July 2016 Newsletter

Fun Summer Events starting this week!

Happy Summer!

Summer seems to be the time where there are so many activities that keep us away from our art, but we have a couple of events going on at the Art Center to keep you in the loop!

And remember, the Art Center is open all year long and is always in need of hosting volunteers! Go to the website (here) to sign up, or send us an email if you have questions.

We have a New Rug!

Your Art Center is always making improvements, and our latest installment is a nice new textured rug in our walkway! This rug is here with plenty of time before the rain.

In the Gallery…

The Community Art Show is up until the end of this month, so if you haven’t had a chance to come and see the artwork of your community, be sure to stop by!

Piece by Rhoda Fleischman, currently on display in the Gallery

This Saturday! Stand By Me Art Market

This year marks the 30th Anniversary of the beloved movie “Stand By Me,” and the BAA is doing there part to join in by hosting an Art Market.

There are still a couple of tables left if you want the opportunity to show and sell your artwork. Contact Barbara at: bjandersenpdx@aol.com

Come by and see all of the art display on July 23rd! More details in the poster below.

Upcoming Show! Junk Art Show

This art show is open to everyone, so get creative with your junk and display it in the show for August and September!

This year there will be some trophies to compete for, so have fun with your work!

Childrens’ Art Camps

Summertime means day camps for kids! The BAA is happy to again host these great drawing camps! Open to any children who have an interest in drawing (or an interest in animals/dinosaurs).

Drawing Animals and Drawing Dinosaurs, see below for more details!

Artist of the Month

Barbara Andersen

I am a third generation Portlander who moved to Brownsville almost 2 years ago. I moved here mostly because of the wonderful community spirit and the thriving Art Center. I now serve on the Board of the Center. I have three grown kids, two in Portland and one in California along with my 3 grandkids.I live right in the center of town so that I can walk everywhere, I love that I only use my car about once a week. I found the perfect house with an extra large studio attached where I pursue my interests in all things fiber. I work 3 days a week at the Museum and the other days in my studio. Life is good.

1. Full Name: Barbara J. Andersen

2. What is your favorite art medium? How long have you been working in that medium?
Fiber in any form is my favorite medium. I learned to knit around 5 years old and began sewing as an adolescent. In high school I made my own clothes and also sold my goods in a consignment shop in Lake Grove. I switched from knitting to crocheting throughout high school and then in my senior year I learned to spin wool. I ordered my first spinning wheel as soon as I graduated.

My freshman year at OSU I learned the ancient art of Bobbin Lacemaking. I got back into knitting when my son was little and then my daughter taught me needlefelting when she was about nine. While working at a Portland fabric store I got excited about making aprons and for the last 5 years or so I have focused on aprons and home goods which I sell at the Art Center, on Etsy and at Markets around the valley.

3. Do you expand outside your primary medium?
I also dabble in watercolor, sketching and collage, but that is strictly amateur.

4. Where do you find inspiration for your art?
I find inspiration in fabric stores, magazine pictures, nature. I love the colors the patterns, the textures, the combinations. I like to find unexpected ways to put things together. I love vintage fabrics, quality cottons, nubby silks and cool linens. I get excited about yards of fabric, blank paper, unfinished lumber, all the possibilities they represent.

5. What is the best part of being an artist?
The best part of being an artist? The creativity, the freedom to do what pleases me, the opportunity to create things that please others.

6. What is the hardest part of being an artist?
The hardest part? The low pay. When I pay $18.00 for a dyed fiber, spend 2-3 hours spinning and plying it and then 4-5 hours knitting it into a scarf that I can sell for $35.00 with a 20% commission cut. I have now earned $10.00 for my 6-8 hours of work. I just love what I do, so I keep doing it and sometimes I earn some money for it.

7. How and where do you sell/present your art?
I have some of my products here at the Art Center and I also sell on Etsy at my shop Earth and Sky Fibreworks, through my Facebook page of the same name and at Markets around the valley.

8. Who supported you in the time you decided to become an artist?
My family has always been very supportive, my daughter has her own clothing business KD designs and often helps me with big markets. There are a lot of artists in my family who are happy to see me following my bliss.

9. What advice do you have for beginning artists?
Advice? Don’t give up your day job! But if you love it, stick with it. If it feeds your soul and brings you peace, stick with it.


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