Our November Show features the work of three diverse artists. Becky Gravenmier creates jewelry from silver, copper, gemstones and even recycled leather belts. Anne Ferguson hopes the paintings in her show will encourage other would-be artists. Cheryl Cameron turns her beautiful paintings on silk into wall art for this month’s show.
Becky creates one of a kind jewelry that reflects the shapes, colors and textures in nature. She creates unique hammered sterling silver and copper jewelry featuring quality gemstones. Becky also creates a line of leather bracelets by recycling used belts. Her November show includes new work in both silver and leather with new stones from Arizona.
Becky is a self-taught jeweler who began making jewelry for friends as a child. Returning to this passion as an adult, she taught herself silversmithing and has been making jewelry for over 15 year. She has shown her work in several galleries and participates in numerous art fairs in the Pacific Northwest. Becky holds a Bachelor of Science degree in range ecology and has worked for the U.S. Forest Service and Bureau of land management for 32 years. She loves the outdoors and her jewelry is inspired by the great blue skies, forests and rangelands in the Pacific Northwest.
Anne says that over the decades that she has been painting, many people have told her that they wished they could draw or paint the way she can. But, to Anne, creation of any kind just needs a start, a willingness to learn and a persistence in just doing it. She does it because to her it’s fun, an ongoing challenge and a great release, especially when it’s appreciated!
Anne encourages everyone to explore their artistic creativity by taking classes, such as those offered at Sequoia, reading books by artists like Julie Cameron, Danny Gregory and Betty Edwards. She also recommends on-line lessons by Flora Bowley and Nancy Hills.
Anne’s hope is her November show, “Having Fun Creating” will inspire you to START.
Cheryl paints one of a kind, original hand painted silks, taking the form of scarves, wraps, scarf-necklace hybrids and wall hangings. She is a self-taught serti technique silk painter. Cheryl draws the outlines on plain white silk with a water-based gutta. Sumi brushes are used to apply silk dye, which expand to fill in the spaces outlined. Salt crystals or multiple colors are blended for a bit of additional visual texture. After the painting is done, the silks are steamed to set the colors, and then washed and ironed. All paintings are on 100% silk, colorfast and hand-washable.
Cheryl’s set of work for her November show is focused on wall art rather than wearable, and is all about Cheryl’s love of the trees and the forest. She takes her Inspiration from dance and the fluid, organic shapes in nature, especially the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Born in Mississippi and raised in the Midwest, she fell in love with silk painting in 2009 and has been in Oregon, painting full time, since 2011. Cheryl shows her work at art shows around the Northwest and works from her studio at Sequoia Gallery.