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Four local artists will be featured at Wild River Art Gallery in Bend

by: RAMONA MCCALLISTER/CENTRAL OREGONIAN - Dennis Jones stands in front of some paintings at Wild River Art Gallery.


Ramona McCallister
   Everything has its beauty but not everyone sees it. (Confucius)
   For anyone who does fine art, this statement has real meaning. They see art and beauty in their everyday lives, where most just see everyday objects.
   Four local artists with such a vision are featured as part of a grand opening party in the Wild River Art Gallery in Bend, Oregon. On February 26, the gallery will be serving goodies, wine and providing music. Music will begin at 5 pm.
   The gallery will also be giving away a bronze sculpture. Sign ups are between now and March 31.
   “I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a packed house. Wine Styles of Bend will be providing the wine and Rich Hurdle will be playing jazz guitar,” said Scott Tuchel, owner of Wild River Art Gallery.
   Featured local artists include Faye Taylor, Linda Swindle, Suzan Noyes and Dennis Jones. Other featured artists include Donna Howell-Sickle, Calvin Liang, Harley Brown, Heinie Hartwig, Bill Anton, Kelly Donovan and many more. The gallery also features Bronze sculptures by Jerry McKellar, Kim Chavez, Dennis Jones and Joren Traveler. The gallery is filled with new works and many original art pieces from Central Oregon.
   The gallery is located in the clock tower building at Cascade Village Shopping Center, near Best Buy, Trader Joes, and Dicks Sporting Goods.
   Although two of the local featured artists, Dennis Jones and Linda Swindle weren't available for comment, Faye Taylor and Suzan Noyes shared some of their insights into their lives as an artist, and shared some of their stories.
   Linda Swindle is a watercolor artist, and she also creates greeting cards. Her cards are featured in the Wild River Art Gallery. You can find her web site at http://www.jlranchatticart.com/Cards.html.
   Dennis Jones is a wildlife sculptor, and his work is also featured in the gallery. Jones has been involved in hunting and fishing his entire life. He has been a sculptor since 1985, and has sold over 40 life-size or larger pieces of sculptor in Canada and the United States over the last 15 years. Jones has also been the artist of the year for organizations such as Safari Club International, The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, Foundation of North American Wild Sheep, The Mule Deer Foundation, Ducks Unlimited, and several local chapter organizations that have a strong interest in the preservation of hunting and the right to bear arms.
   Featured Artist: Faye Taylor
   Faye Taylor began her art career 29 years ago, and is a nationally recognized, award-winning western artist.
   Even as a child, Taylor studied and drew the human art form. She began her career as a fashion illustrator in an upscale California department store. She studied under Clayton Rippy and Charlita Robinson, in Bakersfield, California.
   Taylor later made her home in Prineville, Oregon, where she finds most of her inspiration for her western artwork. She finds many of her subjects among her friends.
   "I love figurative work that tells a story with heart. Nothing does that better than the working cowboy or cowgirl," reflects Taylor.
   Taylor did ride horses as a child, but did not grow up on a ranch. However, she sometimes goes on cattle drives and other events to get into the feeling of authenticity.
   "If you're going to paint cowboys, you'll also be painting horses, cows and lots of leather. I feel it's important to get everything technically correct, which requires not only visual study, but in my opinion, requires lifestyle study as well," said Taylor.
   In the last seven years, Taylor's work has been included in group shows at Saks Galleries in Denver, Devon Galleries in Idaho, the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in California, The National Arts Foundation in Chicago, Mirror Pond Gallery in Bend and the Grand National Art Show in San Francisco.
   Her most accomplished showing will be in Great Falls, Montana, where her work will be in the 2010 CM Russell Auction to be held in March. Her painting, "Burnin' Daylight", will be in the company of Howard Terpning, Bill Anton and other great artists.
   "The hardest thing about being a professional artist is marketing, but you don't sell to strangers without it. If you're only selling to friends and family, you aren't really professional. For me, the CM Russell Auction is a chance to get my work before hundreds of art collectors. That makes it very good marketing, but it has taken a lot of time, and work, and luck to get to this point," noted Taylor.
   Suzan Noyes, featured artist
   Suzan Noyes has exhibited her work in numerous solo, group and juried shows over the last 30 years. She was a freelance graphics and commercial artist in Los Angeles, which dovetailed into her fine art and illustration. She has fifteen years experience in interior faux finishing and decorative painting, as well.
   Noyes is also a fine jewelry artist, and her jewelry is being featured in the Wild River Art Gallery. She uses beads and all kinds of unexpected items. She has a very unique style. Although Noyes has many mediums of art forms, it is her jewelry that will be featured in the gallery.
   Noyes choice of subjects for her compositions come from inspiration from such subjects as early settlers, abandoned vehicles on open tundra, aged junipers and unexpected nostalgia and poignancy. She also derives inspiration from the history and beauty of the states of Connecticut, California, Maine, Alaska and Oregon.
   "I paint the things that ask me questions. There are stories out there with answers if I could find the right source; with most of my subjects the source is long gone. The questions remain. My sense of humor demands I tell the stories anyway. My New England sense of time-and-seasons-passing demands I stress fragility of the subjects. My painterly sense of color and design demands I execute all of this with respect," mused Suzan Noyes (From her flyer, Suzan Noyes)
   Noyes assisted in founding the Lakes and Valleys Art Guild, a non-profit organization. She served on the board of directors as Vice-President and later as President. Her involvement with Nome, Alaska's Theatre Guild, Iditerold, Northwest Community College, The Arts Council and a city manager's office led her to set design, event décor, pastel classes, freelance projects and several murals for public buildings. Noyes is presently represented by Taku Graphics in Juneau, Alaska.
   Noyes education includes Pacific Coast College and Los Angeles City College in Los Angeles, California, Los Angeles Valley College, and Housatonic Community College in Bridgeport, Connecticut. Her most recent exhibitions include the National Competition Finalist in the Paint America's Top 100, Mirror Pond Gallery Watercolor and Pastel Exhibition in Bend Oregon and Coos Bay Art Museum Invitational Art Exhibition.
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