Save the Date!
Enjoy the Astoria, Oregon’s Artists Studio Tour, Saturday and Sunday, July 26-27, from 10 am - 4 pm. Go behind the scenes - meet the artists - see how they create - check out their studios - - all for free and at your own pace. Everyone is welcome!
Painters, photographers, printers, sculptors, fiber artists, and other artists - - 35 artists inviting you to visit them in their studios. Immerse yourself in as much art as you'd like in your own self-guided studio tour. Many artists will be doing demonstrations, and most will have items for sale. No purchase is necessary.
For the next two weeks before the Artists Studio Tour, I will feature five artists, and share a little bit about them and their art. The first five artists include: David Ambrose, Vicki Baker, Sheila Brown, Chris Bryant, and Gina Bryant.
David Ambrose, a painter and musician, began painting after a successful career in engineering and natural resource conservation. A member of Acustica, David is a talented musician who you may have seen perform in venues in the area. You will be able to meet David, see his paintings, and talk to him about his life as an artist at Luminari Arts at 1133 Commercial Street.
Vicki Baker, who studied printmaking with Royal Nebecker here in Astoria, and with printmakers, Cathy Taylor and Marcia Stewart in her winter home living on a houseboat with her husband in Fort Myers, Florida. Her monotypes are on exhibit at RiverSea Gallery and at Tempo Gallery.
Sheila Brown works in a variety of mediums, including printmaking. She draws her inspiration from her life lived in the Pacific Northwest, and from the lives around her including twin fawns who lived in and visit her yard, her cat, Pogo, and two bald eagles mates who fish for dinner in the river near her home.
Chris Bryant, is a multi-faceted artist and successful professional photographer and videographer. She owns and operates her own working gallery and studio, Paradise Productions in the Alderbrook neighborhood. Raised in Europe and Japan, Bryant’s background, training, expertise, and sucessful adventures began when she became a photojournalist at the age of 14. In 1975 she formed her own company, and some of her first clients included Sesami Street and ABC Television. In addition to her fine photography, Chris Bryant’s artwork includes paintings, ceramics, mixed media, collage, and mosaics. You can view here work at 2nd Saturday Artwalk at Luminari Arts, where she will be the featured artist on July 12. On the Astoria Artists Studio Tours weekend, you can visit Chris Bryant at her studio/gallery at 5115 Birch St. in Alderbrook, where with a little encouragement, she will tell you more about her interesting life as an artist.
Gina Bryant, searches for meaning and beauty as she searches for inspiration in the mundane and discarded objects found in daily life. Gina is an artist who goes to the streets for inspiration, as she draws on experiences not only with discarded objects, but also with those people whom society has discarded. Her experiences panhandling with the homeless on the streets of Boston, working with children in rural East Africa, and working as a medical social worker in a hospital emergency room, are all experiences with continue to inspire her work. The daughter of artist Chris Bryant, Gina Bryant now makes her home in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She comes to Astoria to create art and enter into creative collaborations with her mother. Gina’s work will also be on display at Paradise Productions, 5115 Birch St., Astoria, Oregon.
You can preview these and the other 35 artists and their art at www.astoriastudios2014.org.. Listen to two KMUN programs featuring the Astoria Studio Tour: 1) Talk of our Towns, on Weds, July 16 at 9:30- 10 am, and 8:30-9 pm; 2) and on Arts Live and Local, on Friday, July 25, from 3-4 pm. The free studio tour map is available on the website and at Dots 'n Doodles, Imogen Gallery, Old Town Framing, RiverSea Gallery, Tempo Gallery, and other businesses in Astoria, down the coast, and across the river.
The banner in the photo is at the Astoria Warehouse at 70 West Marine Drive. The 2014 studio tour is presented by the Astoria Society of Artists and sponsored by Columbia Memorial Hospital.
Art enables us to find ourselves and lose ourselves at the same time.”
― Thomas Merton, No Man Is an Island