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Jane Aukshunas has always been a big fan of nature. Coming to the beautiful state of Oregon from the urban Northeast in 1990 was a catalyst for the development of her unique perspective in creating landscapes. In the early 1990's she also worked in fiber art and was a member of Portland's High Fiber Diet. Imbued at once with both a lush sensuality and an edgy geometry, her colorful, graphic landscapes hearken back to the 1930s' midwestern regionalist style of such artists as Thomas Hart Benton and Grant Wood. Her work has been likened to "Grant Wood on acid." She has studied art at Masssachusetts College of Art (BFA), Boston; Parson's School of Design, NYC; and Ubud, Bali. Her work is included in the collections of hospitals, health and healing centers, and wineries throughout the Pacific Northwest. Lately she has been teaching in her studio in Portland and branching out to other venues. Website:

Serena Barton loves to provide an atmosphere where you can discover or rekindle your
creative abilities. She provides lots of individual attention and feedback as desired. Her goal is to help you learn, experiment, and have fun! Serena lives in Portland, OR where her business, The Art of Your Life, offers creativity and art workshops, groups and individual art coaching. She exhibits and sells her work locally and online. She teaches at national art retreats. You may have seen her magazine articles in Cloth, Paper, Scissors magazine and Studios magazine. Her book, Wabi-Sabi Art Workshop: Mixed Media Techniques for Embracing Imperfection and Celebrating Happy Accidents was published in 2013 by North Light. She is currently working on a book on oil and cold wax painting to be published by North Light in 2015.
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Helen Bouchard (b.1989) grew up in Maine. She works primarily from life, seeking to extract truth and beauty in all things through oil painting in order to cultivate joy and wonder within the human spirit. She received training at the Juliette Aristides Classical Painting Atelier in Seattle and since then has won awards and scholarships for her merits. One of them to the Florence Academy of art in Italy where she studied landscape painting. Helen currently lives and works in Silverton Oregon, where she takes portrait commissions, teaches classes, and private lessons.

Nancy Eng is an abstract painter represented by Salem Art Association, River Gallery and Lunaria Gallery. She paints in oil, acrylic and watercolor. Her work is inspired by vintage photos and views of the Northwest. She holds an art degree from OSU, is a member of Oregon Watercolor Society, and has been on the board of Artists in Action for the past 7 years. Her work can be viewed at: and

Roxanne Evans Stout is a mixed media artist who lives and creates in the Pacific Northwest. She teaches art workshops throughout the United States and Canada and has had her work shown and been published nationally. Roxanne is constantly inspired by natural history, the mountains and the river lands surrounding her home and this inspiration has always been an integral part of her art. Book arts, art journaling, encaustic painting and collage are her favorite ways to express herself. Roxanne's Five Star new book, Storytelling with Collage, has been on the Bestseller list in Mixed Media and Paper Arts, since it's publication in March, 2016. Available at Art Department. You can visit her new Website here:
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Glenda Goodrich ("GG") is a mixed media artist and SoulCollage facilitator who enjoys helping others find their journey toward wholeness through creativity by teaching mixed media collage, mono-printing, paper arts, SoulCollageand other classes that focus on individual artistic expression. She has taught classes at Breitenbush Hot Springs, Chemeketa Community College, Newport Paper Arts Festival, Ashland Art Center, Runaway Arts & Crafts, and in her home studio. Her students describe her teaching style as welcoming, open, warm and supportive.

KC Hancock has been creating monotypes professionally and teaching classes since 2005. She has taught at the Salem Art Association and the Keizer Art Association as well as in her studio. KC has won awards for her work and displayed many shows and galleries. Visit her website to see her complete bio and view more of her work.

Cynthia Herron is a painter who is interested in nature and being outdoors. She has painted landscapes in Alaska, New Mexico, Arizona, eastern Canada and Oregon. She has taught painting and drawing at the university level since 1995 and currently teaches art foundation classes at Chemeketa Community College. She recently taught "Color Properties for Artists" at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. She is represented by Bush Barn Art Center in Salem, Freed Gallery in Lincoln City, and Fog Forest Gallery in New Brunswick, Canada. View her work online at

Becki Hesedahl has been involved with art most of her life.The past 30 years have been devoted to transparent watercolor and other water media. She has taught watercolor in her home, through the community education program at Chemeketa Community College, in Ketchikan, Alaska and at Art Department in Salem. She studied art at OSU and has taken many workshops from well-known artists. Her work can be seen at the River Gallery in Independence and on Facebook at Becki Hesedahl Art. Website coming soon. Feel free to contact her at

Bonnie Hull was born and raised in suburban Chicago, attended Michigan State University, and arrived in Salem in 1970 with her husband Roger who began his 40 year teaching career at Willamette University. Bonnie Hull was a downtown business owner for 13 years, co-owning and operating the Arbor Cafe from 1991-2004. Hull is a working artist, and has co-curated exhibitions at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art and the Bush Barn Gallery. At the heart of Hull's art practice is drawing. Also a quilt-maker, Hull had three exhibits of her quilts in the fall of 2015. Since the fall of 2014, Hull has been participating in a new artist cooperative "Studios at the Mill" located at the Willamette Heritage Center. In January of 2016 Hull, with artists Dayna Collins and Tory Brokenshire, ran the Compass Gallery at Willamette Heritage Center in Salem. View her blog at

Robin Christy Humelbaugh has been seriously painting since the middle 70's and started teaching watercolor classes privately in the 80's. She taught many Elderhostel classes at Camp Cascade and taught for Salem Art Association for 10 years. She now teaches for Art Department in Salem and Currents Gallery in McMinnville. Visit some of her works at and at the Bush Barn Gallery.

