Bob Schlegel on Oregon Art Beat

Bob Schlegel of Banks, Oregon is one of our newest artists in the gallery.  



About his work Bob tells us this:

The interaction of shape, contrast and line cause me to transform forms into images in paintings, collage and prints.  Of particular interest to me are structures that are juxtaposed into landscape.  I strive to create images that possess tension between the representational and the abstract. 

I paint in the studio and plein aire from preliminary sketches in charcoal, pencil and oil pastel and take reference photographs as necessary.  My finished paintings are in oils and acrylics on gesso prepared paper, panel and canvas.  I also create monotypes and images from cut paper and collage.  Drawing is the foundation for my work.  I am tenacious with the sketch whether it be life-drawing session or in the field.   I full journals with sketches and narrative from travels.  Through line, contrast, texture, color and composition I explore my responses to form and shape where things in the natural world and things that are made by man collide.  

Most recently I have been working on a series of assemblages resembling birds.  The texture and gesture captivate my imagination.

See the full artist profile on Oregon Art Beat BY CLICKING HERE

Noriko Sugita

You may have been in to see Noriko's prints this month as part of our featured exhibit (if not you have until Tuesday, Oct. 2) but in a portfolio, normally out of view, we have a small collection of unframed prints that I just had to share.  They are too lovely to stay tucked away all the time.

Here is a peek at the portfolio.

Feel free to ask to see these in person anytime!

New Work from Robert Schlegel

Robert Schlegel is a painter from Banks, Oregon who has been exhibiting since 1973. Schlegel's subjects are found in the environment surrounding him.  Of particular interest are man made structures juxtaposed with the landscape, the interaction of shape, contrast and line.

Robin & John Gumaelius

Quills & Queues: Washington couple show whimsical works at Hanson Howard

By Jeffrey GillespieFor the Tidings

Posted May. 26, 2016 at 4:15 PM


John and Robin Gumaelius are longtime collaborators, both in life and in art. The husband and wife team, who have lived 17 miles outside of the tiny Washington community of Cosmopolis, have been collaborating on their whimsical artworks of ceramic, steel and wood for at least a decade and a half. Many are on display at the Hanson Howard Gallery in Ashland. The sculptures, which carry forth childhood memory and might provoke, in the viewer, a certain desire to continue their childhood hopes of seeing fairies at the bottom of the garden, are metamorphic entities that delight and inspire.
A stony-faced pharaoh with a crown of birds gazes out onto a world that we can only hope to imagine through his eyes. An alabaster-colored marionette rides a tricycle to goodness-knows-where, a raven perched atop her head. A pair of ceramic court jesters are joined at the hip, and painted on their conjoined belly is a visual interpretation of their "Shared History." Elsewhere in the realm of the Gumaelius imagination, a figure in harlequin pantaloons rides a one-wheeled bicycle with a Pandora's box of treasures attached to the front end.
With this sort of imagery on full display, it's no surprise that the Gumaelius' love a good story. Living as homesteaders in their small town, they are raising four children between the ages of 6 and 14. As such, much time is spent in the nooks and crannies of the school library, where John and Robin seek out children's books, history books, art and audio books that inform their processes. They have a particularly strong interest in books about icons, reliquaries, medieval and Renaissance history. There is a current focus on African skin decoration, as well as holy relics from Germany. 
The Gumaelius' began their artistic and romantic collaboration during college, when John walked into Robin's studio and saw a large ceramic lady with a giraffe popping out of her dress, leaning up against the wall. While beautiful, it was too top-heavy to be stable. "He said, 'l can fix that for you,'" recalls Robin. John built a special wagon for the piece, and the signature "Gumaelius cart" was born. The children followed, as did a large house and studio with a woodstove, goat barn, hay loft, two dogs and various resident animals. There is a river to swim in, and a fire pit for chilly nights outdoors.
"It just doesn't get any better than this," says John. 
As far as making the actual art goes, John creates oval coils that he can build into a head in just a couple of days — the same amount of time it takes for Robin to carve the surface of just one small figure. She will often sit up in her rocking chair (a comfort that was excavated from the burn pile at the local school) working a piece in her lap while the two listen to audio books. The small porcelain pieces are built using a combination of molds, slabs, extrusions, pinching, and coiling. John and Robin often build four or five pieces and then keep them moist in Tupperware boxes and plastic bags until they are ready to carve them all.
John's larger pieces are wood-fired, so he spends more time chopping and stacking wood, strategically loading the kiln, and actually firing the kiln.
The children are also beginning to follow their parents into creative pursuits, working on various art projects on the property. Robin considers the family penchant for artistic endeavors to be something of a tribal motivation. "Art isn't this separate thing for us," she says. "It's just part of the way we are." 
The Gumaelius family, much like the art that they manifest, seems to live in a special place somewhere between the magical and the real. Spend some time with their pieces, and you too will likely be granted a glimpse into a world of sweet alchemy.
New work by John and Robin Gumaelius will be on view at Hanson Howard Gallery, 89 Oak St. in Ashland, from June 1-28, with an artists' reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, June 3, during the First Friday Artwalk.
Ashland resident Jeffrey Gillespie is a Daily Tidings columnist, arts reviewer and freelance writer. Email him at




APRIL 22- MAY 31

Artists reception First Friday,
May 6,    5 - 8 p.m.

Birds fascinate us, enchant us, connect us to the natural world, remind us of our responsibility to the environment, and call us to action.  In our exhibition, For the Birds three artists interpret birds as subjects in very different ways.

Jhenna Quinn Lewis brings life to canvas with oil paint, exquisitely articulating small birds in juxtaposition with unexpected objects and backgrounds.  In this show, Jhenna combines Asian influences with some of her favorite birds.

Barbara Orsow’s fascination with birds in nature led her to use her camera to capture the mystery of their movement and her delight in the beauty of their details.

Claire Duncan paints the power and grace of large birds in acrylic.  Her paintings have a contemporary feel and attempt to deal with her own underlying artistic ideas: light and dark, the nature of color, the relationship of the artist to the world.



Greeley Wells :: Framed

figure drawings and video installation

March 29th - April 21st, 2016

Artist reception First Friday, April 1st 5 -8 p.m.

April 22nd - April 24th 

during A Taste of Ashland we will preview May's exhibit,

Jhenna Quinn Lewis, Claire Duncan & Barbara Orsow 

:: For the Birds ::





Karen Staal

This selection of Karen Staal's paintings featured in the gallery throughout the month of March focuses on scenes of musicians. 

Staal specializes in oil paintings of the human figure. While her portrayals are somewhat realistic, they are also interpretive. Intentionally steering away from realism, Staal interprets intimate human scenes by creating new harmonies with line, shape and color. With strong compositions and careful attention given to space surrounding and between figures, the emotional impact of that figure, or relationship between figures in her paintings, is strong.

Karen holds a BFA from the San Francisco Art Institute and also earned a degree from the Kendall School of Design. She studied abstract painting at American University in Washington, D.C. and portrait painting at the Ridgewood Art Academy.

Karen's solo exhibits in the past have been theme-related. Work in Two or Three Dimensions focused on issues surrounding social justice. The Dance was a series of paintings depicting movement and energy. The life-size series, Simple Times, was based on photos of aunts and uncles who remained hopeful during World War II.