Yesterday the Fall 2018 issue of VoiceCatcher, a literary/art journal, came out and my collages are featured in it! It seems strange that for many years I imagined submitting short stories or poetry to a journal like this, and now it’s my visual art that is published. Dreams can be fulfilled in ways we don’t expect.
Zoe is one of the three pieces they chose.
Riis Griffen, Zoe, mixed media on 5×5″ paper
Here are a few of the collages I’ve been working on for the Little Things show at Guardino Gallery, which runs from November 23 through the end of December. All of the work has to be under 7″, so these are on 6×6″ cradled panels.
Riis Griffen, Camille, collage on cradled panel
Riis Griffen, Yukio, collage on cradled panel
Riis Griffen, Mai, collage on cradled panel
Guardino Gallery has been one of my favorites for many years, so I’m thrilled to be invited to participate in their annual holiday show, Little Things. All of the work has to be smaller than 7″. I’ll be making a bunch of collages on 6×6″ cradled panels.
One of the locals in Hawaii called this a “hurricane sunset,” courtesy of Hurricane Lane.
The sunset has a lot of my favorite colors, as seen in the hand-painted papers of my mixed media “Azar” collage that I finished earlier in the summer. 🙂
Riis Griffen, mixed media collage on 8 x 8″ cradled panel.
But paint could never match nature’s glorious, luminous colors!
The Tillamook Forest Center offers a collaborative exhibition to intrigue and delight visitors this summer. Artists Elaine Treadwell and Beth O’Mahoney are exhibiting sculptures inside the center and have installed a variety of work along the River View Trail, including several “guardian” figures. I’m honored to be invited to paint one of the salmon that are mounted along the trail. Here’s a photo of it above the Wilson River.
Riis Griffen, salmon for the “Celebrating Renewal” installation along the Wilson River.
I’ve always enjoyed the forest center, which is reached by a beautiful drive through the forest. The center itself is an interesting place to visit, with exhibits about the history of logging, forestry and pioneer life in the area. Outside there is a replica of a fire lookout.
My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed exploring the installation that leads visitors to discover a variety of pieces that interact with their surroundings in different ways.
Here’s one more of the fish along the trail. I think this one is my favorite!
The installation is on view until Labor Day.
A couple of my pieces that found new homes at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. I’m happy to know that buyers will be enjoying “You Light Up My Life” and “Octavian” in their homes.
Riis Griffen, Octavian, mixed media on 16×20″ canvas.
I submitted five paintings to the open show at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. The show has a long history, as this was the 55th one! This year there were more than 1200 artworks entered. I’m very proud to be awarded a blue ribbon for “Living on Hope.”
I’m so excited to hold a copy of Whimsicalia in my hands! This selection of animal characters is 72 pages long and full color. And it’s available on Amazon!
Westside ArtShare group exhibition, Hillsboro Brookwood Library, May-June 2018
Ten members of Westside ArtShare hung art at the Hillsboro Brookwood library gallery. Each explored the theme of “journeys” in a different way. I focused on the idea of personal, emotional journeys and used torn journal pages and lots of texture to create two 36 x 36″ pieces.
With my painting, “Introspect,” at the Journeys show, Hillsboro Brookwood Library, June 2018
The show is on view until June 30.
I’m so excited to receive the proof copy of Whimsicalia, a collection of my favorite animal characters from the last six years. The 72 page, full color volume will be available on Amazon by the end of April.