Sara Swink & Gail Owen
Ceramics Linoleum-cut Prints
September 2 - 27, 2020
First Friday Zoom: Sept 4, 6-7 pm
Artist Talk Zoom: Sept 20, 12-1 pm
Sidestreet Arts presents new works by ceramic artist, Sara Swink and printmaker, Gail Owen. These two sensational artists will be showing throughout the month of September in our featured gallery.
Sara Swink is a clay artist who crafts human and animal figures with a bit of whimsy and a definite psychological stance. Her hand-built sculptural works impart feelings and ideas through stories, some fragmented, and often with a humorous side. Sara uses clay to process and respond to life as it happens capturing moments, memories, and reflections in 3-D. Make no mistake, Sara’s work has a darkish side, but it’s tempered with a playfulness which makes it approachable. You can catch her recent interview in the Summer issue of Subjectiv Journal. http://www.subjectivjournal.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/subjectiv-summer-2020.pdf
Sidestreet Arts member, Gail Owen, has been covering the gallery walls since September of 2018. Her hand-stitched linoleum-cut prints have dazzled patrons with such beauties as bright Azaleas, pink dogwood blossoms, and things you might find in a Portland garden like koi, chickens, and gnomes (yes, gnomes).This month, you’ll find fantastic ferns and sprawling rhododendrons, all done with her characteristic luscious layers of ink and hand-stitchery.
First Friday Zoom Opening
Friday, Sept 4, 2020, and the first Friday of each month we'll be hosting our Zoom First Friday Featured Show Opening.
From 6-7 pm (PST), grab your favorite munchies and a glass of wine and join us as we present art from this month’s Featured Show. We’ll talk with the artists, hear what they have to say about their art and hobnob in this virtual show opening.
Join us Sunday, September 20, from 12-1pm for our Zoom Artist Talk series with this month’s featured artists, Sara Swink & Gail Owen.
Our Featured Artists will talk about their inspiration, their art, and how they make it. You’ll get some insight into their process while you watch from the comfort of your own home. So, grab some brunchy nibblies... and that mimosa and join us for this free event!
Our October show features sketchbooks and artwork from Sidestreeter, Bridgett Spicer.
Are you a printmaker? Want to be in our Annual January Print show? Apply Online!
Artist Spotlight: Daniel Haile
Daniel Haile tells stories. His beautiful illustrations are tales just waiting to be told. Inspired by comic books and Saturday morning cartoons, Daniel spends a lot of time in his sketchbook drawing gorgeous portraits of storied people. He cites Will Eisner and Norman Rockwell, among others, as influences and his themes are about diversity, disability (Daniel is hearing impaired), and discrimination.
Daniel isn’t new to Sidestreet, but we recently received some amazing new pieces. AND we’ve started carrying high quality reproductions of his drawings. Printed on archival paper and bagged in plastic, they range from $35-$65.
As Seen at the Gallery...
Our Featured Artists, Karrie Amiton and Rebecca Arthur, Zoomed with us for their First Friday Opening.
Sidestreeters Dawn and Melody arrange art. Dawn arranges tags in our Featured Art gallery.
Gail Owen’s flags wave in front of the gallery. Karrie Amiton shows us her glass painting process during her artist talk.
What’s New at the Gallery?
We’ve got new work from Stephanie Burton and new jewelry items by Kathleen Mistry. Also, we have face masks by Ben Carter and greeting cards by Page Illustration.
Did you know that Sidestreet Arts offers Layaway?
Off The Wall...
The number 20 slowly made its way down Burnside. I was tired; it had been a long arduous day where things started off poorly right from the get-go... the spilled coffee, the missed meeting, the late lunch... and it all culminated with my shoe finding the fresh pile an irresponsible pet owner left for me. I rubbed my temple. I just wanted to get home to a vodka-something. I stared aimlessly out the bus window as we crossed 10th, then 8th... 6th... And then, just as we passed the U.S. Bancorp Building and made our way to the bridge, the sky turned color. It was the most amazing and cheerful shade of pink... and it reflected in the shine of the Willamette River. Cotton Candy clouds hung over Portland like a dream. Gone were the day’s failures and down-trodden events. Gone was the spilled coffee and dog poop, and my heart was uplifted as I smiled into the window, watching the pink behind my reflected grin.