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Artists to describe their creative process, muses and more at dinner. Get tickets now so you don't miss the fun.

PGM FILE PHOTOS  - Dave Haslett works on a stone sculpture in his studio.

Jan Rimerman in her studio painting.

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Hungry for a unique dining experience? Then plan on attending the Artists in Residence lecture and dinner taking place Aug. 27 in Franco's room at Nicoletta's Table and Marketplace, 333 S. State St., Suite M in Lake Oswego.

Guest lecturers will be West Linn artists Jan Rimerman and Dave Haslett. They have been supporters, advocates, educators, volunteers and contributors to the area's art scene for more than 20 years.

Art enthusiasts have a unique opportunity to hear Rimerman and Haslett talk about their art at the Artists in Residence lecture and dinner starting at 6 p.m. Aug. 27. Tickets are $75 each and include dinner, wine and the presentation. To reserve a seat call 503-699-2927 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Rimerman is a painter who takes inspiration from observing nature's evolution of changing forms in light and shadow. Color, texture, form, light and shadow are important in her creations.

She begins her works with a painting of powdered charcoal which lends to the finished painting a hint of textural mystery. She occasionally adds molding paste which gives a 3-D aspect to the painting and heightens the additional thin layers of transparent fluid acrylic paint.

As many as 22 layers of paint are applied on top of the initial black and white powdered charcoal foundation. Building up these various textures and color unveil hidden images in the different lights of the day and season, allowing the viewer to see something fresh each time it is viewed.

Rimerman studied art at the City University in London, at Willamette University, Portland State University and at the University of Washington. She studied closely with Carl Hall and Robert Hess at Willamette, and has great respect for both artists.

Haslett is known best for his stone carvings made of High Cascade granite, Northwest basalt and rare and unusual stones.

He says the granite quarried in the North Cascade mountain range is dark gray in color, consisting mostly of quartz and feldspar. One of the three largest deposits of igneous basalt on Earth is located in the Pacific Northwest. It is a dense stone with a very fine grain and high silica content, is very black in color and can be polished to a high gloss, making it extremely desirable for large outdoor stone sculptures.

The rare and unusual stones vary in chemical and mineralogical composition and can be found all over the Earth. Primarily marble, the rare stones include 420 million-year-old fossils and have colors ranging from deep blues to brilliant orange, resulting in beautiful stone sculptures.

Haslett was born and raised in the Pacific Northwest where the natural beauty has a major influence on his style and form.

Attending Portland State University, Haslett studied with James Lee Hanson, who introduced him to the bronze foundry. Working with clay, making molds and then pouring bronze led to a new understanding of achieving form. While researching the master sculptors Don Wilson became an instructor at PSU and introduced Haslett to stone carving. He has been carving mantel to monumental sculpture ever since.

Some stones measure 14 feet high and weight 6,500 pounds.

"Researching the Egyptian and Inca cultures and tapping into their rich source of information has fueled my imagination to carve on hard stones," Haslett writes on his website, orcastone.com.

"I have traveled to Carnac, France, Stonehenge, England, Machu Pichu, Peru, East Africa and visit the monasteries of Lhasa Tibet to explore and research many of the standing stones left by my predecessors."

Both artists are inspired by their travels. Rimerman recently returned from India, which she said "exposed honesty, openness and sensory overload, The colors, textures and flavors of these diverse areas of exploration deepen the layers of my work."

Seating is limited for the dinner and those wishing to attend should reserve seats soon. Call Nicoletta's at 503-699-2927.


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