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Fourth Friday Artwalk at Sisters art galleries

Sisters Arts Association’s (SAA) Fourth Friday Artwalk through the galleries of Sisters continues on August 27. On this month’s art menu, you’ll find everything from abstracts to zebras. Ready?

At Stitchin’ Post, Judy Beaver of Sisters shows her collection of art quilts called “Dyeing to Print” with fabrics that she printed and dyed. Large graphic design elements and strong color palettes are the starting point for her bold and unique compositions. (Photo at right: “New Year,” a quilt by Judy Beaver at the Stitchin’ Post gallery.)

Hood Avenue Art’s featured artists are printmaker Carolyn Platt and wood artists Art and Anna Blumenkron. Carolyn will be doing a live woodcut demo from 3:30 to 6 p.m., and Dave Skelton will entertain with live music.

Carolyn’s pieces are all original prints — mostly monotypes. Ink drawn on a hard surface is transferred to paper by running it through a press under pressure. Each piece is one of a kind and non-repeatable. She also does woodcuts, in which everything but the image is cut away, the remaining wood is inked, paper is applied and rubbed so the ink transfers.

Art Blumenkron has dedicated himself to creating fine furniture (tables, mirrors, and charcuterie boards) from beautiful Northwest hardwoods. He says, “I am constantly amazed by the beauty found in these hardwoods and how they express patterns found in nature.”

Steve Mathews is an illustrator, art instructor, and retired school administrator who sometimes calls himself “the old guy.” His pen-and-pencil wall hangings and tables on exotic wood surfaces stop visitors in their tracks every day at Sisters Gallery & Frame Shop. He’ll be on hand to share a tale or two about his life’s work.

Wildflower Studio’s featured work is by acrylic artists David Rock and Mark Davis. David, a muralist, creates paintings detailing local landscapes. Mark explores design with line, color, and shape, creating balance through abstraction.

Bryan Lee Brown welcomes visitors to his Metals jewelry studio. His creative work in precious metals, gemstones, and mokume gane consist of sterling silver, shakudo, and shibuichi.

Marigold & True focuses on small-batch artisan producers, including pottery, one-of-a-kind jewelry, art prints, quilts, home goods, and gifts.

Sarah B. Hansen, featured artist at Clearwater Gallery, paints to express her connection to the natural world. Each piece taps into the unplugged beauty of nature to suggest landscape elements. She also scripts words into the painted landscape like whispers, taking a back seat to the scene, revealed only upon close inspection. Light appetizers and wine will be served between 4 and 6 p.m.

Ken Scott’s Imagination Gallery features pottery artist Rae Holton demonstrating her skills, beginning at noon. Rae’s unique work has been a well-received addition to the gallery. The featured piece with woven pine needles is a collaboration between Rae Holton and Rena Harris.

Beacham’s Clock Company explores the fine art of clock building and repair. Ed Beacham is a master clockmaker with the fine-motor coordination to manipulate tiny gears and fine machinery. True to form, he still designs and builds clocks by hand.

Gary and Karen Cooley share “bittersweet news with all our great friends here in Sisters. We’re closing The Collection Gallery and retiring. We’re looking forward to doing some traveling and, of course, spending time with the grandkids. Gary will still continue to create fine art and we will be very involved in our wonderful art community. We greatly appreciate all the great support we’ve had the eight years we’ve been in Sisters. We welcome you to drop in and see some new work and special prices through the end of September.” (Photo at left: “Egret” by Clarke Berryman at Gary Cooley Collection Gallery.)

“Finding Peace: Water and Fire,” a show of watercolors by Terri Dill-Simpson and fused-glass art by Mel Archer, is at the Cindy and Duncan Campbell Gallery inside Sisters Art Works. Terri’s gentle and pleasing watercolors contrast with Mel’s impressionist landscapes, made from glass and nothing but glass, multilayered and fired to temperatures exceeding 1,400 degrees. (Photo at right: “Smith Rocks,” fused glass by Mel Archer at the Cindy and Duncan Campbell Gallery.)

Also on the Artwalk are Raven Makes Gallery with its special collections from contemporary Native American artists; and Dyrk Godby Gallery, a showcase of Western art in several media, entirely created by Dyrk.

As you visit the galleries, sign up for the monthly “Quick Draw.” Thanks to a generous donation from Cascade Sotheby’s International Sisters, SAA gives away two $50 gift certificates each month, to be spent in any of the participating galleries.

Artwalk lasts all day, from each gallery’s open to close times. Reminder from SAA: please wear a mask indoors to create a safe social event.


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