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SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Lake Area Artist Sandy Dutko is the featured new member at the art sale. She creates experimental paintings using acrylics. This piece is titled New Territory.


Lake Area Artists are preparing for its 49th Annual Show and Sale to take place April 24-26 at Lakewood Center for the Arts, 368 S. State St. in Lake Oswego. The art show opens with the reception 5-8 p.m. Friday, with hors d’oeuvres, wine and music.

The show includes more than 500 original paintings in oil, watercolor, acrylic, pastel, collage and encaustic created by the 40 members of the LAA. The purpose of the organization is to promote an interest in art in Lake Oswego and the surrounding area and to acquaint the public with the work of local artists and to participate actively in the cultural life of the community. LAA also works to maintain art and artists on a high esthetic level and to provide sales opportunities for member artists.

At this year’s show, stone sculptor Dave Haslett will be the guest artist and mixed media artist Sandy Dutko will be the featured new member.

The exhibit will be judged by Jennifer Zika, director of the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery.

Dutko works in several mediums, including watercolor, acrylic and collage as well as oils and pastels. Her pieces vary from semi-abstract to pure abstract, depending on her mood and subject matter. According to her artist statement, much of her inspiration comes from nature and her travels. She likes to create textured abstract starts from mono printing, marbling, spraying and pouring paint onto paper or canvas. These textured starts spark ideas and lead her step by step through the painting process.

Dutko says she likes to try something new in each new piece of work, believing that taking risks can lead to more interesting art and growth for the artist.

Being accepted into the LAA carries much prestige, Dutko said. Membership is kept at 40 artists and openings occur only when a member would chose to leave, which is what happened late last winter. Potential members must be sponsored by a member. The artist is asked to submit three samples of his or her art for review by the members.

“It’s a very prestigious group,” Dutko said. “It’s not easy to get in, that’s for sure.”

Dutko said she has always been interested in art, but didn’t pursue it as a career until about 25 years ago. The first 15 years she spent working with watercolors, then moved to acrylics. Most recently Dutko has been working with more experimental painting. She paints mainly by herself, but she enjoys working with other artists once a week.

“Being around other artists you learn lot from each other,” she said. “It can be lonely working by yourself and sometimes you have to, to resolve something in your work. It’s fun to hang out with other artists. That’s why being part of this group is so important. They are all so supportive and inspiring. It’s amazing how much talent there is out there.”

Dutko has won numerous awards for her art, including the President’s Award in 2007 at the Beaverton Arts Showcase, a Blue Ribbon Award in 2009 at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, a second place Festival Theme Award in 2011 for the Oregon Society of Artists Rose Festival Art Show and an honorable mention in the 2012 Painter’s Showcase. Her painting, “New Territory,” was selected for publication in “Incite 2 Color Passions, The Best of Mixed Media,” by Northlight Books published in 2014.

Stone sculpture Dave Haslett is the guest artist for this years show. He uses rare and exotic stones to create his art pieces.

Haslett will be demonstrating his craft as a stone sculpture at the show. He uses rare and exotic stones to produce small, carved handheld fetish stones, pedestal-sized pieces and monumental sculpture, some as tall as eight feet and weighing 3,500 pounds. His research of Egyptian and Mayan cultures has fueled his imagination.

“Understanding that stone was either once molten quartz or compressed sea floor brings this ancient earth new meaning as the layers are peeled away unveiling its hidden treasure,” he write in his artist statement. “Carving is a developing dialog that continually pushes form to new places. The execution in hard stone by all ancient master carvers transcends to this day the beauty and form this medium offers.”

The show and sale will be open 10 a.m.-8 p.m. April 24 and 25 and 10 a.m.-5p.m. April 26. Admission is free, and Lakewood Center is wheelchair accessible.

Raffle tickets will be sold for $2 each for prizes of donated artworks. Proceeds from the raffle benefit scholarships LAA funds for art students at Lakeridge and Lake Oswego high schools.

For more information, visit lakeareaartists.com.

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