Current and Former CBAA Artists – 2018
Sharon Abbott-Furze – Sharon paints because she has to. it’s right up there with food and water for her – a prayer, a meditation and always an adventure! Capturing moments in her life that touch her is a joy and she hopes that reaches her viewers in a memorable way. Sharon’s fascination with the many moods, power, sounds and mystery of the sea is evident in her work. Several of her paintings inspired Author Sarel Venter to write stories about them and can be enjoyed on her website. Her deepest loves though are her children, grandchildren, great grandchildren and people in general, and her desire to share their stories with oils on canvas is her goal. In the past, paintings of her grandchildren were used in Portland Oregon Street of Dreams and West Linn Parade of Homes. “The Price of Freedom”, a tribute to her son’s military service, was published in the 2015 Art Edition of Rain. This is her fourth year participating in Plein Air and More, Stormy Weather Art Festival and Spring Unveiling in Cannon Beach OR, and she has been featured in the local newspaper regarding these events. Her award-winning paintings are in collections throughout the United States, Switzerland and Italy. Check out more of Sharon’s work at: www.sfago.com
Alexandra Becker-Black – Born in Santa Fe, New Mexico, Alexandra has been creating art all of her life. Formally trained in Illustration at the Rhode Island School of Design, Alexandra’s relationship with watercolors started with an odd step when she was forced to choose a new medium after developing an allergic reaction to oil paints. Within weeks of first painting with watercolors, Alexandra found her medium and her new voice. Years later the majority of her technique is still self-taught through her natural exploration of the paint and its applications. Long before a paintbrush ever touched her hand, drawing was Alexandra’s original medium. She continues to draw today, exploring new techniques and concepts by pushing the boundaries between realism and dream-scapes. Alexandra lives in Portland, Oregon where she enjoys the city’s beautiful scenery, and relaxed culture. She is a member of the Falcon Art Community, and when not in her studio she can be found cooking and practicing yoga. Check out more of Alexandra’s work at: alexandrabeckerblack.com
Ray Bidegain – Ray was born in Tucson, Arizona and started studying photography in high school. At age 17 he began working on weekends for a large studio that offered wedding photography to the Hispanic community in Southern Arizona. Ray graduated from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1981 and returned to Tucson to operate his own studio before moving to Portland, Oregon. After 17 years as a studio portrait photographer, Ray turned to fine art photography, eventually teaching himself the art of platinum printing and, later, wetplate collodion, and polymer plate gravure. Fascinated by both the science and the art of photography and printmaking, Ray is an engaging and respected photo instructor throughout the Pacific Northwest. Ray’s photographs are internationally collected, and his work has been exhibited across the United States, and in France, Germany, and Scotland. He is currently represented by Russ Levin in Monterey. Check out more of Ray’s work at: https://www.raybidegain.com
Blue Bond – Blue brings over fifty years of experience in the art field to seaside, Oregon. Previously he owned a successful sign business in Vancouver, Washington, for over 35 years. After selling his business in 2012, Blue began teaching art in the local community. Hundreds of students learned from him, and created thousands of paintings during the 5 1/2 years he taught in Vancouver. Blue has received numerous awards for his vibrant, realistic paintings throughout the years. Locally, he was very honored to be chosen to create a painting for the posters and other memorabilia for the Cannon Beach Sand Castle event 2016. He teaches one on one and classes either in oil or acyclic. Blue is an accomplished artist whose speciality lies in portraits and wildlife. An art class with Blue Bond is enjoyable, informative, and an experience that will increase one’s appreciation of art. Check out more of Blue’s work at: http://www.bluebondstudio.com
Patti Breidenbach – Patti has a BFA in Jewelry Design and has been a studio artist since 1987. In Stayton, Oregon she had two one woman shows in 1988 and 1989. She was the Executive Director of Granville County Arts Council from 1989-1991, developed a curriculum for a painting class for West Virginia Wesleyan College in 1994, and taught high school Art at Kuna High School from 1998-2011. She teaches Acrylics, Oils, Ceramics, and Drawing.
