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Ann Altman has been well known for her work in oil pastel for over 16 years. This national artist has been featured in many posters, magazines and books. Her work can be viewed at Lunaria, Bush Barn and online at

Jane Aukshunas has always been a big fan of nature. Coming to the beautiful state of Oregon from the urban Northeast in 1990 was a catalyst for the development of her unique perspective in creating landscapes. In the early 1990's she also worked in fiber art and was a member of Portland's High Fiber Diet. Imbued at once with both a lush sensuality and an edgy geometry, her colorful, graphic landscapes hearken back to the 1930s' midwestern regionalist style of such artists as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. Her work has been likened to "Grant Wood on acid." She has studied art at Masssachusetts College of Art (BFA), Boston; Parson's School of Design, NYC; and Ubud, Bali. Her work is included in the collections of hospitals, health and healing centers, and wineries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Lately she has been teaching in her studio in Portland and branching out to other venues. Website:

Serena Barton loves to provide an atmosphere where you can discover or rekindle your
creative abilities. She provides lots of individual attention and feedback as desired. Her goal is to help you learn, experiment, and have fun! Serena lives in Portland, OR where her business, The Art of Your Life, offers creativity and art workshops, groups and individual art coaching. She exhibits and sells her work locally and online. She teaches at national art retreats. You may have seen her magazine articles in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and Studios magazine. Her book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop: Mixed Media Techniques for Embracing Imperfection and Celebrating Happy Accidents was published in 2013 by North Light. She is currently working on a book on oil and cold wax painting to be published by North Light in 2015.
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Helen Bouchard (b.1989) grew up in Maine. She works primarily from life, seeking to extract truth and beauty in all things through oil painting in order to cultivate joy and wonder within the human spirit. She received training at the Juliette Aristides Classical Painting Atelier in Seattle and since then has won awards and scholarships for her merits. One of them to the Florence Academy of art in Italy where she studied landscape painting. Helen currently lives and works in Silverton Oregon, where she takes portrait commissions, teaches classes, and private lessons.

Dayna Collins loves to get messy when making art. She works in layers, building up surfaces and then tearing them away to reveal deeper truths, mystery beyond the obvious. When you look at something she has created, she wants you to wonder about its previous life, inviting you on an archaeological dig, getting a glimpse beneath the surface, but never the full story. She works with wood, plaster, texture, acrylics, oil paints, cold waxes, and rusty, worn out found objects. She is a certified counselor, guides women through the Artist's Way Creative Clusters, and teaches art workshops in the Northwest. She is a member of the Portland Art Collective, a founding member of the Salem Art Group, and is a co-op member of Lunaria Gallery in Silverton. She frequently exhibits at Guardino Gallery in Portland and will have a solo show there in March, 2013. You can learn more about Dayna by visiting her blog at

Chris Cozen is a self-taught acrylic & mixed media artist who lives and works in Southern California. Originally trained as an educator, art is a second career for Chris. She is a member of the WORKING ARTIST team at Golden Artist Colors, Inc., manufacturers of artist acrylics and products. Chris enjoys the process of exploration, experimentation and innovation when it comes to discovering what materials can do! Her work is lively, colorful and whimsical. Chris presents many hands-on workshops and speaking engagements each year which focus on Acrylics and their possibilities especially in mixed-media. Chris is the author of several books including the popular Acrylic Solutions: Exploring Mixed Media Layer by Layer, released in 2013 through North Light as well as a series of instructional videos. Her popular online teaching collaboration with Julie Prichard at The Land of Lost Luggage has reached over 3500 students.

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Nancy Eng is an abstract painter represented by Salem Art Association, River Gallery and Lunaria Gallery. She paints in oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her work is inspired by vintage photos and views of the Northwest. She holds an art degree from OSU, is a member of Oregon Watercolor Society, and has been on the board of Artists in Action for the past 7 years. Her work can be viewed at: and

Roxanne Evans Stout is a mixed media artist who lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches art workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has had her work shown and been published nationally. Roxanne is constantly inspired by natural history, the mountains and the river lands surrounding her home and this inspiration has always been an integral part of her art. Book arts, art journaling, encaustic painting and collage are her favorite ways to express herself. Roxanne's Five Star new book, Storytelling with Collage, has been on the Bestseller list in Mixed Media and Paper Arts, since it's publication in March, 2016. Available at Art Department. You can visit her new Website here:
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KC Hancock has been creating monotypes professionally and teaching classes since 2005. She has taught at the Salem Art Association and the Keizer Art Association as well as in her studio. KC has won awards for her work and displayed many shows and galleries. Visit her website to see her complete bio and view more of her work.

