The Oregon Garden in Silverton, Oregon—about an hour south of Portland—is more than 80-acres of natural beauty of the Pacific Northwest. The garden is an indulgent treat with more than 20 separate themed gardens, related attractions, outdoor concerts and, from now through the end of September, art!
Art in the Garden adds to the natural beauty on display with art installations by 10 local artists positioned throughout the Garden. Kicking off with wine and live music, the Art in the Garden is a dazzling display of the local creative talent to prevalent in the Portland Metro area- a burgeoning scene for artistic endeavors of all kinds. With four of the ten installations built specifically for this event, you are sure to get an organic and natural taste of Oregon art at its finest.
Featured artists include Hillesland, who uses chainsaws to create dramatic works of art. And then there is Salem based Sorenson, who uses myriad materials to “Explore his curiosity in the convergences between nature, culture and philosophy.” This year, a Sasquatch made from wood shingling. “Wind in the Willow” is an auditory and visual display created by FuQua. Portland based steel artist Torberson is creating a piece which explores the notion of a horizon and its relation to the peak elevation in the garden.
After a stroll through the garden checking out these uniquely Portland featured artists, the missus and I made our way to the works created by the exhibiting artists. Brody, a Portland based artist, worked on mosaics, creating garden essential pieces that were traditional, timeless, bright and versatile. Duell worked with my two favorite mediums: hand blown glass and metal, created some exquisite pieces made from hot glass and recycled car parts.
Collins created a Pop Garden—and pioneering method to beautify gardens with innovative methods and recycled materials. Sirchie created a mosaic bust entitled “Summer”, also using recycled materials—including a vintage necklace mannequin. Hays used welded steel to create delicate nature displays and we rounded out our visit by checking out the work of Eugene based Kucsik who using his on technique of power drawing, used copper to create unspeakably gorgeous piece of art.
For non-Garden members, it is not an inexpensive affair, but it’s worth every penny, providing insight and appreciation into the natural and artistic beauty found here in the Pacific Northwest. Art in the Garden runs through the 30th of September and is located on Main Street in the idyllic town of Silverton just an hour south of Portland.