Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Claycation 2020 Project!

Hi everyone,

I hope you enjoy creating something with clay during this time at home. (**Note: I took good care to wash my hands well when preparing the bags and all clay tools have been in storage since the Fall Festival 2019, so though they may have a little dry clay on them I assure you they are germ free).

Here are some important rules to follow to help me keep track of everyone's work:

1.)  Please write your name & contact info on the bag of clay you chose with a sharpie ( e-mail or phone number- so I can contact you when work is fired & ready for pick up)

2.) When you are all finished with your project please make sure the number written on your bag gets etched into your sculpture ( this is the only way I can tell them apart in the kiln- don't put your name on the sculpture itself- just the legible number please, it's easier for me this way).

3.) Return your sculpture to the plastic bag it came in ( I don't want the sculptures getting bone dry as it makes them very fragile) and drop back off at my studio on the table. I will fire the pots and notify everyone about pick up.

Some Important Rules about clay!!!

Sculpture/ pots should be less than 1" thick to avoid exploding in the kiln

 If anything is hollow with no way for air to escape- please poke a hole in it to allow air out ( the clay shrinks, but the air inside doesn't-creating pressure & cracking)

SCRATCH and ATTACH- any pieces of clay attached together should be scratched with the fork and water and stuck together firmly and smoothed so they don't fall apart in the kiln.

INSPIRATION ( Please visit my Instagram Page for videos/ demos as I was having technical difficulties posting them here):

Pinch Pots- Form clay into a ball, make a thumb print in the middle of the ball and rotate as you gently "pinch" the clay with your fingers creating a bowl shape. What type of snacks can your bowl hold?

Textures- experiment with pressing different toys and natural objects into your clay and see what patterns you can make

Tiles- roll out the clay and cut into a shape to create a flat tile

Sculptures- sculpt an animal, person or creature ( just make sure clay is no more than 1" thick and that you scratch and attach all parts well)

Enjoy and have fun!!

Friday, January 10, 2020

Young Artist's Show January 16th 4-8pm

The Nest Gallery is kicking off the year with a show that's near and dear to our hearts as many of our members are mothers as well as teaching artists in the community! The Young Artist Show will be celebrating the work of young artists in the community. Join us at the Artist Reception on Thursday January 16th for art, live music and snacks! 

Young Artist Show Reception 
Thursday January 16th 4pm-8pm on the Downtown Corvallis Arts Walk
Location: The Nest; Artist Collective (located in Conifer Wellness Building- directly above ReStyle Home Goods Store on 3rd)
139 Southwest 3rd Street (Upstairs)
Corvallis, Oregon 97333

The Nest; An Emerging Artist Collective

I am excited to announce the emergence of The Nest gallery in January 2020! The Nest; An Artist Collective ( formerly known as Voices Gallery) is re-emerging into a new space in the Conifer Wellness Building at 139 SW 3rd St in downtown Corvallis ( up the stairs to the left of Re-Style Home Store). The Nest will be participating in the Third Thursday Corvallis Art Walk ( CAW) each month in 2020. For the CAW schedule and info about additional galleries you can visit their website at: http://www.corvallisartswalk.com/
 The Nest Artist Collective is made up of 8 artists, many of us teaching artists in the community and all of us mothers. Get to know our Collective and their work below and we hope to see you on the Corvallis Art Walk! 

Meet the Artists: The Nest Gallery

Dawn Lamar Figueroa
Dawn is a Corvallis artist currently working in the medium of colored pencil. She
received a B.A. in Visual Communications and Philosophy/Religion from Kean University in New Jersey.
Her focus of study was illustration and she was trained in photo-realism. She has a strong attention to
detail and considers the act of drawing a meditative practice. Most of her inspiration comes from nature
and world cultures. She is curator of The Historical and Cultural Textile and Apparel Collection at OSU,
and she is Manager of the ArtShop at The Arts Center in Corvallis.
If you would like to see her artwork visit her Facebook page at www.facebook.com/dawn.l.figueroa

Shannon Finley
Shannon is an artist currently working in acrylic on canvas. She paints botanical impressions that at times blur the lines between reality and abstraction. Painting is a way for her to simplify her inspirations and strip it down to their essence. It is in this moment of ambiguity that she finds excitement and the painting becomes more about emotions through line work and color.

Courtney Marchesi
Courtney is a self-taught artist with an affinity for the sea.  Using acrylic paint, she brings her beloved subjects to life on reclaimed wood canvas.
While her focus is primarily on marine life, Courtney’s background as a veterinary technician has lent itself to a love for painting pet portraits as well. You will also find her occasionally dabbing in coffee art and local mural projects.

