Susan Luckey Higdon is fascinated by swirling layers of water, from reflections, to what lives below the surface and the stones and fallen leaves and needles along the bottom. She explores this theme in her October show of new works at Tumalo Art Co. opening October 7 from 4-8pm during the First Friday Gallery walk.
Using acrylic on cradled birch board, Susan’s paintings capture the complex interactions of color and pattern in what she describes as natural abstractions. “My actual rendering style is impressionistic and fairly representational. But I like to abstract the image using composition. By framing the scene in an unusual way the viewer becomes caught up in color and pattern.”
Susan was recently featured in H2O and Bend Magazine and is the signature artist for the Deschutes River Conservancy’s annual RiverFeast event. Tumalo Art Co. is an artist-run gallery in the heart of the Old Mill District. 541-385-9144 or tumaloartco.com.
January—Winter Salon is held over
February—Capturing the Light Group Show
March—(Artistic) Journey—a group show
May—Helen Brown, Lewis & Clark: Visions of Courage
June—Danae Bennett-Miller, Spirit of life—A celebration of the beauty of our natural world
July—Dorothy Freudenberg—Forests & Trees: Mystery & Metaphor
August—Shelli Walters—State of Bliss
September—David Kinker—Grand Canyon Series
October—Susan Luckey Higdon—New Works
January—Winter Salon is held over
February—Janice Druian, Taking the Long View
June—Susan Luckey Higdon—New Works
July—Annie Ferder, East Meets West
August—Shelli Walters—A Wolf’s Garden
September—Carla Spence, Between Here and There: Closing the Divide with Color
October—Marty Stewart, The Poetry of Painting
November—Paul Alan Bennett
December—Annual Winter Salon show with small art for tiny original fine art ornaments
February—Shelli Walters—New Work
April—Marty Stewart—April Mix
May—Paul Alan Bennett—Flowers of Mexico
June—Danae Bennett Miller—Sculpture & Printmaking
July—Gil Dellinger—soft pastel & Oil landscapes
August—Dorothy Freudenberg—digital media artwork retrospective of flower images
September—Helen Brown—Struggling Species of the Northwest, watercolor
October—Tracy Leagjeld—New Works
December—Winter Salon, small works and fine art ornaments by gallery artists
2013 Show Schedule
February—Celebrating Central Oregon Color (group show)
March—Janice Druian & Gallery Ceramicists
Mountains and Motels… from the Majestic to the Mundane
April—Art About the Earth (group show)
May—Paul Alan Bennett & David Kinker
June—Alisa Huntley & Bruce Jackson
July—Danae Bennett-Miller & Dorothy Freudenberg
August—Susan Luckey Higdon & Nancy Becker
September—Ingrid Lustig & Kathy Deggendorfer
October—Tracy Leagjeld & Carlie Leagjeld
November—Annie Ferder & Helen Brown
2012 Show Schedule
February—PASSIONATE CREATIONS—A group show entitled “Passionate Creations” will open February 3 from 5-9pm, during the First Friday Gallery WalkFor the month of love artists have made art about the things they are most passionate about—a subject, an artistic medium, the way light falls on the landscape—whatever moves them to create. In all mediums, from paintings, to photography to ceramics to glass and more
March—WAKING UP—Group Show about the possibilities of spring and nature
April—”Natura”—Danae Bennett Miller, sculpture, hand-pulled prints / Susan Luckey Higdon—paintings
May—Retrospective 10-Year Anniversary Show
All artists who have shown with TAC in the past 10 years are invited for a very special Group Show!
June—Annie Ferder—watercolor / Nancy Becker—hand-blown glass
July—”The Four Seasons”—Paul Alan Bennett / Mary Marquiss
Paul Alan Bennett’s signature “knit” look gouache and oil paintings and Mary Marquiss’s watercolors including a series of four seasons of vineyard images commissioned for Bend Wine Cellar who will be hosting a wine tasting during the First Friday July 6 opening. Paul Alan Bennett will present a free demonstration called “Knitting with Paint”, July 13, from 3-5pm.
August—Janice Druian/ Vicki Shuck
AN UNCOMMON BEAUTY—Paintings of the People and the Land East of the Cascades, opens Friday August 3, from 5-9pm at Tumalo Art Co. Vicki Shuck and Janice Druian have partnered on a project to document through paintings, the rural way of life on ranches, farms and in small towns east of the Cascades. The goal of the project has been to portray the people and communities of rural Oregon as they are today to further the understanding of the beauty and the challenges of rural life.
Artist Demo—August 5 . Vicki will demo from noon-2:30pm; Janice will demo 2:30-4pm
Sept—Carla Spence—acrylic / Tracy Leagjeld—monotype
Tracy Leagjeld and Carla Spence present their unique vision of the Central Oregon landscape in their show opening at Tumalo Art Co. Friday September 7. Tracy’s bold, oil monoprints and Carla’s semi-abstracted, colorful acrylics combine to make a rich visual experience. Tracy will demonstrate her printmaking technique on Saturday, September 8 at 11am.
Oct—Inspired Landscapes: Inner & Outer Visions,
Dorothy Freudenberg—Digital Media / David Kinker—acrylic
Dorothy Freudenberg takes her photography into new worlds using digital media to create her inner vision of the season. “Autumns shift asks us to release any burdens we’ve been carrying, in the same ways the trees release their leaves into the wind”, explains Dorothy. Her layered landscapes, in rich colors, capture this process of change and release.
Just finishing a summer of river guiding, David Kinker has been immersed in the beauty of rivers and canyons. According to David, “the reflection and rhythms of the river are inspirational to me. They have a language that is authentic and healing to us all—metaphor and symbols abound.” His new paintings embody this inspiration.
Nov—Marty Stewart—soft pastel / Helen Brown—watercolor—In Tumalo Art Co.’s November show “Earthly Delights”, Helen Brown and Marty Stewart show scenes from nature that delight the eye and also move the viewer to interpret these scenes as precious earthly assets we all need to protect. The show opens during the First Friday Gallery Walk Nov., 2 from 5-9pm.
Helen Brown’s current work is a form of batik in watercolor. She draws her images on Ginwashi rice paper, begins with a light, colorful wash of watercolor, and then protects the lightest areas by painting them with molten wax. The wax resists all subsequent layers of paint. After about 6-8 layers of painting followed by more wax, she irons out the wax leaving only a watercolor image on paper. The subjects in her November show range from mountain scenes in Central Oregon and Glacier National Park to her more familiar tree scenes.
From deep colorful canyons and vast meadows of flowers to trees and gentle creatures, Marty Stewart’s new work gives the viewer a rich assortment of scenes to enjoy. “Animals and birds proved to be nice additions to my usual landscapes.”, says Stewart. For Marty, painting has become a way to look deeply into the nature of things, whether landscape, figures, animals or abstract images, to see what can be learned there and shared. She often paints en plein aire in Central Oregon or on extended camping trips throughout the West with her husband.
Dec—Small Works—Give Art!
JANUARY – SMALL WORKS
FEBRUARY – Patron Appreciation Exhibit
OCTOBER – Tracy Leagjeld and Alisa Huntley
NOVEMBER – Dorothy Freudenberg and Paul Alan Bennett
DECEMBER – Small Works Show
AUGUST – Nancy Becker and Mary Marquiss
SEPTEMBER – Janice Druin and Nancy Dasen
NOVEMBER – Bruce Jackson and Tracy Leagjeld
DECEMBER – “Small Treasures” – a Small Works Show