Gallery 503 – March 2015


HAMMOCK BENCH 19″ x 84″ x 10.75″ / Koa Wood |
Something unique, something of quality, something beyond expectation.
This is what artist, John Arenskov, brings to life with his handcrafted custom furniture. Formerly a ceramist, creating vessels up to 5’ high, John’s ability to go beyond conventional thought has resulted in a line of custom furniture pieces. In 1985, inspired to produce furniture for his own home, John started a career in designing and building furniture. Influenced by artisans ofthepast such as Greene & Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Ruhlman, and Charles Rennie MacKintosh, John gained an appreciation for abroad-based assortment of styles.His creative focus is toward an enduring and timeless presence of his pieces, contemporary heirlooms; ratherthen bulk production for short lived trendy fads. Working closely with clients to design and create custom pieces he is appreciated for his selection and marriage of quality materials and ease of design styles.Self taught through observation, experimentation and study, John’s early works were primarily inspired by the furniture of the Arts & Crafts Movement, particularly from the California architects Greene & Greene. John’s artistic curiosity has since led him to explore other innovative lines – Art Deco through African Primitive to Contemporary, allowing him to offer excellence in design in a broad range of styles. John has been recognized in Fine Woodworking Design Books 6 & 7 and most recently, the Home and Garden (HGTV) series, Modern Masters. His furniture is collected nationally.
NEW IN THE GALLERYThis March we have stunning new landscapes by Charles Palmer and the charmingly esoteric work of Oregon artist Jim Adams.

By Charles Palmer | NORTH IDAHO WATERFALL | 48″ X 52″ / Acrylic  BIG ROCK POOL ON INDIAN CREEK 38″ x 60″ / Acrylic  SHALLOW POOL IN CEDAR FOREST | 36″ X 49″ / Acrylic

By Jim AdamsDREAMS OF THE 45th PARALLEL 30″ x 40″ / Acrylic  LADY IN WAITING 40″ x 30″ / Acrylic
Coming In April…

Common Threads features works from Portland artist Sara Sjol’s Fabric of Life Series. This series is very personal. Each piece tells a story that influences all aspects of the work. The line work is akin to mediation – from the repetitive movements that create the grid to the contorting gestures that help destroy it – pulling back and forth between perfection and abstraction. Sjol then employs color, pattern and white space to express complex ideas in a minimalist style.

As part of Common Threads show Sjol is also working on a collaboration of Paper Quilts with LA-based Pop Art Quilter Luke Haynes. For this collaboration Sjol created nine panels from her Fabric of Life Series (3 Red, 3 Cyan, 3 Yellow). Haynes was then given these panels to create Paper Quilts.

April 02, 2015 | 6 – 9 PM

ON DISPLAY April 02 – April 30, 2015

GALLERY 503 | 503.248.0903 | 903 NW Davis Street Portland 97209

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