This week’s blog is written by Carl Sandeen of Kristi Usher Fine Art. Carl’s wife Kristi is a bronze sculptor of western themes as well as a two-dimensional artist with oil, pencil and ink. Kristi's work is known for realism and projects her intimate knowledge of horses, dogs and the cowboy way of life.
Artist Colonies and Residency programs are found worldwide where artists live for a specific period working and reflecting on their creative work. One of the best known in Oregon is the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology cradled within Cascade Head north of Lincoln City. Surrounded by protected forest and grassland of The Nature Conservancy, Sitka Center is able to let science and art intersect with both residence programs and workshops.
Summer is dedicated to a wealth of workshops for painters, printers, carvers, sculptors, potters, photographers, those with ecological interests of all kinds, and more. Beginners to advanced.
Sharon Overton writes in her book, "Near Otis, and between the Salmon River and Cascade Head, the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology nears the end of its fifth decade. Based on the premise that artists and scientists could both thrive by immersion in an awesome and soggy coastal forest with intimate access to a wild beach at the margin of the infinite Pacific, the center provides a community of creative people with the simple opportunity to slow down, think deeply, explore new ideas, and synthesize old ones...to wallow in natural beauty and to unwind their minds." More information is at www.sitkacenter.org
Artistic Portland shares many of the characteristics of an artist colony as we come together to share our art with the larger community, and share our lives together in the smaller artist co-op community.