If you’ve never experienced Art Extravaganza, you’re in for a treat! Sponsored by the Clackamas Art Alliance, this vendor trade show is an opportunity for artists, educators, students and all art enthusiasts to test, try and buy new and favorite art supplies and tools.
- Product Demonstrations
- Artist Demonstrations and Lectures
- Panel Discussion by CERF+
- Door Prizes
- Networking Opportunities
- Pop-Up Art Materials Store by Merri Artist
Some of the many exhibitors:
- Faber Castell
- Gamblin Artists Colors
- Mel’s Frame Shop
- ReClaim It!
- Strathmore Artist Papers
- Winsor & Newton
It’s free to attend, and the mini-workshops are very reasonable. Also, I’ll be giving a lecture and demo of my process using Oil & Cold Wax Medium on Panel from 10:30 – 12:30. Tuition is $10 and space is limited.
If you’ve been thinking about taking my workshop in June at Oregon Society of Artists, this would be a great preview of the class.
You can get tickets and pre-register for the free trade show by clicking below. The first 50 people to pre-register will be entered in a drawing for a reproduction of Susan Kuznitsky’s pastel painting, beautifully framed by Mel’s Frame Shop. Register Here
Here are some of the other artists who will be sharing demonstrations:
- Shelly Caldwell – Mixed Media Assemblage
- Renè Eisenbart – Watermedia Painting
- Sheila Ford Richmond – Block Prints, Fabric Paints
- Karen Hadley – Mixed Media, Acrylic, Collage
- Susan Kuznitsky – Pastels
- Cindy Lommasson – Chinese Brush Painting
- Sarah Sedwick – Artgraf
- Amanda Sweet – Watercolor
Finally, check out the event page for a full list of vendor exhibitors, classes and demonstrations. I hope to see you there! And just in case you think winter will never end here in Western Oregon, I’ll leave you with nature’s own Art Extravaganza, directly from my soggy garden – Happy Spring!
Creative Arts Community
Last week I taught a workshop for CAC (Creative Arts Community) at Menucha, a beautiful retreat center in the Columbia River Gorge. Each year this group brings together fantastic workshop instructors and interested adults for two weeks of creating together. This community is over 50 years strong because of these special ingredients:
- A dedicated board and volunteers
- Meals served family-style
- An incredible setting
- Dorm style and private rooms
- Evening programs
- Sharing of art
- Walks in nature
- Small classes for individual attention
My workshop focused on painting in Oil & Cold Wax. We talked about working in a series, content, design and techniques for working in Cold Wax. I was so pleased with how hard each student worked and the results were amazing. Here are a few paintings that resulted from my time at Menucha, and the demonstrations I gave:
“Winter Pond” Oil & Wax on Panel, 12″x12″ ©Ruth Armitage
“Burning” Oil & Wax on Panel, 12″x12″ ©Ruth Armitage
“Summer Breeze” Oil & Wax on Panel, 12″x12″ ©Ruth Armitage SOLD
“It was a wonderful week. Ruth gave the perfect recipe for a successful teaching experience. Just the right number of demos, giving us lots of work time, wandering around the room for individual mini conferences and lots of encouragement along the way. Keeping the class joyous and not stressful were also great attributes for a super experience. I especially thought her use of the i-pad was very cool to take a picture of our painting and show us different design possibilities.” – Sharon Segal
“Ruth, thank you so much for the truly rich experience this past week. Your willingness to spend so much time with each of us working through our hundreds of issues, problems and questions was beyond anything I’ve experienced from an instructor. You are so very generous, kind, and wise. And your lightness of being allowed us to not take ourselves too seriously.” – Karen Story
Scenes from Menucha and the Columbia Gorge
I also wanted to share some of the beauty of this place and the students who shared it with me. Enjoy these photos from my art workshop at Menucha! If this looks like fun to you, check out my other upcoming classes on my art-workshops page. My Maui class is filling fast. It’s already 1/3 full – don’t miss out, register today!
Portland 5 Art Exhibit opens at Oregon State University
“Necessary Current” Oil and Wax on Panel 36×36
I’m honored to be included in this contemporary exhibit at the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery. I am an alumna of Oregon State, and I have fond memories of viewing interesting art exhibitions in the Memorial Union. It was one of my favorite places to study as an undergraduate. I love the huge palladian windows that look out over the street below. I have vivid memories of watching the elm leaves fall and litter the sidewalk. I sure miss those college days!
The building is open Monday – Thursday 7:00 am – 11:00 PM. Friday 7:00 am – 12:00 AM. Saturday 7:30 am – 12:00 AM. and Sunday 10:30 am – 11:00 PM.
During term breaks it is open Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:00 PM.
The show includes abstract work from five Portland artist, all of whom showed in Portland Open Studios:
The show runs through May 5th, 2016. Click above for more information!