On May 8, 2016 our gallery experienced one of our greatest personal losses. Daniel Ng, our dear friend and primary acrylic artist, passed away unexpectedly from an aneurysm while attending an art show in Dallas, Texas. Daniel was best known for his amazing use of color and a fish-eye lens technique he applied to his interior and landscape paintings.
Daniel lived in Portland, Oregon, and fell in love with the Palouse while working on a special 5 foot x 7 foot commission painting for the University of Idaho’s 125th Anniversary: Athens of Idaho.
Daniel proceeded to paint a collection of four more Palouse scenes depicting the bright colors of the rolling hills including: Blue Truck Palouse Fields, Two Sheds, Old Blue Truck, and Red Hills Palouse.
Daniel was a rising star with collectors throughout the country. He was the featured artist for dozens of art shows including Castle Rock, Colorado; Salem, Oregon; and Dallas, Texas. Despite Daniel’s talent and increasing stature within the art world, he remained fiercely loyal to our gallery and refused to sell his work through other galleries. We will continue to work as Daniel’s exclusive agents on behalf of his wife, Sandra.
Last year, Daniel was our featured artist for ArtWalk. He spent the evening casually chatting with our ArtWalk guests--thoroughly enjoying every moment of the party and amazed by our special community where his art is so greatly appreciated and supported. He said Moscow felt like a second home and he was eager to return as our featured artist again for this year's event. He planned to bring his entire booth and set up in front of the gallery so he could share even more of his work with our town. He had such a wonderful time last June that he asked his wife if she would join him for the next one. She promised him she would come. Daniel's wife will be in attendance this year to see firsthand the adoration our community holds for Daniel as we focus on the vividness and beauty he brought into our lives.
We are eternally grateful for the vibrant canvases Daniel left behind to enrich our world. His work continues to surprise and enamor art collectors from all walks of life.
Daniel’s work is selling quickly; he had collectors and fans throughout the country and there are a very limited number of signed giclee prints still available.
If you are looking for a way to help, a memorial fund has been set up in Daniel’s honor: https://www.gofundme.com/danielngmemorial
DC Designs began as Colorado Photographics, Inc in 1985 as a photography studio by David Clack. He focused on nature and landscape photography in the Colorado region. In 2002, The Illustrated Light Gallery of Fine Art opened its doors and they began producing various products using David’s photography. For years, David Clack had the idea of taking several of his nature landscape images and layering them together, creating multiple exposure abstract images. By allowing some of the underlying images to shine through, colors and textures appear in beautiful ways.
Alongside the photography of David Clack, they partnered with artist, Shelly Hearne. Her designs and delicate artwork are available in a wide variety of jewelry styles. They discovered that by using just the giclée prints of the image and a layer of UV protection, they were able to create ultra-lightweight, waterproof jewelry. All of their DC Designs earrings are handcrafted in their studio in Fort Collins, Colorado. Their hypoallergenic ear wires are made of antique copper on steel and contain contain no nickel. The prints are UV protected and water resistant. Most of the earrings we carry in Essential Art Gallery & Fine Gifts are designs from Shelly Hearne’s Collection.
Meet: Shelly Hearne
From growing up on Cape Cod, to raising my own family in Colorado, my life has continually been filled with movement and color--the most essential elements of my work. While these elements have always been present, my self-awareness as an artist did not surface until much later in life.
I grew up, one of six children, in a little town called Falmouth, Massachusetts. It was during high school that I first discovered my appreciation for art, and that I had a knack for it. Not knowing what to do with this knack, and needing a change of environment, I joined the Air Force after graduation. During my service, I was fortunate enough to travel all over this country, as well as others, and to see the world through a different lens.
During my final years in the reserves, I began focusing more on art and earned a degree in Interior Design. After working with an architect for a short time, I found that this type of work did not allow me the creative expression for which I was searching, so I began painting for myself again.
I had finally found a medium and a method that was satisfying and I wanted to learn more. I taught myself, through trial and error, to capture the curve of a calla lily, the rolling shadows of a mountain and the ever-changing colors of a forest. My artistic influences include the works of Wolf Kahn and Georgia O'Keefe, among others. I have worked with media ranging from copper, pastels and textured paper to acrylic paint and varyingly textured canvas. My tools have ranged from my own fingers, paintbrushes, and socks to my more recent favorite, a palette knife.
Although my career in the crafts started in clay, I've always loved glass. I was a potter for 15 years and I still love clay and visiting pottery studios whenever I have the chance and occasionally the pottery influence finds its way into my work. In 1990 I spent a few hours with my friend Sage in Bellingham,WA making my first glass beads. I was hooked immediately. Within a year I sold all my pottery equipment and never looked back. I found that I loved the immediacy of bead making and I never tire of experimenting with the endless combinations of color, shape, texture, and techniques.
In 2000, my wife and I built a house in Port Townsend, WA and I wanted to make some glass tiles for the kitchen. I took a class in glass fusing at Bullseye Glass Company in Portland and found I enjoyed the process and continued playing with fusing in addition to making beads. I spent the next ten years playing in the studio fusing glass for personal projects around the house but it was when I wanted to fuse large panels for my fence that I realized that the cost of Bullseye glass was an obstacle I didn't want to face so I started researching and discovered I could use window glass which was a fraction of the cost. I was able to finish my fence and somewhere in the process I tried using recycled windows with equal success and that's all I've been using since. Now, all of my fused glass work is made with recycled glass that I decorate with glass paint and colored glass powder. I fire my work to 1500 degrees to permanently fuse the colors to the glass. All of the colors are lead free and are safe to use with food.
