Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Exhibition at the White Bird


 The show I`m having at the White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach Oregon coincides with the 50 year anniversary of the gallery. I`ve been a part of it for 35. The poster above is available from the gallery, $35.

 The founder of the gallery, Evelyn Georges, was in New Mexico on vacation and staying in the bed and breakfast of a friend. My work hung in the guest rooms. Meanwhile I`m in Oregon giving it a trial run while living with my brother Gary. After a year, I moved back to Santa Fe for a while longer before coming to the Northwest permanently in 1993. Evelyn came by my studio in 1986 in a section of Portland now called the Pearl District. She looked at lots of my work with most of it done after the month long workshop I had participated in with Richard Diebenkorn. I was inspired and really productive and she asked me to show at her gallery. Evelyn wasn`t easy but she was a true believer in the relevance of art. Our relationship was tested but it held fast, I knew she cared about and believed in me. 

 The White Bird has always had an eclectic group of artists and for many of them, showing there was their first experience being represented by a gallery.  A long time employee, Allyn Cantor, bought the gallery from Evelyn before her death in 2014. As the new owner, she continues in the same spirit. I`ve never worked with anyone who was so simultaneously sharp, empathetic, and principled. She has been so kind to me even when I whine. The public, promotional part of a painting career has always been uncomfortable. I`m friendly and like the attention but I do not want to clamor for it. I write my blog, post my paintings on Instagram and Facebook, appreciate the notice and let Allyn do the other promoting.

Here are the paintings in the show. They all are 26x20 inches [55x51 cm] in either pure watercolor or mixed water soluble mediums such as acrylic, ink and crayon on the plastic paper Yupo;

                                                                 Downstream Tahquitz

                                                              Above the Cold Ocean


                                                                     Coastal Nocturne

                                                                         Cliff Corner 

                                                                      Dune Sea Sky


                                                                        Forest Edge

                                                                         North Coast

                                                                        Glacial Water

                                                                           North Slope

                                                                      River Run Park

                                                                       Over the Sea

                                                                           Reliquary 3

                                                                   North Coast Cliffs

                                                                Stafford Valley October 1

                                                              Stafford Valley October 2

                                                       The Cloud Lifts from the Mountain

                                                               Surrounding the Creek

                                                                      Summer Cliffs

                                                     Oswego Creek Spring 23x35 inches

 I was in Cannon Beach this morning to see the show. Most of the paintings are unframed and hung beautifully. It`s an unconventional presentation with a distinct advantage. The paintings can be rolled up and shipped in a mailing tube at a cost much less than shipping a framed painting with glass. They are also suitable for professional mounting and hanging without glass at all. They have been varnished with a UV protection matte varnish.

Here are some photos from Cannon Beach earlier today;

The pandemic made it worse but my inertia on updating my website has ended. After many recommendations, I sat down with Squarespace and tried to do it myself. Unsurprisingly it was disastrous. But I had paid already and begun the transfer of my domaine name. I put out a call of distress and sure enough the network came through for me. A watchful mom saw the S.O.S. on Nextdoor and promptly suggested her bright son design it. I go talk to him and he assures me he`s the guy I want. I believe him.

Not as much but I am painting too. There are several paintings in process in my studio and I think this one is finished;

oil on Multimedia Art Board 12x12 inches

 I also will be part of the Portland Open Studios Oct. 9 and 10 and Oct. 16 and 17, 10am-5pm. I have open windows, good ventilation and masks will be required. I`m confident it will be a safe environment.
I live at 5373 Lakeview Blvd, Lake Oswego OR 97035
Please come by

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Lorrie Mcclanahan said...

The paintings in the show are all so outstanding…a truly beautiful collection. Congratulations And best wishes!

E.M. Corsa said...

Honestly, I don't know where to begin. These make me ache inside; urging me to get back to Yupo. Above the Cold Ocean, Cliff Corner, North Coast, Over the Sea and Stafford Valley October 1, as the others, are by far the most exquisite I have ever seen from you. I am honored to know you Randall and am going to share this post on my page so everyone can see the master who encouraged me years ago.

Donna Thibodeau said...

I'd love to see your show and studio! Unfortunately, I am far away. You live in a beautiful area of the country. You capture that beauty without losing any of it. Your paintings take my breath away. They are beyond landscapes and more like dreamscapes. I'd love to see the gallery with your paintings without frames. It is an interesting concept. Best wishes for the success of your show and new website.

RH Carpenter said...

OMG, you are one super talented artist that has shared so much beauty with us in this one post - thank you so much. It really thrills me to see someone create the way you create - someone who has whatever it is that takes one from painter to artist. You are it and these paintings prove it. WOW! I’m thrilled, a bit envious, but sincerely happy for you. I hope you sell many paintings and get lots of positive feedback to those who get to see this show in person.

Tara Shepersky said...

I'm not sure where Tahquitz is, but I wish I was there. Evocative.

Libby Fife said...

I am late but wanted to say that all of those pieces are winners. every last one. You make the landscape really come alive in a different kind of a way.

I wish I could just drop in, frankly. And I like that masks are required. Our studio tour here has taken no such precautions.

As always, good job. Keep doing what seems impossible to me-transforming something that is already beautiful into something else entirely wonderful in it's own way.

Unknown said...

Thanks for sharing your latest work with a meaningful commentary along the way. I've loved being one of your galleristas as you continue to master your process while exploring new directions. You're amazing!
Judy Howard