Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Buffalo Grass Artists Workshop Cont'd


Here are more photos of artists at my
Acrylic Transparent and Opaque Workshop
that I taught in February.





Mikie and Debbie

Pam's photo of Linda's Demo

Monday, March 17, 2014

Thank You Buffalo Grass Art Society


It was a treat for me to teach an experimental
acrylic painting class at the
Buffalo Grass Art Society Workshop, at the end of February.

Go to their link www.buffalograssartsociety.com
to see the amazing work of each artist.

Once you see the paintings on their website, you will
immediately understand why I have admired the artists
in this group for years. Thank you Buffalo Grass
for your enthusiasm and the opportunity to share
my latest transparent/opaque texture techniques.

Their art show is one of the best in the Portland metro area.
The Information link on their site will give
you an easy way to sign up for their newsletter, so you
can watch for their annual art show.

 Today and tomorrows posts will show the
the Buffalo Grass Artists at work and play.


Airi and Amanda



Thursday, February 20, 2014

"Moment of Hope" Juried into CAP at Memorial Coliseum

Title: Moment of Hope
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Medium: Acrylic on cradled board
Size: 12 x 12 inches 

Great news! "Moment of Hope" was juried into the
Cascade AIDS Project 25th Annual Art Auction.
This is a gala event held at Memorial Coliseum in
Portland, Oregon.
Click on this link for more info:
 $600,000. was raised in 2013.
It is an honor to again be part of the community
of artists that contribute to this worthwhile cause.

Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Happy New Year! Sending Positive Energy to You for 2014!

Julie Hawthorne with one of her assymetrical sculptural forms

Enjoying the creative energies of the
Hawthorne Gallery - Port Orford, Oregon, is a great way to
start the new year! 
It was a pleasure to talk with Julie Hawthorne about her
work as an artist and study her sculptures, which incorporate
worlds of shape, texture, whimsy and movement. Thank you, Julie,
for your generous hospitality.
We enjoyed a delicious lunch
at Julie's award winning Redfish restaurant.

Here is the link, for this "not to be missed" eating experience
the next time you are in southern Oregon:
This is the link and an excerpt from the Hawthorne Gallery link:

Julie Burt Hawthorne says, "From a very early age I remember
encouragement to create on all levels - - painting, quilting,
music-making, sculpting purple and green frosted cakes --
always keeping the creative juices flowing."
Born and raised outside of Detroit, Michigan, Julie received
an early education in sculpture and drawing at the Cranbrook
Arts Academy in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. In 1976, after moving
to Oregon with husband Chris Hawthorne, she fell in love with
clay and set up her own ceramics studio. She studied under Carol
Vernon, John and Andrea Gill, Richard Notkin and Paul Soldner.
During the 1980's Julie and Chris traveled to Pilchuck Glass School
in Washington and became very excited by glass.
"After years of working in hot and fused glass, and with our
children now in school, it brings me great pleasure to devote all my
time to my first real love: soft, cool, moist, sensual clay."
Julie now creates large asymmetrical sculptural forms made most often
from coils and slabs rolled by hand with minimal wheel throwing.
Surface textures are rolled or pounded into the clay. "My work reflects
contemporary images of the human form and body language. My pieces
are completed while wet, sprayed primarily with a simple three or four
part glaze, and fired once."

Monday, December 30, 2013

Playing With Fire - Coos Art Museum

Continued from yesterday's post -
The Chihuly and Pilchuk influence on the artists in the
"Playing with Fire" Exhibit at the Coos Art Museum:

"After a head-on collision in 1976 which blinded his right
eye and a body surfing accident in 1978 which hurt his
shoulder, Dale Chihuly began to employ a series of
Pilchuk artists in the actual production of his glass art
pieces. From his vision a whole movement has sprung
up, sometimes called "The Northwest Glass Art Movement",
and many of the artists represented here in this current
show are directly involved with that movement:
Richard Royal and Martin Blank have blown glass for Chihuly;
Joseph Gregory Rossano was the manager of Chihuly's
studio; Cappy Thompson and Preston Singletary are both
currently listed as faculty at Pilchuk; Dick Weiss and Paul
Marioni (father of Dante Marioni, also a world-famous
glass blower) were among the earliest influences in the
Northwest Glass Art Movement. Jenny Pohlman and
Sabrina Knowles, Ann Gardner, Linda Ethier, Catherine Newell,
Karin Richardson and Chris Hawthorne are all Pilchuk alumni.
The Coos Art Museum is pleased to be able to bring to our
region this historic exhibit of glass art in the Pacific Northwest".
The above is posted on the sign you see as you enter this

