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SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Brush Creek Spring is one of the pieces Randall David Tipton will be showing at Johnstone Financial Advisors. An artists reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. Feb. 5.

Johnstone Financial Advisors has collaborated with the Arts Council of Lake Oswego to exhibit Northwest artists in its newly renovated building at 334 Third St. in Lake Oswego. The boutique financial consultancy firm will showcase the art of Northwest artists throughout the year, beginning with Lake Oswego contemporary painter Randall David Tipton.

An opening reception is planned for 5-7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 5. The public is invited to come, meet Tipton and enjoy appetizers and Northwest wines.

“With its unique architecture and history, the building is a natural fit to showcase art,” said Mark Buser, executive vice president of Johnstone Financial.

The building was originally constructed in summer 1975, for Brian Arbuckle of Continental Forest Products as a national headquarters to showcase the specialty woods and premium building products the company traded globally. Mel Kroker was the architect and the Henry M. Mason Company was the builder. It features the same rustic redwood siding, high-elevation fir poles and laminated beams as the World Forestry Building, which Mason’s company built after a fire destroyed the original structure in 1964.

Johnstone Financial Advisors acquired and restored the building in 2015, to preserve its unique history and architecture.

“The Arts Council is committed to supporting artists and providing free access to art exhibits in the Lake Oswego community,” said Nancy Nye, executive director of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. “We are excited to partner with Johnstone Financial to further this goal. The building has many qualities of a gallery, such as abundant natural light, spacious walls and beautiful Northwest woods. It is rare to find local exhibit space that can accommodate large art installations.”

Tipton will exhibit a number of pieces including “Brush Creek Spring,” a painting based on his experiences in Wyoming as an artist in residence at the Brush Creek Ranch Foundation, when the cottonwood groves were just leafing out, giving the creek an ethereal lighting. Tipton sometimes paints plein air, but primarily works in his studio from drawings, photographs, hunches and memory, with an experimental approach.

“I’m pleased to show several large works with the Johnstone Financial Advisors,” Tipton said. “Their support of the arts in Lake Oswego is a model for businesses in our community.”

“This is our way of giving back to the community,” said Grant Johnstone, president of Johnstone Financial.

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