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Gottlieb Gallery presents:

Pacific Northwest Sculptors
Featuring sculptural works by Pacific Northwest Sculptors Association members, in glass, stone, metal, clay and other materials, including works by Bonnie Meltzer and Sara Swink

November 1-30, 2007
Gottlieb Gallery
220 SW Yamhill
Portland, OR

Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m.


The Pacific Northwest Sculptors juried exhibition at Gottlieb Gallery in downtown Portland will include work by Portland Open Studios artists Bonnie Meltzer and Sara Swink. Each of these sculptors has a unique sculptural vision.

Bonnie Meltzer calls her work 2.5 dimensional because although it is sculptural in its rich surfaces of found objects they are usually added to flat substrates rather than being sculpture in the round. “Recording Memory”, rising seven feet high with its fringed usb cord sleeves is reminiscent of Southwest Native American costume or figures. Originally made for an exhibition with a totem theme, Meltzer’s initial idea was to use floppy disks as quilt blocks, further connecting the textile connection. Pencils, crayons, hard drives and other writing tools embellish the work and are icons of how we store memories and retrieve them.

Sara Swink’s ceramic sculpture called “Imperfect Offering” addresses compassion for oneself. No matter how imperfect one feels there is still something to offer. “I can’t wait until I get perfect to make my offering.” The figure is hand built with slips, oxides, under glazes and glazes for coloring.

Numbering over 100 members, Pacific Northwest Sculptors is a volunteer driven 501(c) (3) organization comprised of sculptors and persons in associated fields who live and work in the Northwest. Its purpose is to foster the art of sculpture by increasing public awareness of the issues and techniques that surround sculpture and to facilitate communication between member sculptors. PNS sponsors seminars, studio tours, workshops, lectures and art events that are open to the public.


Above, Recording Memory, by Bonnie Meltzer. Below, Imperfect Offering, by Sara Swink.

imperfect offering

For more information about Pacific Northwest Sculptors, Gottlieb Gallery, Bonnie Meltzer, and Sara Swink, see these following links:


Debra Carus, a jewelry designer and a 2nd year Portland Open Studios artist, had this to say about her experience this year:

A Gratifying, Humbling, and Touching Experience
by Debra Carus

This is my 2nd year as a Portland Open Studios artist. I absolutely loved this opportunity to show people the “life and process” of being an artist. People were so amazingly interested in how you do your work—what inspires you to create your work and to just soak up the experience—so it’s incredibly gratifying as the artist.

I highly recommend to anyone who is considering applying to be very clear about your goals. What do you want to share, what can you show people about your work and how you create it, and what are you giving people when they take the time to come visit you? My goals are to share and educate, so I have display boards with the process I use in clear evidence. I also have sample pieces in varying stages from design to completion. I also demonstrate what I’m creating. If I just sat and expected people to ask me lots of questions, it wouldn’t happen. People need to have a focal point of your studio. Displays give them a comfortable place to start a conversation with you. Also, I try not to make my goal about gaining customers…They are not just customers to me, they are potential artists and students, and they are also people who are hungry for art in their lives. They often tell me they “aren’t creative, but wish they were,” and they are so happy to meet artists whom they admire. I never thought I’d be one of those…it’s humbling and very touching to be told how your work is appreciated. WOWWEE.


Above, Pearl Romance, by Debra Carus. Fine silver hollow pendant with recessed center pink pearl. Design features celtic knot pattern. Wireworked handmade chain with freshwater button pearls.

See more of Debra’s work on her web site at

Although the 2007 Portland Open Studios weekends are now over, things have been happening and continue to happen for Portland Open Studios artists:

AM Northwest hosted Denise Sirchie and Bonnie Meltzer, go here to watch the video of Denise doing a demonstration.

The DIY PDX: Portland Open Studios article on featured several artists and their work. Connie Whelan, Natalie Warrens, Babette Harvey, Ann Munson, Sarah Swink, and Miriam Badyrka were highlighted, and Lorna Nakell was shown working on one of her very large canvases.

The New York Time’s Sunday Magazine of Oct 21 included a column on the Print Gocco, The Cult of Gocco, that included interviews with Shu-Ju Wang, a long time Gocco enthusiast and veteran Portland Open Studios artist.

Daniel Ng, Samyak Yamauchi, Ming Wei, and Shu-Ju Wang are highlighted in the October 2nd issue of The Asian Reporter. The article, titled Ateliers Unlocked, is available on-line here on The Asian Reporter’s web site.

Lisa Kaser, Linda Womack, and Gloria Kelman are highlighted in the October 4th issue of The Southeast Examiner. The article, titled Savor the Flavors of Art at Portland Open Studios, is available on-line here on The Southeast Examiner’s web site.

Chris Knight, Shu-Ju Wang, Don Griffith, and Heather Leklem are highlighted in the Oct 9th issue of Portland Tribune. The article, titled Art Happens Here, is available on-line here on the Portland Tribune’s web site.

Ann Munson is highlighted in the October 11th issue of The Oregonian in the NWHG special insert. The article, titled Mixed-media Menagerie, is available on-line here on The Oregonian’s web site. Don’t miss out on the wonderful photographs which are on 2 separate pages here and here. Other artists Tom Soule, David Kerr, Babette Harvey, Natalie Warrens, Shu-Ju Wang, Nancy Tongue, and Pam Greene were also mentioned as having either a garden or a studio of note.

And the October 13 issue of The Jewish Review highlights the works of Bonnie Meltzer, Hillary Barsky, Gloria Kelman, Allen Schmertzler, Debra Meadow, Susan Kuznitsky, Jane Levy Campbel and Kindra Crick.

To see each artist’s work or to purchase a tour guide, please visit the Portland Open Studios web site.

Portland Open Studios artist Linda Womack was featured the morning of October 1 on the Portland Oregon talk show AM Northwest. With only a few minutes for her segment, Linda demonstrated a very abbreviated form of encaustic painting with wax, dried plants and oil pastel. That’s tough to do in 5 minutes!

You can watch her wax collage segment online at or learn more about this technique at

You can also drop by Linda’s studio to see a live demonstration of her wax paintings next weekend during Portland Open Studios! On October 13 & 14 she’ll be doing live demonstrations from 10am – 5pm at her studio in SE Portland.

Below, a snapshot of Linda’s segment on AM Northwest.

linda womack on am northwest

Portland Open Studios Homepage

Learn more about the Open Studios weekends, where to purchase tour guides, see images of each artist's work, find links to artists' web sites, and much more at Portland Open Studios.


Listen to interviews with Portland Open Studios artists (and more) at Mike Turner's website.


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