Posts tagged Portland
Start Late, Live Your Dreams | Podcast Episode with Lisa Congdon
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Join us for a super inspiring episode featuring one of our favorite artists and role models, Lisa Congdon.

If you are worried about whether it's too late for you to be an artist and pursue your dream, listen to this interview immediately!

This episode covers:

  • Lisa's journey and breakthroughs

  • Starting later in life

  • Overcoming imposter syndrome and fear

  • Finding your artistic voice

  • Managing your time and increasing productivity while making time for fun + more

Fine artist, illustrator and author Lisa Congdon is best known for her colorful paintings and hand lettering. She works for clients around the world including MoMA, REI, Harvard University, Martha Stewart Living, Chronicle Books, and Random House Publishing, among many others. She is the author of seven books, including the starving-artist-myth-smashing Art Inc: The Essential Guide to Building Your Career as an Artist, and illustrated books The Joy of Swimming, Fortune Favors the Brave, Whatever You Are, Be a Good One, Twenty Ways to Draw a Tulip and A Collection a Day. Her latest book, A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives, was released by Chronicle Books in October 2017. She was named one of 40 Women Over 40 to Watch in 2015 and she is featured in the 2017 book, 200 Women Who Will Change the Way you See the World. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.

Learn more at www.lisacongdon.com

Let Yourself Grow: Podcast Episode with Erika Lee Sears
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On this episode, Kat has a fun and inspiring conversation with Erika Lee Sears. Erika is a self-taught oil painter who took the plunge to leave her corporate job in order to paint full time.

Learn about how to commit to a daily painting practice, get tips for painting while traveling, set up a perfect morning routine, balance family life and more!

Platinum Blend 4' at Stephanie Chefas Projects

This June, Stephanie Chefas Projects brings home 'Platinum Blend 4', an annual group exhibit featuring a select group of contemporary artists, all of whom are highlighted on the art blog Platinum Cheese. Founded by Stephanie Chefas, Platinum Cheese originated as a platform to share some of the most innovative voices thriving within today's New Contemporary Art scene. "This latest exhibition represents a culmination of my experiences in the art world, and expands upon the dialogue between artist and audience by providing an arena where fans and creatives alike engage under one roof," states Chefas. "Each artist was chosen based on my admiration for his or her unique aesthetic as well as his or her ability to captivate the viewer time and time again. When these singular voices are put next to one another, the perspectives "blend" to create a sense of continuity from one work to the next."

Artists include, Casey Gray, Dan Lam, Jeff Sheridan, Jeremy Okai Davis, Jesse Hazelip, Kelly Ording, Kristen Liu-Wong, Laura Berger, Mako Miyamoto, Maxwell McMaster, Meegan Barnes, Michael Reeder, Nathan McKee, Peter Gronquist, Ryan Bubnis, Shawn Huckins, Tim Biskup, YESNIK, Yellena James.

The opening reception for ‘Platinum Blend 4’ will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, June 1st from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through June 30th, 2018 and is free and open to the public.

ABOUT STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

Stephanie Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who has been independently curating art exhibits for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now calling Portland home, Chefas retains an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. With endeavors like eatwave and eon Lov, Chefas also maintains her unique ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Stephanie Chefas Projects is the result of both passion and dedication as well as commitment towards sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.

'More Revery' by Adrian Landon Brooks

On May 4th, Stephanie Chefas Projects welcomes the return of Texas-based artist Adrian Landon Brooks in 'More Revery', a new series of paintings that take on universal themes of love, loss and redemption through the use of found materials. With his latest work, Brooks continues to explore his unmistakable iconography, which hails from both the mystic and folk traditions. Gilded suns, space portals, and vibrant earth formations occupy his vast landscapes and serve as monuments to something greater than ourselves. Consequently, each piece is as personal as it is universal, fusing individualized symbolism with archetypes as ancient as civilization itself.

In 'More Revery', Brooks once again redefines classic mythology through his resoundingly singular aesthetic. Seen in various states of worship or repose are stunningly rendered figures, their gazes and movements enraptured. Equally worthy of note is Brooks' expert use of color and precise linework that is off set by the gnarled pieces of wood and rustic found objects the artist uses for his canvas.To observe the work is to enter a thoroughly realized world complete with its own rituals and symbols. Each viewer is thereby encouraged to leave part of his or her own world behind, if only for moments at a time.

