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A nonprofit organization promoting art in the community since 1966 2022 Main St. P.O. Box 333 Forest Grove, OR 97116 503.357.3703 Valley Art is dedicated to supporting working artists and encouraging beginning artists, while bringing out the artist within us all by exhibiting exceptional artwork and offering art classes for the entire community at affordable prices. Valley Art general meetings are held on the fourth Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. All Valley Art members, and community members, who would like to attend are invited.

March and April 2011

will bring pastels and raku work to the Valley Art Gallery. Participating Oregon artists are Michael Fisher, a Portland-based pastel artist, whose love of drawing cityscapes was most certainly nurtured by his 30-year career as an architect and urban designer in London and Portland. Amanda Houston, a pastel artist who Michael Fisher - Pastels lives on 30 acres in Cornelius, is inspired by the landscapes that surround her. After 17 years of traveling, designing and merchandising sports apparel, the business meant highlighters were the only colored pens on her desk. It was about then she decided to get back to doing “real” art. The raku and sculptural pottery of Barbara Hertel also took a while to arrive. After teaching school for 18 years, in 1984 she took a sabbatical and went back to school. She got her Masters Degree in art, with an emphasis in sculpture and pottery, while earning a 3.9 GPA. The Valley Art Association will host a reception for the artists on March 5, 2-4:30 p.m. The public is invited to attend. The members of Valley Art’s allvolunteer, nonprofit organization look forward to showing their guests a wide range of other art in the gallery. Barbara Hertel - Pottery

In this Issue:

Amanda Houston - Pastels

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Featured Artists: Michael Fisher Amanda Houston Barbara Hertel

Artists calls for compassion, justice. Volunteers deserve a big hand. Thank you Mailing Party

January Reception Success!

News of our Artists: New Valley Art Jeweler. Lin Haak Featured in Portland VA Artist accepted into exhibit.

Valley Art Class Schedule

More on the Artists: Michael Fisher

portrays his hometown of Portland and the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. As a urban designer, he understands the design of streets, transit, public places and walkways. As an artist, he seeks places that are visually compelling and pays close attention to the effects of light and weather. Most of his paintings are done on location, which engages all of his senses, resulting in artwork that “resonate with a sense of place.” He has painted extensively on Sauvie Island, close to his studio/gallery in Northwest Portland. Fisher says he works on Wallis paper, an archival grit paper produced in Portland for pastel artists, and on boards coated with tinted pumice gel, brushed on to create a uniquely textured surface for each painting. In his spare time he meditates, does yoga, loves tango dancing, city walks and eating healthy food.

Amanda Houston

grew up on three continents, and as a child lived in Africa and Saudi Arabia. Now at home on 30 “breathtaking” acres in Cornelius, she and her husband have just embarked on renovating an old historic hunting lodge on their property. They also raise natural grass-fed beef. She was educated in New England and has a B.S. in Apparel Design & Merchandising from University of Vermont, and a graduate degree in Textile Design (summa cum laude) from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York City. She has worked for L.L. Bean and Nike. Houston and her husband have two small sons and she enjoys biking, cooking, gardening, sailing and competing in local sporting events. She divides her time between Oregon and Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands and has painted many pictures of that area as well.

Barbara Hertel

Working with sculptural forms of ceramic raku pottery is a joy for Barbara Hertel. She says Henry Moore and Frank Lloyd Wright were big influences in her artwork. A resident of Verboort, a small town near Forest Grove, she delights in her studio at her home. Her Guardian Spirits, small sculptured symbolic figures, which

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are often inscribed with hearts or circular patterns, each contain a blessing from the artist. Pots and other sculptural vessels – some of which look like, and might function as, candelabra – are unique in form and elegantly glazed with sophisticated black and gray tones.

Artist urges others to stand for compassion, justice Eric Canon, a member of Valley Art and the artist who constructed the sign on the front of our building at 2022 Main St. and the “wind-spinner sculpture” above it, is also an advocate for the homeless. Canon encourages all of us to join with Oregonians of many faiths on March 14, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in Salem, to speak out for the needs of the hungry, homeless, ill and disabled. Stand for compassion and justice! Oregon Interfaith groups note that many people in Oregon are “facing challenges that go beyond anything most of us have seen in our lifetime. Unemployment and under-employment are disturbingly high and so are poverty, hunger and homelessness. Nearly one child in five is living in poverty in Oregon.” The group also warns that because of a $3.5 billion shortfall in Oregon’s budget, “critical safety net programs will be cut unless we speak out for compassion and justice.” Interfaith Advocacy Day begins at 8:30 a.m. at First Congregational Church UCC at 700 Marion St. NE, in Salem. The morning events will feature interfaith speakers, advocacy training sessions, and presentations by policy experts. There will be a luncheon keynote address, music, prayer, a march and rally on the state capitol steps, and afternoon meetings with legislators. This organization – Valley Art – can help get the word out. We encourage our members and supporters to attend and participate in this event. Find out more at the Ecumenical Ministries’ website: http://www.emoregon. org/. In 2011 it is vital to come together in support of safety-net programs like Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), the Emergency Housing Account, Emergency Food Programs, and Health Care Programs for those who are elderly, ill or disabled.

