Sounds like a Union shop, doesn’t it? But, it is far from it. Local 14 is an Art event that started in 1968 with 14 original members. They were women who had put their art careers on hold to raise families. It all started one day when the founders piano broke and she needed some cash to fix it. That started a wonderful tradition that carries on today encompassing 45 member artists and many guest artists as well, that participate in the show each year.
It is now in a wonderful location, the Forestry Center, in Portland, across from the Zoo. It is set up Gallery style with lots of vertical surfaces to hang art and the center is a beautiful collection of art that does not hang on your wall. There are so many Artists in this show that could not possible list them all. There are artists at this show that I come back to see year after year.
First, there is Ann Munson. She makes paste papers and then uses them to incorporate into her designs forming beautiful paintings of landscapes, cats, chickens etc. I personally love her cats and chickens the best and have a couple of her prints on the wall of my home. I am always eager to see what she has been up to since I saw her last.
Susan Frohnmayer Has the most wonderful photography of horses! She also does Birds, and really cool florals as well as some of her travel and Africa photos.
Laurie Miller Designs are full of whimsy and will brighten your life! They did mine… I love her use of color and each piece just breathes happy. Here is a sample taken from her blog at http://lauriemillerdesigns.blogspot.com/.
Dona Reed had wonderful block prints. The black and white imagery of the birds in her designs are really wonderful.
Jane Russell the Fairy Atelier make the most unusual and beautiful fairy accessories (yes, fairy accessories!) you can see some of them on her blog. Way too adorable!
Michelle Gallagher is one that I come to see each year. I have one of her ceramic heads that delights me each and every day when I see it on my sideboard.
Gail Pedergrass, I noticed for the first time this year and fell in love with her teapots. (I love teapots, don’t know why, don’t care, they just delight me) Hers were full of whimsy and really beautifully made. One day I will add one of those lovely teapots to my collection.
Dorothy Steele has been a favorite of mine for years. She does such wonderful things with clay combined with her love of nature… very lovely!
Peggy Harkins, oh the things she makes with wood! Beautiful designs and everything is created by her from the bottom up.
Brie Kriebel make really wonderful clothing. I am purchased three of her design to date. The latest one at this years show. A lovely piece in turquoise that buttons up the front, and it has POCKETS! in the front. There is nothing better, clothing wise, as when you can find a loose-fitting comfortable lightweight button up the front jacket with POCKETS. Not to mention the designs that are on them. I look for a new one every year now.
Judee Moonbeam! Wonderful bags, jackets… beautiful accents on her works…
Sylvia Emard her creations are meant to be worn and they are like wearing artwork they are so absolutely beautiful. They appear to come out of nature itself. The colors are dramatic and the texture is marvelous.
Bonnie Garlington make the most finely woven textiles, they are hardly to be believed. They are SO soft and really beautiful.
I saw Stacy Polson for the first time this year, and if I had funds left I would have purchased on of her pieces right off the bat. It was a felted head (sounds odd until you see it) with a bird’s nest inside the top of it. I know just the place I would have put it too, where I could see it everyday!
Kris Zorko mosaics were wonderful with such authentic quotes incorporated that I purchased a red themed one with a wonderful message that struck my heart.
Betsy Benson jewelry is simple and elegant and rustic all at the same time.
Deb Steele is by far my all time favorite jewelry designer. My husband purchased a pair of her earrings for me in a Gallery in Cannon Beach and I have been in love with her designs ever since. Then a friend of mine took a class from her and I was so impressed, that she shares her knowledge of how to make these wonderful artworks with anyone who is interested.
This was my list of favorite artists from the Local 14 show. I hope you enjoy them as well.