Portland Artist’s Occupy Full Circle Gallery

“Small Things”
Holiday Show & Sale

Artist’s Reception: Dec. 2nd from 6-9pm
with Special Guest Artist Kate Rutter of ‘Tied up and Tousled’

Full Circle Gallery
640 SE Stark, 11am-6pm, Tue-Sat
(through Christmas Eve!)

Looking for that truly unique gift this season? Full Circle Gallery at 640 SE Stark has assembled a marvelous group of artists offering a wide selection of affordable original art, hand crafted masterpieces, prints, cards, assemblages, jewelry and one-of-a-kind sculptures.

Kent Forrester offers his original, finely crafted jig-saw puzzles. “About ten years ago, I started making wooden jigsaw puzzles, largely because they offered a way to incorporate three of my pleasures: woodworking, art, and even at times a bit of philosophy.” A retired professor of writing, philosophy, and 18th-century British literature, Kent’s incredibly detailed handiwork and clever sense of humor is guaranteed to delight.

Dawn Tappen has created objects d’art for your wall that positively glow with lustrous color. And her decorated flower pots are as useful as they are beautiful! Tristan Francis, last month’s featured artist, will display new works for December. His found object assemblages are thoughtfully constructed wall hangings that present a world of whimsy and awe. “Achieving a visually balanced whole from disparate parts is a meditative and experimental process. The playful works of Joseph Cornell and the contemplative explorations of Louise Nevelson have inspired and informed my work.” For this holiday sale, he has scaled his found object assemblages to become pendants, ornaments or tiny wall hangings at very affordable prices.

Tracey Waldron of “Put A Bird On It!” will present her humorous and imaginative terrariums and pendants. Using Fimo clay, she has created a tiny world of fantastic fun!

Tamae Frame will share her unique sculptures. Born and raised in Japan, Tamae was a fashion jewelry designer in Tokyo until immigrating to the U.S. in 1992. After attending Jewelry making classes, she began working as a full-time studio jewelry artist. Eventually, she felt the strong need to create figurative objects that weren’t confined to just personal adornment. In 2004 she learned to sculpt in clay and realized that clay was the best medium in which to express her inner feelings. “I respect the Zen Buddhism concept of transience: ‘Ichi-go iche-e’ which translates as ‘for this time only’, ‘never again’, or ‘one chance in a lifetime’. So I apply those principles to my work, which makes my sculptures one-of-a- kind.

Prints, cards and original art by Stephanie Cissna, Vicki Zimmerman and June Underwood will also be available for purchase.

The original paintings of Guy Boster will be on display. “After an extensive career as an art director and graphic designer, I was inspired to paint again and express my appreciation for the natural world around us. I am particularly inspired by Eastern art, Japanese and Chinese in particular, and incorporate elements of the style with those of the Western Impressionists, to give voice to my observations.”

The photography of Bodie Orman will also be featured on beautiful cards, perfect for gift giving.

Katie Veeninga and DC Donohue will contribute Summer Autumn Winter Spring: A Book of Art and Poetry. This wonderful oeuvre is a visual and aural feast for kids age prenatal to early school-age, and their parents, caregivers and educators as well  art & poetry enthusiasts of all ages. Veeninga’s vivid, exuberant depictions of the natural world, accompanied by Donohue’s lullaby text make for a delightful reading, looking and listening experience.

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