Artwork by Eric Cannon can be seen all over downtown Forest Grove

Thank You January mailing party! Members participating were Merrie French, Els Abma, Caroline Dau, Marilyn Amey, David Saucy, Jeannette Saucy, Nedra Hathaway, Clifford Kennedy, John Welch, Jack Howard and Pat Howard. Thank you all.

Volunteers deserve a big hand Everyone at Valley Art, and those in the community who shop at the gallery, want to give a big round of applause to our “sitters,.” who keep our doors open and enable us to help artists, aspiring artists, and those who depend on Valley Art for the “perfect gift” – for themselves or others. Thank you to: Els and Art Abma, Marcia Alajoki, Carolyn Ashton, Joan Bolen, Nancy Bond, Kay Bridenbaugh, Bev Camp, Arlene Coon, Caroline Dau, Carol Dean, Ron Field, Koka Filipovic, Laura and Jerry Frye, Jonette Gordon, Eloise Green, Nedra Hathaway, Margaret and Jerry Hoerber, Bev Lundin, Linda Mann, Dianne Muhly, Araceli Ortiz, Jan Peiffer, Paul Rasmussen, Lois Rifkin, Nancy Russell, Rusty Seeborg, Carolyn Sheehan, Fran Strachan, Judy Teel, Pete Truax, Mary and John Welch, Maureen Welborn, Trudy Wilson and Dana Zurcher. Our newest sitters are Marilyn Amey, Araceli Ortiz, Nancy Russell, Carolyn Sheehan and Trudy Wilson. Two people who have asked to be trained by the chairman of the Sitters Committee, Kay Bridenbaugh, are John Howarth and Lucy Paterson. There is still a need for more people to volunteer. If you can help, contact the gallery at 503-357-3703 and speak to a volunteer.

Valley Art needs brown paper bags and small boxes to offer our customers. If you have some you would like to donate, it would be greatly appreciated.

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Art reception recognizes the talents of Ries, Durden and Muhly

Dianne Muhly, at right in photo, produces fused glass works of art and is joined here by a friend at the January artist reception.

The January 22nd artists’ reception at Valley Art Gallery was well attended by members and guests. Featured artists Vergie Ries, Richard Durden and Dianne Muhly enjoyed welcoming their friends and fans of their artwork during the Saturday event. Durden and Ries are talented watercolorists, while Muhly works in delightfully colorful fused glass pieces. Durden watercolors featured picturesque pickup trucks, filled with flowers, on Sauvie Island; a raven in a snowy field; and a watercolor of a lush, mossy Oregon forest. There were several more and Durden will continue to have additional work in the gallery. Ries focused on flamenco dancers with their skirts and shawls flying and swaying, leaving the viewer thinking they could hear the melodies in their heads. Her work is represented in the gallery year round. Muhly has worked with fused glass for several years and enjoys abstract work and using the glass as “paint” to create flowers and designs. She, too, has work in the gallery throughout the year. Caroline Dau headed the reception committee and the tables were decorated with creative arrangements – one featuring a guitar and shawl as a nod to Ries’ watercolor of flamenco dancers. We hope the community had a chance to view the work of these artists. The inspired works of art would make lovely gifts or the perfect complement for any home. Valley Art’s next artists’ reception is Saturday, March 5, from 2-4:30 p.m. Featured artists will be Amanda Houston, Michael Fisher and Barbara Hertel. Their work will be in the gallery through April.

Richard Durden and Vergie Ries talk together during the January Valley Art reception where their artwork was shown.

Valley Art needs volunteers.

Do you have a skill or time to share? Call 503-357-3703 for more information and a call back. E-mail Thank you!

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Lois Rifkin and new Valley Art volunteer, Marilyn Amey. Valley Art volunteers help at the reception desk, greeting visitors and making transactions. Thank you to all those who help Valley Art continue its service to the community.

News of Our Artists!

The Old Indian, a watercolor by Kris Preslan.

