NEWS

Taking time to listen

by Nancy Tingley Going on vacation to a foreign destination took me away from the over stimulation of my everyday existence and gave me a new perspective on life. I’m writing this as I fly home from visiting family in Norway. The pace of living in Norway seems so much…

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Happy Labor Day!

by Jessica Simpkins “All other holidays are in a more or less degree connected with conflicts and battles of man’s prowess over man, of strife and discord for greed and power, of glories achieved by one nation over another. Labor Day is devoted to no man, living or dead, to…

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Closing a door and opening a window

by Robin Casey As creative people, we are all inspired by someone or something in our life that we can probably credit with lighting that creative spark for us. That inspiration will show up in what we make, how we think, the other creatives we associate with, and the way…

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The Wedding (from a bridesmaid)

by Robin Barnstead-Long Photo by Stumptown Images Love is in the air. How fitting for Romance Awareness month, that my husband and I celebrated our 9th wedding anniversary on August 8. Did you know that August is among the top four most popular months to wed? And just this weekend,…

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August is Romance Awareness Month

by Judith Ashley August is Romance Awareness Month, and there is lots to see and do at Arte Soleil because The Creatives have put together an awesome display of items for anyone in your life you love… including yourself! Art, jewelry, and books that have a happily-ever-after are on sale…

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Reflections on Art in the Blueberry Patch

by Heather Michet Sometimes making art is like picking berries.  You just don’t know at the start of it all what magical gifts will present themselves. I was gathering my mega pounds of blueberries this morning to supply the freezer with my annual supply. The farm where I pick each…

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A Summer Story

by Jessica Simpkins The sun is shining hard and bright now, washing out our familiar green and grey Portland palette, melting the tar along SE Division and Powell. As I wait for the traffic signal to turn, our star burns through my windshield, magnified, focused, scorching. As you wait for…

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Our Community

by Kris Bella I am so thankful for the individuals from the community who have consistently been present for Arte Soleil’s growth! Brenda R. is one of those people. She learned about us from Lents Gilbert, the church from whom we lease. Even through our ups and downs of pipes…

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The Creatives’ Web

By Pete Fennell and Kris Bella The Universe has a way of drawing people together to create connections and inspirations. Over 30 years ago, there was a sliding door. That door has led us to this point in time. Along that journey, we have made numerous connections; a web of…

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I am so very humbled. 

by Kris Bella I am so very humbled. As an artist, I understand how the creative process can be so freeing. It can take one to another place and time. As an art therapist, I understand the health benefits of creating art, psychologically and physically. It can truly reduce stress and…

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