Posts Tagged ‘Oregon’

Blown Away

July 2, 2013

catch-the-breezeOnce Upon A Breeze, 8 x 10, pastel on panel
©2013 Marianne Post

It’s all a blur, and I am still unwinding from a fantastic weekend in Cannon Beach. I joined fifty other artists who were on the streets or on the beach painting their impressions for the 5th Annual Plein Air and More event.

Friday evening the Cannon Beach Gallery Group and the Chamber hosted an exhibit and reception featuring the works of selected participated artists. It was fun to mingle with the artists, visitors and representatives from SouthwestArt magazine. Congratulations to the new owner of one of my featured paintings, Approaching Storm! 

Saturday the weather couldn’t have been better for plein air painting. I set up at the corner of 2nd and Spruce to capture a street scene while I could still see the street! By mid morning the sidewalks were packed with ice cream cone lickers and iced tea drinkers watching the artists and listening to their process.

2nd_and_spruce2nd and Spruce, 8 x 10, pastel on panel,
©2013 Marianne Post

By mid morning I moved across the street to the local kite store, Once Upon a Breeze, which happens to be the oldest kite store on the Oregon coast. It also is the most colorful shop on the street. The blue shingles and kaleidoscope colored buoys hanging from the eaves screamed, “Paint me.” By now the crowds were everywhere. I met so many interesting people. If you were one of them that stopped by to say hello and watch me paint it was my pleasure to share the experience with you.

At 2:30 I called it quits and headed back to my room to frame my paintings for the evening reception at Primary Elements Gallery. In my haste I had everything framed when I realized I hadn’t taken photos of the paintings. So the images I am posting are not the best. I but I think they capture the “spirit” of the piece.

Saturday evening the gallery hosted a lively reception. It was not only fun to once again talk with people I met throughout the day, but to also mingle with the other gallery artists and hear about their day and see the work they produced. The evening ended with a Raku firing on the beach at sunset. The organizers for the event thought of everything and sponsored an art filled weekend that would have blown anyone away. The event is always the last weekend in June, so if you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the Cannon Beach Plein and More event, add it on your 2014 calendar. I hope to see you there!


Where’s Scotty When You Need Him?

May 1, 2013

We have all been there, wishing to be two places at the same time. Captain Kirk’s plea to be transported through space resounds through my head as the weekend approaches. Saturday at the American Art Company in Tacoma, Washington is opening of  the Northwest Pastel Society’s International Open Exhibition. I was honored to have River Rapture juried into the show by renown artist, Lorenzo Chavez. It is a privilege to share the limelight with some of the best in the pastel community.


River Rapture, 16 x 20, astel on panel, © 2013 Marianne Post

And Friday kicks off the Annual Cannon Beach Spring Unveiling event. Over a dozen galleries open their doors to throngs of visitors who descend on the village to see new work by each of the gallery’s artists. Great art, demonstrations, live music and terrific receptions continue throughout the weekend. I have been invited to do a pastel demo on Friday evening from 4-6pm and again Saturday morning from 10-11 at Primary Elements Gallery, located in the heart of town in Sandpiper Village.

Wish I could be both places at once, but my painting will have to represent me in Tacoma. If you happen to be on the Oregon coast this weekend hope you can make it to Cannon Beach. The weather promises to be a show stopper as well.

Good News

March 27, 2013

river_raptureRiver Rapture, pastel on panel, 16×20, © 2013 Marianne Post

I recently was notified that River Rapture was juried into the Northwest Pastel Society International Show. The exhibit will open in May at The Art Company in Tacoma, Washington. This is a scene from one of our favorite hiking spots in the Cascades below Paulina Falls, just south of Bend, Oregon.


Revisiting Special Places

August 27, 2012

Morning Glow, Sparks Lake, Oregon

Morning Glow, 12 x 16, pastel on panel, Sparks Lake , Oregon
©Marianne Post

Next week, a new show featuring the work of six Willamette Valley pastel artists opens at the Jaqua Gallery, Emerald Art Center. This is my first exhibit with this group of incredibly talented artists. And for this show I included works from what I call my special places. Many of the paintings are scenes I have painted many times before at different times of day or from slightly different vantage points. Familiarity never dulls the joy I get from capturing their essence. The changing light, the different seasons, the blazing sun, the coolness in the air, remind me of just how generous nature is. She could let up a bit on the mosquitos, though!

