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!
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.”
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
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.
For the past week I’ve been staying in a little cottage in Waldport all by myself, enjoying silence and creative time and walking on the beach twice a day. It’s been heavenly!
I bought a folding table to set up as my workspace in the dining room and spread out my supplies. It was great to have the whole day–the whole week!–to alternate working on paintings with taking breaks outside. The past few days it was so warm that I took my book about Henry Miller’s watercolors onto the deck and soaked up some sun.
I’m heading home refreshed and restored and with a stack of new work and many, many photos for future inspiration.
I’m proud to announce that two of my paintings were juried into Beaverton Arts Mix! I really enjoyed visiting the show last year and seeing the breadth of work, so it’s exciting that my work will hang in it this year.
Here is one of the pieces that will be in the show, which runs October 5-8 at the Beaverton City Library.
“Living on Hope,” mixed media painting by Riis Griffen.
…and I’m gearing up for the 3rd Annual Affordable Art for Everyone. We have a full show this year and I’m excited to see all of the art and artists under one roof.
I’m also getting my own work ready and making sure I’ll have everything I need for my booth. In addition to paintings, I’ll be bringing some new stitched ornaments and some older ornaments and cat toys that I used to sell on Etsy.