Gregory Bell


Sacred.  Encaustic (beeswax) on wood panel by Gregory Bell.

 

During the opening reception of SHADOWS, Gregory Bell offered an artist talk about the encaustic works depicting the wildlife found in coastal habitat of the area.

 

 

And, too, during the SHADOWS reception,  the artist was  inspired by FLYNN,   “the handsomest Kestrel around and one of the  WCNC Ambassador Birds!”    I will paint FLYNN next! — Gregory Bell 

 

At the opening reception of  SHADOWS on October 7th there was an  auction  of selected Neal Maine images.  More than $300 was raised in less than five minutes to benefit the  WCNC!!!

 

Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation, that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation of resident and migratory birds, mammals and other wild creatures naturally occurring in Oregon.

WCNC provides primary services to communities along 167 miles of coastline in Oregon and southwest Washington offering humane care and professional medical treatment to sick, injured, orphaned and displaced native wildlife with the goal of releasing healthy wild animals back into their appropriate habitat; offers quality conservation + environmental education programs concerning local wildlife, their ecosystems, and the human impact on these systems and individuals.

 

 

Coastal Elk Encaustic (beeswax) on wood panel by Gregory Bell.

 

Q: What is encaustic (beeswax) painting, you ask?

 

A:  Encaustic painting involves using heated beeswax to which colored pigments are added.  The beeswax is applied to a surface –usually prepared wood though canvas and other materials are often used.  Metals tools and special brushes can be used to shape the paint before it cools.  Encaustic  painting was developed by the ancient Greek shipbuilders, who used not wax to seal their ships.

 

 

Loner.  Coyote encaustic by Gregory Bell

 

Gregory Bell is an Oregon native, born and raised here in the Pacific Northwest.

He was a student of the Oregon College of Art and Craft where he pursued studies in ceramics.

He has expressed himself visually through ceramic, glass, encaustic (wax) sculpture, encaustic painting and is an avid photographer.

He is a problem-solver and enjoys the challenge of relating his point of view through complex materials.

His work is shown locally and he has enjoyed success in juried shows.

He practices historical film photography, specifically wet-plate collodion (tintype) and platinum/palladium printing methods.

He works from his studio in Cannon Beach, Oregon.

 

 

Crow encaustic by Gregory Bell.  Two’s a Company encaustic by Gregory Bell.

 

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway

SHADOWS, an exhibition through October,  focuses on the interplay of light and dark through selected art that expresses time as the fall season progresses.

New artwork by Northwest artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Janet Hickox,  Penelope Culbertson, Whelsey Whelp, Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis, Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.

 

 

 

Diane Copenhaver, abstract artist

Diane is a resident of the northwest and recently embarked on a journey of discovery to unleash her creative talents after a successful career in business. Art classes at Bellevue College have provided foundational skills focused on the principles and elements of design, color theory and harmonies, and painting techniques and processes.

Diane is painting primarily abstract using acrylics on varied surfaces. She also produces collage and mixed media works, is studying calligraphic arts and has begun to explore encaustic painting.

Color and texture are often the focus of Diane’s paintings. She uses layers of paint, as well as a variety of tools and mediums.

 

 

“As I contemplated the subject of ‘Shadows’, I found inspiration in a variety of perspectives around the idea of shadow; shadow as opposite, reflection, repetition, companion, or as enabled by light.”

 

“I enjoy the freedom of non-representational painting and used these ideas of shadow to explore the use of black and white and the beautiful gradients of grey. I have expressed ‘Shadows’ through a variety of works; bold and expressive, muted and gentle, solid and soft edges, and layers of dark and light. I am naturally moved to create a sense of mystery in my painting and hope that my work for ‘Shadows’ provides the space to engage and create a personal story and interpretation of shadow.” –Diane Copenhaver

 

 

 

 

One of four.  Gradient series by Diane Copenhaver.

 

 

Sincerely series. I and II by Diane Copenhaver.

 

Layer series. I, II, III and IV by Diane Copenhaver.

