Portland Japanese Garden to feature works of American bonsai artist Ryan Neil in American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil

Portland, Oregon – For over a thousand years, the Japanese art of bonsai has intrigued and delighted people with its artistic and painstaking approach to forming trees into beautiful and evocative miniature shapes. Using species native to the American West, bonsai artist Ryan Neil has translated and adapted techniques into an American vernacular. From May 21-June 19, 2016 the outdoor courtyard of the Portland Japanese Garden will host American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil, giving Garden visitors the opportunity to see iconic American trees, such as Ponderosa Pines, Douglas Firs, and Coastal Redwoods transformed into living works of art. The exhibit will feature about a dozen living art pieces with trees ranging from 100 to 500 years old to create a dialogue about the trees and places that shape American history and culture.

About Ryan Neil

Ryan Neil grew up on the western slopes of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains. From an early age, he was fascinated by the natural and ever-changing beauty of the region’s windswept trees and by their resilience, which allowed the trees to survive years of harsh conditions. After studying horticulture, Ryan moved to Japan for six years, where he apprenticed with bonsai master Masahiko Kimura, a revolutionary figure in contemporary Japanese bonsai art.

After returning from Japan in 2010, Neil moved to Portland, Oregon, to develop and practice his art. Diane Durston, the Portland Japanese Garden’s Curator of Culture, Art and Education brought Neil in to show the connection of Eastern and Western cultures coming together. Says Durston, “We are so excited to show Ryan’s work. He does a remarkable job of channeling the craftsmanship and discipline of this ancient Japanese art form while reflecting the untamed landscape of the American West.”


New maple leaves are bright green, as the Portland weather turns warm again. Photo Credit: David Cobb

What is Bonsai?

The Japanese art of bonsai, which literally translates into “tray planting,” combines art with the natural world, mindfulness, and a dedication to detail. While contemporary bonsai artists, such as Neil, are constantly developing and exploring new techniques, the roots of contemporary bonsai can still be found in the centuries-old traditions of paying attention to every branch, needle, leaf, and delicate detail.

Through using tree species of the American West and pushing the traditional boundaries of bonsai art, Ryan works to challenge his viewers’ conceptions of bonsai art as purely contemplative and seeks to evoke a range of emotions and responses.

Exhibition Details

American Bonsai: The Unbridled Art of Ryan Neil will run from May 21-June 19 during regular hours in the Garden’s outdoor courtyard. Access to the courtyard is included in the general admission ticket. The Garden is open on Mondays from noon to 7 p.m. and on Tuesday through Sunday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tickets are $9.50 for adults; $7.50 for seniors (65+) and college students with ID; and $6.75 for youth aged 6-17. Children under five are admitted free.

About the Portland Japanese Garden

For 53 years, the Portland Japanese Garden has been a haven of serenity and tranquility, nestled in the scenic West Hills of Portland.  It is considered the most authentic Japanese garden outside of Japan and is one of the foremost Japanese cultural organizations in North America.  Its Cultural Crossing expansion project, which adds space for exhibitions, educational programming, and cultural events, will be completed in Spring 2017.

Learn more at japanesegarden.com.


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Each month, beginning on the First Friday, the Camas Public Library hosts a new art exhibit in the Second Story Gallery. For the month of March, the library is displaying the exquisite Raku Ceramics artwork of clay artists, Dave and Boni Deal.

The couple work full-time at their craft, producing quality art pieces at their rustic, off-the-grid home in the Columbia Gorge. Their work is recognized for its size, classical form, and surface design that has a Pacific Northwest feel.

Raku Ceramics are known for dramatic firings, and Dave pulls his work out of the 2000 degree F kiln, and lowers it into a barrel of organic burnables. The rapid cooling, as well as the flames, and smoke, give rack its hues, crackled glaze, smoky tones, and metallic accents.

Raku Ceramics Background

According to the library, Raku is a pottery technique with an ancient Japanese origin. “American Raku” was popularized by Hal Riegger and Paul Soldner in the 1950s and 60s. Dave learned the art form at Clark College and at PSU/Haystack school in Cannon Beach, Oregon. The couple eventually took Raku workshops from Riegger and Soldner, and started working full-time in their chosen craft in the mid-1970s.

