ABOUT THE OWNER
Art revitalizes me. The world is great and life is beautiful when I spend time creating.
Eight years ago I opened Artist’s Roost Ceramic Studio, where surrounded by trees, animals and water I am inspired each day. The clay I use comes alive as I work and the nature outside the studio is more alive then a city. My ideas about clay and nature naturally blend in whimsical creations.
I expand my ideas to include a firm belief that a positive attitude can open social interactions connecting ideas, memories and feelings.
I love Bay Avenue Gallery. It gives me the opportunity to be surrounded by beautiful art and talented people. Every day I am inspired by the excitement this group creates. Together we can move mountains, and share our art and talent with the world.
ABOUT THE ARTISTS
Karen Brownlee is originally from Spokane. She moved to the Long Beach Peninsula nine years ago with her husband Todd. They have two children, Ben (9) and Bella (7).
She is very active in volunteer work and co-founded and directs a non-profit organization which supports Long Beach Elementary School.
Karen also is an avid clay artist and operates her studio at her home. Much of her work is completed on the potters wheel. Karen specializes in functional ware which she carefully matches in sets.
In her spare time she and her family like to explore the natural areas of this region by hiking and learning about wildlife. She hopes to protect the area’s natural beauty for many generations to enjoy.
Bette Lu Krause, aka Auntie Captain Lulabelle (Artist, mariner and wilderness guide)
Bette Lu’s work as an artist and as a shipboard naturalist embodies her passion for and knowledge of wild places.
On the canvas, the bold use of color and the palette knife evoke feelings of mystery, depth and freedom.
In the world, she strives to help travelers witness the mystery and magic of their home planet.
Ms. Krause and her ever-so-handsome cat make their home near the Pacific Ocean on Washington’s Long Beach Peninsula.
Portrait and Still-Life Artist
I enjoyed a successful career in electronics beginning in California and Australia, but ending with almost twenty years in Portland, Oregon with Tektronix. At the end of 1991, my wife and I had saved enough to quit our day jobs, and decided to try adventuring with extensive travel. It was later in 1992 that I discovered that I could draw, and became passionate about drawing and painting. I painted, read, took workshops, and got serious about art training with a year and a half in Florence, Italy, studying at two studio schools, The Florence Academy of Art and the Charles Cecil Studios. We moved to Ocean Park, WA in the spring of 2003.
I most enjoy composing and painting a still-life or a portrait with oil paint in a classical style. I have been selling still-life and landscape paintings since 1994, and have done many portrait commissions since returning from school in Italy. A self-portrait has appeared in the “American Artist” magazine and a portrait of Olga appeared in “The Art of the Portrait”. More of my work may be seen at www.lemkestudios.com. I may be contacted at 360-665-2438, or via email: email@example.com.
Barbara Lester is a glass artist who lives in Ocean Park, Washington. Her work is featured in shops and galleries along the Washington and Oregon coast as well as in the Columbia River Gorge.
Barbara’s work with glass is an improvised, experimental, and creative process. She enjoys the process of cutting and layering shapes, playing with color and texture, and allowing the glass to transform into a one-of-a-kind piece.
Also a watercolor artist, Barbara has taught art workshops to both teachers and children. She especially enjoys motivating children to learn about famous artists and experiment with a variety of art media.
I entered this world at an early age possessed of an unrelenting, insatiable curiosity. I believe this to be my most prized possession. Throughout my life this curiosity has led me in many directions–the most recent being that of jewelry making.
My jewelry has its genesis in the small, homely, and natural detritus of everyday being. I use natural materials–stones, jaspers, semiprecious gems, coral and turquoise, all integrated with many types of fibers, sterling and organic strands. In addition, I collect and use vintage beads and glass from Europe dating from the 1930’s through the 1960’s.
My greatest satisfaction and pleasure come from creating pieces that are less decorative and more ornament–reflective of and an homage to our grand and humble surroundings.
My art often dances where my words stumble.
Creating artwork is an essential component that supports my confidence and courage to take on the complexities of life.
The act of creating art is a process that engages and challenges us on every level.
I strive to create artwork that communicates with a clarity and depth capable of crossing all cultural boundaries.
When my job of 18 years (in a local mill) went by the wayside, I decided to use my skills with a plasma cutter and repurpose one of their discarded byproducts (saw blades) in a new direction – art.
The first work was done from saw blades, with a high carbon steel. When heated the carbon content gives the pieces the beautiful blue colors you see on some of my pieces. I quickly went on to experiment with other metals including copper, stainless steel, and some titanium.
Joy and delight find their way into my work.
It all began when Marilyn decided to make Carol an Adirondack chair for her birthday. Soon, they were making chairs for friends and family. Adirondyke Enterprises, Inc. was born!
Along the way, they picked up a wood lathe and discovered the world of turned wooden pens. Exotic woods like Cocobolo, Purpleheart, Bocote, African Blackwood, Bubinga as well as Walnut, Cherry, Maple and Oak literally “turned” into beautiful writing instruments. They make several styles from the delicate “Slimline” to the traditional fountain pen.
Both Carol and Marilyn are former educators who moved to Ocean Park, WA to live out a dream of living at the beach. When not working in the shop, Marilyn is a rural mail carrier in Ocean Park and Carol pursues her love of writing and being a grandma.
Judy Cox- Paper Artist, Collage & Watercolors
I have been designing cards and working with paper arts for over 10 years. I work with a mixed media that includes paper casting of which I create my own molds. I have my work in a number of galleries and shops in Oregon and Washington. I teach paper arts both locally and in Southern California. I also do paper collage & watercolors.
PO Box 1489
Ocean Park WA 98640