Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Save the date: Art in the Heart, August 6th & 7th

August 6th 5 -9 pm
August 7th 10am - 4 pm
Vancouver's Annual Festival of the Arts
This FREE event kicks off Friday at 5:00 and continues Saturday until 4pm. Come explore 13 Art Galleries, Beer Garden, Street art and Vendors, tons of Live Music including Hit Explosion on the main stage at Turtle Place, Restaurants, Dancing and all around good times. Its a complete festivus extravaganza!

Friday, June 18, 2010

Steve Hill Workshop in Croatia

Steve Hill is leading another 10 day painting experience in Croatia this October 3-12, on a beautiful sunny island called Korcula, near Dubrovnik. He still has some spaces available and for about $2100 (U.S.), all of your accommodations, all meals (great homemade dinners with wine), the workshop fee and ground transportation are covered.

Steve does daily live demos at all sites, including Dubrovnik, where the trip begins and ends. Participants can opt for instruction and help at their easels, or simply paint at their own pace, along with the group, at beautiful seaside locales, olive groves, hillside villages and vineyards. Croatia is an “island country” with over 1170 islands in the Adriatic Sea. There are many, many old colorful wooden boats, stone walls, winding streets and stunning vistas to paint. Any medium is welcome.

Steve is a member of the Puget Sound Group of Northwest Painters, NW Pastel Society and American Society of Marine Artists and also teaches regular plein air painting workshops in the San Juan Islands, where he lives. His web site: or visit the workshop review and registration web site to see photos of the trip from last fall. Registration deadline is August 3.

Thursday, June 17, 2010

Childrens Art Camps with Elida Field

Art Van-Go Art Camps!
With Elida Field

Four creative weeks of fun, fun, fun! Anyone ages 6-14yrs. is invited! Choose a favorite subject to explore or sign up for all of them! Each week offers different themes, different mediums, and new concepts to explore. Your child will go home with 3-5 completed works of art at the end of each session. At the end of the summer we will have a Gallery Exhibit showcasing their artwork in downtown Camas!

Under The Sea: Monday, July 12th-Thursday, July 15th 9:30 am - 12:00 pm Googly fish eyes and scales, Barracuda teeth, giant squids, great white sharks, and pirate's lost treasure.....all elements of the deep sea. Come join the adventure as we swim our way through different mediums and discover some of the most amazing treasures that the deep sea offers. Some of our projects will include the use of real sea shells and sand! Stained, painted hands as well as Kool-aid mustaches should be expected.

Fantasy Fun: Monday, July 19th, - Thursday, July 22nd, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm Fairies, Giants, and Dragons...Oh my! Monsters, Unicorns, and Elves....Oh boy! Fantasy characters are some of the most creative and fun to explore in art. Focusing more on the drawing concepts, this class will help students understand some of th e basic ideas of drawing, shading, and proportions. Students will love creating their own "Fantasy Characters" as well as exploring the different mediums. Be prepared..they might come home with a little fairy dust and juju powder!

Birds, Bugs and Butterflies: Monday August 9th – Thursday Aug.12th, 9:30 am – 12:00 A flurry of red and black polka dots, the smell of fresh flowers, the feel of dirt between your toes on a hot summer day. Can anything get better then a NW garden in the summertime? Students will explore bugs, birds, and butterflies as well as all other garden items and aspects. Twigs, leaves, dirt and rocks will be included in our discoveries. Students will create crafty "Nature Journals" as well as explore multiple different mediums while studying our great outdoors.

Into Deep Space: Monday August 16th - Thursday August 19th, 9:30 am –12:00pm 10,9,8,7,6,5,4,3,2,1.....BLAST OFF! We want to finish our summer with a BLAST! Painting planets, building spaceships, creating claymation aliens....all are the makings of a wonderful art experience. Jet sounds at high pitches may occur along with V split fingers when you pass your child down the hall.

Cost: $125 per week (includes all materials). Location TBA in Camas.Register with Elida Field at or limited space!

Friday, June 11, 2010

Upcoming Plein Air Workshops With Mitch Baird and Eric Jacobsen

Join Mitch Baird for a plein air painting experience capturing the landscape. The workshops will cover the fundamental principles of painting and composition as well as learning to ‘see’ as an artist. Drawing, value, color, and edges will be stressed as well as building a strong design from the elements of nature. On location demonstrations will implement these technical concepts each morning followed by one on one instruction in the afternoons. The workshops will be 2 and 5 day intensives for all skill levels and limited to 15 students to ensure individual attention. A materials list will be provided with registration as well as exact meeting locations with directions. Lodging will be the responsibility of the student, if needed.For details and registration please contact Mitch at 971-227-6142 or email
When: July 17th & 18th
Where: Sauvies Island, Oregon
Time: 9am - 5 pm
Workshop cost is $200
When: August 17th - 21st
Where: Evergreen Fine Art Academy, Denver, Colorado
Time: 9am - 4pm
Workshop cost is $600Please contact Evergreen Fine Art for registration by visiting or call 1-800-452-9453

When: June 27th and 28th
Where: Smith Rock, OR
Time: 10-4
Cost: $100 per day

About Eric's workshops..........

The workshop listed will be an intensive plein air workshops complete with informal lectures, chat sessions, demonstrations and critiques. These classes are open to all serious painters from beginners on up.
The class structure will be informal with an emphasis on enjoying the painting process while working on the basic fundamentals of good landscape painting. Focus will be on organizing and simplifying your subject and on making key decisions that will enable you to successfully paint the landscape.For more info or to get your name on the list please call Eric at 509-364-0018.

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Mitch Baird "Intriguing Impressions" June 4-26, opening reception First Friday June 4th, 5-9 pm

Mediterranean Clock Tower
Mitch Baird
$5600 SOLD!
Walking the Dogs, Duomo di Santa Maria
Mitch Baird
$2650 SOLD!
Fish Patron
Mitch Baird
$1950 SOLD!
Autumn Moon
Mitch Baird
Oil 15x30
Cargo Drop
Mitch Baird
$850 SOLD!
Gathering Geese
Mitch Baird
$1500 SOLD!
October Inlet
Mitch Baird
Back in the Boatyard
Mitch Baird
Cloaked Vessel
Mitch Baird
$1250 SOLD!
Mitch Baird
$1100 SOLD!
Beach Walkers
Mitch Baird
$950 SOLD!

Mitch Baird solo show
Opening reception, First Friday June 4th from 5 to 9 pm.
Mitch Bairds latest collection of extraordinary oil paintings showcases his remarkable ability to capture quiet everyday moments from the peaceful rivers of the Pacific Northwest, to the rugged rocky mountains, to the awe-inspiring streets scenes of Europe.

To preview the show online and see all 23 of Mitch's new paintings, please visit our website and click on "Upcoming Events" then click on "Visit the Exhibition".