The nationally recognized bronze sculptor Rip Caswell announced the launch of “The Pearl Fine Art Auction” to be held annually in Portland, Oregon.
“My goal is to put The Pearl Art Auction on the map as a fine art destination that can join the ranks of other premier events, such as the Santa Fe Fine Art Auction and the Jackson Hole Fine Art Auction,” Caswell said. “Like those events, The Pearl Art Auction will offer significant works of art in various mediums and genres. I expect the event to draw buyers from the entire Western states and have hired Jackson Hole’s expert auctioneer firm of Black and Associates to help make it happen. I believe it will become one of the Northwest’s greatest art draws.”
No stranger to the art community in Portland, Caswell has been a sculptor for more than twenty years and has gained a reputation as a master in his field. He has developed a strong collector base and is a well reputed, commissioned artist with installations in public venues across the United States and abroad, including in New York and Hong Kong.
In addition to his flagship gallery in Troutdale, Caswell also has sold work through premier galleries throughout the country, including in Sedona and Scottsdale, Arizona and Jackson Hole, Wyoming – considered one of the prime Western art hubs in the U.S. Exposure to those vibrant art communities inspired Caswell to realize the notion of bringing a fine art auction to the Pacific Northwest. He has seen the community effects of such auctions and watched as they became destination events, enticing visitors to stay beyond the actual event date.
Through attendance of The Pearl Art Auction, Caswell hopes to enhance commerce for all of the art galleries in Portland and to increase exposure for the many talented artists in the area, as well as to aid tourism in general; benefiting hotels, restaurants and businesses.
Popular Portland area artists who will be selling work through this event include Romona Youngquist, Michael Orwick and Bev Jozwiak, among many others. Also included are works from significant American artists such as John Banovich, Tom Manzanarez and Julie T. Chapman and more.