Ford Building artists are the focus of Ford Gallery’s next show. “The Ford Artists Winter Show” opens Saturday, November 28, 2015, with an art sale from 11 a.m. – 5 p.m. The Ford Gallery is located at 2505 SE 11th Ave in Portland.
The artists represented in the show are Olinka Broadfoot, Annamieka Hopps-Davidson, Sue Friesz, Ken Sellen, Nicki Beiderman, Kay Henning Danley, Lisa Bauso, Arletha Ryan, and Ariel Zimman.
Olinka Broadfoot, whose exhibition ran during the month of November at the Ford Gallery is a Czech-American sculptor and painter. She’s one of the original tenants of the Ford Building with her studio on the basement level. Broadfoot’s works include bronzes; clay sculptures; oil and acrylic paintings; and mixed media works.
Sue Friesz is a visual artist working in sculpture, assemblage, drawing and painting. She spent her formative years growing up in Central Missouri with a family passionate about nature and the environment. She uses shapes, contours, and patterns found in the plant world as well as the built world, putting them together in some degree of balance. Sometimes this balance falls nearer the organic side of the spectrum and other times it is closer to the mechanical end. It can also be a perfect balance of both but never one without the other.
Friesz’s work has been in solo as well as group exhibitions. It is included in corporate and private collections including Sprint Corporation. Her work has been included in New American Paintings Exhibition in Print, Boston, MA. She has won grants from the Avenue of the Arts Foundation and Public Arts Commission in Kansas City, MO., and she is a fellowship recipient of the Edwin Austin Abbey Memorial Fund, New York City.
Fries and her husband spent the latter part of the 1990s living in Asuncion, Paraguay; Curitiba, Brazil; and Beni Suef, Egypt. They moved to Portland in 2012 where Friesz maintains a working studio in the Ford Building in Suite B26.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Missouri, Kansas City and a Master of Arts in Studio Art from the University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO. She is also a member of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.
You can visit Friesz’s studio in Suite B026 in the Ford Building.
Artist Ken Sellen captures people in astonishing detail in his portraits. Attempting to search out each subject’s inner self, while stripping away all artifice with empty backgrounds and posing each subject with no direction except to think inwardly about themselves and their own lives. He works in pastel pencil and oil. Sellen is available for commissions.
Nicki Beiderman’s art belongs to what was recently called by Laura Haptman, “atemporal painting” when she referred to a 2014-2015 MOMA exhibition. She was describing painting that is an amalgam of previous styles. The historical styles Beiderman integrates come from the Bauhaus, Abstract Expressionists and ColorField Painters.
She represent traditional painting on a two dimensional surface and is most interested in the traditional elements of painting: color, shape, texture, and composition.
“As an artist I try to capture my experiences and express them on canvas,” says Beiderman. “Sometimes the experience is an internal space such as dreams and feelings; at other times it is external – landscapes, photographs or people.
“Over time I have come to value an authenticity of expression, staying true to what is evoked within me. My hope is that viewers feel a resonance with their own life experiences.”
Beiderman received formal training at Cal State Northridge and California College of the Arts (CCA). Her studies continued with programs at Ox-bow through the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. In 2009, she was awarded Ox-bow’s Loretta Grellner scholarship.
Beiderman’s artwork can be found in private collections across the country. She is currently represented online by Les Arts San Francisco; additional work can be seen at her website www.nbstudioart.com.
Beiderman’s studio is on the second floor of the Ford Building, Room 233. She’s frequently in her studio on Friday afternoons and on Saturdays. She can be reached at 503-477-7528.
Kay Henning Danley
Kay Henning Danley
From Kay Henning Danley’s artis bio:
“Manipulating paint allows infinite opportunity for visualizing my world both externally and internally. My painting is evocative rather than representative or literal. The decisions I must make about what imagery is brought to the surface and illuminated, and what is left hidden and in shadow, is a major part of my process. Painting the human figure, or other subjects or environments that I choose, allows me to explore and discover any number of visual responses. This process reveals myself: the fragility, the strength, the grace, and the parts of me that are as yet unfinished or raw, empty, lonely, tired, and of course, the joyful places also. I like the physicality of paint, the tools that apply it, and this energy becomes part of the vitality of the work. My paintings contain no story, anecdote, or literal representation. I want my work to be interesting enough for the viewer to discover new things with each viewing, to ponder meaning and connection to their world, and to question and wonder.”
studio hours: Suite 234 at the Ford Building: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday 10-4 or by appointment. http://kaydanley.com/
Lisa Bauso began her photography career shooting for a weekly New Jersey newspaper while in high school. She went on to study fine art and documentary photography in college while publishing the fanzine Rock Exposure and has continued to shoot for national newspapers and magazines.
Her project “Bella’s Pockets” has evolved from a curious survey collecting and photographing the objects she found in her daughter’s pockets, to a traveling photography exhibit of pop art images on birch plywood panels, to a fine art book published by Simply Read Books.
Arletha Ryan is painter and a printmaker. She works in oil paint, woodblock prints, and mono prints. Ryan earned a B.S. in Art and Architecture from the University of Oregon and has studied at Marylhurst College, Portland State University, and Pacific Northwest College of Art. In 1997 she was awarded a residency at The Vermont Studio Center.
You will find Arletha’s work at the City of Portland 1% of Art, The Gordon Gilkey Print Library PAM, Washington County 1% of Art, Portland Visual
Chronicle, and in the collections of numerous corporations and collectors.
A portfolio of her work can be found on her website:arlethamryan.com
Studio: Ford Building B-05
Available by appointment
Phone: 503 688:6415
Ariel Zimman is the owner, designer, and creator behind RELM Studios. With twenty years of experience as a sculptor and ceramic artist, her single-handed focus on the conception, production, and distribution of each piece affords a thoughtful and distinct aesthetic, as well as the flexibility to craft custom pieces and site-specific installations. Her training in classic ceramic techniques, experience in a high-volume production studio, exhibitions in galleries, work at museums, and coordinator of a pop-up shop has all informed her studio practice and creations.
Ariel fell in love with clay in 3rd grade while taking her first pottery class and has continued to work with the material ever since, incorporating techniques of hand building, slip casting and throwing on the pottery wheel into her creations. Her interests range from utilitarian design to life under the sea. Ariel graduated with a Bachelors of Fine Arts with a concentration in sculpture and ceramics from the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston & Tufts University in 2009.
Work is available for sale or commission. Visit Ariel in Suite B022, or www.relmstudios.com