Rain Spark Gallery offers art, creative gift ideas for holidays
Holiday gift giving will get a creative kickoff with the opening of Rain Spark Gallery on Nov. 16 in downtown Lake Oswego, next to Sur La Table.
The gallery will showcase the work of 35 diverse artists who have come together for the holiday season, said Jan Rimerman, director of the Rain Spark Gallery.
Items on display and for sale include jewelry, granite sculpture, wood sculpture, watercolor, printmaking, fiber and ceramics.
Three of the artists in the show have ties to Clackamas County: They are Margaret Joyce, Michelle Lattanzi and Candace Wilson.
Rain Spark Gallery will be open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday from Nov. 16 through Dec. 23. It is located in Lakeview Village, Suite 124, on A Avenue.
Joyce, an Oak Grove resident, is known for her one-of-a-kind decorative eggs and felted-wool sculptures.
"Working with fiber is a passion. I love to create fiber sculptures from wool roving with a process called needle felting," Joyce said.
At the gallery, Joyce will show a selection of quail, duck and turkey eggs set with gemstones along with eggs set with devotional figures. She also will have felted-fiber sculptures of dolls, animals and dragons for sale.
"Being invited to be in the Rain Spark Gallery show is a big step for me to show and sell my work in the local area," she said.
"To be in the company of such accomplished artists, each one doing something unique to them, is going to be fun, exciting and inspirational. I am so looking forward to the experience."
Visit margaretjoyceart.com to see examples of Joyce's work.
The Milwaukie resident is an art photographer who will show a mix of stylized building photographs and abstract water/reflection-themed photographs.
"My images give viewers more to look at than just a first glance. I will have framed wood panels printed with my images, matted archival prints and art greeting cards," she said.
Lattanzi looks at subjects from different angles, underneath and close-up, and makes them look unrecognizable; this is her unique signature, Rimerman said.
"I am an emerging artist and feel extremely privileged to be selected as part of such a dynamic and talented group of artists. This show promises to be an engaging and fun experience for art appreciators of all kinds," Lattanzi said.
"The artists will be scheduled on the gallery floor and are encouraged to attend even when not working, so viewers will be able to meet the artists and learn about their passions and techniques behind the work."
Visit facebook.com/MichelleLattanziArtist/ for more information about this artist.
Wilson creates handmade and kiln-fired stoneware, terracotta or porcelain clay buttons and figures in her studio in Damascus.
"I make ceramic creations such as holiday ornaments, ceramic pins, shawl pins, bowls, and garden art with a positive word on the part that is put into the ground as a positive intention," Wilson said.
One of Wilson's specialties is ceramic birds, each one unique. Many of the birds have positive words on the stake because she wants to plant something hopeful into the Earth.
"I feel very honored and grateful to be a part of this incredibly creative and thoughtful group of artists. We all work together as a team promoting each other's work," she said.
"The group is carefully chosen for their unique and creative skillsets in a variety of mediums. Each artist has been working in their given medium for many years."
Wilson added: "It is worth a trip to the gallery just to check it out, not only for gifts for others but maybe for yourself. We invite everyone to come in."
What: Rain Spark Gallery will showcase the work of 35 artists, just in time for the holidays
When: 11 a.m.-7 p.m. Monday-Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. -Sunday, Nov. 16-Dec. 23
Where: Lakeview Village, 390 State St., Suite 124, on A Avenue in Lake Oswego
More: Visit tinyurl.com/y9u5xou5. The gallery will host a benefit for West Women's Shelter from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 10.