By Paula Manley
The 10th Mt Tabor Art Walk is Saturday and Sunday, May 16 – 17. This juried art show and sale features 40 talented neighborhood artists at 25 sites around the Taborhood. Hours are 10 am to 5 pm and admission is free.
The public is invited to meet artists in their studios and homes working in a multitude of mixed media – painting, ceramics, sculpture, metal arts, photography, glass mosaic, printmaking, jewelry and wood-turning. See how it’s made and talk with the people who make it.
Here are a few sentences about just a few of the forty or so artists participating in this 2015 Art Walk.
~ Fasai Streed keeps cultural traditions alive with her colorful paintings of village life in rural Thailand, where she lived with her grandmother for several years. Streed’s family painted on woven bamboo and carved on masonite board and she’s adapted those techniques to use paper, oil paints and printmaking methods.
~ Glass artist Mark Brody learned mosaic when building his first house many years ago. He’s been teaching mosaic for 15 years, and is offering summer mosaic workshops too. His book on Mosaic Garden Projects was published in February and is available at Powell’s and garden stores. For workshop info email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
~ Nature photographer Peter Blanchard features landscapes, including water and wide-open spaces. “There is strong research about the positive health impacts of art in healthcare settings, such as lowering blood pressure, shortening hospital stays, and speeding up recovery times,” he said. Blanchard’s work graces health clinics, offices and homes around town. “…Anywhere there is a need to de-stress,” he notes.
~ Potter Adrienne Stacey fell in love with clay in the seventh grade. It has been her life-long passion and career. Her ceramic vessels feature organic forms and an earthy palette. Stacey has been teaching the art of high fire porcelain stoneware with an emphasis on the shapes found in nature. “I create and teach others to make functional urban pottery—including the process of building one of kind pieces, making our own glazes, and firing in my kiln,” she said.
~ Internationally known watercolorist Chris Keylock Williams has been a painting instructor for 25 years. Her work weaves color, light and form in a process she describes as “orchestrating a kind of visual rhythm by composing, moving and overlapping the shapes, colors and values.” She paints in her studio on the third floor of her Mt. Tabor home, which offers a view of her other passion—her garden.
These dedicated and prolific artists and many others are in the annual Mt Tabor Art Walk in one of Portland’s beautiful neighborhoods. Preview the art and artists and download a map to plan ahead at www.mttaborartwalk.com.