Our Artists

Meet Our Member Artists

 

Ceramics

 

Annie Dyer

www.AnnieDyer.com

Blue Spruce Pottery/Gwinups

www.BlueSprucePottery.com

Helen Bommarito

redchairgallerybend@gmail.com

Linda Heisserman

redchairgallerybend@gmail.com

Sunstone Pottery/E. Murphey

www.SunstonePottery.com

 

 

Fiber Arts

 

Denise Mahoney

jmahoney@bendcable.com

Stephanie Stanley

jstanley1@bendbroadband.com

Linda Swindle

www.jlranchatticart.com

The Way We Art

www.TheWayWeArt.com

 

 

Jewelry

 

Julia Kennedy

jkennedy@bendnet.com

Jacqueline Newbold

www.NewboldArt.com

Suzy Williamson

redchairgallery@gmail.com

Gabrielle Taylor

gabrielletaylor999.com

Anne von Heideken

redchairgallerybend@gmail.com

Larissa Spafford

www.LarissaSpafford.com

 

 

Glass/Mosaic

Deb Borine

blissglass@bendbroadband.com

Joanie Callen

www.CallenMosaicStudio.com

Rita Dunlavy

www.RitaDunlavy.com

 

 

 

 

Painting & All Things 2D

 

Beryl Foust Hovey

Pastel

beryl045@gmail.com

Sue Gomen Honnell

Watercolor

www.SuesArtstudio.com

Chris Eckberg

Watercolor

www.ChrisEckberg.blogspot.com

Lise Hoffman-McCabe

Pastel

www.LMcCabeArtist.com

Sue Lyon-Manley

Pastel

pscmanley@bendcable.com

Dee McBrien-Lee

Acrylic

www.LonesomeDogStudio.com

Kim McClain

Mixed

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Jacqueline Newbold

Watercolor

www.NewboldArt.com

Janice Rhodes

Encaustic

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Linda Swindle

Watercolor

www.jlranchatticart.com

Beale Jones

Printmaking

bealejones.com

Shelly Wierzba

Mixed

www.ShellyWierzba.com

Dorothy Eberhardt

Photography

djephotography@aol.com

 

 

Woodworking

 

Vanessa Julian

redchairgallerybend@gmail.com

Will Nash

www.NashWoodworking.com

 

Metal Work

  

Justin Kelchak

www.AuraWaterfalls.com

 

 

 

Sculpture

Joren Traveller

www.JorenTraveller.com

 

 

 

 

Red Chair Gallery also features work by the following Artists:

  • Barb Campbell – Ceramics
  • Javier Cervantes - Ceramic Masks
  • Alan Higinbotham - Ceramics
  • Our Town Pottery - Ceramics
  • Scott Trumbo - Wood Turned Bowls & Vessels
  • Zweifel Art Glass – Fine Hand Blown Glass
  • Adam Stolz - Wooden Boxes

 

Artwork

  

Anne von Heideken

As a child, Anne loved to collect rocks and today she finds herself collecting the treasures to create "wearable art."

Drawn to jewelry making after a trip to the Southwest, Anne became inspired by the Native American women of the Pueblos who work primarily in turquoise, shell, coral and hand carved fetishes. Anne patterns much f her jewelry after the colors and designs of the Southwest.

   

Annie Dyer

In early 1990's Annie apprenticed with Master Ceramicist Asako Watanabe in Japan, learning aesthetics and developing the patience to create elegant pottery forms. A turning point in her work came when she discovered the majic of impressing objects into the clay and she settled on organic materials for her impressions. Whether hand formed or thrown, each piece is unique and functional and marries the smooth, rich surfaces of glazed and finished clay with the raw richness of nature.

   

Beale Jones

Beale is an abstract artist who works in different media.  Currently she is focusing on mono-prints, monotypes, and collagraph monoprints.  She has studied under master printmakers Patricia Clark and Ron Schultz at Atelier 6000 in Bend, OR.  Prior to printmaking she worked extensively in collage, successfully exhibiting and selling her works in Oregon and California.  She uses strong, bold colors to give some of her work a distinct contemporary look, while at other times using quiet, calm colors to create a more serene, Asian feel.  At times, Beale will add prisma color, handmade papers and gold leaf to enhance her work.

   

Blue Spruce Pottery/Gwinups

Mike & Michelle Gwinup began making pottery in the 70's after Mike became hooked when visiting a professional potter and in 1976, Blue Spruce Pottery was born.

Teamwork has always been key to the success of their business and after running a thriving gallery for 15 years, they turned their attention back to working with clay full time. It is a true "family affair" with daughter and son-in-law now part of the team. From bakewear to decorative raku, Blue Spruce Pottery is well recognized and pieces can be found in many ceramics books and magazines.

