It’s not the first time Donna Sanson has opened a gallery, but it’s the first time in almost ten years. Donna recently invited twenty of her artist friends to join in her new venture which officially opens on Friday, October 4 – “First Friday” in Multnomah Village.
The gallery is an extension of her art studio in Suite #1, in a building at the corner of SW 40th Avenue and Multnomah Boulevard, directly across from the post office and with a recently added mid-century modern art mural at its entrance. Eight local artists occupy five working studios within the building at 7830 SW 40th; four of the eight will exhibit work within the new gallery along with Sanson and sixteen other artists, including three from out of state.
“It’s a joy to bring this group of professional artists together under one roof – not only are they friends of mine but I greatly admire their imagination, skill, and sensitivity to the world around them – I think their art is divine. From felted wool hats and wearable art to award-winning art quilts; from sophisticated jewelry and bold and exciting sculptures to delicate mobiles, elegant glass, and embossed metals; from fine and functional ceramics to paintings done with acrylic, encaustic, gouache, ink, oil, pastel, or watercolor – I am so proud to bring together this exceptional collection of fine art. It’s a dream come true for me.”
In her seventies, Donna advises folks to take the advice of Mark Twain, “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the things you did. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.”
Hours for the gallery will be limited to Fridays from 11 am to 8 pm and Saturdays from 11 am to 6 pm or by appointment. Parking is available onsite and there is no fee to visit the gallery and view the artwork.
For more information, email Donna.
Amerinda Alpern, Portland Artist – works in jewelry and mobiles
Linda Baker, Lake Oswego Artist – oil, specializes in traditional still life painting
Don Bishop, Portland Artist – oil and pastel, specializes in plein aire painting
Alexandra Boylan, Lake Oswego – pastel, specializes in contemporary painting
Wendy Givens, Oregon City – acrylic & mixed media, specializes in contemporary painting
Teri Grant, Beaverton – art quilt artist, work exhibited nationally and internationally
Vicki Green, Vancouver WA – glass artist, inspired by visit to Italy and watching glass masters, focuses on gradient lines, shadows & depth which require multiple processes and constant experimentation.
Tim Havens, Aloha – ceramic artist
Susan Helmer, Newark CA – silk painting, jewelry, influenced by nature
Sam Hingston, Beaverton – mixed media wood sculpture,
Gretha Lindwood, Portland – pastel & oil, specializes in plein aire landscapes
Chas Martin, Multnomah – mixed media sculpture & watercolor, specializes in contemporary sculpture
Denise Oyama Miller, Fremont CA – art quilts & watercolor, award-winning quilt artist and instructor
Virginia Parks, Tigard – encaustic painter
Ana Quinn, Aloha – ceramic artist, specializes in
Annie Salness, Portland – acrylic painter & instructor
Barb Sedgwick, Beaverton – embossed metal artist
Cherie Shanteau-Wheeler, Beaverton – jewelry and wearable art
Elaine Tan, Portland – jewelry artist
Suzanne Vaughan, Portland – oil painter, specializes in abstract expressionist style painting
Donna Sanson, Beaverton – watercolor, gouache, and acrylic artist, gallery owner