At the front desk of Horizon Fine Art, visitors are greeted by a bronze sculpture of three dogs paddling a canoe.
It’s whimsical, charming and a surefire conversation starter, but a closer look reveals the careful sculpting and patina work that Kim Chavez put into the piece.
“A lot of people think they look like stone because there’s a lot of movement in the patinas,” the Oregon artist. “You really have to measure out the right amount of chemicals and heat that you’re putting over the bronze.”
Chavez is based out of her home studio in Redmond but regularly makes the hourslong drive to two other Oregon towns — Eugene to have her metal cast and Cascade Locks to the foundry where her patinas are done.
The dogs in the piece are Shorty, Deuce and Sadie, and their real-life counterparts belong to Chavez and her daughter. The sculpted boat reads, “We Know It,” a play on the canoe brand Wenonah.
Chavez will be bringing more of her sculptures to town for the Falls Arts Festival, and she will be in-house at the gallery from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15, working on the finishing touches to her clay precast sculpture of a great horned owl.
Great-horned owls are a staple near her home in Redmond. Chavez said she hears them regularly at night and sees them around her.
Another Horizon Fine Art artist who will be around the gallery from Sept. 12 to Sept. 15 is Babette Reynolds, who has a new line of vintage jewelry and cold-wax abstract paintings for the Fall Arts Festival.
And at the QuickDraw Art Sale and Auction, three Horizon artists — Kathryn Ashcroft, Caleb Meyer and Kay Stratman — will be creating original pieces in 90 minutes to be auctioned off.
This will be Meyer’s fourth year participating in the QuickDraw. Last year he painted a river scene with some cottonwoods. Though he hadn’t decided what he’d like to paint this time around, he said wants the new piece to continue to reflect an autumnal scene.
For Meyer, who’s from Missoula, Montana, the social aspect of the QuickDraw creates a distinct environment that sets it apart from art in a gallery.
“There are people and artists around creating, which is so different from being in a studio or out in plein air,” Meyer said. “It’s almost a performance-type art, as opposed to creating something and hanging it up.”
Though painting outside with a lot of distractions poses its own challenges, Meyer thinks his work is particularly suited to an event of that kind. He works quickly in his studio and often even gets together with artist peers and friends to paint for short amounts of time.
The constraints of the event highlight the spontaneity and energy in his vivid, textured landscapes and cityscapes and prevent his work from becoming overwrought.
“I think my work lends itself to being spontaneous and fresh and not overworking or overthinking it, so I think my work lends itself well to an event like that.” ￼