IS a wide variety of excellent
the Columbia Gorge in every medium from watercolor to pastel
to oils. Exhibits displayed
throughout the hotel change regularly.
Hotel owners, Mike and Denise McCravey, believe being surrounded
by beautiful art inspires creativity and allows a peaceful resting
place for the soul.
“The lobby is beginning to resemble an art gallery. Actually
the art extends throughout the main floor of the hotel “ said
Denise. “We want to feature some of the fine artists in
the Gorge. Displays change every few weeks. Select choices of gift
items will always be available like hand blown glass fleurettes
and stunning floral displays.”
International Artist in Plein Air Oils and Portraits
Columbia Gorge Resident
Excerpt from an interview
Gorge Living Summer Issue 2004:
A clown was the first painting the 7-year-old girl had entered
in a museum art contest. Painted in an after school art class
won first place. Even then the little girl from Austin, Texas
knew she loved being an artist.
Now a five foot tall slight woman with silver hair, shy smile,
eyes lit with Texas determination, and countless paintings
completed, Cathleen Rehfeld is known as an artist who only
works in oils.
landscapes, portraits of people with eyes revealing a lifetime
of emotions and still life paintings show the wide range of
A degree in Fine Art from the University of Texas, years of
working as a graphic designer plus hours upon hours of painting
have earned her the experience necessary to be a full time
artist. Winning regional and national awards added solid
layers of foundation
for the future.
“Moving to Oregon marked a positive change in my painting.
The adopted rural setting was the catalyst I needed to prompt into
with my paints. Today, the outdoors is my primary studio
and source of inspiration.” shares Rehfeld.
Paintings by Cathleen Rehfeld are available from the Hotel and
range from $350.00 – $1,200.00. Contact
us for more information.
Frye of Transformations has
infrared photography displayed of scenes of the Oregon countryside.
Her excellent work in framing
can be viewed in other art in the lobby.
Andy Nichols of Nichols Art Glass has a variety of hand blown
glass on display. Hand blown glass salmon are a favorite in galleries.
Fleurettes in different sizes are blown exclusively for the Oak
movement and form are dynamic elements of hand blown
glass. The Oak Street Hotel displays glass Fleurettes (flowers
vases and salmon. Our designer artfully arranges them in
groupings or with other items showing how versatile the
glass forms are
in many settings.
Andy Nichols blows beautiful flowers with curling stems
exclusively for the Oak Street Hotel. Fleurettes vary
in size from 4
to 8 inches. A melody of colors flow from the edges of
stem. Light plays on the curvaceous surfaces. Petit Fleurettes
can be grouped on a tray or placed beside a bowl of colorful
a table top display to delight the eye.
Petite Fleurettes (shown)...$45.00
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A Garden of Purple
Watch as the sunlight streaming through the window makes the hand
blown glass flowers glow. These three purple beauties are nestled
in a leaded glass vase, surrounded by grasses and other special
things. This gorgeous 36 inch high arrangement is ready to bloom
for years on a special table.
A Garden of Purple...$375.00
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Fall run salmon swimming together through river washed
pebbles take you to another place beside a quiet
river. Look closely
at The One
That Got Away for a special gift to the ones in your
life who love fishing.
Blown glass vases can be a jewel by themselves or
hold special objects like delicious chocolates
of shape and color are endless. Glass is not as
fragile as it may appear. Finding creative ways to use beautiful
come alive in new ways.
Handblown Glass Vases range in size from 5" – 10"...$65.00 – $95.00
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