Jaqua Gallery Exhibtion

Does Painting Purple Mean I am Old

July 16, 2012

Height of Summer, 12 x 6
pastel on panel

This past week, California artist friend, Cheryl Crews, joined me to paint in the lavender fields of the Willamette Valley. We literally went from one end of the valley to the other in search of purple fields. On Wednesday we joined up with my local plein air group, Vista and Vineyards to paint at Moon Shadow Lavender farms in Albany, only to find our picture on the front page of the Albany Democrat Herald. Check out their Facebook page.

While Cherryl painted in oils and I in pastels our violet palette got a workout. One of my paintings from Mountainside Lavender Farms in Hillsboro garnered an honorable mention at the Yamhill Lavender Festival art show this past weekend.

Back on Track

May 9, 2012

Hug Point Pastel Painting

Hug Point, 12 x12, pastel on panel
$350.00, unframed
demonstration painting available thru Primary Elements Gallery

It’s been awhile. Almost a year to be exact since my last post. Being a firm believer that blog posts are worth their while something happened. I guess I became a blog agnostic over these past twelve months. And the ironic thing about my whole departure from the blog scene was I had tons to blog about. Finding a topic to make into a post that has some interest and possible even some meat can be a daunting task. So that wasn’t even my excuse. But enough about where I haven’t been and what I haven’t been doing.

This past weekend I had the opportunity to participate in so many ways at the annual Spring Unveiling in Cannon Beach, OR. Between doing a workshop on Friday and demonstration painting in the gallery on Saturday, talking with past patrons, old friends, and other artists for three days was a real treat. Primary Element Gallery owner, Stephanie Ainsley, pulled out all the stops when it came to receptions on Friday and Saturday evenings. All the energy thoughout the village galleries was phenomenal and I suppose that was the kick in the pants and a whack on the side of the head I needed to get online and onboard with my languishing blog.

So I hope you stay tuned and follow some of the exciting news I have to share with you over the weeks and months to come.

Springing into Action

May 2, 2011

This past weekend I was invited to demo at Primary Elements Gallery in Cannon Beach. The town was bustling with visitors to Spring Unveiling, a weekend long event that kicked off Friday evening. I found myself painting, talking, talking and painting to an array of collectors, and fellow artists of all ages. The painting I did was of a place I have painted many times before. But as onlookers could see, the serendipity aspect of using watercolor underpaintings opens up a world of possibilities to respond with my sticks of pastel.

Day Glow, 9 x 12, psstel, ©Marianne Post

Saturday morning I found myself back in front of my easel and painted another quick piece. This time I used a couple of photos to create a composition, Coastal Wildlife.

Coastal Wildlife, 9 x12 pastel, Marianne Post

Fish “Tails”, Art and Wine

September 9, 2010

Bounty of Benton County Scarecrow SignOver Labor Day weekend Benton County, OR with the participation of rural farms, vineyards and artists came together to host the 2nd Annual “Bounty of Benton County” event. Being newbees to the area, and hitting all the local attractions, this one sounded too good to miss. For a fee which benefitted the education of rural family children we received a passport to over 20 venues of food, wine, and art.

Hanging Fish Printed T-Shirts to Dry

Our first stop was the Alsea Fish Hatchery. Over 2oo,000 rainbow trout are raised here annually to stock the coastal lakes of Oregon. Besides the educational interest we each made a fish print tee shirt courtesy with help from volunteers! After spending about 45 minutes there (remember my husband is a fly fisherman), we moved on to the Alsea Anagama Studio. This is one of two wood fired pottery kilns in Oregon.

Pottery by Jay WidmerCeramatists, Jay Widmer and Deb Sether hosted an informative video and tour of the studio complete with wine tastings, fresh berries off the properties vines and homemade cookies. Deb explained that the kiln is “fired” up twice a year with about 300 bisque pieces carefully placed for optimal firing. Organic materials are placed on and around the pieces to create interesting impressions in the glazes of the pottery. The biannual event takes place over the course of three days with ceramists continually stoking the fire.