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Victoria Tierney - "Playing With Fire" Curator

Victoria Tierney with Martin Blank's Glass Sculpture

I am so grateful to Victoria Tierney, for giving me a personal tour of
the amazing - Playing With Fire: Glass Art in the Pacific Northwest.
See it at the Coos Art Museum until February 15, 2014. Here is the museum
link for more information:

While you are there, don't miss the Hawthorne Family Exhibition (upstairs),
to see Chris and Julie Hawthorne's work. They were featured on
Art Beat on OPB. More on the Hawthorne family art coming in a future post.

Victoria's ability to pull together this world class show,
Dale Chihuly's influence on this exhibit, and the extraordinary, new,
innovative, ground breaking developments in glass art amaze me.
Eager to share it with you, it is the focus of this and my next post.

The glass sculpture above was created by Martin Blank. His video:
shares the technique used to create this tree sculpture
(about 6 minutes into the video) as well as other glass blowing techniques.
At the Museum of Glass in Tacoma, his outdoor water sculptures are part of
the permanent collection and can be seen online at:

The Northwest Glass Art Movement is described on the
museum sign, as you enter the first room of the Playing With Fire Exhibit:

In the summer of 1971 a thirty year old sculptor named DALE CHIHULY
offered a summer program in glass blowing on a tract of woods about an
hour north of Seattle owned by Ann Gould Hauberg, an architect and
philanthropist, and her husband, the timber heir John Hauberg. Chihuly, a
Tacoma, Washington native, had a Masters in Sculpture from the Rhode
Island School of Design and had also studied with master Venetian glass
blowers in Murano, Italy. From that beginning was born PILCHUK GLASS
SCHOOL which has become an international center for the creation of art
works ---some intricate and some monumental in scale - which have
completely transformed our appreciation of what it means to work glass.

At the heart of the Pilchuk campus is what is called the "The Hot Shop".
The name for this show, "Playing With Fire", grew out of the technique
of blowing glass whick involves heating the glass in what sculptors call
"the glory hole", and then shaping the molten glass by blowing into the red-hot
sticky substance as it is whirled about in a wild dance by artists who must
be athletes as well. (See Martin Blank's video, "Repose in Amber" in the main
gallery.) The glass pieces that are created, which are so cool and still, are
mute testaments to transformations by inferno.
.....to be continued in the next post

Thursday, November 14, 2013

You are Invited - The Columbia Center for the Arts - Sat. Nov 16th, 1pm

Gratitude 9
20 x 20 inches
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis

This abstract painting is part of my show at The Columbia Center for the Arts,
in Hood River, Oregon. You are invited to the presentation I will be giving
this Sat, Nov. 16th at 1p.m. describing my process.
Click on the link above to learn more and the
link below for directions..

Monday, November 4, 2013

Columbia Center For The Arts Nov 1st Reception

Title: Appreciation 25
Artist: Linda Rothchild Ollis
Medium: Acrylic on Cradled Board
Size: 20" x 20"

Bill Sturman, Don Bouwsma, Linda Rothchild Ollis,
Steve Ollis, Sarah Bouwsma

Thank you to so many for making Nov.1st a memorable evening.
Bill Sturman, Caroline, and Bonnie did an amazing
job of hanging and lighting this show at The Columbia Center for the Arts.
Steve manuvered around wet paintings in our living room (my adjunct studio).
Sarah and Don Bouwsma helped Steve and I celebrate with dinner at Nora's Table in Hood River.
I feel content in knowing that one of my goals; to complete
a new body of work (17 paintings) has been met. The process
of developing texture techniques during this year and seeing them
evolve into abstract compositions was so rewarding!

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Title: Farm Potluck 1
Size: 20 x 20 inches
Medium: Acrylic on Cradled Board
Artist: Linda Rothchild

This painting is one of two, juried into the Rental Sales
Gallery at the Portland Art Museum. It will be part of the
FALL SHOW- Opening Reception -
Friday, October 18  5-8 p.m.
Mark the date on your calendar!