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THE GATHERING OF THE GUILDS which includes my guild, the CREATIVE METAL ARTS GUILD will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, April 28th-30th. Six guilds will show their work: Wood, Glass, Bead, Weavers, Metal and Ceramic.

SALEM ART FAIR & FESTIVAL located in beautiful Bush’s Pasture Park just outside downtown Salem, July 21th -23rd.

CHEHELEM MOUNTAIN ART AFFAIR an intimate art show featuring juried artisans in the beautiful Chehalem community SW of Portland in Scholls, July 29th – 30th.   

RAIN SPARK GALLERY pop up holiday gallery with over 30 local artists, Location TBD in downtown Lake Oswego. This show usually runs November 1st – December 24th. Check the website for special events throughout the run.


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Please join me, Sunday the 23rd of October, for an artists talk at Sidestreet Arts gallery, 3-4PM. I’m looking forward to sharing the stage with and learning more about these talented artists. If you missed the opening of Another Realm, this is the perfect time to experience the exhibition before it closes on the 30th.

Artists include: Erica Gibson, Kendall Clay, Melody Bush, Anna Magruder, Jeanne Steffan, Sharon Jonquil and me.

Sidestreet Arts 140 SE 28th Ave., Portland, OR
Open Wednesday – Sunday 12-5PM
Shop the show online.

Updates: show opening this Friday the 7th, location announced for the Rain Spark seasonal gallery!

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Hi all! Thank you to everyone who came out to my Open Studio event. What a special weekend I’ll never forget. I also appreciate all the folks who came out to the summer shows. I’m still catching up and am looking forward to sharing more about those incredible experiences in my spring newsletter.

For now, I have some special events to share with you as we head toward the holiday season.

Artistic Portland Gallery has returned to our regular celebration of First Thursdays! Join us this Thursday the 6th, 4-6pm. See some of my new work there. Featured member artists Ann Mackiernan (glass) and Mark Clifford (photography) will be speaking about their work on display in the main window. Guest artist and abstract painter Andrea Lopez is exhibiting this month in the Annex. There is so much to see by all 24 local artists in our collective. 4110 NE Fremont, Portland.

This Friday I’ll be at Sidestreet Arts to celebrate the opening of, Another Realm, which includes a new collection of my primarily sculptural works. Join me for the First Friday Art Walk, 5-7pm. I’ve been looking forward to this show all year as the theme was so inspiring. Each mixed metal assemblage is over 90% reclaimed materials, including brass, stainless, copper and steel. Many of these sculptures have never been exhibited before. If you were at my Open Studio event, you probably saw some of these works in progress. This group exhibition includes artist: Melody Bush, Erica Gibson, Sharon Jonquil, Anna Magruder, Jeanne Steffan and me. It runs October 5th-30th, Wednesday-Sunday 12-5pm. 140 SE 28th Ave., Portland. 

Lake Oswego’s Rain Spark Gallery is back and has found a new pop-up location for the holiday season! We were fortunate to secure another storefront on State Street downtown. The address is, 180 “A” Street, next to Salt & Straw. It runs November 1st through December 24th with the hours of operation being Monday-Saturday 10am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm. Check Rain Spark’s Facebook page and my Instagram for the list of scheduled events such as artist talks, demonstrations and the return of the Lake Oswego Community Treasure Hunt. This fun tradition places handmade porcelain ornaments in 45 locations throughout Lake Oswego. This year’s theme is a butterfly. Read the daily clues to find the location of each ornament. Rain Spark Gallery is always a cozy, warm and friendly place for holiday shopping. See you there!

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or would like to schedule a studio visit. 
Enjoy the holidays if I don’t see you.

Thank you all for supporting me in the 10th year of Indio Metal Arts!

Open Studio 2022

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Hi all!

I hope your summers have been going well. Overall the season feels cooler which is enjoyable.

I’m excited to be hosting my second annual Open Studio on August 26th – 28th. This event is very significant for me as I’ve reached a couple of major milestones. This summer is the 10th anniversary of Indio Metal Arts! I’m so grateful for all the love and support I’ve received over the years. It’s allowed me to continue being creative with and for this community which is what I love to do. It’s also my 50th year of my life on the 27th. There’s a lot of reflection, celebration and momentum! What a year to celebrate with you next weekend.

