October 2016 Art Calendar

Where to see my art in October 2016 — It’s national arts month. So much going on! Special events, a class I am teaching, and all the shows and openings are listed here.

  • Saturday October 8
    BAM (Beaverton Arts Mix)
    demonstration on behalf of Washington County Art Alliance
    Beaverton City Main Library
    12375 SW Fifth Street in Beaverton OR 97005
  • Saturday and Sunday October 15 and 16 OPEN STUDIO weekend
hours 11-5 both days
Washington County Open Studios Tour (free)
Visit me at work, hang out, enjoy the art, and shop in my Hillsboro studio!
Complete free online tour catalog and map: WashCoArt.org
paper catalog and map available free from participating artists

  • ART CLASS: Mini Collage Workshop

October 25 1:30-4 pm — teens & adults
Mini Collage Workshop for adults and teens
Super fun! We will cover collage techniques, glues,
and more. Make and take up to three adorable, tiny collages —
perfect for gifts. ALL materials included, but you may bring small pieces of ephemera if you wish. Please bring scissors. Taught by award winning local artist Barbara Martin. Held at Hillsboro Community Sr Center, 750 SE 8th Avenue 97123. Ample free parking behind the building.
To register, call (503) 648-3823.
Fee includes all materials.  $25 Hillsboro resident;  $20 Senior Hillsboro resident ;  non-resident Senior $30;  non-resident adult $38.

  • “October First Tuesday ArtWalk”Catherine Bede Gallery
    with Catherine Bede, Nyell LeFore, and Polly Shaw
    opening reception Tuesday October 4 from 5 – 8pm
    230 E Main Street Suite W in Hillsboro OR 97123
    thru October
  • “Going on Record”group show with Westside ArtShare  
    opening reception Tuesday October 4 from 6:30 – 8 pm
    Insomnia Coffee 5389 Baseline Road in Hillsboro OR
    thru October
  • “Autumn Exhibition” over 30 artists, juried by Diane Irby
    opening reception Friday October 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 pm
    Dark Star Tattoo and Gallery 611 W 11th Street in Vancouver, WA 98660
    thru October
  • “The Art of Politics” North Bank Artists Gallery
    opening reception Friday October 7 from 5-9 pm
    1005 Main Street in Vancouver, WA 98660
    thru October 29th
  • “Sneak Preview Exhibit” selected Washington County Open Studios artists
    opening reception was in September
    Beaverton City Hall on first, 4th and 5th floors
    12725 SW Millikan Way in Beaverton OR
    through October 28
  • “Colors and Light” with The Green Cab
    opening reception October 1 from 5-7pm
    Loft Gallery inside Beach Books in Seaside OR
    616 Broadway St, Seaside, OR 97138
    opening reception Saturday October 1 from 5 – 7 pm
    thru November
  • BIG500 with Chris Haberman in Portland December 10th.
    Ford Gallery 2505 SE 11th Avenue in Portland OR

2015 Washington County Studio Tour in Oregon

You are invited! Come visit my studio this October  17 & 18, 2015 and see where/how the sausage  art gets  made … and the magic happens.  The tour map and directions are included with my artist directory listing at  Barbara Martin Artist Washington County Open Studio…  With over 40 artists and galleries participating the tour should be fantastic this year!

Artists who participate in the tour are supposed to offer demonstrations. I’ll be mixing it up this time by working in my typical fashion which involves:  noodling about, lots of coffee breaks and yard wandering, visits to the pond and bottle garden, and occasionally some deeply focused art making in a frenzy of creativity.

Depending on the weather and my mood and any special requests, I may be demonstrating one, some or all of the following:

  • encaustic aka painting with HOT WAX  and a torch or heat gun
  • acrylic painting on a BIG CANVAS
  • collaging with fussy cut little paper bits and ephemera
  • slinging alcohol inks at Yupo
  • attempting assemblage of a found-glass -sculpture-tower  which involves scary-to-me power tools and truly may or may not work out

Or whatever is “hot” on my brain that day.  I am process oriented with my art. I love to play around, try stuff, have fun  and experiment — and sometimes make some nice looking art! I’d love to have you join me in the studio on the tour!

Mark your calendar for the third weekend in October, the 17th and 18th, 2015.  Hours are 11-5.  Hope you can swing by. It’s gonna be great!

ps Yes, there will be chocolate involved.




C is for Chair Time

chairC is for chair time, as in, time doing the actual work. Being an artist is not all tra-la-la in the sunshine all the time. Mostly it is working hard: first make the art; then inventory, package, display and promote it.

I love making the  art. That part does not seem like “work” the way the rest of the job seems like work.

Some weeks it takes as much (or more) time and effort  and if I am honest, mental energy, to find appropriate galleries and shows; frame,  name and price the pieces; photograph/scan and label them; deliver/ship/pick up the work and update my inventory notes;  let collectors know about the shows, and attend the openings — here you might say, yay party! but for an introvert like me, a party is more like work, less like play — than it did to create the art itself in the first place.

Ultimately exciting. Exhausting, too, when multiple shows open simultaneously. This week, for example, I have work in four different area galleries with four different  opening dates.  Five (!) counting my Artist-in-Residence display at the music hall.  Exciting! I remember when I thought three at a time would really be something. Exciting, you betcha, but WHEW!

No wonder yesterday’s post had the sleepy time bear in it. This is the third post in the alphabet-based April A to Z Challenge. Sign up for email updates and never miss a letter! 🙂

Studio MakeOver Update

This challenge has been…challenging. The studio is still a messy place — but it is also a busy place overflowing with art.  YAY!

biz cards feb 2014

Participating in the studio makeover and declutter challenge didn’t help me  overhaul my work space in a big way, but it did help me make a few changes of the “when I get around to it” type, and that’s great.  Little annoyances add up so little fixes add up, too. And I do have several specific organizational solutions to implement going forward. I have been collecting stones to use to improve the view out my studio window and I am totally on the lookout for a drying rack!

I noticed with amusement that as soon as I cleared a space, something hopped into it.  Nature abhors a vacuum, so every glaringly empty spot  filled up immediately. Exhibit A : seed starting set-up claimed the pristine counter. (Aquilegia and foxglove and viola presently.)

post 4 seed starting counter


This is technically art-related because much of my work reflects my life-long interest in plants and landscapes.  On the other hand, that counter would have come in handy this week  when I needed miles of flat drying space.

Besides making art, delivering art to galleries, and taking some classes, I have been making advertising cards for our upcoming local CreativeHillsboro.com  creativity nights. I liked those cards so much that I whipped up a few matching style business cards for myself.

The cards (top photo) have pieces of original art glued onto them. The colorful bits are pieces taken from one of a kind monotypes that were individually printed by hand using a gelatin plate, acrylic paints, and semi-transparent paper.  Lots of variety in color, texture and of course metallic accents.  So each card is basically a work of art in itself. Yum. I am very pleased with how they turned out. And I hope the glue is dry, I need to use some today!

So that’s my latest (and maybe final) update from the studio makeover. Time to rush out the door, cards in hand.