Thursday, August 25, 2011

September 2011 - Northwest Artist and Educator, Satoko - Benefit for Japan

The artist we are featuring in September 2011 is Satoko.
Our guests will be entertained by Peter Zisa on classical guitar and Yukiko on the Japanese koto.

10% of all sales will be donated to benefit the tsunami victims of Japan.
Artist Statement (excerpt):

"My focus is on the concept of the transient nature of life events. Constant change is inescapable in life. Various phenomena in nature such as shifting light, seasonal transformation, changes in weather and flickering reflections on water are metaphors of the shifting nature of life. Observing these external elements, I internalize my reactions in my work."

"Creative activity gives us realistic optimism and strength to cope with life's journey, since it helps one to realize that even the smallest sensory discoveries can bring brilliance to life."

"Without darkness, how can we appreciate light?
Without pain, how can we deepen our joy?
By embracing both one can be whole."

Artist Biography:

Satoko was born in Kyoto, Japan. She came to the United States in 1980 to further her study after she completed her Bachelors Degree in English Literature from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. She received a Bachelor of Art degree in Art History from the University of Oregon and a Master of Fine Art in Painting from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. She is a faculty member at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon and teaches in University of Oregon's summer program in Kyoto. She has a strong tie to Italy where she has taught summer programs from the University of Oregon and has spent most of the summers in the last 16 years. Her main media have been oil and watercolor. She is also exploring ink on paper in recent years.

Day Ending 23"x30" Watercolor

Continuation (diptych) 40"x60" Oil

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Bringing local original artwork to Parker Furniture

For the past year, Signature D has had the delightful experience of placing the work of local artists in Parker Furniture. The staff is enthusiastic, knowledgeble and professional. They create beautiful vignettes for the artwork with their sense of style.

The following artists works are currently available at Parker Furniture:

Don Bishop
Tom Anderson
Amanda Houston
Karen Silve
Ann Ruttan
Barry Mack

We are regularly adding new artists! Check back soon!

Parker Furniture is located at 10375 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, Beaverton, Oregon 97005
(503) 644-0155
Hours: M-Sat. 10-6, Sun. 12-5

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Summer Happenings at Signature D

The featured artist for June is Barry Mack

Additionally, Signature D will be taking July, and August off from the Elizabeth Lofts gallery space. Please mark your calendars for September 1st, when we will be showing pieces from Satoko.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Artist for May 2011

The featured artist for May is Carole Meyer.

(Site under construction. More information coming soon!)

Friday, March 4, 2011

New Works by Don Bishop

New Works by Don Bishop
Northwest Impressionist Painter

March 3 - April 2, 2011
Reception: March 3rd, 6:00pm - 9:00pm

Don Bishop has been painting in the Northwest for many years, and enjoys painting the magical scenery and light that makes this such a beautiful area. Spring and summer months often find him painting outside in the plein air style, while the winter months bring mostly studio work. For Don, painting is a continual growth process which usually involves creating several paintings at a time. The majority of his work is in oils, but Don also paints in acrylics from time to time.

Don Bishop's paintings have been purchased by collectors nationwide over the years. He has also received numerous awards and participated in many juried shows throughout his painting career.

Don Bishop's roots in painting are influenced by the Early California Plein Air Impressionist style. Originally from Southern California, Don attended art school at California State University Long Beach, where he received a Bachelor's degree in Art. Seeing many of the Early California Plein Air paintings at various museums and galleries had a major influence on the development of Don's painting style.

Other painting influences include the tonalist style and the Hudson River School. Don especially enjoys the work of George Innes, Franz Bischoff, William Wendt, and Maurice Braun.

As his work evolves, Don sees his paintings becoming a hybrid of the tonalist, impressionist, and Hudson River School influences. Don's goal is to follow in the footsteps of the early masters, creating paintings that capture the qualities of light and color of the early impressionist movement.

Please visit his blog at: Don Bishop Studio

Summer Oaks 18x24, $2100

Summer Light 24x36, $2600

 Black on Red 16x20, $1600

 Peaceful Valley 12x16, $950
 *Images courtesey of Don Bishop

Grand Opening: Signature D Art Consulting at The Elizabeth Lofts Gallery

Signature D presents First Thursday at The Elizabeth Lofts Gallery

The opening reception for Signature D at the Elizabeth Lofts Gallery for Northwest Portland's First Thursday celebrations took place on March 3rd. We had an excellent turn-out! Thank you to all who came out!

Following the reception, selected works will be shown in the halls of The Elizabeth Lofts from March 3rd to April 2nd, 2011.
This Month: Don Bishop - Northwest Impressionist Painter

Gallery space is located at 333 NW 9th Avenue, Portland, Oregon. Enter from the plaza on 10th Avenue. Please join us for the next First Thursday on April 7th, 2011.
Classical Guitarist Peter Zisa
Signature D's Diane and featured artist Don Bishop