During the Open Studio, I will give demonstrations, be available for consultations and have work for sale. There will also be good deals on close out designs. Joining me is blacksmith Alex de Bont who builds finely crafted hand tools and garden implements. Watch his process and mad skills while he demonstrates in the main shop. We look forward to seeing you at Indio Metal Arts, 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave, 97202.

In other news, I’m honored to have received a scholarship from the Creative Metal Arts Guild to attend FrogwoodIt’s a week long immersive experience with invited artists from the PNW and around the world that come together to share skills and create sculpture collaboratively. I’m so curious how this artistic event will broaden my practice. This is something I’ve wanted to do for many years and am so grateful for the opportunity!

With artistic collaboration in mind, I have several new connections and projects coming up.  I’ll be working with glass artist James Scott Stephenson on a large glass and steel private memorial sculpture. Mosaic glass and ceramic artist Karen Rycheck and I have our sights on large public art. I also just began a second collaboration with artist Chayo Wilson on a large scale ceramic and steel
figure. Keep an eye out for these and more on my Instagram page.

In September, I’m excited to visit the coast at Manzanita! The Hoffman Center for the Artsis having a plant sale where I’ll be selling trellises. Its being held in the Wonder Garden, the botanical grounds adjoining the center, September 10th, 10-1PM.

October 6th – 30th, I’ll be showing in “Another Realm”, a group show with Erica Gibson, Jeanne Steffan, Anna Magruder and Sharon Jonquil at Sidestreet Arts.

The Rain Spark Gallery is always a gorgeous holiday shopping experience in Lake Oswego. This pop-up gallery runs from late October through December. Venue TBD. Follow their website for updates.

If you need anything metal fabricated, feel free to contact me. If you aren’t sure exactly what you want, I’m a great designer and we can find a solution you’ll love. 

Thank you for all your support through the year! 

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So happy with this stained glass frame and centerpiece I designed and installed. Thank you Carrie and David for the opportunity to create this intoxicating addition to your veranda! More on this project in the upcoming spring newsletter.

Open Studio July 16th – 18th, 10 – 6PM

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I’m excited to hold my first self promoted open studio event and hope you can make it out this weekend. It’s the 16th-18th, 10-6PM at 5040 SE Milwaukie Ave. There will be fine and functional art on display. Just this week I created several large sculptures that I look forward to sharing. I’ll be giving demonstrations as well as be available for consultations. I’m also having my first discount sale, the Once Every 9 Years Sale, lol. These will be discontinued styles and one offs.

I’ll be joined by my shop mate Alex De Bont of Somber Crow Works. He’s a blacksmith who creates fine hand crafted garden tools, sculpture and custom objects. He’ll share his space, process and have items for sale. Please see my latest newsletter for more information.

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New Work, Community, and Remaining Shows of 2019

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ASSOCIATION OF LANDSCAPE DESIGNERS TOUR, June 21st. Seven Portland area private gardens were available for viewing on a self guided tour. I had the pleasure of placing work throughout the gorgeous landscape of one of the homes. Thank you to the Smith’s and Elida from All Oregon Landscaping!

PORTLAND MODERN HOME TOUR, June 1st. I built this piece for a client as their home was being remodeled by M.O. Daby Designs. It’s mounted in the cavity of a pocket door and is visible when the door is closed. This home was among the 8 included on the tour.

FULL HOUSE FOR CAREER DAY. Thanks to the 8th graders from Bridger Elementary School who stopped by WatershedPDX to see the space. They had the chance to talk with several artists and other small business owners. It was a pleasure to meet them all and share my story with them.

ARTISTIC PORTLAND I’ve exhibited with this co-op for three years and am so proud to work with these 40+ fabulous artists. I’ll be doing a demonstration with several other artists 11-4PM as part of the day time festivities. Stop by for cake and celebrate with us. There is so much planned.

DANGER GARDEN I’m so grateful to have my work mentioned in Loree’s web blog. I had the pleasure of meeting her at Cracked Pots last year where she picked up one of my Condo Planters. What a delight. Thank you!


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. Opening reception Friday, Sept. 6th, 7-9PM.

FALL FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS in Troutdale at Glenn Auto Park, September 21st & 22nd. I’ll be doing demonstrations under the pavilion with 3 other Pacific Northwest Sculptors.