Their work is a collaborative effort. While Dave creates clay forms on the wheel, Boni draws in the clay, and does the glazes. She earned her degree in graphic design from Portland State University.

“Clay offers a lifetime of possibilities for expression in form and surface design,” said the couple. “Awe of nature motivates us. A high aspiration is to reflect the beauty of God’s creations: plants, geology, and wildlife of rustic places are recurring themes — timeless, relevant today and even more so for the future.”

The Camas Public Library is located at 625 NE 4th Ave, Camas, WA 98607. To learn more, visit http://www.ci.camas.wa.us/index.php/camaspubliclibrary



This is the Raku work of Dave and Boni Deal.


This is a Raku Ceramics vase made by Dave and Boni Deal.

On Saturday, October 25th Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery will host their first Annual Haunting Images Show. From 7 to 10 pm, visitors can witness artist Nick Carulli’s stunning ethereal photography.  
For one night only, the gallery on 192nd Avenue in Camas will be dedicated to Carulli’s collection of ghostly, gothic and spooky images. Spanning the countryside, Nick and his brave ensemble of models have ventured into abandon buildings, cemeteries and conversely beautiful sites like the overlook at Cape Horn to bring the collection to life.
Carulli is no stranger to exploring the macabre as set physician to the locally filmed television series Grimm. Dubbed the “Doctor to the Stars” has also worked with the crew of Leverage and other local films. Tack on his relationships with area artists, writers and civic leaders, you never know who will be in attendance at a Carulli showing.

Art of the Supernatural

Interest in the supernatural doesn’t stop with photography for Carulli. He is in the midst of completing a book on actual reported hauntings in the Columbia River Gorge and SW Washington, his photography a major component.  Carulli’s own investigations into supposedly haunted historic sites and local businesses undoubtedly lends him countless stories to tell while sharing his art. The stories are compelling, and will give the reader some entertaining copy.
Visitors to the Haunting Images Show will also get a sneak peak at Carulli’s stunning new durable media for his photography.
With his artistic touch, Carulli shows that the supernatural can be absolutely beautiful as well haunting. His work has been well received by the community for its originality and thoughtfulness. His fans eagerly await Carulli’s latest collection.
Carulli Medical Clinic and Visual Expressions Gallery is located in 192nd Station at 2115 SE 192nd Ave, Suite 100, Camas, WA.
To learn more about Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery, call 360-210-7393.

Carulli Art combines with Carulli Medicine this Saturday, March 1 with the grand opening event for Carulli Medical Clinic and Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery. The gallery and clinic will host an open house from 7 to 10 p.m. for area residents.

As the newest entry to rapidly growing 192nd Avenue, Nick Carulli will welcome visitors to take a peek at the new facility.
Dubbed the “Doctor to the Stars” for his work as set physician for programs such as Grimm and Leverage, Dr. Nick Carulli has garnered a reputation for being an innovative, caring physician. In the past year, Dr. Carulli changed his practice, weary of the devolution of health care. In direct contrast to most clinics, he actually limits the number of patients he sees to ensure he is able to provide the time and care they deserve.
Dr. Nick Carulli explains, “With this move, I get to continue building close relationships with my patients. We get to spend quality time together, which is the key to helping them identify and achieve their personal wellness goals and enjoy a healthy, active life.”

Employing advanced diagnostics and a comprehensive wellness exam, Dr. Carulli is able to detect health issues long before symptoms arrive, potentially improving treatment options. Daniela Carulli, a Certified Health Coach, adds to the move with a personalized, holistic wellness plan and physician-directed weight loss program.

