Artists’ Gallery Sunriver Village Blends Art with the Season

(Photo above: Painting by Dottie Montiz)

The fantastic Central Oregon weather continues to invite everyone out to enjoy Sunriver events so be sure to mark Saturday, November 14, 4-6pm on your calendar. All of the gallery artists will be waiting to share their creations at the Second Saturday artist reception celebration at the Artists’ Gallery Sunriver. Partake in the festivities, have some great food and drink, and get some early Christmas shopping completed at the same time.

Featured on Oregon Art Beat, husband and wife glassblowing team, Jeff and Heather Thompson have been creating sculpture in molten glass together for 15 years. Their artworks are a blend of contemporary, traditional and custom techniques that are further complimented by a diverse taste in modern sculpture. Their artworks are featured in fine art galleries across the country.

The Thompson’s artistic process is to delve into a series for several months at a time. The team is currently featuring their Gessato Series. Gessato, Italian for pinstripes, describes a distinct feature of these sculptural vessels. The pieces are a nod to multiple glassblowing techniques, including murrini, encalmo, and reverse axis. During the glass blowing process three separate segments are melted into one whole vessel resulting in clean, distinct lines. While in the molten state, the axis of the vessel is switched 90 degrees by attaching a new blowpipe. The vessel is elongated and expanded along this new axis to create the organic contours and pattern.

If you have ever wondered about the techniques to create glass art, this is a unique opportunity to meet the artists and hear about this fascinating art form.

Mixed media artist, Dottie Montiz, once again captures the essence of Central Oregon in her new piece, Moon Over Salt Creek. The watercolor and paper collage image was inspired by Salt Creek Falls located off Hwy 58 between Oakridge and Eugene. The location is a favorite of the artist because of great hiking trails and many beautiful waterfalls. In this piece, Montiz captures the glow of the setting sun on the rocks as the light is changed to reflection from the moon.

Montiz has a large following of collectors who love her Central Oregon images of places like Paulina and other iconic lakes, waterfalls, and mountains in the area. Fortunately, the artist also provides high quality glicee prints so that more than one collector can keep a piece of heaven hanging on the wall.

Artists’ Gallery Sunriver
57100 Beaver Dr., Sunriver
541-593-2127 or 541-593-8274

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