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"

On the walls at Interzone this March

"Crow and Feather Tryptic"
12"x 24" (side canvases) 24" x 24" (middle canvas)
Acrylic on Canvas with Ceramic Elements
Diana Ryan 2019
I wanted to share some photos of the show I have hanging at Interzone Inc. this month. Interzone is a funky coffee shop on Monroe St in Corvallis that is known for their great coffee, delicious vegetarian menu (with awesome extended weekend menu) and occasionally hosts local punk bands & noise shows. Interzone also happens to be where I had my first barista job in Corvallis after moving back in 2007 from Eugene. I have had several shows here over the years and am excited to be showing again this month. For this show, I created 5 brand new pieces of work as well as showing 3 pieces created in 2007 for my featured show at Voices Gallery. All of the work is painted with acrylic paint and I've used handmade 3D Ceramic Elements in every piece. If you are local I urge you to check out the show in person, if not, here are some less than ideal photos ;)

"Ceramic Feather Tryptic"
Acrylic Paint with Ceramic Elements and Acupuncture Needles
16" x 20" (each canvas)
Diana Ryan 2017

18" x 18"
Acrylic on Canvas with Ceramic Elements
Diana Ryan 2017

"Early Bloomer"
16" x 20" (each canvas)
Acrylic Paint with Ceramic Elements
Diana Ryan 2019

Seating area with artwork