Awarding prizes and ribbons for entries to this year’s art show are Christine Jennings of Portland and Loni Parrish of Newberg.
Although she grew up as the daughter of two highly successful watercolorists, Christine began her painting career relatively recently, after many years as a graphic designer. Her own medium is also watercolor, which she paints with a collection of heirloom brushes left to her by her father. Because Christine is a master gardener, her work shows a special affinity with the world of plants and nature. She emphasizes color and flow, and often renders multiple paintings of the same subject, experimenting with different techniques in each piece. er watercolors are owned by collectors from NY across the country to Oregon and into Mexico, where she travels several times a year to teach. Visit her website, www.christine-jennings.com.
Loni’s life and career has been a combination of self-discovery, artistic expression, community service and entrepreneurship. She is a pastel artist and a former public school art teacher, and her art-related community service includes helping found the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. Loni owns the ART Elements Gallery in Newberg, which represents over 50 Oregon artists and offers monthly exhibits and special events. She also started and runs two other Newberg-based businesses (LLP Properties, which restores/repurposes historic buildings; Distinctive Destinations, a portfolio of vacation homes). Loni has curated numerous private, academic and corporate art collections. She is also active in her family’s business, A-dec Inc. Visit this website, www.artelementsgallery.com