By Starla Pointer • Staff Writer • 

Artists open their studios for fall tour

Marcus Larson/News-RegisterBetty Frownfelter focuses on watercolor painting in her McMinnville studio, which she’ll open to the public Oct. 4-6 and 11-13 for the annual Art Harvest event. Frownfelter has been interested in art all her life.
McMinnville artist Betty Frownfelter said watercolor is the perfect medium for depicting animals and scenery. “It’s a soft look,” she said, “but you can make it as bright and bold as you want.”

Tourgoers can visit as many or as few artists as they like. They pay a one-time fee of $7 per person at the first studio, pick up a map and catalog, and tour at their leisure from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. the Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays of Oct. 4-6 and 11-13.

This is the 21st year for Art Harvest. Started in 1993 by the Arts Alliance of Yamhill County, it quickly became popular with artists and art-lovers alike. The public enjoyed getting to meet the artists and see how they work, and the artists liked meeting their fans and selling work to people who appreciate it.

A number of the artists have been participating in the tour for many, if not all, the years it has been offered. Each year, a few are new.

This year’s participating artists, by location, are:

Amity: Marilyn Affolter, Dorothy Eshleman, Steve Tyree, Tony Tyree.

Carlton/Yamhill: Tom Alfsen, Susan Day, Dwight Evalt, Linda Hayes, Dahe Good, Elizabeth Santone, Mike Santone.

Lafayette: Blythe Eastman, Elaine Walzl, Linda Workman-Morelli.

McMinnville: Phyllice Bradner, Nicole Dell, James Dowlen,  Betty Frownfelter, Kim Hamblin, Dennis Hendricks, Zach Hixson, Ralph Kraft, Daryl Nelson, Doug Roy, Totem Shriver, Wendy Thompson, Lori Wallace-Lloyd, Marilyn Worrix.

Newberg: Myrna Anderson, Bill Bane, Kathleen Buck, Jeanne Cuddeford, James Morehead, Brad Speer, Kathy Thompson, Virginia Wissusik.

Sheridan: Charles Gluskoter, David Hansen, Shannon Ray.

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She is looking forward to greeting the tour-goers who stop by her McMinnville studio. “I enjoy visiting with people,” she said. “It’s a pleasure, and quite a compliment that they come to my studio.”

Before she moved to McMinnville, she helped start the West Valley art tour. She still participates in the event each November, in addition to Art Harvest.

Now retired from owning and running the Corner Store Market in Willamina, Frownfelter devotes herself to painting animals, scenery, some portraits and buildings.

She chooses her own subjects or works on commission, often depicting homes and businesses at the request of owners.

Frownfelter, who also sews and knits, has loved art all her life. She has been drawing since second grade and pursued pen and ink drawing and pastels.

In the 1980s, with her children grown, she started taking painting classes and chose watercolor as her main medium.

“Watercolor is clean and quick and it dries quickly,” she said. “It’s a technique you have to get used to. You need patience and need to work all over the painting at the same time.”

She said she loves the results of painting with watercolors. “It’s a soft look, but you can make it as bright and bold as you want,” she explained.

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