In Brooks' own words, "The scenes captured in 'More Revery' show the transition between two different realities using cosmic structures, hands of worship and blank wooden backgrounds. The high contrast between the bare wood and painted imagery creates a surreal environment detached from our current time and place. The slumped-over bodies depict an awkward sense of discomfort and yearning. They are suspended in transitional acts of giving and receiving. The scenes show a before-and-after story not completely revealed to the viewer."

The opening reception for ‘More Revery’ will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, May 4th, from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through May 26th, 2018 and is free and open to the public.

ABOUT ADRIAN LANDON BROOKS

Adrian Landon Brooks (b. 1983) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives and works in Blanco, Texas. Brooks works predominantly in the mediums of painting and illustration, using found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as his canvas. He served an internship at the McClain Gallery in Houston and has exhibited in Houston, Austin, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Amsterdam. In addition to his gallery work, Brooks has been included in museum exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin and Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMOA). Brooks has also been featured in Juxtapoz, VNA, and selected into the West #126 issue of New American Paintings.

ABOUT STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

Stephanie Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who has been independently curating art exhibits for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now calling Portland home, Chefas retains an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. With endeavors like Heatwave and Neon Love , Chefas also maintains her unique ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Stephanie Chefas Projects is the result of both passion and dedication as well as commitment towards sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Yellena James at Stephanie Chefas Projects

On March 2nd, Stephanie Chefas Projects will proudly present ARISE, a new series of paintings from Portland based artist Yellena James. James is well known for her colorful and instantly recognizable organic landscapes - an abstracted semblance of coral reefs, tangled seaweed and anemones. Through a combination of pen, acrylic, gouache, and ink, James playfully dances with various textures and forges a style completely her own.

ARISE continues upon James' exploration of brightly colored, biomorphic shapes. Each panel explodes with kaleidoscopic flora and offers an expansive glimpse into the subaqueous ecosystem. Delicate patterns are carefully added alongside other equally intricate layers, thereby retaining the imperative balance. By reimagining the at once random and mathematically agreeable harmony that actually exists in nature, James brings a completely fantastical world to life.

"In my latest collection of work, I continue to explore the alluring imaginary life forms and terrains of my own invention," states James. "Balancing a bright and colorful palette with rich backgrounds, I trace the origins of these luminescent forms back to the depths from which they emerge and bring them vividly to life. The larger pieces have an inviting and immersive quality to them, while the round panels compliment the delicate organic forms within the ethereal landscape."

The opening reception for ARISE will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, March 2nd from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through March 31st, 2018 and is free and open to the public.

Lisa Golightly

Lisa Golightly is an artist living in Portland, Oregon. With a BFA in art, her initial focus was photography, the influence of which can be seen in her paintings. Her work revolves around memory and how snapshots shape, influence, change, and even create memory. She works with high gloss paint, using found photos to create work that is both anonymous in nature but also very personal.

"Plastic Flowers" Exhibition by Kellen Chasuk at Stephanie Chefas Projects

This January, Stephanie Chefas Projects welcomes artist Kellen Chasuk with 'Plastic Flowers', a solo exhibition of floral still life paintings. In her latest work, Chasuk underscores traditional subject matter with themes of death, permanence, and isolation, infusing a distinctly humorous edge. Kitsch and still life find rejuvenation through extravagant textures, aggressive palettes, and conspicuous accumulations that speak of the privacy of one's interior. Chasuk’s canvases playfully layer homages to Manet and Matisse with modern objects like a McDonald's soda cup, nail polish, iPhones, and the occasional rolled joint. Flowers in particular hold significant meaning in the artist's work as they represent an attempt to turn something ephemeral, into something permanent. Applying thick layers of flashe vinyl paint to depict each blossom, Chasuk creates literal plastic flowers. The result is a contemporary aesthetic impulse guided by the moment rather than the monumental.

The opening reception for 'Plastic Flowers' will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, January 5th from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through January 27, 2018 and is free and open to the public.

