Studio Tour: Amanda Houston

Amanda displays her new line of pastels

Artist Amanda Houston hosted the LCAC group at her Cornelius home and studio in April. Ten members learned of Amanda’s artistic journey from fashion design in the corporate world to the solitude of creating breathtaking landscapes in oil and pastel. Well-documented and well-spoken, Houston described some of her frustrations and successes as an independent artist. Her life is full: creating art, fulfilling commissions, teaching, showing, and marketing her work. It was eye-opening to see how Amanda manages her successful art career.

Studio notes: How little can I put in and get away with? How much detail can I put in? Lose an edge on every shape. Connect adjacent shapes in similar value. Sharp edges have to be accurate. Use four values.

Thank you Amanda, for sharing this entertaining and educational time with us. We wish you all the best as you continue on your artistic path.

Love PDX

Love PDX runs through June 30 at the Portland Bottle Shop in Sellwood.

Twelve LCAC artists are represented at the Portland Bottle Shop for the annual Love PDX show. Running through June 30, the art features a variety of mediums that capture aspects of Portland from wild to manmade and places in between.

Visit the shop for lunch, dinner or happy hour to enjoy work by Irene Stauffer, Dana Gillem-Klaebe, Sheila DeLaquil, Suzanne Ebert, Eileen Holzman, Elizabeth Chadwick, Judi Davis, Marty Urman, Cindy Geffel, Laura Garner, Michele Sabatier, and Leslie Ebert. All work is for sale via individual artists.

Portland Bottle Shop, 7960 SE 13th Ave, Portland, OR 97202. Open Sunday-Thursday 11am-9pm; Friday-Saturday 11am-10pm

Off the Wall

Congratulations to Sheila DeLaquil whose paintings are included in the latest exhibit at the Columbia Center for the Arts. Located in Hood River, Oregon, the exhibit runs from May 1-June 2 with an opening reception May 3, 6-8pm.

Off the Wall is devoted to three-dimensional art forms and non-traditional mediums and methods. CCA challenges local and regional artists to create sculpture, installations, or any type of artwork that can be seen from all sides.

For more information, visit

Garden Trees: Large as Life!

Irene Stauffer installation at the Portland Bottle Shop through April 30

7960 SE 13th Ave in Sellwood, Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

golden garden trees
Golden Garden Trees, 9 panel installation, 39 x 57″

My work of the past several years has a lot to do with living in the Pacific Northwest, where the majesty of forests and even the humbler sidewalk trees provide abundant inspiration and patient models for my art.

I bring these models to my studio in my sketchbooks or in my photographs to further develop the dialog. My process involves experimentations with various media where I want to have the freedom whether it is drawing, aquarelle, oil, photography, what ever suits to my mood within the subject. 

Growing up as a Nordic girl in the midst of lakes and forestland in Finland holds a great influence in my minimal and open esthetic. This art work is from the series of ‘Wabi-Sabi Trees’, an ongoing project, that begun almost a decade ago while I resided in Seattle, and continues here in my new home town, Portland.

The source material for this nine panel unique window, ‘Golden Garden Trees #2’, is photography based, altered as digital drawing, and printed on Japanese Kozo paper with pigment inks. Then the paper is fused on wooden panel boards, and the panels are coated with clear artist grade acrylic. 

Voilà, here is your window to the nature!

Soul Box Project

2nd boxes

These mighty little paper boxes carry a big message.

The national community Soul Box Project aims to raise awareness of the epidemic of gun violence in our country and honor the victims of gun violence throughout the US. On February 15, 36,000 boxes will be hand delivered to the Oregon state capitol in Salem. Each box represents a person who has been killed by gunfire in the US in an average year.

The Soul Box Project envisions a society where all people living in the US are empowered to choose actions regarding responsible gun use that reflect their values, priorities and beliefs so we can live in safe communities, talk to resolve conflicts, have schools focus on learning, gather to worship in peace, and thrive in economies that foster trust and unity.

To learn more, visit Make a box, send a box, mail a box to Soul Box, PO Box 19900, Portland, OR 97280.



LCAC artists support the vision of the Soul Box Project to pay respect to gunfire victims.




Hello, Goodbye: Ghosts and Shadows

annuciation, ecaustic montype on janpaniese kozu rice paper, 12 x 12

Annunciation, encaustic monotype on Japanese Kofu rice paper,    12″ x 12″

Michele Sabatier’s show at Karuna Contemplative Living includes twenty encaustic  monoprints inspired by “meditation on beginnings, endings, and their cyclical natures that often blur the distinction between the two.” Using naturally derived pigments with beeswax and damar resin, she incorporates objects left behind by the tide to print and emboss on rice paper. The show runs through January.

To see more of Michele’s work, visit

Karuna Contemplative Living

1725 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR

Mon-Fri 10am-3pm; Sat 11am-5pm, Sun closed


Cows Around the World



Rescued: Thailand  Pastel, 18 x 24″

Marty Urman displays pastels at the Portland Bottle Shop in January and February 2019. Her long love of cows is captured in her colorful images. “Rescued: Thailand” (above) is a cow from a non-profit animal sanctuary in Chang Mai, Thailand. The Elephant Nature Park supports one hundred retired and maimed elephants, several hundred dogs, and other needy livestock. Despite her damaged horn, this gal looks very content! Other images are from Costa Rica, Mexico, Ireland and the USA.


The Portland Bottle Shop

7960 SE 13th Avenue, Portland, OR 97202

Open Sun-Thurs 11am-9pm, Fri-Sat 11am-10pm

Gamblin Paint Tour


In December the group was treated to a private tour of the Gamblin Oil Paint facility in southeast Portland. Our delightful and knowledgeable guide, Mary, showed us the process of making oil paint from mixing to milling to packaging to shipping services; all done on site with six employees. The hands-on system was simple, straight forward, and remarkable with color matching done by Mark’s eye — no computer needed!

Here is our group posing in front of the color samples created by this unique company, born and raised in Portland, Oregon.

And while we were in the holiday spirit, we took ourselves to lunch at Clark Lewis.