   

Deb Borine

Becoming hooked on the art of fusing glass in 2007, Deb not only creates beautiful glass art, but also teaches others the process.

Deb creates her work by layering two or more pieces of sheet glass and fusing them into one by firing in a kiln. Colors, textures and patterns are retained by carefully controlling the firing process and the final firing allows the piece to take on new shapes by "slumping" which uses molds to shape the glass.

Deb's work is beautiful, decorative and functional.

   

Dee McBrien-Lee

Having painted since a very early age, Dee's passion has always involved a brush and canvas. Original landscapes utilize the various places in the American west that she has lived and visited for subject matter. A colorfilled palatte is the key component of every piece and although she uses both oils and acrylics, she prefers the freedom that acrylics allow.

Most recently, Dee's subject matter has become western life. The shift from landscapes has brought a new dimension to her work, which focuses on the solitude of life on the ranch and the grace and beauty of the horse.

   

Denise Mahoney

"Knitting  is like working with a blank canvas, starting from  nothing and ending up with a creation.  Due to the repetition of pattern,   it often becomes a form of meditation and because it is very portable, it can go anywhere with me."

Denise Mahoney received a degree in Fine Arts in clothing design from Moore  College of Art in Philadelphia.  After working in many mediums her current fascination is with the textures and forms that can be created with "two sticks and a string", traditionally referred to as knitting.  Denise creates a variety of beautiful scarves and knitted items that blend with any style or taste.

   

Dorothy Eberhardt

After graduating with a degree in Art Education from the University of Oregon - Go Ducks – Dorothy Eberhardt taught Art for three years in Medford, Oregon. She then proceeded to open the first crafts gallery in Ashland, Oregon.

Once having moved to Bend, Oregon, in 1971 Dorothy began a 35-year career selling fine, hand-made crafts at art shows around the country.

In 2005, Dorothy’s medium changed to photography and it has been her passion since that time. 

   

Gabrielle Taylor

Gabrielle began creating her own designs in 2007 with PMC, micron-sized particles of pure silver in a clay-like base. The piece is formed, dried and then fired in a kiln to burn off the clay, leaving .999 Fine Silver. This method allows for deep and interesting patterns and forms. The addition of gemstones or pearls allows ‘painting with gems’. Some designs are planned in detail from the start, and others evolve along the way.

Memberships in the PMC Guild and in the Central Oregon Metal Arts Guild (COMAG) have encouraged Gabrielle to branch out into more traditional metalworking skills.

   
   

Helen Bommarito

Helen finds her inspiration in the complex simplicity of Japanese arts and thought, where a seemingly simple form or gesture is the distillation of much thought and experience.

Teaching children inspired her to explore more whimsical avenues in earthenware and terra cotta, clays that allow a wide range of bright and playful colors.

Helen has worked in many different mediums but it was the versatility of clay that drew her in: Organic, structural, fluid, sculptural, functional, decorative or any combination of those. She has worked in clay for 25 years and works out of her Bend studio. Helen teaches clay classes for children and adults at the Art Station and at COCC.
   

Jacqueline Newbold

Jacqueline gets her inspiration from her many travels and her first love is watercolor. She enjoys experimenting with mixed media to add dimension to her paintings and her playful color palette is a delight for the eyes. Each work is a moment in time captured for our pleasure. Jacqueline teaches watercolor classes and conducts group trips to places such as Provence, France and Hood river, Oregon.

   

Jacqueline Newbold

Jacqueline’s creativity is also expressed through her work with jewelry. Each piece is delicate in design and blends color in pleasing ways, perfect for every day or special occasion wear.

   
 

Janice Rhodes

Janice is a pastel artist with a fondness for Encaustics which she first took up in 2007 at a workshop. Each piece is an adventure that combines basic design elements and intuition. The end result is often a surprise even for the Artist.

Encaustics is an ancient art that combines bees wax with color and Janice puts her contemporary spin on her paintings to the delight of her fans.
 

   
Joanie Callen

As a mosaic artist Joanie's love of color, especially strong saturated colors dominate her work. When she started in Mosaics in 2002, her interest was in the technique known as pique assiette which is the creation of artistic images using broken china.. 

Becoming increasingly fascinated with this art form, Joanie studied classical mosaics in Ravenna, Italy.  The technique learned was the ancient Byzantine method of setting tesserae (pieces of glass) directly into a mortar bed.  This Italian experience inspired her to translate the ancient technique into a modern interpretation. Her whimsical artwork utilizes a variety of materials, including but not limited to art glass imported from Italy and Mexico, dichroic glass, mirror glass, beads and sometimes eccentric found objects.

Joanie has participated in many juried art shows in Oregon and California.  She is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and the Mosaic Guild of Central Oregon.

