Monday, June 22, 2015

Plein Air and Award Winners at Roberts Field

The paintings are framed, the jury process complete and the artwork has been hung at the Redmond Municipal Airport/Roberts Field as the Smith Rock Paint Out transitions from plein-air painting to exhibition. Twenty-five original plein-air paintings created during the 3rd annual Smith Rock Paint Out are on exhibit and available for purchase June 23 through August 23.

Photo of 2015 Smith Rock Paint Out award winners.
Award winners from left to right: Joanne Kollman, Kathleen Keliher, Denise Rich, Kim Smith, and Tracy Leagjeld. Eric Jacobsen not pictured. 

 The artists arrived at Smith Rock State Park at eight in the morning and had only five hours to create an original work of art. Beginning with blank canvases the artists spread out over the park finding just the right vantage point and began creating. Working in oils, pastels, watercolor and acrylics the artists worked as park visitors looked on and asked questions. By the one-o’clock deadline the artists had completed their work including framing and submitted for the jury process. A jury of five High Desert Art League members selected twenty-five pieces of work from all submissions to be exhibited in the exhibition. From those twenty-five works of art, five were singled out for awards. Tracy Leagjeld of Portland, Oregon was awarded Best of Show for her oil painting titled Hot Rocks. Eric Jacobsen of Prineville, Oregon took home second-place for his work in oil titled Morning Light at Smith Rock. Kim Smith’s watercolor titled Rocks earned third-place in the competition. Awards of achievement were presented to Central Oregon’s Kathleen Keliher for Hot Rocks, Joanne Kollman for Majestic Morning and Denise Rich for Among the Rocks.

The Smith Rock Paint Out Exhibition runs June 23 through August 23 in the Roberts Field ( terminal, which is located at 2522 SE Jesse Butler Circle in Redmond, Oregon. The artwork is available for purchase by visiting the administration office in the terminal near the main entrance. Created by Smith Rock State Park and the High Desert Art League as a way to introduce new people to the park and the arts, the plein-air paint out is an annual event. The organizers would like to thank this years sponsors and ask you so support them; Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport, Cascade A&E, PleinAir Magazine, Deschutes Brewery, Sage Custom Picture Framing, Pacific Art and Framing, Red Point Climbers Supply and the Redmond Committee for Art in Public Places.

Visit for more information on the Smith Rock Paint Out and news on next year’s event. Be sure to visit Smith Rock State Park every chance you get, one of Oregon’s Seven Wonders! For more photos of the event please visit our Facebook page at

Monday, June 15, 2015

Breathing In Plein Air

3rd Annual Plein Air Competition at Smith Rock State Park

Celebrating the creativity of the human spirit and the spectacular beauty of Central Oregon's Smith Rock, the third annual Smith Rock Plein AirPaint Out is set for June 20th.  The public is invited to watch as artists from across the Pacific Northwest participate in a timed plein air painting competition followed by a juried exhibition at the Redmond MunicipalAirport/Roberts Field.

The High Desert Art League and Smith Rock State Park created this event to bring the experience of the park to new audiences. Smith Rock is a world famous rock-climbing site and is host to miles of hiking and mountain bike trails.  The stunning cliffs separate the meandering Crooked River from the distant Cascade Mountains skyline of snow capped peaks; a perfect setting for artists, photographers and nature lovers of all kinds.  

The competition is open to all artists working in 2-D media that can be created from start to finish in the park, in the allotted time. “It’s a great experience to watch an artist work from a blank canvas to a finished, framed work of art,” says High desert Art League President Vivian Olsen. “And quite a treat to be able to purchase the artwork you saw being created following the event” she added. A juried exhibition of work created during the event will be held at Redmond, Oregon's Roberts Field following the event, June 23rd through August 23rd where the artwork will be available for purchase. 