ArtReach Gallery.  Pacific Northwest Sculptors joins the Northwest Stone Sculptors Association in a group show called, “Making Space“, October 12th-15th. This is in conjunction with the International Sculpture Conference held across the street at the Portland Art Museum. Opening Reception October 12th, 1-4PM.

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 in Lake Oswego, 310 SE State Street, #108. I’ll be giving an artist talk December 26th during the 5-7PM reception. October 24th – December 29th.


OSA MONOTYPE PARTY Honored to be included with 35th other artists to raise money for the non-profit, Oregon Society of Artists. All artists create prints on Saturday that will be hung that night for the reception. It’s going to be fun time. Hope to see you there!

Opening Reception February 1st, 6pm – 8pm.

First Thursday Reception February 6th, 6-8pm.

2185 SW Park Place

HOME AND GARDEN SHOW Invited to showcase 7 of my largest pieces in the landscape exhibit section of the show at the entrance, the Expo Center, February 20th- 23rd.

CELEBRATION OF CREATIVITY First Look Gala includes live jazz and hors d’ oeuvres, $10.00. Free entry Friday- Sunday. Southminster Presbyterian Church in Beaverton, March 5th – 8th.

BONSAI AKIRA OPEN STUDIO Come and visit the display garden in its glorious springtime beauty. I’ll have my work among the plants and bonsai. April 25th, 11-5pm. On Ellis directly off Milwaukie Ave.

LAKE OSWEGO FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS  at George Rogers Park in Lake Oswego,  June 26th – 28th. cancelled

SALEM ART FAIR & FESTIVAL  online virtual show, begins at 9AM and ends Sunday at 9PM, follow this link to attend July 18th & 19th.

CHARBONNEAU FESTIVAL OF THE ARTS online virtual show with music and art, October 1st – 31st.

THE GATHERING OF THE GUILDS which includes my guild, the CREATIVE METAL ARTS GUILD will be held at the Oregon Convention Center, May 1st – 3rd. Six guilds will show their work: Wood, Glass, Bead, Weavers, Metal and ceramic. See me in Booth 1-M. cancelled, possible virtual show.

RAIN SPARK GALLERY seasonal gallery in Lake Oswego on State Street. New website for online sales in progress now, check back for updates.

Thank you for all your support.

Enjoy the Summer Season!

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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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Lake Oswego Reads 2019

‘Woven’, 24″W x 11″H, steel, 10 lbs.

I’m excited to be participating in the Lake Oswego Reads program. I’ve created this piece, which will tour the state at 9 locations throughout the year. What a treat to share in this experience with so many talented artists, then in turn share it with the public!

This is an annual event sponsored by the Lake Oswego Public Library in which their chosen book is interpreted by 20 selected artists. This year it was The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez.

‘The artwork will be exhibited at the Lakewood Center January 28th – February 27th. There will be a reception and presentation at 6PM on February 4th in the Lakewood Center Entryway gallery and on the Headlee Mainstage. The reception is free and open to the public. Each artist will be given an opportunity to express to the audience what part of the book inspired them and a bit about their artwork technique. The viewers have the opportunity to purchase the pieces throughout the run of the show.’Spotlight Magazine

2019 exhibit schedule: Lakewood Center of the Arts, Lake Oswego Public Library, Oregon City Library, Salem Library, Stayton Library, Sandy Library, Scio Library, Silver Falls Library, Wilsonville Library.

The following passage can be found in the program’s brochure. Please stop by February 4th to see my presentation where I will share more detail about my process.

“This steel sculpture along with the following poem, of the same name, represent the concepts I returned to in my mind while reading Henriquez’s novel.  



Textured dramas entwine.

All traveled distances.

Terra and sun provides.

Resources limited.

Ribbons of paths and whys.

Woven humanity.


– Shelly Durica-Laiche


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Art After Dark at Artistic Portland

Art After Dark is from 6:30-9PM on every First Thursday of the month. Come celebrate with the artists. It’s an evening of music, drinks, food and art! Husband/ wife duo The Sweet Peas will return to play 7-9PM. All gallery friends invited!

Next is January 3rd. Stop by and say hi, I’ll be at counter for the event. See you there!

Artistic Portland 318 SW Taylor Street

(If you arrive early Bowl Painting is from 2-6. All proceeds go to Sisters of the Road Cafe.)