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REFLECTION AND RENEWAL 

2017


Portland’s Japanese Garden, created in 1967,  completed an expansion and renewal project in April 2017.  Our MIX group was excited and intrigued by this endeavor to add what is primarily an architectural space to what has been mostly a serene garden of lovingly tended plants.

As usual with our group, we established a few working parameters:
         A primary piece measuring 24” square
         A smaller piece (to be hung on either side, top or
         bottom), measuring 24” x 10”
         The possibility of adding another small piece

We did not specify the use of a particular color, nor did we say that concentration had to be on the new structures or the garden.  That was left that up to the artist.

As we discovered with last year’s show, “Urban PDX”, our affection for Portland is strong, and we enjoyed the whole process from time spent in the garden getting inspirational photos to wrestling with some new techniques.  We hope these pieces show our wonder at this beautiful spiritual sanctuary. 

 The Spaces in Between 

Kathy Blondell



Japanese Pathway (top)
Garden Pathway (bottom)

Annette McFarlane



The Garden's Silent Welcome (top)
Sticks and Stones (bottom)

Betty Daggett



        Pagoda                                 Pathways

Diane Losli-Britt



Peace and Reconciliation (top)
Strolling Pond Denizens (bottom)

Valri Chiappetta



                               Peace                          Tranquility   

Elaine Millar


Under The Maple Tree 

Hilde Morin


URBAN PDX 

2016


One can't help notice all the cranes dotting the landscape and neighborhoods changing, expanding and some, even shrinking as new replaces old. We thought it would be interesting to explore these changes in our art. Thus the theme Urban PDX was adopted. The challenge included making one piece of fiber art measuring 30 by 40 inches in portrait orientation and one piece that measured 8 by 20 inches. The smaller piece was to be somehow related to the first. As always, how that was to happen was left to artist vision. The last concept of this challenge was to find a way to include yellow, the color of a #2 pencil. We soon discovered that the good old #2 pencil is, in fact, not a standard color.

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And/Or

 Kathy Blondell





How Dense is Dense Enough?

 Valri Chiappetta



Condemned

Betty Daggett



The Pearl

Melanie Grant



Go by Train

Diane Losli-Britt



Tillicum Crossing

Annette McFarlane



An Urban Conversation

Elaine Millar



Busy Day at the Portland Mercado

Hilde Morin




A SENSE OF PLACE: THE ALLISON

2015


In our search for a theme this year, our MIX group thought it would be interesting to see how our individual interpretations of one place, known to us all, might vary or coincide. We chose the Allison Inn and Spa in Newberg, Oregon and had a couple of field trips together and sometimes separately to obtain photos. These photos were intended as jumping off points for our pieces since we also undertook some studies of abstraction earlier in the year.

Some artists chose to lean closer to the representational aspect in their portrayal, while others moved toward abstraction. We each hoped to create one “Hardscape” piece and one “Softscape” piece. Hardscape inspiration was likely to come from either the architecture of the building itself, or some of the rigid lines surrounding it such as the stonework or sculpture. The Softscapes might be related to the lush gardens, surrounding bounty of Willamette Valley agriculture or the more organic sculptures the Allison has scattered about its grounds. While we did get together to show progress throughout our designing season, seeing the show as a whole has delighted and surprised us. We hope viewers who know the Allison will see some of what they have enjoyed there in our interpretations, and those who do not will feel inspired to go and see it for themselves.

All pieces in this Exhibit measure 24"W x 30"H

            Standing Tall                       Shadow Play

Kathy Blondell


     The Lost Weekend                   The High Life

Valri Chiappetta


Elephant Ears Hold No Secrets    Spa Secrets

Betty Daggett



             Vessels                      Architectural Elements

Melanie Grant




                  Bowl                              Follow a Path

Diane Losli-Britt



         Stacked Allison                   Stacked Grapes

Annette McFarlane




                    Arbor Vitae                       Micro Rhythms

Elaine Millar



           Where to Stay                       Where to Go

Hilde Morin


EXTREME STUDIES 

2014


MIX artists developed a series of new works examining the concept "in the extreme". Whether it be through use of a single theme or similar technique, the work explores material, shape or distortion and color "in the extreme". To further unify the body of work, each piece is rendered at 18 inches square.



All works in this exhibit measure 18"W x 18"H
 
  

Box of Crayons - It'ss Not All Black and White - Where Have You Been

Kathy Blondell







Red Is Just Part of the Story - Fire and Ice - Interruption

Valri Chiappetta







Glacial Melt - Move Over - Scrap in Orbit

Betty Daggett





 


A Neutral Point of View - It's Hip to be Square - Off the Grid

Melanie Grant







Ostracized - Cast Off - Running Apart Side by Side

Diane Losli-Britt



 


Annette McFarlane






She Gives New Meaning to Going Green - 
She Has a Night on the Town and Nothing to Wear - 
She Put her Freak On

Elaine Millar






A Study of Distortion - A Fun Experiment - The Forbidden Color

Hilde Morin



LOCALLY GROWN

2013


People are becoming increasingly interested in the health of the food they eat. Farmer's markets are growing in popularity. Restaurants proudly announce that their food is purchased locally. Barbara Kingsolver wrote in Animal, Vegetable, Miracle the story of her family's desire and subsequent trial to eat only what they could grow themselves. The quilts for this exhibit were inspired by these and other personal experiences with "locally grown."


Compost Bin

one 12x12 piece made by each artist


Betty Daggett


Kathy Blondell





Betty Daggett




Valri Chiappetta

Melanie Grant



Elaine Millar



Hilde Morin



3 comments:

  1. Looks like you guys are having great fun! Thanks for letting us take a peek.

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  2. What wonderful pieces! Thanks for sharing.

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