 Already known for his work as a clinician, Dr. Carulli is launching his first art gallery. Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery, adjacent to the clinic, is a showcase for local and visiting artists to share and sell their work as well as host events. Quickly winning notoriety for its unique metallic walls-  allowing for displays to change easily and regularly-  the gallery is already receiving requests from artists around the country.
Accessibility remains the key for Nick, creating a fun, comfortable space to simply enjoy art. The offerings in the gallery lend themselves exceptionally well for residential and commercial interior design projects. The gallery is open to the public and serves as wonderful distraction for patients visiting the clinic or for visitors at 192nd Station.
The Grand Opening Gala will offer Jazz from The Michael Kissinger Trio, wine from local wineries, and light bites from Applewood Catering. Local Authors, fellow artists, and business leaders from around the area will be in attendance. With Dr. Nick, you never know who might show up.
Carulli Medical Clinic and Visual Expressions Gallery is located in 192ndStation at 2115 SE 192ndAvenue Suite 110 in Camas, WA.
If you are interested in learning more about Carulli Medical or personalized healthcare, call 360-210-7166. To learn more about Nick Carulli’s Visual Expressions Gallery, call 360-210-7393. For media inquiries, please contact Seth Sjostrom 360-771-1758.
Visit http://www.nickcarulli.com to see more images.


Northwest Artists is the focus of the Ballard and Call Gallery in Camas, WA.  Gallery owners, Sharon Ballard and Marquita Call are honored to be a part of this thriving and growing community.

Marilyn Farrell Webberley will be the April featured artist at the Gallery.  The exhibit of her work will commence with the” First Friday” festivities April 5th and continue through the month. Marilyn resides in Seattle but ties to her hometown of Camas are still strong as is the impact of her Farrell family on the history of Camas.

Marilyn earned a Bachelor of Arts Degree from the University of Washington where she studied both commercial and fine art. She later studied oil painting in the Russian Impressionist tradition with Wm F. Reese and three proteges of Sergei Bongart: Lois McFarland, Ron Lukas and Sunny Apinchapong-Yang.

A published author, illustrator, graphic designer and award winning fine art painter, her work has appeared in a variety of venues ranging from Metro bus banners, storefronts, and the theater stage, to museums and galleries, and has been juried into regional, national, and international exhibitions.

Her paintings are held in corporate collections in the United States and private collections in the US, Bahamas, UK, Europe, Middle East and Asia.

In Marilyn’s words: “I paint moments I enjoy from personal experience. My subjects can be almost anything, since my interest is capturing patterns of light, shadow and color. It pleases me when the viewer experiences some of the delight that caught my attention – the reason for creating the piece.”

Ballard & Call is located at 408 NE 4th Avenue, Camas, WA 98607. Phone is 360-817-2415;  email:  [email protected] or visit www.ballardandcall.com






Tulips did it!

Santa Cruz watercolor artist Nancy Riedell was the winner of Daniel Smith’s Artists’ Materials October Monthly Voting Gallery. Her winning entry is “Tulips in New York City”.

She is thrilled about the win and looks forward to entering her work in more competitions.

“I’m so pleased that Tulips did so well,” said Reidell. “I loved doing that painting.”

Nancy Riedell, an internationally recognized, award winning, and Open Studios artist originally from Santa Cruz County, California, now living in Portland, Oregon, graduated from San Francisco State University where she studied Fine Arts. Classes included figure drawing, color values, acrylics, oils, and art history.

Nancy’s love of art goes back to childhood as her family encouraged her to develop her art skills by giving her art materials and art books so that she could develop her technique.

Nancy’s current medium is watercolor. The bold use of colors and interesting landscapes has played a strong role in Nancy’s unique paintings. She feels that although she has been working with art since childhood, it is only within the last few years that she has felt the calling to go back into her art. Her work reflects her passion well by using strong, saturated color and theme.

Nancy likes to take advantage of every opportunity and is known to carry her digital camera with her to photograph subjects for future paintings. She has captured beautiful sunrises in Monterey County, unique beach scenes in Santa Cruz County, unusual rock formations in New Mexico, covered bridges in Pennsylvania, and incredible Oregon scenes. She’s also done recent work with painting popular Portland destinations.

Nancy is an active member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, and a member of the Northwest Watercolor Society and the California Watercolor Society.

To see more of Nancy’s exquisite artwork, go to www.nancyriedellfinearts.com