NW Boomer and Senior News April 2018: There’s no limit to how car parts can be reimagined with a creative eye like Stephen Uhle’s. A large brake drum weighing 120 pounds became a decorative flower pot. A smaller set of brake drums became a barbecue and smoker.
Archive | Art and Artists
Tattoo Invitational Inks Money for Local Economy
There’s a buzz surrounding the Evergreen Tattoo Invitational, and it’s not just the sound of tattoo needles. Last February’s inaugural convention brought tattoo artists from around the world to Springfield’s Willamalane Center for Sports and Recreation. This year a tattooist from California who wasn’t invited to the 2015 show tried to hack his way in.
Bets Cole In Her Studio
Bets Cole is an accomplished painter most known for her plein air landscapes. During the winter when she chooses not to paint outdoors, she works in her studio. In 2012 she embarked upon a series of 50 portraits of local professional women. Her studio is upstairs in her home on an 80-acre farm in Elmira.
Beat the Crowds, Shop Local Online
I love is supporting local artisans but don’t like the hassle of fighting for parking spaces and navigating crowded stores. Luckily there’s a way to avoid the holiday horrors and still shop locally, and it’s called Etsy.
Public Art in Eugene
For this article I got to comb through huge notebooks of pieces of paper that the city of Eugene used to catalog the many items of public art. Some of the papers were hand-written, dating all the way back to the 1960s and ’70s. Of the more than 200 pieces of public art in Eugene, […]
Color. Life. Joy. The Art of Sandra McMorris Johnson
Color. Joy. Life. Those words describe not only Sandra McMorris Johnson’s art but her philosophy, too. A tall, elegant woman with more than 30 years behind her as a professional artist, Sandra has taken the traditional woman’s work of sewing and fabrics to new heights, both literally and figuratively. Sandra was a joy to talk […]
Artistic and Functional Cooking Stoves
Small, compact cooking stoves are nothing new, but most of the designs don’t look great in a kitchen or garden. Todd Albi’s SilverFire cook stoves, with stands designed by local metal sculptor Ian Beyer, certainly do.
Woman of Interest – Cristen Braatz
Cristen Braatz is an interior designer and jewelry designer in Eugene with a magnificent collection of antiques she transforms into modern pieces. She finds that the smallest treasures often have big stories behind them.
Recreating Ancient Coptic Egyptian Textiles
Nancy Hoskins, a former college weaving instructor, has a Master’s Degree in Fine Arts/Weaving, Art Education, and Art History from the University of Oregon. For decades, her research has been focused on Pharaonic, Coptic (Christian Egyptian), and Early Islamic Egyptian textiles. She has studied public and private collections of Egyptian fabrics all over the world, […]
Felted Critters Bring Nature to Life
Some people find their creative path in life by accident, while some always seem to know their purpose. Some people need a bit of encouragement to follow their path once they find it. For Eliel Fionn, who combines the craft of dry needle felting with storytelling, it was more of the latter.