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New Work, Spring Updates and Show Schedule for 2019

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NEW WORK

SMALL SCALE

LARGE SCALE


CLIENT PHOTOS

 


WORKING ON A COMMISSION

BUBBLE SCREEN WALL HANGING


THE FURBALL: CATURDAY NIGHT FEVER was a blast! I donated this Bird in a Nest which raised $180.00 for the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon. So many people gave generously to the all the silent and public auction items. Such a great cause and so much fun! If you need help with a feral cat population near you or you need to spay/neuter your own pets, call the FCCO.


SHOW SCHEDULE

LAKE OSWEGO READS I’m honored to participate in the Lake Oswego Reads program this year, an annual event sponsored by the Lake Oswego Public Library. In it, 20 artists read a novel then create one piece inspired by it. It travels to 9 locations throughout the year, with month long viewing at each. All pieces are available for sale. Opening reception at the Lakewood Center for the Arts on February 4th.

THE GATHERING OF THE GUILDS which includes my guild, the CREATIVE METAL ARTS GUILD will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, April 26th – 28th. Six guilds will show their work: Wood, Glass, Bead, Weavers, Metal and ceramic. See me in Booth 1-M.

21ST ANNUAL FURBALL: CATURDAY NIGHT FEVER I’m excited to have donated a piece for this event. Help the Feral Cat Coalition raise money with silent and live auctions. Come to the Portland Art Museum and celebrate with food, drinks and disco dancing for a good cause, ticket available at the FCCO website, May 4th.

ASSOCIATION OF NW LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS TOUR I’m honored to display my work in a beautiful home landscape located in Lake Oswego, June 22nd. This is a guided tour with presentations by each professional designer. Check website for tickets.

LAKE OSWEGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS  at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego,  June 21st – 23rd.

SALEM ART FAIR & FESTIVAL at Bush’s Pasture Park in Salem, July 19th – 21st.

MULTNOMAH ART CENTER GALLERY Pacific Northwest Sculptors present, “Unmatched Pairs”, which is a collaboration between its members. There are 10 pairs of artists. On exhibit will be one piece from each person and one of their collaborations. September 6th – October 1st.

FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS in Troutdale at Glenn Auto Park, September 21st & 22nd. I’ll be doing demonstrations under the pavilion with 5 other Pacific Northwest Sculptors.

International Sculpture Conference, events TBD, October 12th-15th.

LOCAL 14 at the World Forestry Center, October 4th – 6th.

PORTLAND OPEN STUDIOS at my studio, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave, two weekends in a row, October 12th & 13th and 19th & 20th.

RAIN SPARK GALLERY seasonal gallery, location TBD, November – December.


Enjoy the Spring Season!


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A Trio of Artist Process Videos for Latest Figurative Sculpture

I think these videos do a great job of showing what went into building this latest sculpture. It’s a 6’H steel figure based on a piece from a Kwakuitl village known as Fort Rupert, Vancouver Island, B.C. Canada.


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Figure Commission Completed for Spring

I’m very excited to be delivering this commission next week to a property on the edge of Forest Park with a view of the Willamette River. What a beautiful setting!

My client has an interest in native art from around the world. He owns a collection of hand carved wooden pieces acquired during his travels. He wanted a life-sized figure for the landscape in that style. We went through several books of images to find this First Nation’s figure which I recreated in steel. The original black and white photo of the piece was taken in 1894. It’s from a Kwakiutl village known as Fort Rupert, B.C., Canada. I’m grateful to spend the time exploring this style of work from the first people in the PNW, a region I call home.

To simulate the rough aged wood I used all reclaimed materials esspecially with texture: steel from underground oil tank, reclaimed diamond plate, defunct water heater tank. 6’H x 18″W.

 

 


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Cover of the Sellwood Bee for Portland Open Studios

I’m excited to be on the cover and inside the Sellwood Bee. It’s a local SE newspaper that’s been reporting on the community since 1906!

I was interviewed during the 2018 Portland Open Studios Tour. It’s an annual event where 100 artists open up their work spaces and invite the public in for demonstrations and discussions. It’s a self guided tour for two weekends in mid-October.

My fellow Pacific Northwest Scupltors member Craig Dorety, a light artist, was also featured. A total of four of us participated in the event around the city.

Thanks to the BEE for stopping by! And thanks to Portland Open Studios which is always a real treat for artists and visitors alike.

Portland Open Studios, 2019 – Sellwood Bee


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The Furball: Caturday Night Fever

I’m so excited to participate in the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon’s, Furball: Caturday Night Fever. It’s their biggest fundraiser of the year. It provides critical funding for FCCO’s well respected spay/neuter program for feral, stray and pet cats.

Me and several friends have donated a piece of art to their special event held at the Portland Art Museum on May 4th. Their live and silent auctions will feature over 100 packages of art, get aways and cat related gifts. Join in the fun with food, drinks and disco dancing! Get your tickets through their website. See you there!

Red Bird in Nest, 3’H on base


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5 Recent Commissions Plus a Client’s Review

I really enjoy working with clients to bring joy to their lives through metal art. Sometimes people know exactly what they want while other times, through a consultation, a sculpture is arrived upon. Here are some recent pieces brought to life through this process.

Bamboo Forest – 95″H x 32″W.

The client wanted a piece that would be visible when the pocket door was closed. It had to be thin yet pop visually. Through a consultation I suggested this concept. It brought the outside landscape to the interior.

 

Reed Trellis- Steel rod of various diameter, 6.5’W x 6’H.

This was designed to be an elegant way to hide the neighbors garage. The evergreen clematis will be trained onto it.

 

Spiral Gate, 36″Wx42″H.

This homeowner has an affinity for the spiral design. I plasma cut this based on a pair of earrings. It was then custom fit to mount into the side yard gate.

 

Eiffal Tower – 8’H x 42″W

My client honeymooned in Paris with her sweetie. For their 1st anniversary she surprised her with this gift, an Eiffel Tower trellis for the garden.

 

Eternal Om – powder coated red with bell – 48″H.

During a tour through my studio the idea for this piece came to life. They found exactly what they were looking for.

CLIENT REVIEW: I met Shelly at The Home and Garden Show in 2016. I was attracted to her display of hearts that she had welded because I collected hearts for my husband after his stent surgery in 2013. Shelly had unusual and beautifully formatted hearts made of different metals, including barbed wired and I thought that was a serendipitous material to shape into a heart. I liked that Shelly used recovered and recycled material for her art and I also heard the passion she felt for her chosen art form. Even with our years apart in age and world experiences, I felt a camaraderie with Shelly and saw and felt her warmth and joy for the sculptures she created and for those with whom she worked. I knew I wanted a Shelly Durica-Laiche sculpture in our front yard.

She listened to my musings and almost intuitively understood my desires and made a beautiful gong that brings joy to me everyday as it reminds me of my upbringing in Japan.

Shelly brings talent and heart to her art!