The Astoria Art Loft Gallery is open to visitors. The Loft presents new art every month by local, regional and international artists. Receptions for our gallery's featured artists are customarily held to coincide with the ongoing Second Saturday Astoria Artwalk from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm with the exception of the month of October. The "Greeting Card sale" will be open from 11 am to 4 pm both Friday the 11th and Saturday the 12th.
The Artwalk is sponsored by the Astoria Downtown Historic District Association and includes many of the community's prominent galleries and businesses. The cost is free for visitors. The experience is invaluable!
Our Gallery and adjacent space is also available for local events and meetings. For more information and to schedule, contact us at 503-325-4442.
Originally constructed 110 years ago just east of the Megler Bridge in historic Astoria, Oregon, the building's second story was used as an upholstery workshop. The Loft is directly above "Dots 'n' Doodles", the Oregon Coast's premier art supply shop. With views of the great Columbia River, we have maintained much of the Loft's original charm. The Gallery, recently remodeled, provides a perfect setting to view and enjoy the work of featured artists. Join us!
Mike Herrick, a Viet Nam veteran, is a watercolor painter who specializes in whimsical animals but also creates domestic critters. Mike is fluent inn French and Spanish, and has taught French literature. He shares a home with Chica, his adolescent Dalmatian and a lovely cat.
This month's exhibit features colorful, whimsical collages of old cars by Sue Garn. "Lottie the Fat Fender", "Valentine", "Blanch the 1946 Ford", and others will delight old car enthusiasts.
Sue's "Blanch the 1946 Ford"
As an artist, I am inspired by local history, memories, journeys, treasures and keepsakes. I am also inspired by materials and items created in nature by the passing of time, the result of changes and the remnants left by disasters such as fires, floods, and storms. All of these items have their own energy and may even suggest the art created from them. Doing art with materials that have their own past is an exciting adventure.
My art includes lighthouse and ocean inspired treasure boxes, mirrors and framed art that link the past, treasures of today, and trinkets from the land and the sea. I use driftwood, agates, shells, sand and sea glass; crystals and semi-precious stones, antique Venetian and African trade beads; bone, leather, feathers, horse hair, turtle shells; fragile clippings and paper; metals and coins; and various trinkets.
This coming year, April, 2020, Astoria Art Loft's Judged Show will feature "Aquatic Species". Any type of aquatic species from the Columbia River and off the Pacific Northwest coast waters will be the subject for the show.
Two (2) pieces of art may be exhibited.
Entry fee is $10 per piece
All art must be ready to hang with wire, no saw-tooth hangers
Picture: Fused Glass Art, Christine Kende