Monthly Archives: May 2010

5/7/10, Our final artist: Vanessa Crouch

Today we added a striking piece in acrylic with collage to the “An Artist A Day” exhibit.  Vanessa Crouch was unable to paint at Muse last Friday, April 30 due to a family emergency.  She picked up a canvas this week though, and completed the piece that she brought in today.  Vanessa works in a bold, graphic style with clean lines, contrasting colors and strong composition.  Below is the piece she made for “An Artist A Day”

One more finished piece came in today as well — Shanon Playford’s “big hair” portrait in oils — with a lot of detail since we last saw it! Check it out at the end of the blog post for 4/15 . . .

5/6/10: two more paintings!

Two more finished paintings are on the walls of Muse:  an encaustic painting with layers of rich transparent color by Rebecca Shapiro, and an amazingly detailed Portland bridge scene in oils by Christopher Mooney(Click on names above to go to posts with pictures.)

See the “An Artist A Day” exhibit live: First Friday, May 7

Muse Art and Design will be open until 8p.m. this Friday, May 7 for First Friday Eastside Gallery Openings.  For a map of other First Friday openings, check out

A few completed works are still coming in, but by Friday we should have all 30+ pieces from last month on the walls.  The latest to go up was Jason Kappus’ abstract in oils.  See a picture of his finished work at the end of the April 6 post.

5/3/10: two more finished pieces

Two more works, both oil paintings, are finished and ready for your bids — a colorful landscape by Virginia Church and a textured still life by Suzy Kitman.  View images at the end of previous posts by clicking the artist names above. . .

5/2/10 update: new art daily!

Several of our daily artists are still working on their pieces and will be bringing them to Muse as they finish.  This weekend, two more finished pieces have joined the exhibit.  A detail pen-and-ink drawing by Jillian Doughty, and an acrylic painting/collage by Stephen Welch.  Check out pictures of their finished work in the updates their blog postings. (click on names in the previous sentence.)  Or visit the “exhibit” page at to see all the works so far.

The texture, depth and detail in these two pieces, like all the rest, cannot be truly captured in small webpage photos, so be sure to come see the exhibit in person now through May 13 at Muse Art and Design, 4224 SE Hawthorne (11am-6pm M-Sat, noon-5pm Sun)