VA Artist accepted into exhibit. Kris Preslan, a watercolor artist at Valley Art Gallery, will be traveling to the Salmagundi Club in New York for the annual exhibition of the American Watercolor Society. The painting the club chose to how is “The Old Indian.” Kris said, “There were five jurors to make that decision. I’ll be banqueting with the best known watercolor artists.” Following a tradition of 137 years, the Salmagundi Club continues to serve as a center for fine artists from New York and around the country -- providing exhibitions of paintings, sculpture and photography, conducting art classes and painting demonstrations and art auctions throughout the year. Originally formed as the Salmagundi Sketch Club in 1871, the Club adopted its present name a hundred years ago after Washington Irving published his potpourri of wit and wisdom called “The Salmagundi Papers.” The name also serves as the club dining room’s famous “Salmagundi Stew.” Through the years the club has been a gathering place for such great artists as Childe Hassam, William Merrit Chase, Howard Pyle, N.C. Wyeth, Louis Comfort Tiffany, Ogden Pleisner and many others. Honorary members have included such luminaries as Sir Winston Churchill, Buckminister Fuller, Paul Cadmus, Al Hirschfeld, Thomas Hoving and Schuyler Chapin. Kris also found out recently that “Cars I’ll never Own, #9” was accepted into the 34th international exhibition of the Watercolor Art Society-Houston. In June the new issue of SPLASH will be out, filled with the country’s 100 best watercolor artists. Kris’ motorcycle will be in it. She said, “It’s starting to be another good year for me. Gotta go and get that brush wet!”

Lin Haak featured at the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery Congratulations to our artist LIN HAAK, for being chosen as Featured Artist in January at Portland Rental Sales Gallery of the Portland Art Museum. Lin is a Portland-area artist, who explains on her website,, why she paints: “I paint and paint and paint during the long and short and rainy days. I paint for celebration, and I paint for ease of pain. I paint for my own comfort, joy, sanity and compassion. I paint to reach out. I paint as daily meditation. I paint because I can’t not paint. I paint to honor the past and create future. I paint to encourage joy.” Her husband is a sport fishing guide and so the two of them spend many hours on the Columbia River, and fish are featured in many of her paintings. See more of Lin Haak’s work at Valley Art. We do have some new offerings.

New Jeweler at Valley Art

Ying Li is a new jewelry artist at Valley Art. She comes from the Hei Long Jiang province of China. She moved to Oregon in 2006 and lives in Grand Ronde with her husband Jack and their 14-year-old son Jason. She currently works at Head Start of Yamhill County, and has for the past two years. Last year she also worked at Spirit Mountain as a sushi chef. She enjoyed this Japanese “food/art making.” “Jewelry making is a very fun thing for me and I am very lucky to have my relations in China cutting and carving the jade for me. “I like putting the different shapes and designs together, to see what is possible. There seems to be no end to what can be done. My jade jewelry price is between $28-$185.” Ying Li is glad “to have the opportunity to work with the people of Valley Art Gallery.”

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ships r a l o Sch ilable! Ava

Sign up for Classes at the Valley Art front desk or contact the class instructor directly.

New Classes Beading for All Levels

Open to all levels to learn beading techniques. Pick a project from Lanai’s list of projects which range from beginner to advance levels. You can learn techniques such as the peyote stitch, herringbone, netting, or right angle weave whil creating a piece of jewelry. in the class book at Valley Art. Notify Valley Art of the project you choose at the time of registration. Supplies: You can purchase a kit from Lanai that includes all supplies necessary to make the project, or you can request a supply list and purchase beads on your own. Instructor: Lanai Kinsky email: Time: AM Classes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rdWednesdays, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Evening Classes: 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Thursdays from 6-9pm Staring March 2nd Cost: $15 per session; some projects might take more than one session.

Art Club

Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 8:30pm - Starting January 11th (no meeting on VA Board Meeting Nights) Cost: FREE! Hosted by Lang Schwartzwald This is a new club starting up for artists looking to talk about... ART! Bring in your own art and get feedback from other artists about your work, or discuss some art theory and philosophy with us. Share some of your own techniques or learn about what others are doing to help improve their skills. Come be apart of a community of artists looking to network, discuss, and explore ART!

Adult Pottery for Intermediate to Advanced

Tuesdays from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, March 15 - May 3, 2011 Cost is $90.00 for members/$105.00 for non-members Clay is $13.00 per bag/Tool Kits available for $13.50 This class is designed for intermediate to advanced students. You will learn advanced techniques for creating lidded jars, vases, tea pots, thrown and altered pieces, and so on. Class size is limited to 8 students, so please sign up in advance. Please enter the classroom from the back entrance (Art Education sign above door). Sign up at the front desk with a gallery sitter or contact Christine Hurayt at 971-235-0523. My e-mail address is

Want to Teach a Class?!

