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.
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
Riis Griffen, Let It Be, mixed media on 20×20″ canvas.
This is a painting I finished in March. It’s now hanging at the Grand Opening exhibit at Tappen Studios in SE Portland along with several other paintings of mine and work by four other artists. The show is up until the end of July.
I’m honored to be invited to participate in the Grand Opening of Tappen Studios along with four other local artists (Shauna Meiri, Dawn Tappen, Pegguin Pfenniger Reed and Alexis Terry Bouchard). Join us on May 27 to celebrate the opening of this new gallery and workshop space in SE Portland!
I’m very happy to find out that my “Sancho” is one of the paintings that have already sold at the Black + White + One show. There’s still lots of art to see at the new Insomnia on Main St in Hillsboro until the end of April!
Riis Griffen, “Sancho,” mixed media on 12×12″ canvas.