MTM: Exhibit at the Brewery

1475880014812You could call it “stepping out in fear and trepidation” or you could call it “making the leap”  — or any of a number of other phrases — but last fall I committed to being the artist of the month at my favorite local brewery.

After much thought and procrastination, I chose the photos that I wanted to display and then had them printed and matted. A few were from (or will be on) the walls of my own home.  All of them are for sale.

DSCN3048 Websized, Multnomah Tree

This picture of trees in the Columbia River Gorge in Oregon (above) normally hangs on my living room wall. It was the only one that I had already shelled out money for — the rest of them (twenty-nine 8×10 prints, plus some larger pieces on canvas or metal) were paid for over the past two months in the hopes of recouping at least some of the cost in sales.

DSCN3041 WEBSIZED, clothesline, pink floral

These photos of my artwork were taken prior to adding labels with the title and price of each piece.

DSCN3046 Websizedm bird house, hummingbird wings

For the 8×10 photographs, I had them printed at a local shop on metallic paper and then a local gallery matted them and added hanging hardware on the back.  I’m really thrilled with the results!

DSCN3049 Websized, Palouse Barn and grain display

I spent 4 hours hanging out at the brewery on Friday evening. Two friends from Canada drove down to surprise me, and my good friend ~A~ stopped by for an hour after work.

DSCN1659 websized, first Friday at Bellwether

I’ll be popping in to visit off and on all month. While I hope to sell at least a few pieces, it’s exciting to just see my photographs hanging in a public space.


Your turn:  What’s something you’ve done lately to step out of your comfort zone?




[Not] My Town Monday, the Canadian edition


On our way back home from Syringa Provincial Park, we spent a couple of hours in Castlegar, British Columbia — the Sculpture Capital of Canada. (They’ve actually trademarked that line.)
We were duly impressed!

"Sphere of Influence"

“Sphere of Influence”

For five years now, Castlegar has hosted a Sculpture Walk with entries from local and international artists. The public is invited to look at all of the sculptures and vote for a favorite. The sculpture with the highest vote tally is purchased by the city and put on permanent display. How cool is that?

Smelling the flowers

smelling the flowers…

All  32 sculptures in the 2014 event are available for sale ($3,000 – $36,000 CND; most are in the 3-15K range) and occasionally a business will purchase one. Tim Horton’s has a hockey player sculpture (of course) and this awesome sculpture made of gears and whatnot is on permanent display in front of another business:

The plaque reads:  Rumi once said, "Start a huge and foolish project." So I did.  Rabi'a.

The plaque reads:
Rumi once said, “Start a huge and foolish project.” So I did. Rabi’a.


Speaking of foolish…

We found the old train depot

We found the old train depot

DSCN0972  sculpture with a boy's face



It was a perfectly lovely day to walk around and explore downtown Castlegar.

Who couldn't love a town with a crosswalk like this?

Who couldn’t love a city with a crosswalk like this?




"Rebirth" (cast of a whale pelvis -- looks like a heart)



"Song of the Flying Dutchman" is one of our favorites

“Song of the Flying Dutchman” is one of our favorites


“Jelly”  and my 6-foot, 1-inch tall son


"Seventy-Six Trombones"

“Seventy-Six Trombones”

SnakeMaster played a little tune!

SnakeMaster played a little tune!














"Honkfest" was the winner in 2013 and a winner with H-J. SnakeMaster wondered how much money he could glean from the bottom of the pool.

“Honkfest” was the winner in 2013 and a winner with H-J.   SnakeMaster wondered how much money he could glean from the bottom of the pool.



"What the Nose Knows"  ...and 2 boogers!

“What the Nose Knows”
…and 2 boogers!

This post concludes our recent Canadian adventures over the 4th of July weekend  — because all good Americans go to Canada to celebrate their independence, eh? If you missed them, here are the links for part onepart two, and part three.