(Artwork above: Luminous drawing by Katherine Taylor) Stay cool this First Friday by visiting some local galleries and businesses for artwork and artist receptions. View our complete listing of exhibits, receptions and displays for the month of August. Alleda Real Estate 25 NW Minnesota Ave., Ste. 1 • alledarealestate.com Watercolor might be an unlikely media for…

(Photo courtesy of Jacqueline Newbold) Using a warm and colorful palette, Jacqueline Newbold’s watercolor paintings often depict the dramatic skies over the Oregon Cascade Mountains, fields of red poppies, or charming European café scenes. Much of Newbold’s inspiration comes from her travels. She takes along a few painting supplies and her art journal, exploring imaginative…

(Artwork above: Hummingbird Feast by Susan Busik) The Oxford Hotel presents Susan Basic’s colorful acrylic paintings Magical Reality, continuing through August 31. Busik’s whimsical, intricately patterned paintings allegorically express her Mexican cultural heritage. In the tradition of Mexican Folk Art, the artist reveals the perceived world through magical elements. Mystical, yet realistic, renderings of juniper trees in…

(Artwork above by Mark Shelton) Mark Shelton creates intense color fields and textures by layering bits of exotic papers in the construction of his Native American subjects.  His distinct collages are further enhanced with boldly applied acrylics.  Mark’s pieces reflect moments of traditional identity—offering a prayer, weaving a blanket, reflecting upon sacred waters. Born and…

(Artwork above: Vista from Above by Marjorie Wood Hamlin) Sunriver Resort Lodge Betty Gray Gallery presents paintings by Marjorie Wood Hamlin in the lower gallery. Joining and continuing through Labor Day, the upper gallery features the 12×12 Squared exhibit of small works in addition to paintings by JM Brodrick and Kelly Thiel and photography by…