In the June/July issue of HudsonMOD, Editor in Chief, Ty Sawyer, visited the Allison Inn & Spa, and covered one of Oregon’s luxury resorts. Since 2009, it’s garnered much attention for its pinot noir wine tastings, world class experience, and extraordinary cuisine. What didn’t make the mag? The Art of the Allison. According to Ty Sawyer, the Allison “has become a touchstone for the local community,” and this is through their many galleries. The Art of the Allison Collection (with an online public art tour) is a private collection representing over one hundred local and regional artists working in diverse media including fiber, glass, sculpture, wood, photography and painting. Founder and late owner of the Allison, Joan Austin, wanted to showcase the many talented artists in the area while displaying the beauty of Oregon and Willamette Valley. Listed below by medium are ten of our favorite works of art featured in the Inn.
This is more than a painting of dirt but rather a representation of the different layers, colors, and textures of soil beneath the ground we walk on. This particular painting depicts the salmon-colored soil found under the coastal forest on Otter Rock Beach, Oregon. The artist, Jay Noller who is the Associate Head of the Department of Crop and Soil Science at Oregon State University, incorporates soil in his painting process to create different pigments.
This black and white photograph of an Iris was taken on a Deardorff 4×5 view camera, with an old-fashioned accordion box, and developed in a darkroom. The artist, Loren Nelson, creates all his photographs of landscapes, seascapes and botanicals with this type of camera and process. His trick to capturing the true beauty of flowers such as this Iris? “I move in very close to explore and celebrate the sensuous elegance and graceful forms of their natural beauty.”
A small waterfall in the 50-mile long Nestucca River in Oregon, treasured as a fishing hotspot, is portrayed in this photograph by Andrea Johnson. Looking like slow-moving lava, the water in this picture portrays the serenity and glow of nature. Johnson wants her commercial, editorial and advertising photography to have a deeper meaning: “There has to be a resonance and feeling of emotional connection that is impossible to turn on or off at whim.”
This tapestry was actually made from brown paper bags which were stained with walnut ink. Kristin Fritz, the artist behind this innovative, eco-friendly artwork, used paper bags from her friends and family members to create pieces fit for any space. Also acting as a mindfulness coach, Fritz creates works that represent balance, relationship and choice. “Making something from nothing, I seek to present the familiar in an unfamiliar way.”
Tiny pieces of colored glass, 3D mosaics, were meticulously placed to form this frame around a portrait of a pear. Pamela Edwards, who works in paint, photography, and now mosaics, allows the artistic mediums to converge in her work. In her search for something to photograph, she found her passion for mosaics: “The allure and brilliance of glass is thrilling. I have become so entranced with the pleasure of placing bits of glass on most anything.”
This metal sculpture was designed by Susan Levine who works mainly in steel and aluminum while adding color through oils, acrylics, and acid dyes to her indoor and outdoor pieces. “I try to balance function, artistry, and practicality to bring a feminine touch to a more traditionally male medium.” Focusing mainly on clocks, furniture, and switch plates, Levine also enjoys creating sculptures that function solely as a pleasure to the environment.
This plate, which doubles as a decorative ceramic slab, is microwave safe, although you might feel guilty eating off the intriguing design. Matthew Patton, who specializes in glaze effects, creates trays, plates, tiles and bowls either on the wheel or using slab construction to be used for eating or just decoration. This plate’s center almost resembles an eye because of the swirl design, which is seen in many of his ceramics.
Often inspired by nature, a thought, or an emotion Genie Stewart, referred to as “Genie the Weaver,” creates her woven masterpieces, such as this rainbow wall art, from her array of yarns. Often focusing on clothing, Stewart also creates woven art for the home from her studio which overlooks a vineyard. “Over the years I have learned that what captures me most in ours and other cultures will move through my senses, my mind and my hands and emerge in the weaving.”
In this piece called “Abstract Truth,” Totem Shriver, artist and woodcarver, uses the natural lines and indentations in the wood to create this carving. Inspired by nature and different cultures, Shriver has also been recently influenced by jazz music: “Some of my carvings have come from trees that I have cut down, sawn into boards, dried, listened to, sketched upon and eventually carved. The connection is strong.”
These decorative square glass pieces are fused glass, which is warm as opposed to hot. Corby Stonebraker – Soles uses this technique in order to have control over layering the glass which she is able to comb and move before it cools. These blue, green, and amber colors reflect the fresh water springs of Oregon. While some of her other works incorporate imprinted ink images, these glass tile designs were crafted by hand in a kiln.