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Kathy Gale and Michael De Forest Informal Artist's Talk and Demo

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Name: Kathy Gale and Michael De Forest Informal Artist's Talk and Demo
Date: February 10, 2018
Time: 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM PST
Event Description:
Please join us for an informal artist's talk with Michael De Forest, followed by a painting demo with Kathy Gale -- both featured artists in our February 2018 show.  Everyone is welcome!

About the Artists
Michael de Forest, Portland, OR

Originally a furniture maker, de Forest has evolved from making balanced, high-end furniture to creating work that is less conventional, even quirky.  His best known piece in the area is a six-feet-tall blue and yellow carved mask that for months welcomed visitors at The Art Spirit Gallery.

The artist’s new collection is titled “Boxes of Instinct and Knowing,” and features trout and salmon carved boxes from poplar and painted with milk paint, a medium commonly used in parts of Africa.  De Forest finds inspiration in these Samonids as they are “significant beings in our life experience and our mythic journey.  They teach us the physical and emotional significance of place and environment, showing us that our independence is necessary to our life and survival.”

De Forest currently teaches at the Oregon College of Art and Craft and at Catlin Gabel School.  The artist received his master of fine arts degree from the Minneapolis College or Art and Design.  The Art Spirit Gallery is honored to exhibit his work.

Kathy Gale, Dalton Gardens, ID

A traditional artist in today’s visual art world, Kathy’s work leans heavily toward impressionism while flirting with abstraction. The artist’s new body of work captures the refreshing beauty of landscapes and imagery she discovered during her summer travels through Montana and Idaho.  Lush pastures, stately grain elevators, and vibrant rivers serve as subjects.  

For this body of work, Gale extends gratitude to Steve Gibbs, founder of The Art Spirit Gallery, for encouraging her to alter her technique.  “Steve was an amazing coach, always positive.  Even weeks before he passed, he pulled me aside and encouraged me to use more paint.  This was my goal; I did it for Steve.” The artist’s recent paintings also reflect her experimentation with different surfaces and mediums.

Gale holds a bachelor of arts degree from Gonzaga University.  For many years she resided in the Seattle area, painting for individual and corporate clients. She has participated in various art events in the Spokane and Coeur d’Alene area and, with the help of local artist Teresa McHugh, started the CDA Artists’ Studio Tour.  The Art Spirit Gallery has proudly shown Gale’s work since 2005.  
The Art Spirit Gallery
Date/Time Information:
Saturday, February 10 11AM-1PM
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The Art Spirit Gallery