Jami Faith has been the creator, innovator, and entrepreneur of many facets and styles of art, including drawing, painting, collage, found object jewelry, journals, tote bags and purses. She has masterfully illustrated 7 books for Morning Glory Press, and freelanced as a magazine illustrator for over 20 years. She currently teaches art classes in a vast variety of mediums and styles, and has been for over 15 years. View the multitudiness of her awesome artwork online at or on facebook at Begin Being Studios.

Ann Kresge has taught book arts for 30 years. Her work is in many museum and university collections in the US and abroad. She has received book art grants from the National Museum of Women in the Arts and New York State Council on the Arts. Regionally she teaches book arts at Sitka Center for Art and Ecology, Atelier 6000 and in her Salem studio. Locally her work can be seen at SAA, Project Space, The Art Center in Corvallis and River Gallery. Her books, prints, mixed media and installations can be seen on her website:

Corrine Loomis Dietz has been a member of the Working Artist team with GOLDEN Artist Colors since 1999, receiving intensive training in acrylic paint systems and contemporary developments for mixed media. She offers lectures and workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest at colleges, universities and art centers. Prior to this opportunity, Corrine taught painting, color design and photography as an adjunct in regional colleges and universities since the early 80's. Her contemporary work is published in North Light books and can be seen online at

Ulan Moore is an award-winning classically trained artist. He has spent many years studying the traditional drawing, painting, and sculpting techniques of the old masters, as well as the 19th century French academic and contemporary methods of today. Ulan began his career as a graphic designer and illustrator before studying with Juliette Aristides at the Gage Academy of Art in Seattle for four years, two of those years he was Juliette's studio monitor. Ulan has studied with some of the very best in the field of classical realism, artists like Jordan Sokol, Carlos Madrid, Michael Grimaldi, and many others including Gary Faigin, and sculptors Matt Buckner and Eran Webber.
" I use traditional techniques and methods that have been proven and tested over centuries, while also adapting and incorporating modern materials and methods. I work to create technically sound and beautiful works of the people, landscape and things around me. I want to paint our time and place with the skills, knowledge and artistry that the great artists of the past painted theirs." His work can be viewed at

Kenneth O'Connell is a Professor Emeritus of the University of Oregon. Ken has taught and produced art in film, animation, painting, drawing, and ceramics. But for over 50 years he has worked primarily in sketchbooks. He has taught sketchbook classes at the University of Oregon, Sitka Center on the Oregon Coast, Tennessee, Colorado, and in Italy (including a trip planned in September 2017) The sketchbook is his portable studio and portable exhibition. They have recently been exhibited at the University of Oregon and the Jacobs Gallery. Website: He is currently working on his 84th sketchbook.

Jessica Ramey is lifelong artist creating with paint, solder, ink, graphics and even trash. She received a bachelor's degree in Fine Arts with an emphasis in Visual Design from the University of Oregon. She is a professional graphic designer with over 12 years of experience. She was the founder of a charitable arts organization where she provided instruction in over 50 workshops and enjoys sharing her knowledge and encouraging playful exploration with art. Her work can be viewed by visiting

Sandi Reinke is best known for her many guest artist appearances on HGTV, Discovery and DIY television shows (Carol Duvall Show, Christopher Lowell Show, Decorating with Style, etc.). She loves turning the ordinary into the extraordinary and is always "gathering material" to do just that. Whether beachcombing, wandering in the woods or walking in downtown Portland, if it isn't nailed down, she picks it up. In 1988 she and her husband Art turned this passion (addiction) into Loose Ends, a business where she and hubby could travel to exotic places and bring back wonderful goodies for the wholesale art and design trade, with an emphasis on natural and organic "stuff". She and Art still own a "trimmed down" version of Loose Ends, where they continue to indulge their passion for handmade papers and unusual botanical fibers (and a few Fake Fish!)

Anna Tewes has been a teacher for over 25 years. Her educational background is primarily in Graphic Design and Teaching. She has exhibited in many shows, art fairs and galleries. Although she has worked in many mediums including printmaking, pastel, and watercolor; her main focus is collage. Currently her work can be seen at Gallery Calapooia and on her website

Paul Toews, of Art Gone Wild Studio, a former timber man raised in the foothills of the Cascades, expresses creativity through visual art and storytelling. He has taught art in Oregon, California, Idaho, Texas and Massachusetts.

Karen Votaw has been an artist for all of her adult life. Painting, drawing, cross stitch and ceramics were her primary outlets of creativity until she stumbled onto a handmade journal display at the Yamhill Studio Tour. Since then her main focus has been on books, all kinds of books; Cased in Codex, Leather Long Stitch, Coptic, Japanese Stab Bound and leather and wood combinations. She's made hundreds of books and has been teaching others to make them since 2006.


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