Caroline Moses
Caroline is an artist living and working in Corvallis, Oregon. Her main body of work aims to strengthen community connections and dialogue. "Art is a communication tool to connect people to ideas, and I see the methods of the creative process as important to that communication. I aim to create art that is beautiful, ornate, and approachable, and invites people to elevate community understanding and awareness. Individual care for each step is valuable to my process. Cut, place, paint, finish - all individually, all by hand - each step in a particular order. Much of my work can be described as painterly sculpture. "

Diana Ryan
 Diana is a ceramic artist that also dabbles in mixed media paintings, macrame wall hangings and community art & mural projects. Diana teaches art classes at her home studio Diana Rose Studio inspiring artists of all ages. www.dianarosestudio.com

Pam Pniak Thompson
Pam is a mixed media artist using paper and metal to create collage and jewelry. She teaches mixed media art classes at her studio; Alta Vista Art Studio. For upcoming class information please email pampniak@gmail.com

Erin Wallace
Erin is an assemblage artist and jeweler. With a background in sculpture
Erin is drawn to all matter of materials, especially found and discarded objects.
Erin weaves stories in her artwork using canvas and boxes as a stage to arrange
her materials, adding paint and image. She is currently working with leather,
creating her own line of earring designs.

Alisha B Whitman
Alisha is a watercolor and acrylic artist painting the landscapes she loves. With enthusiastic colors and bold, flowy lines she hopes to share the joy and peace she feels in nature and encourage others to appreciate the beauty around them.

Her work can be seen at www.alishabwhitman.com or follow her @AlishaBWhitmanArt to see what she’s working on now.

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

South Town Art Walk 2019!

Mark your calendars for the South Town Art Walk happening this Sunday from 10am-5pm! 
This event is near and dear to my heart as a facilitator and has been so beneficial with helping me connect to my community around art. Stop by Diana Rose Studio for pottery, mixed media paintings, macrame wall hangings, skully mugs and more!! For more information and a map of studios you can visit our website at: www.southtownartwalk.com

Hope to see you Sunday!
Diana Rose Studio 
Diana Ryan: ceramics, macrame wall hangings, mixed media paintings, solid lotion bars, gift certificates for art classes
Laurel Buley: organic, locally grown herbal teas and body care
Rebecca Degagne: sculptural ceramics, hanging succulent planters
Julie O’Briant: aesthetic creations, multi media collage dragonflies
Bailey O’Briant: photography, photo cards

Tuesday, July 30, 2019

New Street Mural in South Corvallis!

  On Sunday July 28th, after months of planning and design, a community street mural was painted at the intersection of Lilly Ave. and Bethel St. in South Corvallis. The work was completed by over 40 volunteers from the community. A small team of neighbors including myself, Rebecka Weinsteiger, Dana Monroe, Katy Blye and Betsy Dasenko worked together with the City as well as the neighborhood at large to make this project happen. The project was inspired by the JANA Street Mural of 2017 ( on 11th and Taylor ST). This placemaking mural project will be featured at Open Streets, a free street festival on August 18th, 2019 that encourages active transportation and engages the community to create spaces where people want to walk, bike and play. In it's third year, Open Streets will happen between two parks in high-density low-income and working class neighborhoods, Lilly Park and Tunison Park.

 Pictured above: Finished Street Mural designed by Diana Ryan, local teaching artist and South Town resident. "After being involved with the street mural of 2017, I was inspired and excited to have the opportunity to design and organize a mural on my street. I use the route to bike my kids to and from school every day. In planning the design for the street mural, I used natural imagery in a colorful and playful way to celebrate place and diversity"

Our project goals when proposing the Lilly and Bethel Street Mural were neighborhood engagement, beautification and place making. We achieved all of our goals with a fantastic turn out of volunteers (40+ people) of all ages that helped with the painting as well as passer-by’s that stopped to engage and watch the painting process. The new street mural enhances the neighborhood and beautifies the commute for many walkers, bikers, buses and drivers. After the painting was completed we celebrated by having a neighborhood potluck in Lilly Park as we waited for the paint to dry where we ate pizza, chatted with neighbors, made new connections and further strengthened our community. 

The painting team was super grateful to be fueled by donations from Tried & True Coffee Co.First Alternative Natural Foods Co-op and New Morning Bakery and the project would not have been possible with out the support of the City of Corvallis Neighborhood Empowerment Grants program which funded our materials!

