February Exhibit: Portland Watercolor Artists

Join us this month for a celebration of water and color!

Featuring Portland artists John Waddingham and Kimm Byers with Susan Koch and Amiee Erickson.

Water color of downtown Portland, Oregon, overlooking the bridges that span the Willamette River with Mt. Hood and Mt. Saint Helens in the background
City of Mountains and Bridges by John Waddingham

John Waddingham

John Waddingham is well known for his watercolor paintings and drawings, which have appeared in invitational and juried shows and galleries throughout the United States. If you are from Portland, you have probably already seen some of his cityscapes or portraits.

During John’s long, successful career, he was Editorial Art Director at the Oregonian, an Artist Member of the Portland Art Museum, president of the Portland Art Directors’ Club, a frequent juror of art shows, and included in Who’s Who In America, and Fielding’s Dictionary of American Painters and Sculptors.

His watercolors have twice been circulated throughout the United States by the American Watercolor Society Traveling Exhibition, and Vincent Price has purchased over a dozen of his works for the Vincent Price Collection. [Learn more]

Watercolor painting of Willamette River and surrounding Portland area
By Kimm Byers for Rose Festival

Kimm Byers

Award-winning artist, Kimm Byers describes his creations as “Emotionalism” and defines emotionalism with, “where color and feeling meet on paper or canvas for an eye opening Flash.”

After graduating from high school in 1969 Byers set out to develop his own style of painting, the result is “Emotionalism” and unique to Kimm Byers. He has displayed his art in Galleries up and down the West Coast of the United States.

Byers was commissioned by the Portland Rose Festival as the official Artist in 1988 and 1989 – the first person to be honored with this title since the Festivals inception in 1906. [Learn more]

Watercolor painting of historic home on a hill
By Susan Koch

Susan Koch

Painting began as a childhood passion for Susan. As far back as she can remember she was intrigued with drawing what she saw. She always knew painting was what she would do with her life.

She studied watercolor at the American Academy of Art in Chicago under the late Irving Shapiro, one of the truly great watercolor artists of our time.

Since then, she has won many awards, including “Best of Show” and “Peoples’ Choice” several years running in the Watercolor Society of Oregon annual shows.

Water color painting of street in Portland, Oregon with houses on right side and cars traveling over a downtown bridge
By Amiee Erickson

Amiee Erickson

Paris-born, Portland-based artist Aimee Erickson is an oil painter in the realist tradition. Trained as an illustrator, she has a BFA in Visual Communication Design and has also studied with Sherrie McGraw, Burton Silverman, and Joseph Paquet. Aimee is the first woman artist to paint an Oregon gubernatorial portrait, that of Barbara Roberts in 1997. She teaches at the Multnomah Arts Center, Sitka Center, Creative Arts Community at Menucha, and in her studio.

“My interest lies in the essence of things, in the beauty of nature, and in cycles of consciousness. My paintings include all sorts of subject matter–figures, landscape, still life–with draughtsmanship and design as a foundation.”

See More During First Friday at the Gallery or Stop By this Month

Love our city? Love art? You will love this exhibit spotlighting Portland watercolor artists.

We are at 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219. First Friday is February 6, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Regular Gallery hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 10 am – 6 pm. For more information, e-mail Beth or call Village Frame & Gallery at 503-245-8001.

Village Frame & Gallery, 7808 SW Capitol Hwy, Portland, OR 97219 ● (503) 245-8001
Open Tuesday - Friday, 10am - 5pm, and Saturday 10am - 4pm, or by appointment.