The Gorge: Bold & Diverse Art Show Opening

The Gorge: Bold & Diverse Art Show Opening
Artwork of by Randye Jensen, JoDean Sarins, & Christine Knowles.

Thursday, May 4, 2017

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
The Dalles Art Center
220 E 4th St
The Dalles, OR 97058

During the month of May The Dalles Art Center will be featuring “The Gorge: Bold & Diverse” exhibit featuring the artwork of Christine Knowles, Randye Jensen, and JoDean Sarins. Christine and Randye will showcase bright and familiar Gorge landscapes in pastel and JoDean will capture portraits of the Gorge in enameled and cloisonné jewelry.
The opening reception will be held on May 4 from 5 – 7 p.m. at The Dalles Art Center. Enjoy Quenett wine, fabulous artwork, and short presentations including one from Kevin Gorman, Friends’ Executive Director. Admission is free, all are welcome.
The gallery exhibit is sponsored by Friends of the Columbia Gorge. All three artists are long time Friends supporters who draw inspiration from the splendors of the Scenic Area. The artists will donate 10%  percent of show sales to Friends. 

About the Artists

Christine Knowles grew up with art in her life. In her family, creativity is considered essential to living a full life. After a 30-year career focused on economics and land use, Christine began painting full time. Much of her work is en plain air, painted on location/outdoors and very quickly. The goal being to express her immediate response to the light and beauty of the world around her. “Increasingly,” Christine says of her latest works, “I am creating larger, more abstract pieces. Painting less from what I see and more from memories and feelings.”
Randye Jensen is an avid backpacker and appreciates what the Gorge has to offer her for hiking adventures. Because of her love of the outdoors, she spends a lot of time immersed in the beauty and grandeur that continues to awe and inspire her, whether she’s painting on location or in her studio. “My paintings reflect many of the places I have fallen deeply in love with,” Jensen describes. “Places rich with experiences that connect me to the wilderness.” From the mountaintops of the Sierra to the Columbia cliffs, Randye says, “I am discovering how to capture a moment in time.”
JoDean Sarins is an award winning metal-smith and enamelist from White Salmon, WA. If you want to be noticed for wearing unique, one-of-a-kind jewelry, your are going to love JoDean’s work! Since graduating from college, JoDean has always been studying art in one form or another. She has a background of experience in Chinese painting, ceramics, watercolors, acrylics, and oils. But after taking a jewelry class in the 80s, she was totally hooked. “As an enamelist, living in this beautiful part of the world,” JoDean explains, “I try to capture the beauty of the Northwest in my enameled cloisonné. My work is all spontaneous. I sit down to draw a piece of jewelry and the stones or the enamel just takes over the design.” Each and every piece of JoDean’s work is different and delightful.
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