The Open Streets event on August 18th will be another great opportunity for people to view the new street art while celebrating community. The most rewarding aspects of the project were hearing people’s enthusiasm and support for the project and getting the community involved in the painting itself. One neighbor remarked at how lucky he is to have the street mural going on so close to his house and how his daily life will be uplifted by it, like it was painted just for him. That’s the beauty of this neighborhood street mural; it is for everyone. 

I enjoyed getting people of all ages involved and reinforcing the fact that this art is about community and everyone can be a part of the painting. The project was very successful and rewarding and I look forward to being reminded of my own pride in place each time I see it! 

Young artist and resident Ketti, Age 10 helps with the painting at Intersection of Lilly and Bethel St

Young Artist and neighborhood resident Sonja helping with the intersection painting at Lilly and Bethel. "I painted the heart pink! It was the same color as my room!"- Sonja, Age 5

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

April Showers bring May Flowers; the Whimsical Ceramic Art of Diana Ryan

My featured show was at Voices Gallery During the third Thursday Corvallis Arts Walk (CAW) this month.  Voices Gallery is an all female collective of 10 local artsits that show during the Corvallis downtown CAW each month.  For this show, I created a body of work in clay and mixed media- fibers and natural found objects. Shown were a series of "petal pots" made using wheel throwing and hand building techniques in porcelain/ paper clay that were fired to cone 6 and then re fired at lower heat with lusters. Additionally displayed were original mixed media paintings and large scale macrame pieces with ceramic elements incorporated. Pictured below are some photos from the show. Thanks again to the students, friends, family and community members who stopped by to see the show!

 Greenware sculptures before bisque
Heart Shaped Bowl with Roses (Detail)
Diana Ryan 2019

Diana Ryan 2019
Wood, Porcelain, hand woven fiber, wire, acrylic
18" x 24"

Gold Tree
Diana Ryan 2019
16" x 20"
Porcelain and Acrylic on Canvas

Diana Ryan 2019
Fiber, paperclay, curly willow, wire
Macrame Measures 32" x 64 (at longest point of fringe)"
Curly Willow Measures 62"

Diana Ryan 2019
fiber, driftwood found on Oregon Coast
18" x 56"

Diana Ryan 2019
Fiber, porcelain, curly willow, wire
Macrame Measures 32" x 46"
Curly willow Measures 61"

The Rose
Diana Ryan 2019
9" x 39"

Petal Pot
Diana Ryan 2019
Mid range stoneware with opalescent luster
7" x 6"

Crow and Feather Tryptic
Diana Ryan 2019
Paperclay, Acrylic, wire
Tryptic 48" wide x 24" tall

Detail Crow

Small Petal Pot Green Tendrill
Diana Ryan 2019
Mid range porcelain and gold luster
4" x 1.5"

Monday, March 4, 2019

Voices Gallery Takes over Imagine Coffee

Voices Artist Shannon Finley
Voices Artist Erin Wallace
 Voices Gallery is a collective of 10 local women artists located in downtown Corvallis under the psychedelic eagle mural on 4th St.  I have been privileged to have been involved with this awesome collective since 2016. In addition to showing every Third Thursday as part of the Corvallis Arts Walk, Voices also participates in group shows and exhibitions. This month all 10 of us hung our work at Imagine Coffee located off of Philomath Blvd in Corvallis just West of 53rd St. We are a collective of artists with varied styles and themes, yet somehow our work seems to merge so well together. Our show opening and reception will take place on March 9th from 2-4pm at Imagine Coffee.  For this show I am displaying some functional pottery/ tea sets as well as a brand new series of Macrame Wall Hangings with Clay Elements that I've been really enjoying creating! Scroll down for more images of the Imagine Show and my Macrame Art Statement. 

Voices Artist Marnie Zoa

Voices Artists Courtney Marchesi and Diana Ryan

Voices Artist Alisha Whitman
Voices Artist Diana Ryan

Voices Artist Holly Campbell
Voices Artist Sharon Rackham King

Voices Artist Dawn Figueroa

Voices Artist Caroline Moses

Macrame Wall Hanging Series

Diana Rose Ryan, Visual Artist

This series of work speaks about complexities.

Combining soft and hard elements, the rigidity and free flow of form and pattern

Experiments in combining fiber with clay and natural found objects and merging craft and repetition with the uncertainty of lived experience

Exploration of Craft vs Art

Contradictions, beauty, humanity

Me with my big one ;) "Aquamarine Tapestry with Paperclay Flowers"
"Sun and Moon"
"The Rose"