Aimee Erickson and Ann DiSalvo

Sunday, June 17 – June 21, 2018 Project Space will be showing works by two Oregon artists: Ann DiSalvo and Aimee Erickson. The show opens with a reception on Sunday, June 17 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm and will be open again during the Artist’s Social held next door at Kindred Spirits on Thursday, June 21 from 6 – 8 pm. The gallery will be open during the week by appointment.

Portland artist Aimee Erickson will be showing plein air paintings in conjunction with Artists’ Workshop of Southern Oregon annual plein air painting event. Aimee is the featured artist at the event and will be down teaching workshops and creating new work.

“Kitchen Window, Lemons” Oil Painting by  Aimee Erickson

Aimee Erickson (b. 1967, Paris) is an oil painter living in Portland, Oregon. She was trained as an illustrator and has developed a warm, inviting pictorial voice grounded in traditional realism, informed by the principles of design, and inspired by nature and human experience.

Aimee’s work has been awarded top prizes in many national competitions, including Oil Painters of America, American Women Artists, the Portrait Society of America, and multiple notable plein air competitions.

Color has emotional weight and is related to the shape of space. Drawing or painting, for me, means to look at the thing and transmit its vitality to the canvas.” – Aimee Erickson

Ashland artist Ann DiSalvo will be showing her pastel portrait paintings, many of which have been created at Project Space during our weekly Life Drawing sessions.

Beth Portrait Ann DiSalvo web
“Beth” Pastel on Paper by Ann DiSalvo

These portraits were drawn from models posing in this studio in 2017 and 2018 during Sarah Burns’ long pose figure drawing sessions.

I have been drawing figure studies for about 40 years. Counting the life sessions while getting an art degree at U. of Wisconsin, and more sessions at UK in Lexington while living in Kentucky, resuming the practice at Rogue Gallery after moving to OR in 1992.

Many thanks to Sarah for hosting the 6- 9- 12- or 15-hour model sessions, a portraitist’s dream.” — Ann DiSalvo