Cynthia Herronis a painter who is interested in nature and being outdoors. She has painted landscapes in Alaska, New Mexico, Arizona, eastern Canada and Oregon. She has taught painting and drawing at the university level since 1995 and currently teaches art foundation classes at Chemeketa Community College. Her love of color comes through in her paintings, drawings, and quilts. She is represented by Freed Gallery in Lincoln City, and Fog Forest Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada. View her work online at

Becki Hesedahl has been involved with art most of her life.The past 30 years have been devoted to transparent watercolor and other water media. She has taught watercolor in her home, through the community education program at Chemeketa Community College, in Ketchikan, Alaska and at Art Department in Salem. She studied art at OSU and has taken many workshops from well-known artists. Her work can be seen at the River Gallery in Independence and on Facebook at Becki Hesedahl Art. Website coming soon. Feel free to contact her at

Bonnie Hull was born and raised in suburban Chicago, attended Michigan State University, and arrived in Salem in 1970 with her husband Roger who began his 40 year teaching career at Willamette University. Bonnie Hull was a downtown business owner for 13 years, co-owning and operating the Arbor Cafe from 1991-2004. Hull is a working artist, and has co-curated exhibitions at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Bush Barn Gallery. At the heart of Hull's art practice is drawing. Also a quilt-maker, Hull had three exhibits of her quilts in the fall of 2015. Since the fall of 2014, Hull has been participating in a new artist cooperative "Studios at the Mill" located at the Willamette Heritage Center. In January of 2016 Hull, with artists Dayna Collins and Tory Brokenshire, ran the Compass Gallery at Willamette Heritage Center in Salem. View her blog at

Robin Christy Humelbaugh has been seriously painting since the middle 70's and started teaching watercolor classes privately in the 80's. She taught many Elderhostel classes at Camp Cascade and taught for Salem Art Association for 10 years. She now teaches for Art Department in Salem and Currents Gallery in McMinnville. Visit some of her works at and at the Bush Barn Gallery.

Jami Faith has been the creator, innovator, and entrepreneur of many facets and styles of art, including drawing, painting, collage, found object jewelry, journals, tote bags and purses. She has masterfully illustrated 7 books for Morning Glory Press, and freelanced as a magazine illustrator for over 20 years. She currently teaches art classes in a vast variety of mediums and styles, and has been for over 15 years. View the multitudiness of her awesome artwork online at or on facebook at Begin Being Studios.

Julie Jeanseau I am a creative. A maker. I understand the world through shape, color, and line. When I listen to them and paint with them, the world quiets and comes to a reasonable level of understanding. It is an absolute joy that I get to create art and share it with others. I am a full time artist and art teacher and couldn't imagine doing anything else. The compositions in my personal work are inspired by nature and the stillness it brings me. I received a BA in art Education from the University of Oregon, and continued to study at Oregon School of Arts and Crafts. My use of color comes from both my formal education, as well as, a deep intuitive understanding. One of my goals as a teacher is to help my students decode the mystery of color. To have fun with their creating and to finish their project with a sense of wanting more!

Ann Kresge has taught book arts for 30 years. Her work is in many museum and university collections in the US and abroad. She has received book art grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Regionally she teaches book arts at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Atelier 6000 and in her Salem studio. Locally her work can be seen at SAA, Project Space, The Art Center in Corvallis and River Gallery. Her books, prints, mixed media and installations can be seen on her website:

Marilyn Krug has been teaching art since 2003. She has participated in many art invitationals, judged numerous art events, organized many arts events, and won various awards. Her work is shown in many exhibits and galleries and collected worldwide.
"I am an abstract expressionist as well as representational artist. The use and manipulation of natural elements, color and texture drive my work. I began painting with watercolor in 1996, endeavoring to be a "purist" in transparent watercolors, but soon expanded into use of opaque watercolors, acrylic, soft pastels, polymer mediums, oil and other mixed media to result in layered texture, form and color. Major influences include teachers James Kirk, Skip Lawrence, as well as the modern and classic painters J. M. W. Turner, Richard Diebenkorn, Wayne Thiebauld, Chuck Close, Matisse and many more. In my art, I seek to open a dialogue with the viewer, so that the viewer wants to see through the surface, and that my art will raise a memory or dialog." Her work and a complete bio can be viewed at

