February Artist of the Month – Trieste Andrews

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“I have been painting ever since I can remember,” Trieste recalls. “I constantly have a painting in some state of completion that sits in a 4’ by 4’ corner of my family’s office. I start at 8PM and suddenly am trying to figure out why it’s midnight and where the last four hours went . . .”

Happily, Trieste’s family shares her passion for art. Her twin sister, Mary DeCroce, is a professional muralist in Southington, CT, and the two embarked on an artistic adventure a few years ago. Travelling to Tuscany for a “plein air” (outdoor) painting tour, “we stayed at a beautiful villa and set up our easels at a different hillside town every day,” she tells us. “It was a wonderful way for [the two of us] to reconnect while pursuing our passion for painting in one of the most beautiful places in the world.”

Trieste’s oils reflect both her time in Tuscany and her northwest roots with equal warmth and energy. “Bagno Vignoni Hot Springs” captures the sun-toned stucco and terra cotta details of a graceful garden pool. “Mama Mias” portrays the sovereignty of age in a timeless culture. “Multnomah Falls” envelopes us in Oregon’s misty green majesty.

Trieste delights in highlighting the beauty of the world around her. “When I finally lay in the darkest of darks and brightest of whites in my paintings, the picture comes alive and my soul is nourished,” she offers. Like a splendid Tuscan feast, her paintings can nourish our artistic passions, too!

Art Extravaganza

Save the date of Wednesday, March 11th.  Please see the attached information.  This is the third year Clackamas Arts Alliance is hosting the Art Extravaganza.  This year it’s in Oregon City!!!



Tools & Techniques Tradeshow


Wednesday, March 11, 2015
11 am – 4 pm


Providence Willamette Falls Community Center
519 15th Street
Oregon City, OR 97045


Touch, Test, Try, and BUY!!!

TRADE SHOW – Free and open to all art enthusiasts!

From 11 am – 4 pm on Tuesday March 11, Clackamas County Arts Alliance will host an amazing array of new and old-favorite products to test and sample: Gamblin, Golden, Georgies, Winsor & Newton and more will be represented. Throughout the day, artists will demonstrate technique, including: Rene Eisenbart, Sheila Ford Richmond, Barbara Mason and more!


Lecture demonstrations will be offered by Golden’s Corrine Loomis Dietz (Acrylic Innovations), Gamblin’s Scott Gellatly (Understanding Contemporary Oil Painting Materials), Winsor & Newton’s Christine Hanlon (Professional Watercolours: Sticks & Markers).  More information coming soon on how to sign up for these exciting lectures!

New This Year!
Test, Try and BUY!!

Muse Art + Design –  will have a retail marketplace at the show this year so you can purchase your favorite products on the spot.  Muse Art and Design is Portland’s locally owned art supply store run by artists for artists, providing supplies, information, and inspiration for making art.muse logo - block (1)

Participating Vendors

Art Alternatives
Bullseye Glass
Caran d’Ache
Gamblin Artist Colors
Georgies Ceramic and Clay Co
Golden Artist Colors
Grapevine Graphics and Picture Framing
Jacquard Products
Kuretake-ZIG Pens & Markers
Savior Faire
Shizen Design
Speedball/Akua Printmaking Inks
Strathmore Artist Papers
Winsor & Newton

Artist Demonstrations

Vaughn Barker – Drawing. Pens & Markers
Christine Burdine – SPLASH Ink Colors
Meredith Dittmar – Polymer Clay
Rene Eisenbart – Watercolor / Acrylic
Sheila Ford Richmond – Fabric Painting
Scott Gellatly – Gamblin Oil
Christine Hanlon – Watercolor Sticks & Markers
Asher Katz – Jacquard SolarFast Dyes
Corrine Loomis Dietz – Golden Acrylic
Cindy Lommasson – Sumi Painting
Barbara Mason – Akua Printmaking
Christy Runyan – Clay

Special Thank You to our Sponsor
Providence Willamette Falls Medical Center!!



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