Sidonie Caron – Sidonies art school training was at the Central St Martins School of Arts in London, England. Since her arrival in Portland from London in the late 60’s she has been a professional artist and is happy to share her experience with attendees at workshops. In addition to private collections her paintings are part of many public collections in both Oregon and Washington. Check out more of Sidonie’s work at: www.sidoniekcaron.com
Linda Christensen – Linda Christensen is an artist with a background in watercolor, woodcarving, fiber arts, and mixed media. She brings her varied skills and explorative art techniques now to the world of polymer clay. Artist Linda Christensen has been honored in past years with acceptance into several international shows. Linda’s artwork has been featured in “100 Sacred Visions” in Payerbach, Austria. In 2003, her painting “Crops of People” was included in “Brave Destiny”, the largest showing of living surrealist artists in Brooklyn, NY. In fall of 2004, Linda’s painting “I Am Water” was sent to London, England for a “Water” exhibition. Linda’s painting “Taking Flight” was accepted into “The Inner Eye” European Touring exhibition. This art was exhibited in Italy, Germany and Spain in 2005. Linda’s acrylic painting “The Healing” was exhibited in the Magical Lakes and Enchanted Forests 2006 exhibition tour in Europe. Linda has studied art in many workshops in the US and in Europe. Most recently, fully swept up in the energy of the solar eclipse, Linda delved into making polymer mosaic tiles while making eclipse themed art. “Watercolor is my main art medium, but this work required me to venture out into a mixed media world. The path of an artist is never uninteresting.” Check out more of Linda’s work at: http://www.angelfire.com/art/mindspirit/watercolor/
Bev Cordova – Bev Cordova is an arts teacher and working artist. Following a passion for sculpture, graduate studies at PSU, Lewis & Clark and OSU helped advance Bev’s skills. Retired from teaching Art at the high school and junior college level, Bev moved from Portland to Seaside. Here she pursues sculpting and teaching workshops with a focus on community and inclusion.
Gretchen Douglas – A resident of Astoria, Oregon, Gretchen Douglas has been an artist since 1962. Currently she is designing clothing using repurposed fabric including, antique lace, doilies, napkins, tablecloths, dresses and drapes. Her background in costume design has inspired the variety of sewing techniques used to make one- of-a-kind creations. After obtaining a BFA in Fibers from the University of Oregon, 1985, she worked at the San Francisco Opera as a costume dyer and painter. Later working with local theater groups, she started her own business. In the 1990’s she taught art in the elementary schools throughout Oregon for the National Endowment for the Arts. In 1994, one of her costumes was selected to be on display at the Victorian and Albert Museum in London. Painting large backdrops for rock concerts and speaking tours kept her busy until 2000. In 2016 she created a wall hanging for the Friends of Timberline 40th Anniversary art show at Timberline Lodge. As part of a team, she has worked for 20 years to recreate the historic interior of Timberline Lodge, weaving, sewing and hooking rugs. Summer of 2017, one of her costumes was on display at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, and another in New York City at the Museum of Art and Design.
Drenda Duff – Drenda Duff regards figurative art, composed and arranged in natural surroundings, as a favorite subject for her drawings and paintings. She is interested in still life and landscape as well. She enjoys working in oil, pastel, and watercolor. In all subjects there is significant deliberation on the use of light, which communicates mood or presence in her work. In addition, Drenda considers studying artists and their work, both contemporary and from the past, as pivotal to her own growth and learning process. Her study of art history is employed not only as an instructive tool but also to stimulate her own ideas and creative process.
