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The Artists We Carry

Brenda Carolan

Portland, OR

From the artist: "My expression comes from my intuition, my ability to feel energy and easily access the soul. I am a channel for higher expression, healing and awakening energies. I engage with the energy that is present and allow it to move through my senses. My passion is the search for truth, the energetic pull of beauty, the soul made visible. I am mostly self-taught. I’ve taken some workshops here and there. To me, self-taught is following the feminine path of fluid creativity. Painting is how I come back to myself, over and over again. It’s how I heal. It’s how I touch my soul. All of my paintings are infused with the same energy that flows through me during my healing sessions."

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Amazed By Grace

Florence, OR
 

Covita of Amazed by Grace is a multi-media artist and crafts person. She has a love of creativity as a means of personal expression and positivity. Her handmade art journals have been exhibited in the Florence branch of the Siuslaw Public Library. She also offers workshops on her techniques through the Studio.

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Badger
Eugene, Oregon

"When viewing my work, I'm hoping that people will feel some of the the peace, and ease of heart that I felt while creating it."

Peter Johnson, AKA Badger, is an artist living in Eugene, Oregon. He has exhibited and sold work at the Eugene Saturday Market, various retail locations in the Pacific NW, and online. 

"I was always making things, even as a kid. My twin sister would make sure that I was equipped with paint and paper. The high school art studio was a dream shop for me. After that, there was a whole series of shops, and work spaces.

 The advent of computer graphics has given rise to whole new possibilities. That has made it so much easier to create endless patterns, and experience shape and color like never before. Since 2004 I have been down the rabbit hole finding all the great images, and bringing them forwards ~ thanks to my art software, I can go back on decades old designs, and breathe new life, and color into them with the graphic programs. The good that it does for me to experience the "doing" of it has always been good for my heart."

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Janelle Boatright

Ashland, OR

 

Janelle is an Oregon-based adventurer and multi-media artist, specializing in photography. She is inspired by the beauty of the natural world, and loves to discover and bring out the mysterious, dreamlike and mystical qualities of her subjects. Her work captures the world's natural beauty, spinning it into captivating, other-worldly landscapes through her unique process of image layering and manipulation, using digital and fine arts techniques.

 

Janelle holds a Master's in Psychology and Consciousness Studies from JFK University in the Bay Area, San Fransisco.

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Lesley Anne Burke 
Portland, Oregon

“If the artists cannot find the way, then the way cannot be found”
-Terence McKenna

I have always used art making as a way to process emotions, ideas, and difficulties.  After being inspired by Alex Grey’s “The Mission of Art”, I decided to become an art therapist and learn more about how art can heal.  My current artwork contains themes that are also relevant to my work as a therapist, especially related to the transformation that can be catalyzed through the use of sacred plant medicines.

My work can be considered “Visionary Art,”  including themes of transformation, spirituality, dreams, and visions.  I often have the experience of art coming through me, rather than from me.  I am drawn to art that expresses the inner world of the artist through the clarity and beauty of refined technique, and aspire to create art that evokes that experience in others.  My intent with my current work is to merge interests in psychology, personal transformation, social change, and plant medicines through the medium of paint.

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Rod Hatter

Florence, OR

 

Rod Hatter, AKA "Panhead Rod", is a poet, author of several chapbooks (some with illustrations by his wife, Sunny Hatter), and runs his own independent small press. He is a staple in the Central Coast literary community, offering pithy and profound perspectives from his life as a motorcycle rider, nature lover, and small business owner. He believes in a positive, if irreverent and humorous, outlook on life, which is sure to entertain and warm the heart through his words.

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Jennifer's Vintage

Portland, OR

 

Jennifer of Jennifer's Vintage recycles the keys from old pianos to create whimsical and lovely earrings, necklaces and other accessories. She is careful to source only parts that do not contain ivory.

 

From the artist:

 

"I have always been crafty and when I first saw a piece of scrimshaw, I was intrigued.  I tried my hand at it and instantly knew I had found what I was meant to do! I have always been fascinated by the ocean, especially tall ships.  Scrimshaw is traditional a nautical art form. I began with tall ships then expanding my designs over the years to include lighthouses, mermaids, flowers and so much more!"

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Barefoot Hippies

Yachats, OR

Honey Morrison of Barefoot Hippies is a jewelry and craft artist and workshop instructor for kids and adults. She delights in using a variety of art, craft and unconventional materials to create fun, funky and bold pieces to wear to festivals, dance parties, holiday parties, or just because they match your mood or personality. She is a fan of the arts for personal expression, healing, sharing, and bringing people together in community. You may see her out and about, vending at events in the Yachats Commons, in Newport, or other places around Oregon.

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Beth Kattleman
Waldport, Oregon 

Beth is a mixed media artist who hails originally from New York State. During her career as a high school librarian, she fell in love with the look and feel of old glossy magazines from the 1950's-70's. She has found her creative "voice" in assemblage and collage, especially her signature altered book series, which also come with altered stories on the back of each sculpture that play off the title and intention of the piece.

 

Her themes range from the nostalgic, whimsical or absurdist, to an ongoing social commentary, delivered with visual puns and satirical word play.

Beth lives and works in Waldport, OR with her husband and their beach-loving dog, Hank.

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Kassy Keppol

Florence, OR

 

Kassy is an illustrator, teacher and artist in person, online, and through her subscription art and craft box service, created during the Pandemic shutdown. She's been creating from a young age, and has also spent time at Hollins University studying under some of the best children's book illustrators working today. She received a Master's Certification in Children's Book Illustration, plus a Masters of Fine Arts in Children's Book Writing and illustration.