Valley Art is looking for artists interested in holding art or craft workshops for kids, or providing instruction for adults. This is a great opportunity to have some fun, and help the art community. If you are interested please contact Lang at 503-719-3256

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Continuing Classes Adult Pottery for Beginners

Thursdays from 6:30pm - 9:30pm, March 17 - May 5, 2011 Cost is $90.00 for members/$105.00 for non-members Clay is $13.00 per bag/Tool Kits available for $13.50 This class is for beginning students who may have little or no experience on the wheel. We will begin this session with hand building nesting bowls, trivets, and mugs. The following weeks we will learn to center and throw pottery on the wheel. Class size is limited to 10 students, so please sign up in advance. Please enter the classroom from the back entrance (Art Education sign above door). Sign up at the front desk with a gallery sitter or contact Christine Hurayt at 971-235-0523. My e-mail address is

Quilting Studio: (101)

Times: Fridays 9am-1:30pm Cost:$28-year /$43-year non-members Description: This is an ongoing class and may be joined at any time. All levels, from beginning to advanced are welcome. This is the time to do your own work, get expert advice on a special project and meet with other local quilters. Come join the fun.

Hardanger Studio: (102)

Times: Thursdays 9:30am-11:30am Cost: $28 year/ $43-year non-members Description: Hardanger embroidery is a delicate form of openwork which originated in the Hardanger region of Norway hundreds of years ago. This is an ongoing class and may be joined at anytime. All levels from beginning to advanced are welcome. Each person works on their own project.

Wood Carving:

AM: (112) PM (113) Instructor: Jeff Harness Times: Mondays 9-12am or 1-4pm Cost: $12 Members/$27 non-Members Description: Open carving class for all levels. Bring your own project and join this group. Every Monday from 9-12am.

Watercolor Studio: (110)

Instructor: Jan Su Hirst Times: Tuesdays 11am-1pm

Costs: 6 classes: $85 members/$100 non-members Per session: $15 members/$20 non Description: Open to all levels to learn watercolor techniques. Learn art basics such as color mixing and drawing skills as you learn about preparing your paper for watercolor, brush handling, and a wide range of techniques. Tuesdays, 11am-1pm. Supply list available at sign up.

Silk Workshop: (A481)

Instructor: Jan Su Hirst Times: Saturday, May 8, 1pm-4pm. Cost: $55.00 members/$70.00 non Description: Learn the techniques used in silk painting and experience the thrill of the silk paint flowing across silk. Supplies are furnished for a 5’ scarf and a 16” X 20” piece. Patterns are available or bring your own sketches.

Forest Grove Camera Club

Instructor: Carol Berget $25 Annual Membership / $5 Students / $10 Associate Membership The Forest Grove Camera Club is a member of the Photographic Society of America (PSA) and the Columbia Council of Camera Clubs. The club participates in a variety of competitions, evaluations and provides programs as well as field trips. Wednesdays (Except 1st Wed.) 7:30pm $25 Annual Membership / $5 Students / $10 Associate

Upcoming Classes! Summer Art Camp for Kids! Get your kids geared up for the summer with art camp to satisfy their creative outlet. Students will have plenty of activities to choose from while learning the fundamentals of art. Projects include Dioramas of Space Aliens, Farmville, Garden Party Underwater Kingdom and Monster Madness. Dates - June-August TBD Times: 2 hours per day Cost: $15/day or $50/week Group Rates and Scheduling Available Contact: Lang 503-719-3256 or

Want to take a class but can’t afford it? Valley Art can help. We have received a grant to help offset the cost of tuition and supplies for community members to take art classes. This not only helps those who want to take a class, but also helps fill our classes with more students! So sign up and get going!! For more information contact e-mail

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Forest Grove, OR 97116 P.O. Box 333

2022 Main St.

Upcoming Shows Include: March / April 2011

May / June 2011

July / August 2011

Amanda Houston: Pastels Michael Fisher: Pastels Barbara Hertel : Pottery and Raku

SuZ Morrow and Fran Richards

Ann Munson: Acrylic Vicki Hammond: Recycled Collage

With all of our new space, opportunities to show will be offered to three (or four) artists when possible. Remember on the first Wednesday of the every month the gallery is open until 8 p.m.

March 2011  

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