Majestic Theater Art Show

If you find yourself in downtown Corvallis this week, stop in at The Majestic Theater and see my show. I have several original art journal pages up and new mixed media works as well.

We had a great little opening event this past Friday, where I got to meet many wonderful new people, who are so inspiring. It was so sweet to also see many familiar faces too. Many thanks to all who came out and saw the show!

I had several original art journals on display too and had a lot of fun doing some live painting! The show will be up just a little longer, July 29th, so be sure to stop in this week!

Stay tuned for upcoming art shows and chances to see me live paint! I will have a show up in September also in downtown Corvallis, and will have original works up this October at The Beanery on 9th street.

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This is a shot (though blurry) of the piece I was working on for my live painting demo. Detailed pics below!

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Awesome Tiny Art Show

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Here’s a sneak peek of my entries to the Awesome Tiny Art Show at The Drawing Board on Madison Ave/4th Street. These are up all week, so if you find yourself in downtown Corvallis, stop in!

The opening night for the Awesome Tiny Art Show will be this Friday, June 21.

Held at The Drawing Board
Friday, June 21, 6:00pm – 8:30pm

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Also, I have a large collection showing at the Majestic Theater on 2nd Street until August 5th! Drop in and see original art journal pages and several large mixed media paintings in their large conference area. Opening reception TBA.

In Print!

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Live Painting – in the Window!

Photo May 25, 12 26 35 PMPhoto May 25, 11 38 28 AMThe other week I had an opportunity to do some live painting in the window of our local art store in downtown Corvallis, The Drawing Board.

It was a neat experience-partially hidden, partially exposed… It was a bit different than being out in the open at a coffee shop or art opening, but I was right at home amongst all the art supplies!

Check out more of my process below. I’ll be holding an acrylic painting class at the Drawing Board June 14th where we work on a smaller version of a mixed media acrylic painting and I’ll walk you through each step.

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Come Create With Me!

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If you have ever wanted to learn the basics of painting with acrylics, curious about art journaling or just want to get creative, now is your chance! I’m happy to present several classes to you this summer.Picture 16

In a just two weeks, I’ll start teaching a few afternoon sessions at our local art supply shop, The Drawing Board This our very own little candy shop. Amazing selection of supplies, tucked away in this tiny spot. Mike, the owner, is just great about custom ordering supplies any artist could need. Excited to contribute to the classes held there! Sign up in person or give them a call 541.224.3797.

Here are my classes:

Introduction to Acrylic Painting

Friday, May 17, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
and Friday, June 14, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board

We’ll be taking a beginners look at acrylic painting. I’ll be covering supplies, basic composition, basic color theory, and paint application. Sort through all the available materials and simplify so you can get to the fun part – painting! We will work and finish one 8×10 still life or landscape painting each session. Please wear clothing you can get paint on. Beginners welcome! A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.

Acrylics and paper © Rachel Urista
Acrylics and paper © Rachel Urista

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Art Journaling

Friday, May 31, 1:00pm – 3:30pm
and Friday, July 12, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board

I’ll be familiarizing you with the expressive world of Art Journaling and give you some basic pointers on starting your own Art Journal. Be ready to play with paint, paper, photos, ink, oil pastels and more! Please bring your own unlined journal. We will have a few for sale the day of the class. Please email me if you have any questions (rachelurista@gmail.com). Ages 10 and up, (sharp tools) A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.

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 Mini Magnet Making (aka super cute original art magnets!)

Friday, July 26, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, at The Drawing Board

Come learn how to make your own mini masterpiece magnets! We’ll work with layers of paint, stamps and paint markers to create tiny works of art. Each student will make up to 6 mini canvas magnets (2×2 each). Ages 10 and up (small pieces). A small class fee includes instruction and all supplies.

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To sign up, come by The Drawing Board or call 541.224.3797. Visit their site at http://www.drawingboardweekly.com/artevents.html#classes

Hope to see you there! 🙂

Live Painting • Imagine Coffee, Corvallis

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Check out more of their work at https://www.facebook.com/Photography.CPR

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And here are the final pieces…Freshly made.

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Last weekend, I had the opportunity to participate in a local art zines launch party. The Midnight Muse showcases all kinds of art in the Willamette Valley. The event was great: a fashion show, poetry readings, dancers, musicians and of course…live painting!  Click here to see their blog. Check out their latest zine, available for FREE download.

I had a blast working on several wood panels while talented local bands played and people checked out the art show. What I really enjoyed most was connecting with people…sharing my process and getting people inspired to create!

These pieces began with a colorful under painting in acrylics, then were layered with ink, graphite and oil pastels. I had so much fun having my friend Jess Graff lend a hand (literally) to the paintings. There is always something a bit magical and unexpected about collaborations that I love.

Stay tuned for more events to come. I will be live painting this May and through the summer!

