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Featured Artists

Lauri Borer

Who are you and what do you do?

Lauri Borer. I'm a painter.

What role does the artist and art play in a community?

Art is essential in creating a vital and vibrant community.  Without art and design, music, dance, theater, literature and poetry - life would be dreary and bleak..

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

While I’m inspired by many things, light, music, books, my greatest inspiration are all elements of nature.

What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

You can make your art anywhere, so live where you want to live..

What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

I enjoy being part of an event that supports artists of all levels and brings them together with people who love art and people who didn't know that they love art.

What is your medium choice?

Hot wax/encaustic and oils with cold wax.

Bonus Question: How many ArtSquared 6x6 or gallery pieces do you own?

I own 8 and I've purchased at least that amount as gifts.

Lauren Ohlgren

Who are you and what do you do? What is your medium choice?

I am Lauren Ohlgren, an artist from Corvallis, Oregon. I would classify my work as ‘experimental abstracts’ using mixed media. I like the idea of pushing together materials that aren’t necessarily designed to go together and make them work. I teach classes and workshops in Travel Journaling and Art Journaling. I am on the Board of Directors of The Corvallis Arts Center and am on the Exhibition Committee of TAC as well. I volunteer for various art groups and festivals in town and run ‘creative community projects’ as I call them, when the inspiration hits me (like 'The She Project’ which had a 9 year run, and 'Journal 365’ which went continuously for, well, 365 days.). 

What role does the artist and art play in a community?

My experience is that art is the heartbeat and life blood of a community. Whether it’s a large event drawing upon the community as a whole or a local group focused on a simple project, creativity pulses throughout our lives in every way, every day. It draws people together, promoting conversations and discussion. It calms us when we’re anxious allowing for thoughtful resolution whether you’re an observer or active participant. It sparks innovation and ideas that can energize people to work together.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

I am inspired by pretty much everything and in unexpected ways. It could be a conversation with my wife, or a rerun of an old TV show. And often, inspiration comes from within, during those early morning hours just before I am fully awake.

What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

 ‘Just go, you can always leave.’

What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

I am a first time participant in ArtSquared and it was a spontaneous decision to try something new in a community I have not yet visited.

Augusta Farnum

Who are you and what do you do?

I am an artists, presently, my projects maintain two forms. First, by surrounding the viewer, raw abstract landscape or botanical drawings that fall on to the wall, with masks of silver leaf. Or second, nestling into your hands as copper rings in relief, from the Napkin Ring Project. Of course, other systems arise; sketches, photographs, and paintings. These act as journal entries capturing a fleeting thought or sight. Work & writing can be seen at www.augustasparks.com.

What role does the artist and art play in a community?

Art and community had been my theme for many years. I am a big believer that art education and access has evolved Walla Walla in the past decade. Art gives new perspectives. Once emboldened, a viewer’s relationship to art can transcend the simple constructs that society lays on top of the unsuspecting, which is totally cool.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Seeing, this is often best done, on a walk. Biking works too. I love to watch how the world interacts. I record these things, and assimilate my visions with social patterns. I like to look hard.

What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

The truth will always be known. I apply this to a drawing, and to daily life. Asking myself if the work is truthful can be very telling, it also leads into the rule of consistency. Of course the definition of truth in art can delve into alternate worlds, but I digress. Truth & consistency, the rules that I have set out for myself give substance to push off. This years 6 x 6 grouping, at least as of right… now on July 18, 2016, all of the work is under 2 inches high, the outer  wood is walnut, the under wood is maple or blonde. There is one piece so far that has broken this rule, I am still deciding if that is acceptable. I know, I know rules are made to be broken. The thing is, with a mind like mine, I have to have rules. The extent my mind can go is overwhelming. Once I know the perimeters, I can go forth- until I began this type of practice, I spent years mired by my imagination. 

What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

Well, two reasons, I believe in the work Art Walla does and my dear friend Tricia Harding resurrection of the program.  She and many others have gone to great lengths to do important work, giving support back to the arts, while networking with our extended community. Secondly, it is a fantastic way to explore ideas. With in the ten boards you can sketch out a new project quiet nicely. This years work relates to larger work I will be doing in the year. As was every other year….

What is your medium choice?

My medium of choice is discipline. To be honest. It is all the same, whether I use my camera, my pencil or my paint. They all relate, they all are my line, and hand and eye. I use different tools all the time, but my wall drawings and my gardens and my sculpture are all the same medium. Particularly if I am being honest. 

Bonus Question: How many ArtSquared 6x6 or gallery pieces do you own?

Well I don’t know, they have melted into shelves, walls, and children’s rooms. Off the top of my mind, I can think of an Ursula Curran, Ann Haley, Tara Graves, and this wild thing by Chris Shultz.

Colleen Monette­­­­­

Who are you and what do you do?

Before moving to Walla Walla I worked in Seattle as a florist, but once in Walla Walla, I began my career as an artist. Now that I’m back in Seattle, as a working artist, I have Walla Walla and the amazing art community to thank for helping me get to this point in my career. I work in wax - encaustic painting, as well as collage and assemblage.