   
  Joren Traveller 

Joren attended art classes at Otis Art Institute before graduating from Cal Poly with a degree in Microbiology and Animal Science. Joren is an accomplished equestrian and has competed in Hunters, Jumpers, Dressage and Three-Day Eventing at the top levels, and is still enjoys being involved as a mentor to several professional riders.

After moving to Central Oregon she pursued her love of sketching, painting and sculpting. Captivated by form and texture she works in bronze and ceramic to produce beguiling sculptures that express the character she sees in each individual creature. Joren has a special affinity for equines and birds and many of her sculptures reflect her love of these beautiful creatures.

   

Julia Kennedy

After a career as a journalist and a high-tech marketer, Julia indulged her creativity by learning to bead. During the past decade, she has shown her jewelry at many juried art shows across the Northwest.

Julia’s art is called beadweaving: sewing tiny and larger beads together with a needle and thread.

She uses many different beadweaving techniques to experiment with color, texture, and shape in her designs.

   

Justin Kelchak

 

Justin Kelchak discovered his passion for creating metal art in 2003 when he began working for a local bronze art casting foundry. His passion and creativity quickly advanced him to the shop foreman position, which gave him the opportunity to personally build small intricate sculptures to massive 30 foot monuments for many world famous Artists such as Lorenzo Ghiglieri, Lawrence Stoller and Barry Stein.

Weekends spent camping, hiking and exploring the many amazing waterfalls in Oregon instilled a desire to bring the beauty of nature indoors. When he began designing and building custom fountains In 2005, it quickly became obvious that he found his niche. Along with his fountains, He now creates a wide variety of art such as wall sculptures, tabletop sculptures, mood lighting, and candle holders.

Chris Eckberg

Drawing has been a lifelong interest for Chris, so it was perhaps natural that he decided to study fine art in college. Receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of Oregon in 1973, he then translated his education into the fields of sign painting, graphic design and illustration. Now, once again, he’s returned to fine art. Though he still enjoys drawing, watercolor has become his new creative focus. The freshness and luminosity of this medium has always appealed to him, and he finds it both exciting and challenging. His inspiration, whether it be a scene from his travels abroad or a view from his kitchen window, reflects whatever catches his artistic eye. Chris is a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and has had his work displayed in their 71st Annual Open Exhibition. 

   

Kim McClain

Art is a visual language and has become a doorway for Kim to express emotion, intuition, and spirituality. Inspiration comes from a deep love of beauty, color, and sacred art. From a child's smile, a connection with another person, Gregorian chant, the amazing beauty that surrounds us, the mystery that is within us, everything leaves it’s mark upon Kim’s spirit and she shares that impression through her art.

With a background in nursing and the healing arts, Kim sees painting as another step in her healing journey. She enjoys exploring textures, colors, layering, mixed media, and creating cards with meaningful words. 

   

Larissa Spafford

For as long as she can remember, Larissa has been making some form of jewelry. In 1998, fresh out of high school, she discovered her passion for lampwork glass bead making. She has been happily expressing her creativity and love of color ever since. Larissa has shown her jewelry at juried fine art and craft shows across the nation. Today she incorporates traditional metalsmithing techniques and silver PMC (precious metal clay) into her jewelry designs.

   

Linda Heisserman

Linda’s love of clay began in college where she spent every possible moment in the studio. Her discovery of porcelain and the ability to use the whiteness of the material as a canvas was what caught her heart and imagination and it is her preferred material to this day. Each one of a kind piece is hand thrown on the wheel and once it reaches the “leather hard” stage, the piece is hand carved with razors & dental tools. A variety of glazes are used to create the soft or dramatic color tones which complete the piece.

   

Linda Swindle

After exploring many different mediums, Linda settled on watercolor and silk painting. Both of these mediums lend themselves well to the spontaneity and freedom that seems to call to her. One of Linda’s goals is to achieve greater freedom of expression and spontaneity by letting intuition have a role in each of her paintings.

For Linda, inspiration for subject matter comes from our walk through everyday life which she translates into her watercolor art. Linda shares her knowledge with classes on watercolor painting.

   

Linda Swindle

 

   

Lise Hoffman-McCabe

Lise has had art in her life since childhood. In 2005 she took a watercolor class which led her down the path she is currently on. Plein air painting has most recently been her focus and her sense of light and color are beautifully exhibited in her pastels. Lise’s style and technique are ever evolving and she delights in the opportunity to share her visions of her surroundings as they appear in her art.

   

Rita Dunlavy

Rita discovered the ancient art of “Mosaics” when she began creating decorative pots for her specimen plant nursery in the 1990’s. From there her fascination grew with traditional mosaics and later the idea of utilizing glass drew her attention. The ability to add light, movement, and a more 3 dimensional quality through the use of colored glass in mosaic was what had been missing. Rita found her passion and built a studio complete with glass kiln at her home where she spends her free time pursuing her art. Light, movement and rich color enhance every unique piece.