 The event hours are 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Information, event schedule and artist registration can be found at The event is free to the public with a State Park Pass or the $5 day use fee. Smith Rock State Park is located at 9241NE Crooked River Dr. near Terrebonne, Oregon. For more information please visit:, or

Saturday, June 13, 2015

Call To Artists: Smith Rock Paint Out 2015

The 3rd Annual Smith Rock Paint Out and competition takes place June 20, 2015 at Smith Rock StatePark, one of Central Oregon’s most spectacular locations. Artists of all levels are invited to participate. Registration, awards and participation information can be found Pre-registration is strongly encouraged. The event is followed by a juried exhibition at Roberts Field/Redmond Municipal Airport June 23 through August 23, 2015.  For information and artist registration please visit

Friday, June 12, 2015


These are the last of the NEW paintings done for   
Red Chair Gallery 

Opening On July 3rd, First Friday

View these new encaustic paintings  by Janice Rhodes and scroll down to see all the others!

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Kaseberg Returns to The Gorge with A Few Friends

Group Exhibition features twelve Diverse Artists

Returning to the Columbia River Gorge for an exhibition at The Dalles Art Center, Cameron Kaseberg wanted to bring some artist friends along. Cameron Kaseberg and Friends features the work of Cameron and eleven accomplished Central Oregon artists working in a variety of mediums. The exhibit runs June 2 through June 27 at The Dalles Art Center with an artist’s reception June 4th from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Featured last season on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat (Kaseberg Story), Kaseberg is known for pushing, playing with and refining the art of solvent transfer.  An exploration of the process brought to prominence in the 1950s by Robert Rauschenberg, the process involves borrowing inks from various printed media as well as his own photos and graphics, chemically dissolving them and transferring the image onto a new surface. Much as a photographer can manipulate the camera image in many ways, the solvent transfer can be changed, arranged, composed and continually altered to express the artist's aims. In northwest regional exhibits and at national art fairs, his works have been received with enthusiasm for their inventiveness and as expressions of human sensibilities.

Kaseberg’s friends, also known as the High Desert Art League, are all accomplished artists whose works can be found in collections across the globe. “I am so pleased to call these incredible artists my friends,” said Cameron. “It is truly amazing company to keep; arts educators, award winners, world travelers, designers, and just plain really nice people,” he added.

The artists joining Kaseberg exhibit a wide range of talents in various media. Cindy Briggspaints with serendipity—splattering, mixing and mingling watercolors right on the paper to create her luminous paintings. Helen Brown enjoys the spontaneity of watercolor and delves into perspective and dramatic light. Patricia Clark, founder of Bend’s Atelier 6000 printmaking studio, is an established Master Printmaker and nationally respected teacher who intermixes her appreciation of nature and landscape to create artwork. RichardFrederick is an award-winning photographer who has been combining his passion for science and photography for over 30 years. David Kinker is a painter, muralist and teacher combining his studies in art history, architecture, world myth and the sciences to create timeless works of art. Jacqueline Newbold’s journeys give her a never-ending source of inspiration for her watercolors. She is an author (Cloth-Paper-Scissors Magazine, Watercolor Journeys) and arts educator. Vivian Olsen works in a variety of mediums and is often inspired to paint the wild animals and birds she encounters while walking through the mountains and high desert of central Oregon.  Janice Rhodes is a pastel artist with a fondness for Encaustics concentrating on figures, animals and florals. Barbara Slater paints in oils with energy and spirit. Her pigmentation is rich and succulent. Her brushwork is bold and responsive bringing her work in still life, florals, landscapes and animals to life. Joren Travellerbrings together her background in microbiology, animal science and the equestrian world to create beguiling sculptures that express the character she sees in each individual creature. ShellyWierzba grew up surrounded by the arts and uses oil, acrylic, and watercolor mediums to focus on the central Oregon landscape and the human figure.

Cameron Kaseberg and Friends, an exhibition of work by the High Desert Art League runs June 2 through June 27 at The Dalles Art Center, 220 East Fourth St., The Dalles, Oregon. Many of the artists will be attending the Artist Reception June 4 from 5:00pm to 7:00pm.

For more information on the artists please visit By calling 541.296.4759 or visiting you may obtain further information on the exhibit and The Dalles Art Center.

Monday, June 1, 2015



Janice Rhodes, encaustic artist, has been working on her First Friday show opening July 3rd at the Red Chair Gallery in Bend. More paintings to follow in the next couple of weeks.