Corrine Loomis Dietz has been a member of the Working Artist team with GOLDEN Artist Colors since 1999, receiving intensive training in acrylic paint systems and contemporary developments for mixed media. She offers lectures and workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, universities and art centers. Prior to this opportunity, Corrine taught painting, color design and photography as an adjunct in regional colleges and universities since the early 80's. Her contemporary work is published in North Light books and can be seen online at

Kathy Lull is a multimedia artist in Salem, Oregon working in a wide variety of mediums including painting, fabric, glass, jewelry and sculpture. She loves to boldly experiment with different multimedia techniques and tools. Her sculptures and mosaics are in public Oregon collections.

Ulan Moore is an award-winning classically trained artist. He has spent many years studying the traditional drawing, painting, and sculpting techniques of the old masters, as well as the 19th century French academic and contemporary methods of today. Ulan began his career as a graphic designer and illustrator before studying with Juliette Aristides at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle for four years, two of those years he was Juliette's studio monitor. Ulan has studied with some of the very best in the field of classical realism, artists like Jordan Sokol, Carlos Madrid, Michael Grimaldi, and many others including Gary Faigin, and sculptors Matt Buckner and Eran Webber.
" I use traditional techniques and methods that have been proven and tested over centuries, while also adapting and incorporating modern materials and methods. I work to create technically sound and beautiful works of the people, landscape and things around me. I want to paint our time and place with the skills, knowledge and artistry that the great artists of the past painted theirs." His work can be viewed at

Kenneth O'Connell is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Oregon. Ken has taught and produced art in film, animation, painting, drawing, and ceramics. But for over 50 years he has worked primarily in sketchbooks. He has taught sketchbook classes at the University of Oregon, Sitka Center on the Oregon Coast, Tennessee, Colorado, and in Italy (including a trip planned in September 2017) The sketchbook is his portable studio and portable exhibition. They have recently been exhibited at the University of Oregon and the Jacobs Gallery. Website: He is currently working on his 84th sketchbook.

Jessica Ramey is lifelong artist creating with paint, solder, ink, graphics and even trash. She received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Visual Design from the University of Oregon. She is a professional graphic designer with over 12 years of experience. She was the founder of a charitable arts organization where she provided instruction in over 50 workshops and enjoys sharing her knowledge and encouraging playful exploration with art. Her work can be viewed by visiting

Sandi Reinke is best known for her many guest artist appearances on HGTV, Discovery and DIY television shows (Carol Duvall Show, Christopher Lowell Show, Decorating with Style, etc.). She loves turning the ordinary into the extraordinary and is always "gathering material" to do just that. Whether beachcombing, wandering in the woods or walking in downtown Portland, if it isn't nailed down, she picks it up. In 1988 she and her husband Art turned this passion (addiction) into Loose Ends, a business where she and hubby could travel to exotic places and bring back wonderful goodies for the wholesale art and design trade, with an emphasis on natural and organic "stuff". She and Art still own a "trimmed down" version of Loose Ends, where they continue to indulge their passion for handmade papers and unusual botanical fibers (and a few Fake Fish!)

Anna Tewes has been a teacher for over 25 years. Her educational background is primarily in Graphic Design and Teaching. She has exhibited in many shows, art fairs and galleries. Although she has worked in many mediums including printmaking, pastel, and watercolor; her main focus is collage. Currently her work can be seen at Gallery Calapooia and on her website

Paul Toews, of Art Gone Wild Studio, a former timber man raised in the foothills of the Cascades, expresses creativity through visual art and storytelling. He has taught art in Oregon, California, Idaho, Texas and Massachusetts.

Karen Votaw has been an artist for all of her adult life. Painting, drawing, cross stitch and ceramics were her primary outlets of creativity until she stumbled onto a handmade journal display at the Yamhill Studio Tour. Since then her main focus has been on books, all kinds of books; Cased in Codex, Leather Long Stitch, Coptic, Japanese Stab Bound and leather and wood combinations. She's made hundreds of books and has been teaching others to make them since 2006.


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