Exhibit opens next week, runs through March 3

Caswell Gallery, 253 & 255 E. Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, will host a new exhibition of paintings by artists in February.

The exhibition begins Monday, Feb. 3, and will be highlighted by a reception during Troutdale’s monthly First Friday Art Walk from 5-9 p.m. Feb. 7. Several merchants participate in Troutdale’s monthly events, which take place along Historic Columbia River Highway, and which feature food, wine tastings, live entertainment and artists’ receptions.

During the Art Walk, the Caswell Gallery will feature music from singer Crystal Lariza and wine tasting by Phelps Creek Vineyards.

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The Outlook spoke with the three artists to be featured at the gallery, prior to the exhibition’s opening.

Michael Orwick

Orwick works solely in oils and plans to exhibit more than 10 paintings, including “Sun Kissed Waters.”by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Sun Kissed Waters by Michael Orwick.

“This painting is based on a foggy sunrise I saw in Jackson, Wyo.,” he says. “I, of course, exaggerated the warmth of the fog and turned the creek more so that it lead into the painting more. I love interesting trees, atmosphere and warm colors, so this painting sort of hits on all cylinders for me.”

Bev Jozwiak

“I work in both acrylic and watercolor, and love them both,” Jozwiak says.

One of the pieces she will display at Caswell is a watercolor called “Crow Bar.”by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Crowbar by Bev Jozwiak.

“Many viewers still think of watercolors as those washed out paintings of yesteryear,” she says. “Mine can almost look like oils at times, fading from thick dark paint into thin watery washes at times, and sometimes even into just a solitary pencil line. These crow pieces are a bit of whimsy and humor.”

Crows and ravens are curious by nature, she says, so it’s easy to “put them in all kinds of precarious positions.

“This series started with a pretty straight-forward depiction of a crow, mainly because I like to paint a color like black and have it still read as black,” she says.

“But upon closer inspection, you see all the unexpected colors. This has been a very popular series; they have morphed and taken on a life of their own. It seems to be endless in its possibility.”

Brenda Boylan

“I prefer oils as they are very challenging,” Boylan says. “Pastels are a close second.”

Boylan will display seven or eight pieces in the CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Proper Pansies by Brenda Boylan.

“I was inspired to paint small gallery wrapped canvas paintings about a year ago after listening to an interview on artist Cathleen Rehfeld’s 6-by-6-inch paintings,” she say. “She made it sound fun yet challenging, so I jumped in and began working on a few. I liked the results so much that I have continued to produce several more, each one more unique from the rest, and all are adorable pieces that evoke a sense of nostalgia.”

One of pieces, called “Proper Pansies,” was inspired by a selection of old and delicate china cups she received from her grandparents’ estate.

“The tea cups are a representation of my grandmother and her gentle soft-spoken nature and hopefulness,” Boylan says. “The larger china cup in this piece has a wonderful glow about it, and it reminds me so much of her bright eyes. The cup with the pansies with the gold lining is also part of that memory, as well as a treat to paint.”

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