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Steve Hill's Art Newsletter, July 2005


My work has been accepted into Yoshida's Fine Art Gallery in the Pearl District of Portland, Oregon. This is my first venture into a prestigious gallery, within a major metropolitan area- Portland's Pearl District is fast becoming a major and leading art center of the western United States. Check-out their web site to see all they do and the art that is showing there. I was quite taken with the gallery's posture with the children's hospital in Portland, which has little to do with the visual art world, but to me, a lot to do with style and character.

I am also excited to announce that I am showing at Lopez Islands' newest fine arts gallery, The Colin Goode Gallery of Fine Arts. The gallery is devoted strictly to artwork and is located across the street from Lopez Community Center, in the village. I will join other Lopez artists: Colin Goode, painter, Jeff Hanks, potter, Bob Riggins, photographer and Karen Hattman, wood sculptor. The gallery just opened July 2nd and there has already been superb feedback from people who have visited and truly appreciate the great job Colin has done with this beautiful new space! 95 Village Road, Lopez Island.

My Italy series just finished a successful showing at Scott Milo Gallery in Anacortes in April. Originals sold and the gallery had numerous positive comments about the new work. My next show there is scheduled for November 2005 (opens 11/4) and will feature new paintings from Italy and Greece.

I continue to show work at San Juan Gallery in Friday Harbor (the Italy series, through July 13), and Pacific Marine Gallery (maritime pieces from both Lopez and Italy) in Bellingham, WA. Both galleries have current new work for folks who live off-island (which are lots of you) and offer great mixes of wonderful work from other artists, as well.

Upcoming Shows & Events:
NPS International Juried Show at the Kirsten Gallery in Seattle. Opening for that show is Sunday, July 10. The gallery is located at 5320 Roosevelt Way N.E. in Seattle. The show runs through August 14th, 2005. I had one piece accepted - titled Afternoon Delight from the Italy series. Juror is Alan Flattmann, an award winning and acclaimed pastelist & painter. The show will be available to view on the NPS web-site after the show opens. Competition is always keen for these international shows and I feel honored to get a piece accepted.

August 1-4, 3 DAY PAINT-OUT Observing Oregon, near Portland, Oregon. Yoshida's Gallery is sponsoring 8 artists for a 3 day event at: The Portland Rose Gardens, McGiver State Park, on the Clackamas River, and the St. Louis Fish Ponds near Salem. We will be painting on-site at these locations and actually hanging the finished work on the 3rd day, matted and framed at the gallery. It will be the featured show at the First Thursday Art Walk, August 4th. You will get a first hand look at the process of plein air painting and how differently 8 artists work to interpret subject matter, light and colors. The gallery has sent-out major promotional information (see the attached full page ad from Plein Air Magazine) and has invited the public to observe artists painting on-site, first-hand. The other artists are: Mitch Baird, Sandee Burman, Michael Gibbons, Eric Jacobsen, Leland John, Jim Lamb and Terry Lee. I think the creative juices will be on overflow for all of us and you can expect to see some strong work coming from this event. Certainly, it's exciting to have that many artists come together to paint at one place and time, and I'm looking forward to the experience of meeting and painting with so many very talented and serious artists.

Annual Labor Day Studio Tour - Saturday & Sunday, September 3 & 4th. Don't miss the sale items. Any original over 2 years old will be discounted by 25% at my studio. Lots of new original work from the northwest and abroad, plus very limited edition giclee prints (25 per edition) will be available.

Italy & Greece - September & October 2005 - Judy & I are traveling back to Umbria, Tuscany, and the Cinque Terre, as well as a week in Greece to paint and relax a bit. We plan to explore and paint in Siena, San Gimignano, and Florence, as well. Judy has an incredible eye for composition, color and light and has taken some superb photos which I have used many times in my work. It's always a delight to see what she has found with her camera, especially when I might have my back turned to a really great composition!

Web site in Progress - Our son, Aaron, is helping me set-up a web site for my artwork. It should be finished fairly soon and I will e-mail everyone when that happens. It's a good thing he's doing this for his dear old dad, because it just wouldn't be happening without his expert skills at everything computer!!

On-Going Education:
With each painting comes a desire to bring better skills to the next one, break-out of old habits and move in new directions. One of the best ways I've found to do this is to take workshops taught by the best available, like Richard McKinley, who has been successfully teaching and motivating artists for 30 some years. I like his work a lot and have been anxious to get into one of his highly acclaimed workshops for years and finally got in one before it sold-out . . . July 18-22 at The La Conner Art Workshops in Mt. Vernon.

Do come visit us at the studio next time you're on Lopez!

Steve Hill
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