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Back in September of 2017 I moved studios yet again! 😀 I had the opportunity to join up with Evil Eye Studios artists in Downtown Corvallis, on 5th Street.

I feel so lucky to join the talented artists in this studio and the space is great! We share a large space with a great little front room used for shows and displaying our work. Oh, not to mention a great gold retro couch.

 

 

 

We’ve already done a few Pop up shows and ArtWalks and its been great. I love working around other artists.  When I can hear the hustle and bustle it just puts me in the zone.

Here are a few images of my space below. I’ve had a lot of fun decorating it with my own art and some friends work too.

 

Arts Walk Tonight January 18th

The January Artwalk is tonight. We’ll be open at my new location at Evil Eye Studios – 460 SW Madison Ave, Suite #7.

We invite you to drop by and visit, see what our artists are up to!

 

 

I will be setting up for the Artists Studio Clearance Sale – AKA Artist Garage Sale. Score early deals on original paintings, prints, coloring books and used/reusable canvases!

Help me make way for the new, and score some excellent deals!

Here’s a peek at some of the deals I’ll have for you.   

  • Original paintings: most 50% OFF ($10-$450)

  • Prints up to 50% off ($7.50 to $45)

  • Artists Coloring books- EACH $5

  • Individual Coloring Pages- $1 each!

On Display at Art Department, Inc


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Do you  know about  Art Department Inc, in Salem, Oregon? If not, you should! 😀 This is my favorite art supply store in Salem, and now I work a bit dangerously close to it (just down the street!) It puts me in proximity to some fanstastic supplies, fellow artists, and also, art classes too!

Chalk pastels, oil pastels, sold by the pack or individually, colored pencils, markers and an awesome selection of my favorite FW Inks! Great assortment of professional acrylic paint colors…Great calligraphy tips and vast array of decorative papers….oh, also wood cradled boards, and other cool tools for artist like spatulas and tons of encaustic materials. In short, everything you could want, for whatever little niche or mixed media fetish you have! 

This store is great at supporting the local arts. They showcase an artists work on their walls each month, and for the month of February, I’ve been fortunate to have over 20 pieces of my work on display up at the shop. I think they did an EXCELLENT job at hanging the work! 

The show is up until Feb 26th. Salem peeps, friends and artists, take some time to drop by the store, check out the art, and browse some excellent supplies too.

I hope I’ve given you several good reasons to stop in at this awesome art store!

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My little Spring Fox….how cute that they set it up on the counter… and some of my paintings on the wall above…

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A wider view of the paintings… I’m always surprised at seeing my work all together- I usually see it in the studio, in groupings as I work… it is nice to pause and look up! 😀

Here are more shots of the store and more of my pieces on the wall.

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Do you see that Sumi-E brush? Oh my gosh, I’d LOVE that- it has to be 36″ long!

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The Place I’ve Been Before

 

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The Place I’ve Been Before, by Rachel Urista, 2017   Acrylics, spray paint, origami papers, acrylic markers, colored pencil, oil pastel on birchwood panel.

 

This is the first finished painting from the batch of four 48″x48″ panels I’m working on. Rather large and heavy for me- but I felt the deep need to work larger than I have before.

The piece went through many transformations, as much of my work does. It moved from abstract color, texture and expression, to cities in the wind, to mountains where the wisteria grow, and sacred shrines are hidden. I felt the sense of place and atmosphere come together with this one- and felt it was a space I know. Curious feeling! Though not unknown, perhaps, by other artists and poets, whose work carries them to a certain obscure, yet familiar territory.

felt the sense of place and atmosphere come together with this one- and felt it was a space I know and have visited before. What a curious feeling! Though not unknown, perhaps, by other artists and poets, whose work carries them to a certain obscure, yet familiar territory.

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Collaboration Energy

It started with this: Three artists paint prayers for the strength of another…

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Three artists- Bill Shumway, Paige Shumway and I in a group at Pegasus Art Gallery, April 2016. My pieces are the two tall totem like ones, and the green one below the portrait Bill did of fellow artist Rick Bartow.

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The collaborative potential was there, so we set a date and laid out some paint up at my studio downtown. Sometimes we worked all together in a few hours, and other pieces we took home and worked on individually, taking turns with each one until we felt they were complete. Below are some shots of the work.

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There is really nothing like collaborative painting. There is a certain energy, a meeting of the minds…a dance…. For the first piece, our only guideline was to work from the sketches we’d all done at the memorial. We gave eachother permission to paint over one anothers work, unless we stated otherwise. If you want to learn yourself really quick- do a collab- it will clear up who you are immediatly. We worked well together – with ease and delight.

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Currently, most of these pieces are on display at OSU, Along with many other collaborations and some of our individual work:
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with Raymond Hunter, Edith Wolfe, Kevin Clark, Paige Shumway, Rachel Urista, and Brizz Meddings

The show is up until the end of December 28th at the Center for Humanities OSU, Autzen House Gallery from 4-6. The gallery is at 811 SW Jefferson Avenue is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 to 4. This show will carry on to the Benton Historical Socitey in January, 2017.

 

 

 

When Mirrors Chase Sky • Mini Abstract Paintings

 

Its just around the corner- Another Artwalk!  For Julys art walk, here at my downtown studio, I’ll be featuring my small paintings from  “When Mirrors Chase Sky” Series. Stroll in and view small paintings packed full of intense color, expressive line work and writing. Experience these small abstract paintings up close and personal.

