Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Very reasonable Artist's studio space available for rent in the Troy Laundry Building, close in Southeast Portland.  Contact Becky Busi at 925-978-7766, for more information.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Visit us at O'Connors on December 7th for our second annual holiday show and sale.

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Beaverton Showcase

Last night was the opening gala for the Beaverton Showcase.  My Dark River of Stars book was there so I attended as an artist.  I was very surprised to find that DRS had not only won 1st Place in its category (mixed media) but also taken BEST IN SHOW!! 

The exhibit is at the Beaverton Library (12375 SW 5th Ave, Beaverton) and runs through next Sunday, November 11th.  Stop by and see all the art!  If you can't make it, I'll also have copies of the book available at the LCAC Branching Out show at the Multnomah Art Center gymnasium December 7th and 8th.

Sunday, October 7, 2012

Hi All,
I hope to see you on one of the Open Studio's dates 13-14th, 20-21st. I will have signage out front of my building which is the: 
Troy Laundry Building 
221 SE 11th st.. We are just past Stark between Ash and Pine on 11th
I'm upstairs-follow the signs.

Portland Open Studios 2012
Watch Artists at Work
October 13, 14, and 20, 21, 10am-5pm

I'm participating in Portland Open Studios 2012 - along with over 100 other artists around the Portland Metro area.  This is a great opportunity to see the private spaces where artists work, view demonstrations, and learn more about the creative process - from the inside!

To discover other artists' studios in your neighborhood and experience the full range of artists at work, pick up a Tour Guide.  The $15 Tour Guide is a ticket for two adults (children under 18 are free) and includes images of the artists' work, a fold-out map, and a 2013 datebook. On a budget?  We've also got a $5 Map Only ticket, also good for two adults, all four days.

Tour Guides can be purchased online at or are available at all New Seasons, and Muse, Collage, I've Been Framed, and Columbia Art, from participating artists and many other retail locations throughout the Portland metro area. To find your closest retail location, see 

If you would rather navigate the tour from your smart phone, then the Portland Open Studios iPhone app is your best ticket option.  The app includes studio navigation via Google Map, the ability to add notes for future reference and search artist by name or media. Go to the app store to get yours for only $9.99.

Check the blog for last minute updates as well as articles about select artists and special offers for tour visitors:

Hope to see you on the tour October 13, 14, and 20, 21, 10am-5pm!

Stephanie Brockway is curating a show at Guardino Gallery. Opening night is October 25th, 6-9 pm.

Check it out on Facebook:

Please check out the Sitka Art Invitational for 2012, November 9-11:

Our own Carole Hagin is participating in this event at the World Forestry Center.

Friday, September 21, 2012


The Left Coast Artists Collective is organizing an art show at the Multnomah Art Center, December 7 and 8.  This show replaces the hugely successful annual Portland Art Collective's "Open Doors" show. (

Contact Beth Collins to obtain an application for this event.  Booth fee for the two day show is $125.00. No commissions on sales. 503-781-2176, 

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Becky Busi's Classes

Check out her new classes at Chemeketa College:

NEW! Sculpture Basics

Come and tap into your creativity as you carve, mold, glue, staple and plaster to make your own sculpture.  This class will teach you to focus on creating from your imagination using non-traditional materials and move your ideas into three dimensions in space. The materials, tools and techniques taught in class will allow you to be inspired and create. The instructor will provide a myriad of materials to learn with and create from. Please bring some images of anything you find interesting to class for inspiration.

Becky Busi, Instructor. 6:30–8:30 pm, Tuesdays, Sept. 25 to Oct. 30. Chemeketa Salem Campus, Bldg. 5, Rm. 258.
(CRN 36836) $139 Register by Sep. 20 and save $10.

Drawing Series 

Take all four drawing workshops  listed below and save $87. Becky Busi, Instructor. 6:30–9 pm, Wednesdays, Sept. 26 to Nov. 14. Judson Middle School.
(CRN 36797) $189.

Drawing Figures & Shapes – Sept. 26 & Oct. 3

Drawing figures and shapes can be tricky, but it will be easy-breezy after this class! This class will show you how to create successful drawings that capture elements of contour, line integrity, volume, attitude, shading, shape and depth. Work at your own pace and learn to draw better than you ever thought possible.
(CRN 36832) $69.  Register by Sept. 21 and save $10.

Drawing Pet Portraits – Oct. 10 & 17

Let’s take our playmates to a new reality…draw them! Whether it is a cat, dog, mouse or llama, we will take a favorite photo for inspiration and turn it into your favorite graphite drawing. You will learn the basics of shading, line quality, and utilize techniques that help you finish a wonderful portrait. It’s fun and easier than you think. Please bring an 8x10 black and white copy of a close-up for your pet’s face to class.
(CRN 36829) $69.  Register by Oct. 5 and save $10.

Drawing People – Oct. 24 & 31

Come and learn to draw portraits of people by learning to draw what you see, not what you expect to see. You’ll learn the principles of head proportion and features, and get a deeper understanding of basic portrait drawing techniques. Please bring an 8x10 black and white copy of the person you wish to draw.
(CRN 36830) $69. Register by Oct. 19 and save $10.