After narrowing our selection of items we wanted to purchase we came home with a fascinating piece. Gleefully we drove on to our next stop: John Boys Mercantile in Alsea. Going back in time, we entered the quiessential old time general store. Shelves were lined with just about every thing you could imagine from hammers to nuts, locally raised lamb and produce, and of course, Oregon wine!

We tasted a pinot and chardonnay from Pheasant Court Winery. As it turns out they are about 1/4 mile from our soon to be new home and studio. Small world strikes again.

View at Lumos WineryThe afternoon was starting to get the best of us, as the event ended on Sunday at 5pm. So we scurried into the town of Wren and visited Lumos Winery. “Bounty” passport holders were treated to six tastings, live music, fresh cheeses from local artisan producers. The ambience was enhanced by the incredible views of Kings Valley and lavender growing amongst the vines. We also learned that the winery was once the location of the popular  “H Bar H Dude Ranch” of the ’40s.

Harris Covered Bridge and VineyardNext stop was Harris Bridge Vineyards. Do you notice there’s a pattern developing here? Treated to tastings of ice wine we meandered amongst the grounds to see the works of artists from Blodgett and Summit Oregon and visit will film makers doing a documentary on Oregon wineries.

By the time we got closer to town and still much more to see and visit the clock struck 5pm and regrettably the event venues were closing. So much to see so little time. We just skimmed the surface of the event, learned a lot, tasted some great wines and found some great artists and artisans along the way.

The Science of Art

July 20, 2010

Its been a while since I have written a post. Finally after moving to Oregon, settling in, organizing my temporary studio I feel like I am back on track. I won’t bore you with the details of our move nor the squeeze it’s been to fit my 900 sq ft studio space into a 10 x 10 room. You can do the math. “Squeeze” is a pretty generous term when it comes to sorting supplies, paintings, frames and still finding room to paint.

But the move went exceptionally well and we feel like we are becoming Oregonians. One of the reasons we moved to Corvallis was its friendly atmosphere, the art community and the miles of cycling paths for my hubby to explore. And then there is the scenic beauty right out our back door: the Cascades, the Coastal Mountains, and the coast which is within easy driving distance.

A popular event here is da Vinci Days. This community festival is where art and science share the limelight. This past weekend locals and visitors got to see wacky kinetic contraptions race cross country over roads, sand dunes, through mud bogs and across the river. Stages were filled with artistic presentations of scientific facts that even a non-science minded person like myself found interesting and entertaining. Music came from every corner of the event. Dancers and aerialists scaled ribbon-like trapezes defying gravity to the awe of the crowds. Sidewalk artists captured attendees on paper, young chalk artists painted the sidewalks, and engineering students displayed solar powered go mobiles that look more like sleek sculptures than transportation devices.

One of the fascinating exhibits was the demonstration booth of a “Camera Obscura.” Leonardo Da Vinci described this phenomenon in his notebooks. At the festival we entered a darkened room and saw projected on a white surface the events that were happening in real time just outside. Absolutely amazing. According to the exhibitor, the camera obscura took off in two directions. One led to the development of photography, while artists like Vermeer, Canaletto, Guardi used the concept to improve their perspective drawing. We spent a good part of the day trying our hand at geocaching with a gps unit on loan from another exhibitors booth. The good news is we didn’t get lost!

Tools of the Trade

March 11, 2010

Escrow has closed and what I have called home and my studio for 27 years now belongs to someone else. The move is on. We have two months to vacate and I am not sure whether that is a blessing or a curse. Purging closets and shelves, selling furniture, sorting, organizing, cleaning and packing fill the agenda. And as soon as something gets boxed and labeled, I realize that I will have at least two months if not a year before I will see this stuff again. We are moving into a rental while our new home is under construction.

So I have finally decided that this will be my last post for the next couple of months. My energy has been redirected from my everyday normal life as an artist to a relocation specialist. To all of you who have followed my story up ’til now thanks for coming along for the ride. When the dust settles, and life resumes in the Pacific Northwest I’ll be back. Right now, with packing tape dispenser in hand I’m off to fill more boxes.