February - March, 2019
Scott Fitzwater makes mosaics primarily with slate that he sources from salvaged roofing tile and material that he's harvested from slate quarries in California. He likes slate because the material speaks to him. He can cut and break slate into a range of thicknesses and lengths that allow him to fully express the organic, abstract and geometric designs upon which he thrives. These unique qualities of cut slate also enable him to “draw” and convey the expressive qualities of movement and mood of the line. He even gleans creative inspiration from the limited, available color palette of slate. In addition, he has nurtured an ongoing exploration of mosaic sculptural composition.
Scott Fitzwater is a Portland, OR artist who has been creating mosaics since 2008 when he retired from high tech working as a software engineer. He is largely a self-taught mosaic artist and has experimented with many techniques and materials. He also has studied under several well known mosaic artists. His pieces have been in exhibitions in North America and Europe and have won several awards. He works primarily with slate that he fashions into abstract wall and sculptural art. Scott is a member of the Society of American Mosaic Artists and a member of the NW Mosaic Artists Alliance.
Meet & Greet with Scott Fitzwater
Fridays March 8 & 15 from 1 - 3 p.m.
February - March, 2019
The wonders of the natural world inspire Kristine Karnezis. Her interest in patterns has been lifelong. The experience of viewing pollen grains under a dissecting microscope inspired her to look closely at the marvel of the many varied patterns, shapes, and colors of flowers, and try to capture in photographs the wonder they inspire.
Kristine Karnezis has been photographing the Garden since she relocated to the Pacific Northwest nearly 16 years ago. A lifelong gardener and student of the natural world, she studied at The Morton Arboretum in Lisle, Illinois, and, after moving to Portland, grew flowers commercially for several years. Her medium is now largely photography.
February - March, 2019
Lynn Rosskamp is a Seattle-based printmaker working primarily in the medium of copper plate etching. Though most people consider plants and objects to be still lives, Lynn thinks of every image she makes as a portrait. Specificity and personality are the main traits that interest her. Animals, too, are portrait subjects and receive the same treatment as a person would, with attention paid to small details and in bringing out the personality of the sitter whether it’s a bee, a snail, a cat or a crow. Though etchings are traditionally thought of as being mostly black and white, Lynn’s etchings are frequently laced with pops of color through various additive methods, particularly chine collé, a la poupee stamping and multiple plates. Her work can be purchased directly from the artist several days a week at Lynn’s art day stall in the historic Pike Place Market crafts area off the main arcade.
February - March, 2019
Rachel Austin’s paintings are inspired by visits to the Lan Su Chinese Garden throughout the year. These watercolors are of the soft, abstracted shadows of plants found in the garden. Gardens and nature have the ability to ground us when feeling anxious or overwhelmed and these paintings attempt to capture the tranquility felt when among plants. Gardens, especially Lan Su, are thoughtful works of living art, a slow moving sculpture that changes in different light and seasons. Rachel’s paintings show an abstracted view of some of the plants that make up this peaceful garden.
Portland artist Rachel Austin is inspired by the quiet beauty of gardens and her love of plants. This series of botanical watercolors includes soft, abstracted shadows found in the Lan Su Chinese Garden throughout the year. Her paintings are created with watercolor and acrylic on wood to create understated and meditative pieces. Rachel is self taught and has been a full time artist since 2006 when, after getting a degree in finance, she realized art was probably a better path for her. Rachel lives and works in Portland with retailers across the country selling her paintings, cards and prints.
Art Demonstration with Rachel Austin
Saturdays March 2, 16 & 30 from 1 - 3 p.m.
Donor Art Opening with Jennifer Kapnek & Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley *RSVP required
Wednesday April 3 from 6 - 8 p.m. Learn more »
Art Demonstration with Kamala Dolphin-Kingsley
Fridays April 12 & 26 from 1 - 3 p.m. Learn more »
Meet the Artist: Jennifer Kapnek
Wednesday, May 1 from 1 - 3 p.m. Learn more »
Art Reception with Gail Owen & Katie Preston
Saturday August 3, 2019 from 3 - 5 p.m. Learn more »
Art Reception with Brain Oaster & Angelita Surmon
Sunday December 1, 2019 from 1 - 3 p.m. Learn more »
Art Demonstration with Angelita Surmon
Saturdays December 7 & 21, 2019 from 1 - 3 p.m. Learn more »
Art on display is available for purchase through the Garden Shop. For more information or assistance please email or call 503.228.8131.
Lan Su Chinese Garden invites artists working in all mediums to submit images for review for public exhibition in the garden in the 2020 calendar year. Exhibitions run generally one-to-two months in one or more of the enclosed pavilions within the garden. As 2020 is the 20th anniversary of the garden, of particular interest are works from artists with botanical and Chinese cultural themes although all manner of relevant subjects will be considered. Please include a brief biography stating work mediums and inspirations, as well as details about size, format, and, if possible, retail gallery price ranges for the bulk of your work. If selected, agreements will be entered into for exhibition sales on a commission basis. Review of images begins immediately upon receipt.
The deadline for submitting images is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 29, 2019. All artists considered for exhibition will be contacted for follow up. Submissions received after this time may or may not be considered for future shows. Email submissions to email@example.com; no calls or drop-ins please.
Lan Su Chinese Garden, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization, serves approximately 150,000 visitors annually. The Mission of Lan Su Chinese Garden is to cultivate an oasis of tranquil beauty and harmony, to inspire, engage and educate our global community in the appreciation of a richly authentic Chinese culture.
Lan Su Chinese Garden is pleased to offer an Artist Membership Addendum for photographers and artists — professional and amateur alike. This yearly membership provides benefits created specifically for artists including additional access to Lan Su, the ability to sell photos and paintings of the garden and invitations to events tailored for an artist.
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Lan Su Chinese Garden
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Members, donors and visitors help keep Lan Su healthy and growing. Lan Su is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and all donations and memberships are tax deductible. Lan Su’s Federal Tax ID number (EIN) is 93-1296840.