Hope to see you there!

We are located at: 340 SW 2nd St Studio #12 (Above Corvallis Cyclery)  4-8pm

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A look in my home studio-its getting full in here!

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Walk the CAW and celebrate the arts in Corvallis! July 21st, 2016 4-8pm

Locations and Show:
ArtWorks (CEI) | 4-8pm | Larry Hurst, What He Sees
Brittney West Studio | 4-9pm | ABSURD ACTIVIST ARTWORK
Fairbanks Gallery | 4-8pm | OSU Art Faculty Exhibit
Karen Wysopal Studio | 4-8pm | New Works
Laurel Thompson & Rachel Urista Studio | 4-8pm | When Mirrors Chase Sky Series
Living Room Gallery | 4-8pm | Long Distance
Majestic Theatre | 5-8pm | ART•BORETUM
Pegasus / Azure / Old World Deli | 4-8pm | Window on Art 2016
Studio Beatrice | 4-7pm | Porcelain Pottery
Studio262 | 4-9pm | The NeverEnding Story
The Arts Center | 4-8pm | Imagine artist reception
Voices Gallery | 4-8pm | RED

rachelurista.com • New Website! Now Live

It’s up and live….my new website! I designed it with Squarespace and am very pleased with the results. I finally have all my art images in one place, with easy to navigate menu bars and clean and tidy look. Check it out at rachelurista.com

I’ll be posting here only if I have big announcements, but my new work will be maintained on my website, facebook and instagram. Although Blogging wasn’t in my cards, I’ve loved the community and connections – its been fun! 🙂

I hope you will stay in touch with me at my instagram account or facebook.

Much love,

~R

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Snazzy Galleries!! Even a two pages dedicated to my prior life as an illustrator and biomedical artist under “Archive.” Thanks for stopping by and checking it out! Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.23.32 PM Screen Shot 2015-06-01 at 2.44.30 PM

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April Workshop • Exploring Art Journaling at Studio262

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Excited to announce I’ll be teaching an Art Journal workshop this April at Studio262 in Corvallis. I’ve taken a short sabbatical from teaching this past fall and winter, feeling recharged and ready to go! This one is based off a fun and playful class I taught last year. We used our hands to paint, mixed and glued…and had a bunch of fun!

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This April, we’ll explore mixed media in the form of art journaling. Its easier than you think! We’ll go step by step and play with mixing acrylic paints, papers, graphite and oil pastels and make textures and shapes.

Learn about the practice of art journaling and complete one spread during the class. Please bring your own journal or sketchbook. All other materials provided.

Workshop Fee is $20. Ages 14 to adult. Min. 3, Max 12 students. Pre-registration is required.

To save your place, sign up online at Studio262WorkshopPage

Feel free to email me with any questions. I’m looking forward to getting my hands dirty with you!

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Art Show Corvallis

This past fall and winter I’ve been pretty quiet, hard at work in the studio creating a new series work. So it is with great pleasure that I announce a new art show featuring my newest series and the work of the talented local artist Alexandra Schaefers. The show is at Studio262 (in the Madison building), in the new and expanded space.

Drop by and soak in the poetry and prose and paint!

Below is a sneek peek of just a few of the pieces in the show…hope you enjoy!

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Dreamers Shield and more – New Work on Display

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The dreamers shield. You began as a prayer. In the darkness I ask and you are the answer. But before this you were parts and particles floating around and stuck to the tip of my brush. I dream my paintings, and paint my dreams. Catch me in the darkness. Listen. Your teachers are with you always. This is how I honor you.

~Dedicated in memory of G. K. and all my teachers past, present, future~

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Lost drum circles. We arrive at the canvas. Heron, your tall majestic stance is fleeting. In the dark stumbling around grasping for a broken rope. Canoe to carry us with a weeping moon. Let go. Drift down dark rivers.

Dance. Our lost drum circle. Stamp our feet around the fire. In the dark we begin to rise. Lost brother lost sister we drum each other home. Renewal power and grace. Fierce commitment. What say you? Listen, watch the movement of each feather.

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I am honored to have these pieces displayed at Pegasus Art Gallery in downtown Corvallis as part of Nov/Decembers ‘Moveable Feast of Art’ this November and December. 

Messages • Work in Progress

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Joyful • Art Journal Pages

Sometimes you have to let go of controlling your art, and let the color and forms carry YOU. These two journal spreads were a joy to create, and make me smile whenever I see them. You see, I wasn’t trying to capture each petal and leaf- I was capturing the beauty and freshness, growth and energy from the plants and the feelings they stirred up in me.
A closer look at the layers of paint, inks,  graphite sticks, gel pens.

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Working intuitively with colors, I built up layer upon layer of acrylic paints and origami papers for the backgrounds. I love layering paint and scratching or mark making on top of it- it creates a sense of energy. From this, I glued in some fabric leaves, and worked with Dylusions spray inks and stencils to add depth and pops of color.

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Tracing over the fabric leaves and adding stems with a waterproof black marker pulled them out to the foreground. I adore doodles and line work- so naturally, I had to add in fun bubbles, flowers and waves with a white gel pen.

The end result: joyful pages! Is this something you would try? Happy creating!