 

Through her business in Florence, Dragon Art, she's helped youth and adults alike learn skills in sewing, wire arts, mixed media and more, while producing a variety of magical creations. Her latest children's book, "What Mommy Doesn't See", is currently on Kickstarter.

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Kimi Kitsch

Portland, OR/California

About the Artist: Kimi Boylan loves to collect glorious found vintage treasures and salvage to turn into “Kimi Kitsch”- a wry, somewhat subversive commentary on retro popular culture. She works with reclaimed wood, often from old cigar boxes; ephemera, found objects, jewelry bits and resin. She describes her work as “super collectible, Boho electric, whimsical collage, assemblage and Glamour Puss Wearable Art For You.”

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Rachel Rusenko

Portland, OR

Originally from Casablanca, Morocco, Rachel Rusenko is a painter, muralist, vocalist, writer, thespian, and community organizer. They have been performing original ambient soundscapes since 2014.

 

In their art, Rachel explores a juxtaposition of crisp line work inspired by Islamic geometric patterns with softer, rounder forms often found in human anatomy and nature. All of their work is derived from a stream of consciousness flow state. They are exploring multiple forms of public performance, including acting, poetry recitation, and live music performance. They have been live painting for ten years in various cities and numerous types of events. They are a co-founder of mixed use creative community center Earth Space PDX located in SE Portland, Oregon.

 

Heavily influenced by their upbringing in Casablanca, Morocco, Rusenko's work clashes tessellations resembling Islamic geometric patterns with organic and yielding forms found in nature. Their stream of consciousness, as depicted by their ink, projects a dreamlike quality which induces a trance-like submersion. The intricacy of their line work invites the viewer to explore a multiverse living on canvas, with dimensional pockets permitting multiple reads and infinite possibilities.

 

Rusenko has taken an active role in community building and organizing arts spaces since 2013. They currently devotes much of their time to Earth Space PDX, a local art and permaculture community center which they are a co-founder of. They often discusses themes of femininity, nature’s cycles, and surreal dream-scapes in their work.

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SoulWise Art
Florence, Oregon

"My work is an ongoing exploration of personal expression... I lose myself in art and I find myself in the process ~ and through finding, I reach through to bring forth the trans personal."

SoulWise Art is the fine art and craft practice of Serena Blossom Appel. She has a rich and varied background in media of all kinds, learned over a lifetime of being around other creative, talented and expressive folk.

Serena holds a BFA from Columbia College, Chicago, IL and a Masters in Art Therapy/Counseling from Marylhurst University, Oregon. She has made, shown and sold fine artwork for over 35 years in the U.S. and abroad, and has a long history of organizing community around expressive arts projects.

Her intuitively-derived work draws from a variety of sources, with an emphasis on the visual and textural language of mixed media, exploration of organic forms; dream, symbolic and visionary imagery; creative re-use, deconstructed fashion, and social commentary through an Intersectional Feminist lens.

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Carol Summers

Yachats, OR

Carol’s love of flowers, her interest in the energy of people and places, and her appreciation for ancient structures inspire her paintings. The medium of watercolor allows endless experiments in light, color and form.

Born in Indiana, Carol moved to Oregon at the age of seven and has lived in the Pacific Northwest since, except for a year at Santa Monica City College in California.

From 2004 through 2006 she painted with acrylics in the decorative arts style at the Tole Tree in Yachats with Kay Ludlow. In 2005 she added watercolor and has studied watercolor in Florence, Oregon, with Susan Weathers and at YAA. A founding member of Yachats Arts Guild in 2007, she won the People’s Choice Award in 2010. She received awards at Celebrate the Arts in Florence, Oregon, and won a blue ribbon at the Lincoln County Fair in 2015. Her abstract Curvique received an Award of Achievement in 2012 from the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

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Ten2Midnight Studios

Portland, OR

 

Liane and Xian Crigler are a husband and wife team who developed designs for their laser-cut wood and stained glass sun catchers from a kitchen table business, into a full time career. You may see Liane out at summer art fairs and festivals around Portland. The Studio carries curated pieces from her wholesale line.

 

From the artist:

 

"Liane began her career in the LA apparel industry. It wasn't long, though, before she realized her true calling lay elsewhere. In the mid 1990’s, she cast aside the glamorous LA fashion scene to pursue a degree in Studio Art with an emphasis in metal smithing.

Xian has always been involved behind the scenes of Ten2Midnight. But as the popularity of our sun catchers increased, so did his prescience in the studio. He not only cuts all the glass, but he maintains the laser, seals the wood, troubleshoots production & a million other things. He also holds a degree in Studio Art and has experimented with a variety of mediums."

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Wokeface

Portland, OR

Wokeface was born in 2016 as a street art project in Portland, Oregon, created by a human named Janet.

The first Wokeface pieces were hand painted plywood cut-outs drilled into telephone poles. Then came stickers. A friend taught Janet how to screen print, and then came posters and t-shirts. People started asking if they could buy these items, shops started carrying them, and gradually the project began to fund itself and expand organically.

Wokeface continues to grow as a brand, and Janet continues to grow as an artist, frequently working on murals and collaborations in Portland and beyond.

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Zuul Industries

Florence, OR

Kristoffer of Zuul Industries is a digital artist and freehand illustrator. He finds art making meditative, and has used this in his life to help with stress management and personal accomplishment, as well as to explore personal themes, and to bring awareness and appreciation to the world of animals and nature.

Kristoffer has been steeped in the arts and technology from an early age. He attended an arts academy in his home state of Alaska, prior to attending college and graduating with a B.S. in computer science from the Art Institute of Portland, OR. He has been living and working in Florence as a freelance designer and artist for the past several years. He is available for graphic arts, 3D Modeling, design and technical education and support services through the Studio.

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