Drawing Birds and Squirrels – Nov. 7 & 14

We laugh at them arguing in our gardens, so let’s admire them in some drawings. You’ll learn the basic fundamentals of drawing birds and squirrels. If you have a picture of the species you admire most, please bring it to class. We’ll draw with graphite and add a few touches of color with water color pencils. Please bring a picture and a black and white copy of your favorite bird, squirrel or garden critter to class.
(CRN 36835) $69.  Register by Nov. 2 and save $10.

To register call 503-365-4773 or  Questions, give Becky a call at 503-978-7766.

Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Artists Reception at MAC

 Dark River of Stars and it's companion prints have been accepted in the Multnomah Art Center's August exhibit of "Broadsides."

Come join us there Friday at 7 p.m. for the artists reception.

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Come out and show your support for Becky Busi at McMenamin's Edgefield Lodge on  Wednesday or Thursday next week, (July 25th and 26th).  She is participating in the well known Cracked Pots Art Show and her art work is featured in the advertisements for this annual event.    Edgefield is at 2126 SW Halsey, Troutdale, OR  97060, (503) 669-8610.  Becky's website:

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Lavender Is in Bloom!!

This weekend most of the lavender farms in Yamhill, Washington, Multnomah, and Clackamas counties will be open to the public as part of the state's Lavender Festival.

I'll be selling my journals at the Yamhill Lavender Festival just off Hwy 47 at Behula Park in Yamhill, Oregon. Stop by while you're out and about.

Thursday, July 5, 2012

First Thursday in the Pearl!  Come down and join the fun.  Artists Beth Collins, Stephanie Brockway and Mary O'Shea will be there at the PNCA loading dock today from 4-10pm.

Monday, June 4, 2012

Come see new work by Artists, Mary O'Shea, Becky Busi, Stephanie Brockway, Laurie Weiss, and Beth Collins.  

Date:  First Thursday, June 7.  

Location:  The Pearl District,  N.W. 13th Avenue at Johnson, in front of PNCA.  

Thursday, May 3, 2012

Medieval Faire this weekend

Hear Ye!  Hear Ye!

Well, the fair season is about to kick off for me this weekend with the Society for Creative Anacronym’s Faire in the Grove.  It’s a fun weekend in Forest Grove with the McMenamin Grand Lodge’s park-like grounds transformed into Medieval Europe. 

To get ready, I’ve been busy in my studio making books. 

They’re everywhere! 

I got the leather cut and paper folded last week.   With only a few days left to get ready, I’m heads down with my sewing.

Be sure to stop by and enjoy the activities!

Friday, March 23, 2012

I recently started taking classes with Craig Srebnick,  ( at the Oregon Society of Artists and I have to say I'm hooked.  Below are two stages of the demo he worked on over the last two classes.  After three classes with him it feels like my painting has taken a huge leap forward.  Maybe it's just my confidence but I am sure enjoying the experience.  I'll post my painting later.  He is looking for warehouse space to start some larger classes.  He also has some free demos if you are interested in checking him out.   He is a very knowledgeable instructor.

On another topic I wanted to mention the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild,, for those wonderful fiber artists out there (Bonnie and Joyce!). I am a past member and found it to be a very supportive and professional group.  They have a "call for artists" listed on their site right now.   

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

"Put A Bird On It" Mixed Media Workshop by Theresa Weil
Come enjoy an in depth workshop on mixed media bird assemblage ART!
CLASS FEE: $45 + an optional $8 supply package.
DATE: Saturday April 14, 2012
TIME: 9:30 am till 3:30 pm
PLACE: The Art Studio, 4315 SW Corbett, Portland.
Please email me at to register.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Getting to Know New Member Connie Baron

My name is Connie Baron. I'm a writer and metal smith who focuses on small objects, most often jewelry. I'm an award winning fiction writer, and have been writing about Washington County for the Oregonian since 2005.
 Some of my jewelry can be found at
 I design and create my one-of-a-kind and limited edition jewelry in my home studio.

I was invited to join the group by Beth Collins. We know each other from sailing, a shared passion

Meet New Member Laurie Weiss

I'm Laurie Weiss. I am a book artist. I started doing calligraphy while I
was working at Intel, to relax after ridiculous days. Then I took a book
binding class from Sandy Tilcock at Calligraphy NW back in the early '90s
and have been hooked on books ever since. I like the tactile sense of
working with the paper, cloth, leather. I still do some brush calligraphy,
but I haven't been practicing so most fonts are too rusty these days.

Most recently I've been collaborating with Paulann Petersen, Oregon Poet
Laureate, and Barbara Mason, a local print maker, on a book called Dark
River of Stars. It's a collection of Valentine's Day poems Paulann sent to
friends over the years. We just had the launch party last weekend at 23
Sandy Gallery, where the book is on exhibit through March 10th.

I live in the hills south of Forest Grove and Cornelius, on six acres with 
two dogs, a small vineyard, and my studio. You can see my work at mywebsite

I'm currently a PAC member but am looking forward to additional inspiration
from joining this group. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Mary O'Shea and the CAP

Congratulations to Mary O'shea. She was accepted as one of the artists to be shown at the big annual event CAP, the Cascade Aids Project, the largest contemporary art auction of its kind in the Northwest. She submitted one of her Blue Heron on a Stand pieces. To quote Mary, "it is a real honor to be part of this organization that helps raise money to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS, and provide services to those affected by HIV in the Northwest". The event takes place Saturday, April 28 at the historic Memorial Coliseum and Mary will be there.