Brookings Art Walk of 14 January 2006
I started at Manley Art Center
where I saw Christina Olsen, who was supposed to demonstrate
how to create whimsical paintings "from the heart."
She had a brush in hand all right, but it never touched
the paper as long as I was there. She was busy laughing
with a well dressed gentleman of name Bill Hiltz, who
turned out to be the song and dance partner of Carl Rovainen.
The skit those two put on was delightful, although I expected
any moment that one or the other, or both would lose their
Over at COLOURS Gallery
violinist/vocalist Shirley Hyatt and partner Gil Kirk
were entertaining the Art Walkers with music that was
a lot less rowdy. Just as well, as there was a lot of
new glass and ceramic art (of the usable type) displayed
which wouldn't have survived two "mature" dancers
flying through the air.
At Words and Pictures,
Gold Beach watercolorist Magda Druzdzel displayed her
luminous watercolors of local beach and river scenes.
Beautiful! I ran into city councilman Dave Gordon, who
was discussing business with downtown development commissioner
Pete Chasar. Yes, Pete is not only a painter, he also
worries about the future of our town. I hope they discussed
how to make Brookings into THE art town of the South Coast.
They will have the support of all of us artists. When
pianist Nina Paulsen, whose soothing tunes waft usually
without interruption through the gallery, took an unexpected
break, I knew something was up. A tall and slender lady
in elegant, black attire rose and took center stage: Patricia
Bisgrove. She read from her booklet "Life."
The selection was chosen to match the art of Magda Druzdzel.
Poems about our shore line, waves, and life by the water.
Pat is not only a sensitive writer, she presents her stuff
in a way that moves the audience into quiet introspection.
Over at the Library Gallery,
the mood was just the opposite. At 5:33 the rambunctious
Limerick crew took over from Pianist Jerry Moffit and
filled the hall with their odorous "poetry".
Their target were the portrait artists, whose work was
displayed around the room, their models, and portraiture
in general. The undisciplined group had to be called to
order several times by Limerick judge Brian Scott, who
had to shake a large brass bell to get their attention.
The contest winner was Marge Woodfin. The price: a can
Tune in again around the end
of January, when the program for the February 11 Art Walk
will be on this page.