 

 

Mysteries by Diane Copenhaver.

 

Fairweather House and Gallery, 612 Broadway

 SHADOWS, an exhibition  through October,  focuses on the interplay of light and dark with through selected art that expresses time as the fall season progresses.

New artwork by Northwest artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Janet Hickox, Penelope Culbertson, Whelsey Whelp, Lisa Wiser, Karen E. Lewis, Tamara Johnson and Marga Stanley will be featured.

 

 

 

Tamara Johnson, Glitter House creator

Creating art makes me happy. I am inspired by my surroundings and experiences and my hands are the vehicle to bring my thoughts to life in a fresh way.

I have a ‘dive in and read directions later’ type of approach which helps me to design without pre-conceived limitations.

This limited collection of ‘glitter houses’ is a unique representation of my favorite holiday, Halloween.

Through the careful use of mixed media assemblage, each  styled house is a unique reflection of my vision and desire to experiment with a variety of techniques and one-of-a-kind materials.

My greatest wish is for you to experience the joy of Halloween as I have in creating this collection for you. –Tamara

 

 

Boo Glitter Houses by Tamara Johnson.

 

All Saints’ Day, also known as All Hallows’ Day, is a Christian festival celebrated in honor of all the saints, known and unknown. In Western Christianity, it is celebrated on 1 November by the Roman Catholic Church, the Anglican Communion, the Methodist Church, the Lutheran Church, and other Protestant churches.

Christian celebration of All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day stems from a belief that there is a powerful spiritual bond between those in heaven (the “Church triumphant”), and the living (the “Church militant”). In theology, the day commemorates all those who have attained the beatific vision in Heaven. It is a national holiday in many countries. 

It is important to remember that, despite all the imagery, Día De Los Muertos is about celebrating life, not mourning death. It is a joyous holiday, one that winks at death instead of crying over it.

 

“I love each house I make more than the last and it will be hard to part with them but I am excited to have this experience. I have created  a collection of six individually designed houses which are hand embellished with mixed media such as paper, ribbon, beads, glitter, paint, wood, metal, vintage and re-purposed objects. Each house is 9” wide, 7.5” deep and 12” high and depicts the eclectic styles I created such as Vintage Fun, All Hallow’s Eve, Which Witch, Steampunk & Dia de los Muertos. Each house has a removeable roof that allows one to view the interior decoration.  Not house one will ever be duplicated, I have signed and dated each one, as well.”  –Tamara

 

Q: Just what is in the mixed media Glitter houses by Tamara Johnson, you ask?

 

A:  On the tags that read custom made with love and hand embellished, each house has a separate recipe list prepared by the artist;  each mixed media glitter house ha some of the following or, indeed,  all of the following favorite things:

*assorted bling-bling

*beads, buttons and charms

*glass contianer

*glitter glass glitter

*hardware

*jewelry findings

*copper/metal/wire

*paint/ink

*paper tissue

*re-purposed or recycled object

*ribbon/trim/tulle

*vintage ephemera

*washi tape

*wood

*thread

*glass tile

*leather

*baker’s twine

*wheels and hinges

*Dresden figurine

*other…

 

 

 

SHADOWS, an October exhibition,  at the Fairweather House and Gallery.

Featuring glitter house artist Tamara Johnson.

Introducing artist Janet Hickox.

Welcoming artist Lisa Wiser.

 “SHADOWS,  expressed through a variety of works; bold and expressive, muted and gentle, solid and soft edges, and layers of dark and light.” —  Diane Copenhaver

In addition, SHADOWS l featured new artwork by Fairweather resident artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Whelpsy Whelp, Karen E. Lewis, Marga Stanley, Lisa Wiser and  Neal Maine.

 

 

Lisa Wiser is a visual artist living and working in Oregon. She draws inspiration from the scenic northwest, travel adventures and reading novels to create watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings. Also an avid photographer, she chronicles her visual inspirations as she records obscure landscapes, architectural details, and other intriguing painting subjects.

