as varied as the artists: beadwork, ceramics, glass, metal, paintings, stitchery, wood and mixed media.

Participating artists this year: Nikki Blackwood, Dave Benz, Alea Bone, Stephanie Brockway, Jason Borders, Linda Buechler, Debra Barcus, Jennifer Campbell, Greg Carrigan, Dayna Collins, Jeanne Drevas, Cenya Eichengreen, Michelle Gallagher, Carolyn Garcia, Kim Hamblin, Jo James , Janet Julian, Alicia Justus, Paula Kjorlie, Mavis Leahy, Rogene Manas, Josh & Eli Mazet, Jill McVarish, Sylvia Miller, Lulu Moon Murakami, Amanda Moore, Kim Murton, Alison O’Donoghue, Tabor Porter, Rachael Rice, Matt Schlosky, Gloria Sowell, Amy Stoner, Sarah Trahan, Chris Tymoshuk, Deborah Unger, Robin Williams and Cathie Joy Young.

Here is just a sample of what we will have:

Alea Bone, tin/mixed media

Alea Bone, tin/mixed media

Jill McVarish, oil

Jill McVarish, oil

Dave Benz, walnut ink & mixed media

Dave Benz, walnut ink & mixed media

Deborah Unger, carved wood

Deborah Unger, carved wood

Jason Borders, engraved skull

Jason Borders, engraved skull

Cenya Eichungeen, bead work

Cenya Eichungeen, bead work

Jeanne Drevas, mixed media

Jeanne Drevas, mixed media

Amy Stoner, relief prints

Amy Stoner, relief prints

Mavis Leahy, stitchery

Mavis Leahy, stitchery

Dayna J Collins. mixed media

Dayna J Collins. mixed media

Paula Kjorlie, beadwork

Paula Kjorlie, beadwork

Lulu Moon Murakami, mixed media

Lulu Moon Murakami, mixed media

Matt Schlosky, paintings

Matt Schlosky, paintings

Cathie Joy Young, paintings

Cathie Joy Young, paintings

Michelle Gallagher, ceramic

Michelle Gallagher, ceramic

Linda Buechler, cut books/mixed media

Linda Buechler, cut books/mixed media

Robyn Williams, mixed media

Robyn Williams, mixed media

Alison O"Donohue, painting

Alison O”Donohue, painting

Rogene Manas, paper clay & paint

Rogene Manas, paper clay & paint

Amanda Moore, paintings/mixed media

Amanda Moore, paintings/mixed media

Kim Murton, ceramic

Kim Murton, ceramic

Chris Tymoshuk, cut metal

Chris Tymoshuk, cut metal

Sarah Trahan, fiber/stitchery

Sarah Trahan, fiber/stitchery

Jennifer Campbell, mixed media

Jennifer Campbell, mixed media

Deborah Barcus, paint on wood

Deborah Barcus, paint on wood

Rachael Rice, mixed media

Rachael Rice, mixed media

Carolyn Garcia, painting/mixed media

Carolyn Garcia, painting/mixed media