   

Shelly Wierzba

The creative process was evident in Shelly’s kitchen long before she became serious about painting.  Her dual loves for gourmet cooking and art have terroir, like wine.  There is a sense of place, environment, and personal self in both.  Her mantra is “what if” and that’s when the paint (or pasta) starts to fly.  The results contain a tension that can help create a very satisfying accomplishment; either a finished painting (or fantastic dish) or a learning experience. 

Wierzba has many paintings in progress at all times, and claims that is the secret to keeping the mind and the paintings fresh.  She flips from watercolors, to oils and acrylics to accomplish works that evoke a targeted mood. This method also aids in the pursuit of “what if”,and that is what she finds fulfilling.

Wierzba is a member of the following societies:  Northwest Watercolor Society, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Plein Air Painters of Oregon. 

   

Suzy Williamson

Suzy's career as a metalsmith began in her early 20's.  As a dental tech, she learned the fundamentals of working in metal while creating dental pieces.  Her formal education in metalsmithing began in '95 with college courses in Alaska & later Bend.  A backround in architecture provided inspiration for her creativity.  Organic textures, geometric lines and weathered patterns provide a common theme throughout her work, each piece being individually hand-crafted.  Suzy's goal is to create interesting and unusual pieces that are wearable art.  These one of a kind pieces include freshwater pearls, garnets, citrine and sapphire.

   

Stephanie Stanley

Stephanie’s interest in weaving began in the 80’s when she spotted a neighbors loom. After acquiring the necessary tools and moving to Bend, she was able to begin selling her art in the late 90’s. Her home is her studio with six looms, weaving equipment, dyes, sewing machines, fabric, yarn, thread and beads filling every available shelf, cupboard and drawer. The incredible workmanship that goes into every item is clearly visible from the selection of colors that blend to the fibers that are soothing to the touch. Each beautiful work of art is a joy to wear and use. 

 

 

Sue Gomen Honnell

For Sue, painting is a passion and an expression of love. She devotes much of her time to painting traditional watercolors and her subject matter includes much of the local Central Oregon scenery.

Light and color are dominating elements in Sue's paintings. She can capture the way sunlight impacts a subject and translate the effects majically with watercolors. She begins with a loose, luminous background and layers in the more detailed treatment of the primary subject.

   

Sue Lyon-Manley

Sue is a long time Bend resident and art has always played a part in her life. In recent years she has been able to explore further her creative outlets and has focused on watercolor, pastels, pen & ink and other drawing mediums. Plein air painting has become a real passion and with Central Oregon as her inspiration, Sue has grown her artwork in a variety of ways. Most recently she has focused on pastels and has a delightful sense of color and light. 

   



Sunstone Pottery/E. Murphey

A full time potter since 1976, Eleanor owned her own pottery studio & Gallery in Southern California prior to moving to Bend in 2003. She is inspired by the work of the late 19th & early 20th century artisans and crafts people which is evidenced in her work which she describes as Contemporary Craftsman.

Each piece is painstakingly "painted" with wax prior to layig in the colors and once fired, the wax burns away leaving a textured surface alive with shape and color.

Eleanor has been featured on Oregon Art Beat and is an active participant in the local art community.

   

The Way We Art

Tricia Biesmann and Lucinda Summerfield love working with color, fiber and texture. It is reflected in every individual piece they create by blending fibers and wool and re-purposing items made of natural fibers. Working together, their creativity has a special magic about it which is transferred into each wearable art piece, it just feels good when you put it on!

   

Will Nash

Will Nash received his education at the University of Oregon, Portland State University and at the Pacific Northwest College of Art. He began his artistic explorations as a poet and writer, then as a painter in oils and acrylics, then, as a sculptor in clay and stone, and finally, found a great passion as a woodworker and carver.

 

His works weigh heavily on local hardwoods, specifically: maple, myrtlewood and claro walnut, which he prefers to be air-dried, sometimes for a decade, to ensure the stability of his creations.

   
 

Vanessa Julian

The painted boxes at the Red Chair Gallery in Bend, Oregon are created by artist Vanessa Julian. Some of the boxes have wheels for feet and wooden balls for handles on their lids. Other boxes have antique items screwed on, like old yoyos or shoe brushes made in Israel. It’s whatever she picks up on her journeys around town that get placed in the makings of the boxes. Then her mind starts to sputter out ideas for the images that get painted all over the sides, top and bottoms of each box. Moons with smiles or monkeys flying teacups are popped into life when Vanessa paints. It’s a process that every artist is familiar with, that of creation. She loves being an artist, and since her life has been so colorful and her humor a tad bit warped her art reflects this and so the objects are fun and bright.