Drenda and her husband David have lived in Cannon Beach for 25 years. In 2005 Drenda took a hiatus from her artwork to study at Portland State University, receiving her BA in Art/Art History. Currently she paints full time in her home art studio. In Cannon Beach, her work has shown at Windridge Gallery, Bronze Coast Gallery, Cannon Beach Gallery, and at the Chamber Stormy Weather Arts Festivals. She currently sells her artwork at “Drenda Duff Fine Art.” Check out more of Drenda’s work at: http://www.drendadufffineart.com
Eileen Elliott – Eileen has completed nearly a hundred art quilts and fiber art projects. She is also a poet, and acrylic and watercolor painter since her retirement as a psychologist. She delights in helping others explore their creativity and celebrate the aliveness that results from making things.
Linda Gebhart – Linda, a former math teacher, retired to Cannon Beach in 2014 with a fervent desire to artistically represent the beauty she discovered during her world travels. She quickly discovered her biggest passion was in painting the seascapes and landscapes surrounding her on the coast. Linda is a member of Cannon Beach Art Association, Palette Puddlers paint group and Trail’s End Art Gallery in Gearhart. She is grateful for the many artists who continue to inspire her. Additionally, she volunteers at Cannon Beach Library, has been a board member of Trail’s End and is currently serving as board vice-president at Cannon Beach Arts Association.
Dorota Haber-Lehigh – Dorota is an artist, educator, a forager. She loves gardening, hiking, field sketching, mushroom hunting and botanical drawing. Her passion is drawing native plants and discovering their edibility, medicinal use and ecological connection. She is drawn into sculptural and architectural wonder of plants as well as ephemeral beauty of plants throughout all season. She authored two ethnobotanical coloring books: “ABC of Native Plants of the Coastal PNW” and “Native Berries of the Coastal PNW.” She enjoys teaching ESL and Art of Ethnobotany at Seaside High School and Botanical Drawing at various community centers. Check out more of Dorota’s work at: www.dorotahaberlehigh.com
Jani Hoberg – Jani first took printmaking classes in the 1970’s at Lewis and Clark College and The Oregon School of Arts and Crafts-both in Portland Oregon. She received her BA from Lewis and Clark College and her MFA from the University of Oregon. At both institutions she studied drawing, intaglio and lithography. Laverne Krause, Jack Portland, Ron Graef and Liza Jones gave her a top notch education. She is represented by the Imprint Gallery at Cannon Beach and teach printmaking in their newly remodeled studio. The connection of exhibiting and creating art in the same location brings together the educational component and the collector. Her work is included in the Collections of the Gilkey Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, the Anchorage Museum and the Multnomah County Library. Under Jan Rimerman’s leadership she is one of the artists involved with the Art for the Wetlands for the Wetlands Conservancy.
Ashley Jennings – Ashley was born in Colorado Springs, Colorado where she began learning photography at the age of 16 with a 35mm SLR. In 2006 she moved to Denver to study photography with Carol Golemboski and Bill Adams at the University of Colorado, Denver, where she earned her BFA in photography in 2009. During her time in college, Ashley discovered her love of alternative photographic processes and large format film Photograpy. After ten years of shooting commercial digital photography and weddings, Ashley reconnected with her love for wetplate collodion with the help and guidance of Ray Bidegain. She has been helping to educate other photographers on and share her love of these processes ever since! Check out more of Ashley’s work at: http://www.ashleyjenningsphotography.com
Kayla Johnson – Kayla’s professional background includes a BFA in Fine Arts from Washington State University. I’ve also taught private workshops, private art lessons and worked as a teaching assistant in the Warrenton PreK-8 Grade School.
Brianna Ortega – Brianna is a multidisciplinary contemporary artist and surfer. She holds an honors B.A. in Art Practices from Portland State University, and has shown her work at art spaces and museums in Portland, San Diego, and Italy. Her work focuses on connecting ideas of belonging, discomfort, and the ocean. She is passionate about bringing people of varying disciplines together to think and create art in new ways. You can also find her working at Haystack Rock Awareness Program in Cannon Beach, both educating others about the ocean and learning new things every day.
