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“Timberline” by Nancy Tingley

“Wildflower Fusing” by Kathy Kollenburn

Painting and drawing have always interested versatile artist Nancy Tingley of Portland. A college graduate in the fine arts, Tingley is one of the nearly 40 artisans selected to participate in this year’s 38th annual Larch Mountain Artists’ Heart of the Country Art Show and Sale.

Tingley has broad experience in combining oil or acrylics on a variety of surfaces. She expertly chooses each medium and surface to best fit her finished piece. Always challenging herself to explore, wood, metal, canvas, paper, and even walls have become her canvas.

“The medium watercolor holds special attraction for me because of its versatility,” said Tingley “It can be exciting to be spontaneous and yet very detailed in the same piece of work.”

“Botanicals especially lend themselves to watercolors,” she said. “Because I also have a background hiking and camping, I’m naturally drawn to the native plants and berries of the Pacific Northwest as subjects for my art. My upcoming show will feature work with professional calligrapher, MaryEllen Hartman. Integrating her calligraphy into my pieces just came as a natural transition for me.”

Tingley, who has exhibited widely, looks forward to the Larch Mountain Country Artisans’ event. “This juried holiday show is always a highlight for me,” she added.
Kathy Kollenburn of Wildflower Fusing will also be participating in the November show. Kollenburn began experimenting with fusing glass over ten years ago, and from the first class she attended, she was hooked on glass!

She works in a small studio space in her Gresham home. Kollenburn has taken several courses to learn new fascinating techniques in fusing glass and continues to build and expand on the knowledge she has acquired. Today she specializes in creating functional pieces that bring color and light into homes of the Pacific Northwest.

“The act of creating functional art through glass fusing is a way of relaxing,” Kollenburn said. “It is still a surprise to open the kiln after a firing and see what emerges.”

Tingly and Kollenburn are just two of the 34 talented artists featured in this year’s Larch Mountain Country Artisans 38th annual Heart of the Country Show and Sale. The event will occur Friday through Sunday, November 17 – 19 in The Sam Cox building of Troutdale’s Glenn Otto Park, 1106 Columbia River Highway, Troutdale, OR.

Parking is free and drawings for artists’ pieces will be held hourly. For more information, go to www.LMCA-Artisans.com.

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