Art Imitates Life at Artists’ Gallery Sunriver Village

Summer is heating up at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver Village.  The gallery will be offering longer daytime hours (10am to 7pm) and will be open every day. The optimum time to hang out with all of the artists is the Second Saturday Reception (Saturday, June 14, 4-7pm).  


‘Hangin out’ includes great munchies and beer and wine and softdrinks. All of the artists are at the gallery to answer any questions about presentation pieces. Featured during June are Bill Hamilton, Dottie Moniz, Peter Roussel and Deni Porter.


quailOne of this months featured artists, oil painter Bill Hamilton, is new to the gallery. Art enthusiasts may already be familiar with Hamilton’s work from various Central Oregon articles featuring his work. His realistic oil paintings evoke a sense of nostalgia with subjects from the 1930s and ’40s like his painting of Pilot Butte, Bend. Other paintings depict steam locomotives, biplanes and antique model cars. Hamilton paints what he knows and where he goes so his subjects also include the bounty of nature. His inspiration comes from spending time out of doors in beautiful Central Oregon where there is color and surprise around every corner.  


Gallery regulars will be excited to see new art by long time gallery favorite, Dottie Moniz. One of Moniz’ newest pieces, Burst of Spring, demonstrates once again the artist’s ability to combine an array of techniques and materials to create her popular collage images. Like many artists, Moniz gets inspiration from nature’s beauty combining abstraction and realism to give her art an edge. She says that some pieces lend themselves to fabric, others to paper, watercolors or acrylics. Another of her featured pieces is a trio of blue and lavender tulips utilizing fabrics that evoke watery colors.


Potter Peter Roussel has some really new and exciting pieces on display. Judging from the volume of his sales, gallery visitors are certainly familiar with Roussel’s horsehair pottery. (Named because of the process does in fact use horsehair at the end of the firing process to create a unique decorative pattern on the surface of the vessel.) The artist is now sharing even more of his artistic techniques for creating decorative vessels. Many of his newer pieces are a study in black and white crackle finish. Some pieces have variegated finish with touches of gold leaf. Other new pieces are finished with ties of actual horsehair and stone beads. Each piece is unique and one of a kind.


Deni Porter, watercolor artist, is displaying pieces that demonstrate her love of and talent for painting animals. Techniques range from realistic to impressionistic and subjects from wild to domestic. Porter has long had a local following for her commissioned pet portraits. Pricing is very reasonable, lead times are short and Dad would certainly love a portrait of his ‘best friend.’

57100 Beaver Dr., 541-593-2127 or 541-593-8274, www.artistsgallerysunriver.com.

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