Temporary Artists’ Guild Sale

Screen shot 2013-04-10 at 5.22.17 PMJust a few weeks ago, the newest Art Guild in Corvallis had an art sale and show. I am proud to share that I am one of the newest members of the Temporary Artists’ Guild in Corvallis. This is a great bunch. I am so grateful for this organization-meeting like-minded people and sharing resources and inspiration is invaluable. I so excited about the future as the Guild builds and grows. Check us out at http://temporaryartists.org/

Below are pictures of my table at the Temporary Artists’ Guild sale a few weeks ago. I had an amazing time meeting more members of our community and chatting about my art. Many new projects are in the works, including LIVE painting this Saturday at Imagine Coffee in Corvallis at 7pm, and many more exhibits, art sales and classes!

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Stay tuned for more news on classes more art shows and sales! 🙂

Midnight Muse Issue #6

I am happy  to announce my art has been published in the Midnight Muse Magazine,  issue #6. You can check out this local Art Magazine in the Willamette Valley here:  https://www.facebook.com/MidnightMuseMag

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They will be having a great Launch Party in April to celebrate the new edition, where will be live painting! Click here  for info. More details coming soon!

Journal Page, Mixed Media © 2013 Rachel Urista

New Art, New Year!


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Ah, my familiar tools! My lovely ink pen and deliciously colored pastels…back in my hands, as they have been early on in my artful journey. But this time experimenting with pastel and ink- together! Although the materials are so familiar to me I have never combined them in one piece. Here’s to new thoughts, new directions, and a new year!

I also can’t get enough of line work and patterns. Something about it is very soothing. Tracing lines from nature, defining space as I ink fine lines again and again. This way of working can become very meditative.

Wrapping up the first month of the new year with many projects going on! Stay tuned for more new art and events!

Have a wonderfully creative, artful journey this 2013!

Spread 006 – Kazoku-Family

Found images, Acrylic Paints, printed family photo, Japanese maple leaves, ink

There is so much more to be discovered about my family history. I’d really like to journal about each one of the stories my Grandma has told me about her life in Japan.

I know so little but the more I learn of history, the more I realize what a remarkable time she grew up in and raised a family in. My Grandmother was born in Fukuoka, Japan about 1930 and came to the United States in the early 50s, with my mother (then just a baby) and her American husband.

Some of the papers in here are written by my Grandma – the only papers of her handwriting I have. In these writings, she lists out our family tree. Unfortunately, I couldn’t read much and had trouble following. I really hope someday I can learn more and have clarity about our family. For now I have a few images mixed with my imagination, pieced together from the stories my mother and my grandmother have told.

**Updates** My mother just gave me this update: “Your grandmother was born on March 25, 1924 in Dazaifu, Kumamoto-Ken, Japan.” Thanks Mom!

 See where Dazaifu, Japan is on a map here

Artfest 2012

I’m just now getting around to posting pics from Artfest back in March. It was amazing, incredible and so inspiring. It was also my very first Artfest, and sadly, the last one held. I am really grateful to have experienced it. Three solid days of art classes, seeing old friends and making new friends at Fort Worden in Port Townsend, WA. Below are a few images of the location. We were up on a hill overlooking the ocean, it was the end of March and oh so cold but the beauty drew us outside to explore.

I had amazing classes. Below are a few images from them.

Day 1: Vintage Village Color Books with  Lisa Bebe

Here are my pieces following her instructions. 🙂  So much fun to learn new ways of combining materials. We used printed photos, ink washes and paint. I think they came out pretty awesome!

Day 2:  Flexible, Stuffable Journals with LK Slattery Ludwig

After a very  process driven day before, the second day was pure messiness!! Paint splattering, stencils flying quickly between our hands, paper folding, needles stitching… it was a whirlwind of creativity! I never finished the complete book, but I did finish the canvas cover, and many many amazing painted papers. I had a blast.

Day 3: Obsession or Collection with Roxanne Padgett.

Awesome culmination of a lot of techniques. We made a small book, stitched up some inside pages, and even made our own beads to string onto the spine of the book. I almost finished, but not quite! I had brought many papers and images I had collected over the years and was able to mesh them all together!

Earlier that morning, I had met a few other ladies down at the beach to take a walk thorough the salty air before the days classes began. The shore was strewn with driftwood and rocks…one of the ladies sang “cockles, and muscles….” and the fog was just starting to lift, it was very peaceful. I didn’t have my camera, but I was able to save my ocean memories by working in sand, seaweed, and driftwood to the books pages.

I’ll end this with a few sketches I did when I got home. After a few days away from routine, it was hard not to daydream about the misty hills and warm cozy classrooms buzzing with creativity!

Happy Creating…Stay Inspired! 🙂

Spread 005 – Rainbows

Canvas, Acrylic Paints, Printed images, magazine images, pastels, ink

“Dare to reach out your hand into the darkness, to pull another hand into the light.” ~Norman B. Rice

This spread is a bit darker than the other ones, but was very meaningful to create. I’ve found certain dreams and instincts are hard to express in words. Through art journaling, I combine unexpected imagery, words and colors to create more powerful and personally meaningful images of my own experiences.