My cat Mufasa always cozies up to me when I'm writing in my journal. He throws his paw over my arm as his way of saying pay attention to me. It's an everyday occurrence that I totally love. (Painting: True Romance, 16x12 oil on canvas panel)
Thirteen of my large oil paintings are part of of the Newberg Artwalk 'Fall into Art': Friday, Nov 1, 5-8 pm. If you are in Newberg Friday check out my work at Coldwell Banker Professional Group. It's a fun time with live music, wine tasting and food.
Quin Sweetman, Originator of Beautiful Lives Lost Portrait Project
(Press Release, Portland, OR)
After the 2017 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 people dead,
Quin Sweetman, a full-time artist, felt helpless in the face of yet another
national tragedy of senseless gun violence. She had a brilliant idea to help us
all grieve. Quin gathered 55 artists together via Facebook to make portraits of
the 58 people who were killed. She called the project “Beautiful Lives
“We really don’t like referring to the people who lost their lives
that day as victims,” notes Sweetman. “All of them were people, not
statistics, living rich, rewarding and beautiful lives. They were invisible to
the perpetrator, but all the artists who committed to this project clearly see
their humanity. The artists recognize, remember and honor those lost lives with
their artworks. They volunteered their time, materials, and talents as a loving
gesture to bring some comfort to the families, loved-ones and communities
by showing that people care about their loss”. Following the exhibition
all portraits will be given to the families.
There is powerful visual impact created by showing all of these
portraits together. All 58 artworks will be at The Marcia Policar Gallery in
the Art Institute of Portland during July.
The art styles shown are as varied as the subjects of the portraits.
Sweetman contributed a canvas of off-duty police officer (and 34-year-old
Military Veteran) Charleston Hartfield, “a true blue American guy” depicted in
soft oil brush strokes. Celeste Bergin’s portrait of Special Education
teacher Sandy Casey captures her optimistic and ebullient nature. "I learned a lot about her while painting her, Bergin said, I read somewhere that if you met Sandy just once, you loved her. That is exactly right, through this project I "met" Sandy... and now I love her too. Sweetman
noted, “Kindness begets kindness. and 'Beautiful Lives Lost' has
created a heartening experience for all the participating artists. The
portraits serve as tangible proof that these 58 people will continue to be
remembered in the most positive light. Art helps us all heal”.
Sandy Casey (age 35) was originally from Dorset, Vermont. She was a special education teacher for the Manhattan Unified School District in Redondo Beach California. She was extremely kind-hearted and had a wonderful sense of humor. She loved the simple things; country music, running, soccer, bowling and yoga. Sandy is survived by her fiancé, her parents, sisters, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins, as well as a legion of friends and students who will remain forever inspired by her unbridled optimism (and famous puns). ------
This project, “Beautiful Lives Lost" was started by my dear friend @quinsweetman to commemorate all of the beautiful lives lost in the meaningless Las Vegas shooting. All the artists have volunteered their time and effort to create a portrait for each of the 58 people lost at the concert.
I'm still doing the daily drawing, but I apparently can't get myself to blog it everyday. This is my self portrait drawing that I did at our most recent sketch group meeting at Prosperity Pie. (and yes, while there I did also have pie).
(Photo: Self Portrait Drawing, pencil in Sketchbook)
(honoring victims of the 2017 Las Vegas Concert shooting)
Art Institute of Portland
1122 NW Davis
Reception: Thursday, July 5, 5-8pm
Overall exhibition dates: July 5-July 27, 2018
Friends and Florals
NE Community Center
1630 NE 38th Ave
Portland OR 97232
14th Annual Pacific NW Plein Air 2018 Competition and Exhibition Maryhill Museum of Art Opening Reception, Saturday,
August 4 5-7pm Overall dates July 30 - August 25
Mt. Tabor Art walk 72nd and Division May 19 and May 20 10-5pm
The Best of L by L Milwaukie City Hall (Main Gallery) 10722 SE Main Milwaukie OR Reception, Friday, June 1, 5-9pm (through June 30)
Little by Little Milwaukie City Hall (Bay Gallery) 10722 SE Main Milwaukie OR Reception, Friday, June 1, 5-9pm
Joanne Radmilovich-Kollman and Celeste Bergin Two-Person Exhibition January 9 – February 23, 2018. Opening Reception: To be announced Location: Clackamas Community College Commons Gallery 29353 SW Town Center Lp East, Wilsonville OR 97070
Alla Prima Portland Group Show NE Community Center January 2018 1630 NE 38th Ave Portland, OR 97232
Big 500 December 9, 2017 (beginning at 2pm) People's Art of Portland Gallery 700 SW Fifth Pioneer Square Mall
Have you wondered why you are creating? Have you ever thought about quitting (or not even starting)? Theories on this subject will be advanced (and answers provided) Wednesday, Sept 9, 6:30-7:30 2412 NW Raleigh St, Portland, OR 97210
OHSU Collaborative Life Science Bldg Invitation Only, Tilikum Bridge Lighting
Art Splash City of Tualatin Tualatin Commons 8325 SW Nyberg Street Tualatin, OR Reception, July 25, 2015
PACIFIC NORTHWEST PLEIN AIR 2015 Juried Competition and Exhibition (Juror: Bryan Mark Taylor) Columbia Art Gallery August 2015 Reception August 7, 6-8pm 215 Cascade Street Hood River, Or 97031
Broderick Gallery 1318 Commerce Ave, Longview, WA 98632 Reception: Sunday, June 7 1-6pm
(To celebrate its summer special exhibition: The Art of the Louvre’s Tuileries Garden) Event Dates: 8/8/2014 - 8/10/2014 Reception: 8/9/2014 Location: Portland Art Museum (503) 226-2811 1219 SW Park Ave Portland OR 97205
Alla Prima Portland First Annual Invitational Group Show 2014