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10th Anniversary Big 500 Show 2017

The Big 500 Show is back in Portland, Oregon, and it’s their anniversary! I’m excited to see the show back at the Pioneer Place Mall, former home of Peoples’ Art Of Portland Gallery. Clearly the artists rock so hard that they got invited back for another appearance!


For my pieces this year, I am exploring more in-depth the fusion of a variety of mixed media materials, techniques, and processes:

It’s been a bit heinous getting ready for the show, after getting my own place, moving my household across the state in September, setting up my art studio in a whole new building, work transitions, health transitions, and so on. So I hadn’t had as much time or brain power as I’d like to be able to focus on what I wanted to do.

Yet, I’d wanted to give more time and opportunity to the part of me that loves to feel things, to play with materials and enjoy the colors and textures, to go with an intuitive vision. So I started with a mere flash of an idea- working with metal foil and making lantern-style light “boxes.” Add to that some cool finds in my materials stash that I hadn’t seen in years, and some beachcombed treasures, and I was off and running.

I’m excited about the possibilities with the light boxes, as it provides a sustainable way to light up a space that can last for a long time, has replaceable components, and uses minimal power. Also blurring the lines between art and functionality; pieces that are paintings or sculptures by day, can take on an added dimension by night.

I will be at the opening (get there by 2pm for a PARADE!) so I hope you can make it out! If not opening night, the show will be up through Christmas for all of your holiday shopping needs.




Guess Who’s In the Big 500 Show?

Big 500 Poster

…That’s right- This gal!

This year’s show, held at the Pioneer Place Mall in the heart of downtown Portland, will be bigger than ever- over 500 artists with scadillions of works available, created exclusively for this event. If you’ve never been to a “Big 100 (now 500)” show, it is truly a sight to behold. All works will be for sale at $40 each. It’s an invitation only show, and I am honored to be able to participate alongside a great cross section of works that include some of Portland’s already well known and loved artists, as well as local creativity enthusiasts from all walks of life. The pieces are shown without any notations, other than identifying names on the back of the work- so you can browse the collection exclusively on each piece’s own appeal and merits.

I will have 5 panels up- I won’t spoil the surprise yet, but I am thinking they will be based on circular/mandala themes I have going for another painting in the works… Come say hello at the opening on December 13th and I just might point them out for you…