 

Pursuits in life drawing and plein air painting confirms that she prefers a direct association with her subjects while working from life both outdoors or in the studio.

 

 

“The foundation of my work is a keen interest in the concept of structure in both the natural and built environment. My primary interest is capturing landscape scenes that visually articulate my emotional response upon approaching the scene.”–Lisa Wiser

 

Shadows of Butte by Lisa Wiser

 

Her representational work is characterized by vivid color, great depth of space and attention to detail.

Lisa earned a BS Degree in Art Education from the University of Oregon and has completed graduate coursework in graphic design, art education and painting. Lisa has been invited to serve in both curatorial and juror positions for various arts organizations in the area. She has taught art from pre-school through college and adult level courses and has recently retired as a substitute art teacher for her local school district to devote more time to her painting.

Aside from painting Lisa enjoys hiking, reading, gardening, skiing, and family time with her three adult children and husband, travel and fixing things. Her favorite getaways are the forests and deserts of Central Oregon and her family’s rustic retreat on Payette Lake in McCall, Idaho.

Save the date and time.

October 7th, 5-7pm

Opening reception for SHADOWS, an exhibition, Fairweather House and Gallery.

Welcoming artist Lisa Wiser.

Introducing glitter house artist Tamara Johnson and Janet Hickox.

 “SHADOWS,  expressed through a variety of works; bold and expressive, muted and gentle, solid and soft edges, and layers of dark and light.” –Diane Copenhaver

SHADOWS will feature new artwork by Fairweather resident artists Diane Copenhaver, Gregory Bell, Whelpsy Whelp, Marga Stanley and  Neal Maine.

Featured artists will be in attendance and will offer an artist talk about their works of art.

 

Special guest, FLYNN, an American Kestrel, from the Wildlife Center of the North Coast. 

Take a note!

SHADOWS,  the opening reception, will be a benefit for the WCNC.

Wildlife Center of the North Coast (WCNC) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit Oregon corporation, that specializes in wildlife rehabilitation of resident and migratory birds, mammals and other wild creatures.

 WCNC relys on the generosity of individuals and community groups for annual funding through donations, as well as grants from foundations, both local and from around the country.

 

 

More information to follow.

 

Gregory Bell

Hand stenciled lath and plaster “Seaside” art by artist Gregory Bell. $295.
Custom orders with family names or destination names are available.

Doing good works:
The artist Gregory Bell has been appointed to the Cannon Beach Tourism and Arts Commission, a seven member organization, Gregory, is the only artist in the group!

Gregory Bell is a native to the Pacific Northwest. He was a student of the Oregon College of Art and Craft where he pursued studies in ceramics. He has expressed himself visually through acrylic and oil painting, ceramic sculpture and even candle making. He became a student of kiln cast glass through the Bullseye Glass Resource Center and found a new voice to his work. He is a problem-solver and enjoys the challenge of relating his point of view through glass. His work is shown locally and he has enjoyed some success in small juried shows. Additionally, he is an accomplished writer and poet and has a home-based glass studio in Vancouver, Washington.


“How, in today’s world, there is never enough time – always too much to do and therefore some things of great importance and cultural/spiritual significance get set aside and begin to fade away.”
–Gregory Bell

Represented by:
Fairweather House & Gallery, Seaside, OR
Primary Elements Gallery, Cannon Beach, OR
Bullseye Gallery in the Pearl, Portland, OR
Lawrence Galley, Sheridan, OR

And in 2014, re-posting the doing good work news about Gregory Bell:

As part of Paris in the Park Blocks Weekend, Ray Bidegain and assistant Gregory Bell recently set up a complete wet-plate photography studio and darkroom outside the Portland Art Museum. The pair created unique, hand-made 4×5-inch likeness of patrons, right on the spot. This was a fundraising event for the Museum’s Photography Council and proceeds helped purchase works for the Museum’s photography collection.

For more information, go to:
http://www.fairweatherhouseandgarden.com/ artists/ Gregory Bell