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8th Annual Chehalem Mountain Art Affair
Local artists showcase their artwork at the outdoor show on Chehalem Mountains in southern Washington County, Oregon.
Hillsboro, OR., July 5, 2011 — Pottery has long been an interest of Debra and Larry Nelson, owners of Chehalem Mountain Pottery (http://www.chehalemmountainpottery.com)
Every year the weekend show presents the work of accomplished local artists in the mediums of glass, jewelry, painting, sculpture, photography as well as ceramics. This year’s new artists are Nancy Gillespie, Vicki McArdle and Kris Paul.
Vicki McArdle learned to weave at the Multnomah Art Center in Portland, Oregon and was hooked from day one. Over the years Vicki’s work has transitioned from natural and synthetic fibers to various grasses and plant material creating natural and organic tapestries. Weaving is Vicki’s form of meditation and release and it shows in her work. Art collectors often commit on the peaceful presence that her work resonates.
Nancy Gillespie has been a resident of Washington County for 44 years. Her interest in the art world began in the early 1980’s when she created stained-glass windows. That experience led to a brief jaunt at the OMSI Planetarium as a Laserist. She received a BFA from PNCA in 1990. After art school she founded, Identity, a freelance design venture that she successfully ran for ten years. In 2000 she and her partner formed Applied Brain, Inc. a design and consulting firm. She continues to enjoy her adventures in art with an emphasis on Oil painting. She has shown her work at the PAM, OCAC, PNCA, and other small galleries and coffee shops. (http://www.nancygillespieart.com/
Kris is a resident of Lake Grove, Oregon. She specializes in thrown and hand built fine porcelain that has been burnished to a soft polished surface that is fired in a naked raku firing. The firing process is a dance between the porcelain and the carbon atmosphere and it is not until they emerge from the reduction chamber that I know how the surface will appear. There are distinct subtleties within each individual piece that emerge through the process of manipulating the clay. (http://www.krispaulceramics.com/
About Chehalem Mountain Pottery
Founded by Debra and Larry Nelson in 2001, the pottery produces the well
known steam punk style of ceramics produced by Larry, and the more Asian influenced lanterns and garden totems by Debra.
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