Jan Rimerman – Jan is an award-winning artist known for her mixed media of stone & water. Her fine art appears in galleries & shows throughout the Northwest & the United States. Her work has been published in books, magazines, posters, & greeting cards worldwide. She is the director of the Holiday Gallery for the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, a guest curator for the ACLO, the Visual Arts Director of the Lakewood Center & gives talks to the community of her international adventures entitled: Through an Artist’s Eyes. She is a fundraiser for the World Wildlife Fund, the Di Ji Orphanage in Llasa, Tibet & The Wetlands Conservancy. Jan is the Arts Exhibition Director for Lake Oswego Reads. As an arts educator, Jan pioneered the Art After Hours program for high school students & community members. Rimerman created the art cultural exchange, The Common Connection between two schools in Poland & Tigard High School. Jan is a popular motivational speaker, technique instructor, curator & juror of shows. She is the 2002 Secondary Art Educator of the Year in the State of Oregon. She has been included in the Who’s Who Teachers Edition for 2004-2010 & in the Who’s Who of American Women 2008 & 2009. For 25 years, she was the Open Show Director at the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Jan taught drawing, painting & 3-D design for 33 years in public school & private settings. Altruistic projects include the International Land Fill Project. Kows for Kids, Children First, Audubon, Susan G, Koman Foundations, Turtle Head Start Program at the Oregon Zoo, & painting doors for the Lake Oswego Art Foundation. Check out more of Jan’s work at: http://janrimerman.com
Beth Robinson – Beth I. Robinson M.S. is an artist, art conservator and conflict resolution specialist. She has combine her three passions, art, loss and caring for intangible and tangible cultural property. Before Minishing a BFA degree from Oregon College of Art and Craft as a Ford Restart Scholar, Robinson was a certified picture framer and paper restorer for 14 years. In 2007, she was awarded an opportunity with the University of Georgia to live and travel through Italy studying the conservation of books and art as a conflict dispute resolution tool during the Renaissance. Her artwork has been celebrated in the public view for over ten years in both the United States and Europe. Showing her artwork publicly lead her to a Masters program at the University of Oregon Law School in Conflict and Dispute Resolution and working as a private practice mediator and conflict/grief coach. She works with grievers and their companions to Mind alternate ways of expressing grief and mourning during disputes. Also, she cares for cultural property as an art conservator and museum technician for the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene, Oregon, is restoring a Chandler and Price Letterpress machine and contemplating how to beat her brother in chess. Check out more of Beth’s work at: www.robinpress.com
Donna Sakamoto Crispin – Donna has been weaving baskets and other fiber art for 31 years. She’s taken all kinds of workshops, from basketry and fiber arts to ceramics and jewelry. Through the years, she has combined those experiences with influences from Northwest and Japanese culture to create her own style. She enjoys teaching others, and raising awareness about crafts and their importance in our everyday lives. Check out more of Donna’s work at: www.donnacrispin.blogspot.com
Mira Shah – Mira is an Art Therapist in private practice in Beaverton, OR. She has over 10 years of experience teaching children as young as 4 years old, to adults as old as 99 years old, various art methods. In her free time, she enjoys painting, needle-felting, and ceramics. Check out more of Mira’s work at: https://miramshah.wordpress.com
Kim Scheewe Kirk – Kim feels blessed to have grown up in a creative and inspiring family. Her mother was a professional artist and teacher. She grew up among art classes and all types of painters. Kim has worked for years in the family business of publishing instructional art books. She has attended many art workshops, retreats, seminars and trade shows. She loves the time she spends painting and creating and tries to squeeze it in every chance she gets. Kim loves to share and live a creative life with her husband and two children. She has taught numerous art classes in elementary schools as well as art literacy to middle schoolers. She has worked for the last 10 years helping children fall in love with art and joyful creating. She is passionate about inspiring others to be creative.
