Breaking with the no-nonsense vibe of the shop’s warehouse exterior, Aquila Glass School’s brightly painted loading-dock door hints at the vibrant creativity that waits inside. The full-time working studio simmers with nine kilns as students create their glass into plates, beads, boxes, or Christmas tree ornaments. Students cut their teeth on introductory classes that teach fusing and studio safety, then graduate to more advanced skills such as torch work and marble making. The expansive facility also offers 68 hours of open studio time each week, where graduates of introductory classes return to further their education with more classes or create independent projects with free use of the facilities, tools, and instruction books made entirely of stained glass. For a full schedule of available classes, please click here.
An open studio for artists of all skill levels, The Glass Fuser welcomes guests to drop in and create fused glass art anytime during open hours. No experience is necessary. Resident artists lead a series of courses that – starting with a beginner class – build on skills and explore different techniques, such as three-layer plates and glass cutting.
As a Bullseye Resource Center, The Glass Fuser also vends a wide selection of sheet and accessory glass. Artists may opt to purchase their own glass, create their own projects, and pay a firing fee. All-inclusive project packages are also available.
The instructors of Gregory Dean Design / Photography help amateur shutterbugs to hone their camera skills with practical tips on composition, lighting, and exposure. Students put that advice into practice by photographing the stately lines of the Oregon State Capital building, the rich colors of autumn leaves in public parks, and other scenic sites around town. Both one-on-one and small-group workshops are available.
Photographer Josh Sanseri uses light and composition the same way that writers use pen and ink: to tell his subjects' stories, highlighting their unique characteristics and personalities. And he's been at it for more than 15 years, capturing portraits of subjects that run the gamut from zany South African rappers Die Antwoord to triumphant golfer Tiger Woods to the distinguished president behind DreamWorks Animation. When Sanseri isn't snapping shots of famous musicians or teaching photography courses internationally, he can be found in his Oregon studio, crafting portraits of high-school seniors and families. He and his team handle every step of the process, from arranging the shot to developing prints.
The owner and photographer at No Longer Demure Photography, Anthony Jager, lives up to his company's moniker—or at least his camera does. Never shy, his camera is a fixture at jubilant weddings, an easy presence during portrait sessions that reveal a subject's personality, and a frequent visitor to Portland's beautiful harbor and other natural landscapes. Anthony brings his dynamic background to every shoot, helping clients strike the poses they want to display on their mantles.
Prize winning photographer Maureen Love has photographed since her teens, having learned from tips from her father, also an avid photographer. Her images include landscapes, European images, floral and her latest images are being featured in this weekend show. Custom photographs, digital images, cards, framed and unframed.