From Estacada to Japan
The work of this year's featured artist at the Estacada Winter Artisan Show has been highlighted everywhere from the Spiral Gallery to a show in Japan.
Potter and mixed-media artist Brenda Scott will be the featured artist at the annual gathering that transforms Estacada City Hall into an art gallery. The show organized by the Downtown Estacada Commission is scheduled from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at 475 S.E. Main St.
The show will feature wares from a variety of artists based in Estacada and the surrounding area. Event organizers strive to cultivate a unique collection of art for the gathering, and attendees can browse through paintings, cards, wooden spoons and more.
"We try to have a little bit of everything," said Phil Lingelbach, one of the show's co-founders. "We try to have something for everybody. We always have something new or different."
Scott described being selected as the event's featured artist as a pleasant surprise.
"I was really shocked to be approached," the Damascus-based artist said.
Lingelbach said one of the reasons Scott was selected was the versatility of the pieces she creates.
"Everyone knows Brenda, but people don't know everything she does. She had an exhibit in Japan, and she's a pottery powerhouse," he said. "She's really one of the great artists of the area."
Last summer, a bowl Scott created was one of several pieces from members of the Oregon Potters Association to be featured in a show at the Sapporo Museum of Contemporary Art in Japan honoring the 50th anniversary of the Hokkaido Pottery Society. Scott's piece, titled "Keeper," featured a pair of decorative hands.
Scott creates her work in her home studio and in a kiln in her backyard. She typically fires the kiln for 20 hours twice a year, filling it with pieces she's crafted over the past six months.
At the Winter Artisan Show, Scott will have pottery, collages and wearable art like necklaces with pendants made from clay.
vShe has also created several encaustic pieces, which involve adding heated beeswax to a surface.
"Estacada has always been supportive of my art," she said, adding that she also appreciates the Winter Artisan Show's venue. "It's a very warm and beautiful place to show your work."
She also likes that the show has the potential to connect new visitors to Estacada to the Spiral Gallery.
"People who don't stop in the gallery might see our work, and it might bring them there," she added.
Along with handcrafted items, the Winter Artisan Show will feature live music. The Estacada High School Troubadours will sing on Friday, and Rick & Barb & Friends will play on Saturday.
Scott added that the show is an opportunity to pick out unique holiday gifts.
"It's so close to Christmas, and it's a great place to shop for the unexpected gift, but there's also nothing wrong with shopping for yourself," she said.
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