Day: February 15, 2012

For Art Gala winner, good luck came in threes

By Jason Cox Of the Keizertimes Winning the top prize at the Mayor’s Art Gala couldn’t have come at a better time for Barbara Bassett. The Silverton-based artist’s “Peaceful Path,” a landscape oil painting, won first prize at the Mayor’s Art Gala Saturday night at the Keizer Civic Center. The painting was purchased for the building using private dollars and becomes a permanent part of the city of Keizer’s art collection. “Love the size and color with the Community Center interiors, and I like landscapes in public places very much,” Christopher said about the winning work. For Bassett, the prize money was part of a good-things-come-in-threes personal miracle, allowing her to travel to Boston for her adult daughter’s heart surgery. “Artists are always struggling for money,” Bassett said. “It’s not a real lucrative field. I was almost on my knees, saying I need to make something happen here. Within a week I won this contest, another piece sold and I had someone who had heard about my work and wanted to commission a piece.” Art itself is almost as personal as family health – so much so that she had never entered a juried contest before the Mayor’s Invitational.  “Peaceful Path” held even more meaning – it was depicting the same kind of landscape her late father loved to gaze upon. “He was a farmer and loved to look at...

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Art show photography winners revealed

The annual Photography Show at the Keizer Art Association continues through the end of February. The show was opened up to all Oregon artists, with pieces using photography as the primary medium. The Enid Joy Mount Gallery is inside the Keizer Heritage Center, 980 Chemawa Road NE. Winners of the juried show were revealed at a reception last weekend: Black and white 1st: “Secrets I’ve Learned,” Wayne Parker 2nd: “Stairs,” Doug Bearce 3rd: “St. Luke’s Child,” Gary Olsen-Hasek Honorable mention: “Steel a Walk,” Kelvin Watkins Color 1st: “Artist Table,” Bill Fox 2nd: “A Light at the End of the Row,” Phil Decker 3rd: “Watermelon Days,” Rebecca Cozart Honorable mention: “Antique Store,” Ron...

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