Kellen Chasuk (b. 1995) is currently based in Oakland, CA while pursuing a BFA at the San Francisco Art Institute (SFAI). Chasuk creates art that aims to untangle her ever-changing view of the world through representation of everyday thoughts, objects, and textures. Humor is essential to understanding the work - as it is rooted in self-awareness and offers essential room for growth. The subject matter is derived mostly from an accumulation of visual and academic knowledge through television, advertising, fabric patterns, art history, as well as gender and personal relationships. Chasuk calls attention to the subjectiveness of the human experience through manipulating traditional painting, sculpture, and media techniques. The output being, hopefully, a moment of reflection, a laugh, a relatable discomfort, or a newfound comfort.

ABOUT STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

Stephanie Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who has been independently curating art exhibits for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now calling Portland home, Chefas retains an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. With endeavors like Heatwave and Neon Love , Chefas also maintains her unique ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Stephanie Chefas Projects is the result of both passion and dedication as well as commitment towards sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.

David Rice

Artist David Rice renders stunning scenes of mountains, wild creatures, and cityscapes that are pleasantly interrupted with gorgeous patterns and shapes. A majestic, eclectic pack of wolves, mountain goats, cougars, and birds gather together among red and blue triangles. Beautiful botanicals display multicolored poke-a-dots and stripes. A dilapidated building is made striking with rainbow lines zigzagging out of its structure. Rice’s amazing talent in painting is only matched by his interesting and captivating compositions inspired by his love for the amazing environment he grew up around in Aspen, Colorado. A childhood filled with the outdoors and skiing with his Dad has no doubt sparked Rice's strong love for nature. The artist’s paintings of city scenes are fascinating, as there is often a person present wearing hiking gear, ready for adventure, looking out into a wild urban environment; a concrete jungle that is perhaps more foreign than the wilderness to these hikers.

David Rice earned his Bachelors Degree in Art during his time in Boulder, Colorado. Now living in Portland, Oregon, Rice currently works as an illustrator and designer at XPLR Studios on top of being an artist. He also does large-scale paintings in the form of murals, which can be found in Portland, Seattle, and Denver.

David Bray at Stephanie Chefas Projects

Opening Reception: Friday, September 8th from 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: September 8-30, 2017

This September, Stephanie Chefas Projects is delighted to welcome UK artist David Bray back for his second solo with the gallery entitled "Return of the Returner". Bray is well known for transcribing psychoactive iconography through the lens of singular imagery with his unique DIY aesthetic. Creatively driven by his punk ethos, Bray utilizes basic drawing tools and found materials to explore the full spectrum of his inner fantasy world. The result is a striking combination of naïve art and wild imagination. Starkly woven within each piece is a virtually endless sense of mystery that begs for repeat viewings.

Return of the Returner marks a direct follow up to Bray's 2016 solo show, 'Amateur Occult Club'. Last year, the artist and his alter-ego, Georg Lubitzer, left the physical plane and journeyed to a mirrored world known as the 'Other'. In Return of the Returner , Bray has come hurdling back to a reality he no longer recognizes. As he digests this newly messed up world run by circus clowns in business suits, Bray finds himself grappling on multiple fronts.

Medicated with alcohol and flailing in search of beauty, he strains to remember why he came back at all. Looking within, the artist finds renewed strength and gears up for the fight. The returner has now officially returned.

Bray chronicles his struggles and adventures the only way he knows how: through unmistakable work that represents a meeting ground between instinct and intent. Central to the latest collection is 'The Sun', a painting of a total eclipse set against a fiery orange background with the transcribe text 'Aint Gonna'. The text is a direct reference to the 1966 Walker Brothers song 'The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine (Anymore)'. Indeed, it feels like the world has turned to darkness. But conversely, the painting is a statement of protest. Bray is not going to sit by and watch everything fall apart. The fire is lit.

In Bray's own words:

I almost fell off the face of the world. But now I’m back.
And things got strange while I was gone away. And I don’t like it.
So this is a protest. Bring it all back. Put it right.
This work is a spell. The work immediate.
Bold strokes. Quick marks. Put everything in, take nothing out. No time to lose.

The opening reception for Return of the Returner will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, September 8th from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through September 30, 2017 and is free and open to the public.

ABOUT DAVID BRAY

Born in Dartford, Kent, in 1970, as a child David Bray would draw images of space travel, where he would depict himself and his friends visiting other Planets and Universes. As he grew older he began to explore a dark, egotistical fantasy world, which is still apparent in the work he makes today being influenced and inspired by a wide range of artists: from sculptor Allen Jones, comic artist Eric Stanton, erotic photography by Helmut Newton and Araki and paintings by Gustav Klimt and Alberto Vargas.