About five years ago I moved to Portland, Oregon with my wife Joanie and our cats Neko and Simon. Portland is known for it's art culture and community spirit and we're enjoying being a part of this community. I sell my work at the Portland Saturday Market, small craft fairs around town and a few galleries in the Northwest.
For those of you who have had the chance to visit with my father, I’m going to guess you quickly observed several distinct characteristics about him. First, was meticulously dressed in dapper clothing with his colorful dichroic glass cuff links adorning his pressed sleeves. Second, he twisted any sentence into a pun, and answered any question you asked with a silly joke. Third, his blue eyes lit up with excitement as soon as he could show you the work of an artist we are carrying in the gallery.
We are selective about the artists we carry. If our eyes don’t twinkle when we see the work, we know it’s not a good fit for our gallery. If an artist is difficult or grouchy, we believe that comes through their work and we continue our search to find artists with whom we connect. My father has done hundreds of art shows and has met hundreds of artists. At one such art show, he discovered the work of Sarah Britton. His blue eyes twinkled when he saw her work, and his heart connected with lovely personality of Sarah. On top of all this perfection, she even caught his puns. She—and her work—perfectly fit our standard of “playfully elegant”. We have had the privilege of carrying Sarah’s delightful work in our gallery for the past three years.
Sarah Alice was born and raised in the small Victorian town of Maine, New York. Britton was formally trained in Jewelry Design from Buffalo State College in New York and has won several awards including 1st in Jewelry at the Beverly Hills Art Show in 2013, 2nd Overall at Art on the Main in Walnut Creek, CA in 2014, and 3rd Overall at Art on the Main in Walnut Creek, CA in 2015.
Now residing in Oroville, California, she creates her jewelry in a sunny studio, filled with artwork made by her friends that overlooks her cottage garden. She shares her cozy California bungalow with her husband, Michael, and their golden retriever, Scarlett. Sarah often brings her granddaughters to art shows with her, leaving her biggest supporter, Michael, home to run their brick-and-mortar dry cleaner business in Oroville, CA.
Sarah Alice’s granddaughters are her sheer delight, her inspirations, and her top sales team. They grant her the opportunity look at life from different angles. Too often the whimsy of childhood is lost or neglected as a person matures and embraces adulthood. Sarah Alice has chosen to celebrate the playful and fanciful parts of youth in her designs. In her work you will experience a new twist on childhood games such as jacks, bubble blowing and hangman, combined with the strong influence of the industrial North East.
Tactile by nature, Sarah Alice designs her jewelry to invite touch, inspire playfulness, and evoke a memory that results in a smile. She incorporates texture and maximizes the movement in her designs both literally and visually.
Perhaps one of my very favorite artist finds happened last fall while I was in upstate New York, visiting family. My lovely sister-in-law shares the same Northwest addiction to a perfectly crafted latte, and we were in dire need of on a non-keurig/non-starbucks fix. We volunteered to venture to the village on the pretense of bringing home cold-cuts. If you know a New York Italian family, you know that going to the store for cold-cuts is serious business. We were sure this excuse could buy us at least an hour and a half to explore shops and indulge in a frothy latte before we--and the delivery of fresh deli-sliced turkey, ham, roast beef and olive loaf--would be missed.
My sister-in-law used to live in the sweet town and knew the route to the best hidden coffee shop. We walked through chocolate scented alleys, and over cracked narrow sidewalks before arriving at the secret spot--a tiny yellow building tightly tucked in behind brightly colored storefronts. There, I greedily inhaled the first almond milk honey latte I had been able to find since landing in the apple state. Fully caffeinated, the two of us were ready to hit the shops.
We breezed through galleries and boutiques. We bought matching pairs of fingerless mittens & matching long necklaces because I love buying matching things with people I love. It makes me think of that person each time I wear it.
We entered a gallery with a purple facade. That's when we found it. An entire collection of Christoph Poly. Expecting the prices to be way beyond what we could possibly purchase on our matching shopping spree under the pretense of a cold-cut-run, we looked at the tags just for fun and were floored. Seriously? There must be an error. This jewelry is way too cool to be this affordable! I asked the saleswoman (who happened to be the owner) about the artist. She didn't seem to have the same enthusiastic approach my father and I share about talking with customers about artists. (*That was using my nice words.)
As every woman does when she wants to shop without guilt, I had left my phone at home. I wanted to be sure not to forget the artist's name, so I begged my sister-in-law to snap a photo. She wasn't quite discrete enough, but managed to zoom in on his name before the owner began to yell at us. I wasn't too worried, since my sister-in-law is a native New Yorker who can hold her own in any Questionable Vocabulary New York Street Throw-Down; but we realized our hour and a half was up, and we were still cold-cut-less.
Her phone began to ring. The Italians were starving. We raced to the deli to complete our original mission, but felt the greatest accomplishment of the trip was braving the crazed woman in the gallery and finding the most incredible jewelry at wonderful prices to share with you.
I have since had the opportunity to meet the French-Canadian Quebec artist personally at art shows, and I am thrilled to be carrying a full collection of his work in our gallery--right here in Moscow, Idaho--where we are thrilled to talk about our artists and we might even let you snap a photo in our store.
This Month's Featured Artist: Mariusz Rynkiewicz
We are pleased to carry a large collection of Mariusz's work in the gallery. It is consistent with our theme of being "playfully elegant". He does such an incredible job with color, form, and textures that it's sometimes hard to choose! Mariusz is our tall, charming, incredibly talented Polish friend who is always ready to go mushroom hunting or share shots of Vodka. Please visit our online blog to learn more about Mariusz and to receive a discount code for his work throughout the month of October.