R. Blooms hosts live art demonstrations at Lake Oswego shop
R. Blooms of Lake Oswego will provide a window into the artistic process via plein air demonstrations at its shop in town on the third Saturday of every month through October.
"Our philosophy is we want to promote the arts and we would like for them (artists) to be doing the plein air style, which is outside; that way they can show the art as they're painting it and talk with people walking by and interact with the community," owner Richard Bloom said.
Bloom has brought on board Michael Muldoon, Rick Jones, Mel McRobert, Lynn Lincoln and Ingrid Neuhofer Dohm, as well as a rotating array of artists, to paint in front of the store — which sells flowers and other gifts on A Avenue — from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. depending on weather. Bloom hosted the first of these demonstrations in June. Art is also available for purchase at the events and Foster's vintage vehicle will be on site.
"It was very exciting," he said. "We had so many people who said they really look forward to seeing the light on the street and the artists' paintings … It's nice for people to slow down, maybe park, walk through. And it's nice for the artists because they get to interact and talk about what kind of medium they're working with and interact with people. And it's nice because it's outside."
Bloom added that some of the artists are award winners — McRobert and Muldoon have garnered honors at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts — and all of them bring differing styles. Many of the paintings depict Lake Oswego or Oregon landscapes, and Lincoln creates jewelry on site that is based on the paintings.
"It's really fun because they have enwoven themselves in the community," Bloom said.
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