The Spiral Gallery in Estacada is seeing red this month as it presents into monthly showcase, prominently displaying the color red.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Am Griswold created a variety of heart charms for the Spiral Gallery's February show and arranged them in this love nest. If you had to chose a single word to describe the inside of the Spiral Gallery this month, "red" would be a good one.

For their February show, artists at the gallery created pieces spanning many mediums with one thing in common: the color red.

"Everything is red in honor of Valentine's Day," said Jami Berry, founder of the gallery.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Nolene Triska holds her piece Tree Box while standing in front of Carol Pulvermachers piece Crimson Sisters. The works are a part of the Spiral Gallerys February group show, Red.Because many of the show's pieces were created to potentially be Valentine's Day gifts, they can be taken home right after being purchased.

Most of the gallery's artists participated in the show, and works range from watercolor paintings and collages to heart charms and Valentine's Day cards.

"There's everything you can think of," Berry said.

Nolene Triska, a member of the gallery, said the variety is one of her favorite parts about the show.

"The range of items is astonishing," she said. "There's everything from clay art rattles to abstract Jackson Pollock type pieces."

Gallery members had enjoyed putting together a show based on a single color several years ago, so they decided to do so again.

"The wide open theme is fun," gallery member Am Griswold said. "You have no idea what people will come up with."

Griswold entered a variety of work into the show. Every February, she creates heart rattles and charms for the gallery. This year, in addition to these familiar pieces, she also entered a felted wool piece with poppies.

"I really like the felted piece," she said. "It was out of my comfort zone, but I'm happy with how it turned out."

Griswold added that her favorite piece in the show was a felted angel created by fellow artist I.V. Anderson.

"It's an angel with a heart and beads for hair," Griswold said. "It's so expressive and beautiful."

Berry, who specializes in jewelry, created several pairs of red-beaded earrings for the show, noting that the theme was helpful to her creative process.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Nina Bradfords piece Uncle Oscar features Oscar Wilde. "(Red) is my favorite color, so I have boxes and boxes of (red beads)," she said.

Triska's piece, "Tree Box," features one of her drawings set in glass on top of a red box.

"It's great for trinkets or jewelry," she said.

Triska encouraged everyone interested to stop by the gallery and see the show, particularly to find gifts for the people in their lives.

"You'll find something for someone you love," she said in reference to the variety of work in the show.

Griswold agreed.

"If you have a sweetheart, get in and buy something," she encouraged.

Berry believes some people will find the core elements of the show enjoyable.

"Do you like the color red? If so, it's a good show for you," she said

Second Saturday Sale

The Spiral Gallery will host its annual second Saturday sale this month. On Saturday, Feb. 11, many items in the gallery will be up to 50 percent off their usual prices. The gallery is at 341 Broadway St.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Kari Haugens watercolor piece Dahlia Hummingbird is part of the Spiral Gallerys February group show Red.

ESTACADA NEWS PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Am Griswold said her felted wool piece Poppies was a departure from her usual work but found the finished product satisfying.

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