Camille Scheewe Radich – Camille grew up in a creative, artist family From an early age I was inspired and exposed to art and painting by her talented mother Sue, a professional artist and painting instructor. Acrylics and mixed media are her favorite mediums and she is inspired to paint a variety of subjects, loose florals, birds, abstracts with layers of natural elements and also creating mixed media pieces using collage & stencil elements. She studied painting in College and graduated with a BFA in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, PNCA. Post graduation she exhibited her work at a local gallery in Portland. She studied calligraphy at Oregon School of Arts and Crafts and went on to teach Calligraphy and how to see and create letter forms. She works in their family business, Scheewe Publications Inc., where she publishes instructional painting books.
Mark Sokol – Mark is a native of Colorado, a husband, a student, a professional software engineer, and truly an artist at heart. During the day he crafts complex code and in his free time manifests beautiful and sacred works of art. Self taught, Mark creates pieces through organic mediums such as wood, metal, clay, leather, and glass through intuitive means. His creations include sacred furniture, custom clocks, hand carved wooden rings, hand thrown pottery, chain mail jewelry and both oil and acrylic paintings. His life experiences become an ultimate muse, with the energy of those experiences manifesting in unique and functional creations. Mark holds a very deep respect for nature. In his free time he enjoys all that the outdoors have to offer. He holds a 2nd degree black belt in Chinese Shaolin Kung Fu, is an avid rock climber, ice climber, kayaker and mountain biker and spends much of his creative time working outdoors. By intentionally creating an intimate connection with nature, the positive energy of the earth is channeled into the art that is created. Mark also uses his natural proclivity to move energy via the basic techniques of Reiki (healing movement of energy) to influence his connections to the people in which his art is created with and for. Check out more of Mark’s work at: www.shamancarpenter.com
Margaret Terrall – Margaret received a degree in Art Education and continued on at Lewis & Clark to receive a Masters in Art Ed. She taught middle school and high school art, illustration at Portland Community College, drawing at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and painting at the Multnomah Art Center. She holds private and group classes in her home studio. She is represented by the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery and is a member of a women’s art guild known as LOCAL 14, in which we put on an annual show at the World Forestry Center in Portland. She participates in Portland Open Studios, The Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, The Sitka Invitational Art Show and is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. She has prints available of on her gallery website: margaretterrall.com
Christine Trexel – Books have been an integral part of Christine Trexel’s life since early childhood. She grew up on a farm in southeastern Colorado and spent many happy hours lost inside the pages of a book. She firmly believes a day without time set aside for reading is an incomplete day. As an adult she began her journey into creating her own books, which led to boxes, and then to making paper while living in Portland, Oregon. She has been fortunate to have taken a wide variety of classes at the Oregon College of Arts and Crafts as well as with internationally known local artists in book binding and paper making. Christine lived in Panama for seven years where she grew, harvested and processed plants from her garden to make paper for the books and boxes she creates. The wealth of vegetation fostered experimentation and a great deal of learning. Since returning to the PNW and settling in the vibrant arts community of Astoria, Oregon Christine has had the opportunity to show her work at Imogen Gallery in Astoria, Fairweather Gallery in Seaside, Imprint Gallery in Cannon Beach, Cannon Beach Art Gallery and in juried shows in Cannon Beach Art Gallery in Cannon Beach, Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, and 23 Sandy Gallery in Portland.
Lisa Wiser – Lisa Wiser is a visual artist living and working in Lake Oswego, Oregon. She draws inspiration from the scenic northwest, travel adventures and reading novels to create watercolor, acrylic, and mixed media paintings. Also an avid photographer, she chronicles her visual inspirations as she captures obscure landscapes, architectural details, and other intriguing painting subjects. Lisa earned a BS Degree in Art Education from the University of Oregon in 1978 including a year of study in Perugia, Italy and has completed graduate coursework in graphic design, art education and painting. Photographic travels to Europe, Turkey, SW USA, and Mexico have inspired her work for the past three decades. Lisa has been invited to serve in both curatorial and juror positions for various arts organizations in the area. She has taught art from pre-school to adult students and has recently retired as a substitute art teacher for her local school district to devote more time to her painting. Check out more of Lisa’s work at: http://www.lisawiser.com