Using basic drawing tools, such as pens, pencils, and paper, Bray creates delicate and time-consuming drawings which explore emotion, utopia and a world of fantasy through his subject matter of the beautiful and erotic, but the unattainable female form. His compelling works reveal his lifetime love of drawing and a very active imagination taking the viewer into his dark, emotive world of fantasy. Bray has also had a successful commercial career since graduating in 1992 from Central St. Martins, in London with a degree in Graphic Design.

Stephanie Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who has been independently curating art exhibits for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco. Now calling Portland home, Chefas retains an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. With endeavors like H eatwave and Neon Love , Chefas also maintains her uniques ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Stephanie Chefas Projects is the result of both passion and dedication as well as commitment towards sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Location :
305 SE 3rd Avenue #202
Portland, OR 97214
www.stephaniechefas.com
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 1-6pm and by appointment Contact: info@stephaniechefas.com | 503.719.6945

Adrian Landon Brooks "GOLDEN AGE" Exhibition at Stephanie Chefas Projects

Opening Reception: Friday, March 3rd, 7-10pm Exhibition Dates: March 3rd - 31st, 2017

On March 3rd, Stephanie Chefas Projects will proudly present the return of Texas-based artist Adrian Landon Brooks in "GOLDEN AGE", a new series of paintings that take on universal themes of love, loss, and redemption through the use of found materials. With his latest work, Brooks continues to explore a stunning iconography that hails from both the mystic and folk tradition. His brilliant use of color and wood is immediately identifiable and brimming with its own visual language--there is no mistaking each piece as coming from anywhere else. The archetypal imagery in “GOLDEN AGE” exudes a spiritual, universal aura of peace and harmony while the title itself makes reference to a time from Greek mythology when man was commonly noble and good.

In Brooks' own words, "’GOLDEN AGE’ is an expansion of my most recent aesthetic and keeps with the themes of magical folklore and mysticism. Each work offers my interpretation of a time when peace and harmony prevailed. The figures in my paintings share this sense of spiritual abundance and purpose. Wormholes, starscapes and statuesque heads create scenes that are meant to capture sacred traditions and ceremonies that transcend any one culture."

The opening reception for "GOLDEN AGE" will be held at Stephanie Chefas Projects on Friday, March 3rd, from 7-10pm. Stephanie Chefas Projects is located in Portland, Oregon at 305 SE 3rd Avenue on the second floor of the Urban Row building. The exhibition will be on view through March 31st, 2017 and is free and open to the public.

ABOUT ADRIAN LANDON BROOKS

Adrian Landon Brooks (b. 1983) studied painting at the San Francisco Art Institute and currently lives and works in Blanco, Texas. Brooks works predominately in the mediums of painting and illustration, using found materials such as wood, metal, and old photographs as his canvas. He served an internship at the McClain Gallery in Houston and has exhibited in Houston, Austin, Denver, Chicago, San Francisco, Portland, and Amsterdam. In addition to his gallery work, Brooks has been included in museum exhibitions at The Contemporary Austin and Fort Wayne Museum of Art (FWMOA). Brooks has also been featured in Juxtapoz, VNA, and the West #126 issue of New American Paintings.

ABOUT STEPHANIE CHEFAS PROJECTS

Stephanie Chefas Projects is the labor of love from its owner, Stephanie Chefas, who has been independently curating art exhibits for nearly a decade in Los Angeles and San Francisco, among others. Now calling Portland home, Chefas retains an eye for cutting-edge and often challenging work that demands attention. Highlighting a diverse blend of contemporary artists from around the world, the gallery features monthly exhibitions with an emphasis on cultivating new talent and encouraging risk and evolution among established visionaries. With endeavors like HEATWAVE and SELFIE, Chefas also maintains her unique ability to coordinate group shows with distinct concepts that allow artists plenty of breathing room to interpret and explore. Stephanie Chefas Projects is the result of both passion and dedication as well as commitment toward sharing the best in contemporary art with enthusiasts and collectors alike.

Location:
305 SE 3rd Avenue #202
Portland, OR 97214
www.stephaniechefas.com
Hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 1-6pm and by appointment Contact: info@stephaniechefas.com/ 503.719.6945

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