What role does the artist and art play in a community?

I see an artist as the bones of a community, able to help sculpt it. As an artist, I can respond to things that affect my community, create something that speaks to that in order to present it in a fresh way. Example: dealing with loss, changes in the environment, helping the needy. As an artist, my art can help open a dialog within the community.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Wow, that’s a loaded question for an artist. I see inspiration everywhere. Right now my greatest source of inspiration comes from Joseph Cornell and his collage and assemblage work. I have been gathering discarded fragments, objects and bits of ephemera for years, Joseph Cornell’s work has given me inspiration, even permission, to pursue my passion for old things.

What is the best piece of advice you’ve been given?

To paint for myself. If I am doing what I love, not what I think someone else will love, I will derive much more enjoyment from the process and the finished pieces. And that’s true.

What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

After taking a year break from ArtSquared, I thought it would be fun to return with some of my newer work. I love encaustic, but combining encaustic and collage has been like a lightning bolt for me. I am in love.

What is your medium of choice?     

I’d have to say collage.  I am bound to the past, working with antique and vintage documents from the 1700’s through the mid 1900’s. My art connects these pieces, some centuries apart, in order to create a new history.

Bonus Question: How many ArtSquared 6x6 or gallery pieces do you own?

I’ve attached a photo of the 3 I do have hung in my studio, and a photo of the 5 yet to be hung. (Side note: if artists added the hanging wire on their pieces, they’d get hung faster!)


Dianna Woolley

Who are you and what do you do?

I’m a visual artist producing abstract images principally in mediums of encaustic and mixed media.

What role does the artist and art play in a community?

An artist brings energy and vitality to a community, prompting citizens to encounter beauty, interests, and possibly new ways of thinking about their personal endeavors

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

Travel is my greatest source of inspiration

What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

Don’t be afraid of trying new ways of creating

What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

ArtSquared is a fun community activity bringing artists/non-artists/and the curious together for an evening of variety

What is your medium choice?

My medium of choice is encaustic and oil paint combo

Bonus Question: How many ArtSquared 6x6 or gallery pieces do you own?

I own about 22 ArtSquared pieces. They're "in and out" of my cupboards, "up and down" on my studio walls.


Ann-Marie Cunningham

Who are you and what do you do?

Ann-Marie Cunningham, a print artist with a primary focuses on: digital bookmaking, screen printing, intaglio and co-founder of studio Articolore. 

What role does the artist and art play in a community?

Creative, innovative, vibrant and versatile are descriptives that give dimension to communities and artists alike.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

The contributions from science and technology and a splendid array of artists.

What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

The medium is the message, the elements are the compliments and the artist captures the concept and process.

What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

The support to education and community

Bonus Question: How many ArtSquared 6x6 or gallery pieces do you own?

4 ArtSquared pieces, displayed in the shelving of the studio, denoting accessibility.


Ariel Anderson

Who are you and what do you do?

I love to paint animals, create illustrations that could be part of a fairy tale, make jewelry, and restyle old furniture.  I also work as a school nurse for College Place School District.

What role does the artist and art play in a community?

The artist uses art to inspire and encourage creativity in our community.  It is incredibly important that people in our community, especially children, are exposed to art.  Providing early exposure to the art world can help create a well-rounded adolescence by giving an outlet to expose their feelings, be creative, and use both sides of the brain.  Art can be therapeutic to those creating it, as well as the ones exposed to it.

What is your greatest source of inspiration?

My greatest source of inspiration come from fairy tales, love for animals, and my family.  My mother's first major was in art, and she always encouraged being creative.

What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

I have two answers to this question that refers to art: If you don't like it, don't worry about it.  It can be painted over, and you will never paint like everybody else.  

What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

It's an excellent way to bring affordable art to the community, and looked like a lot of fun!

What is your medium choice?

At the moment, I really enjoy painting with acrylic.  I like to dip into a little bit of everything though.


Amanda J DeSilver

Who are you & what do you do?  

I am a Syracuse University graduate and native east coaster who relocated to the pacific northwest nearly 20 years ago to immerse myself in the natural beauty of the area. I'm also a contract administrator for the Public Works Department of the City of Auburn and the current VP of Auburn Valley Creative Arts.

    What role does the artist and art play in the community?

    Art can be a catalyst for social and economic change in a community, inspiring thinkers and dreamers to become entrepreneurs and innovators. Art brings people together without words yet stimulates conversation. Art shows us how to think in different directions and imagine new possibilities.

    What is your greatest source of inspiration?

    I am inspired by the colors and shapes of nature, as well as artists Mark Rothko, Josef Albers and Alexander Calder.

      What is the best piece of information you’ve been given?   

      I most often seem to be the one giving advice rather than receiving it, but I'll always remember my mother advising me to never pass up a chance to use the restroom!

      What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

      I was interested in participating in Art Squared for the challenge of working in a small square. I tend to work much larger and wanted to see what I could do within the constraints of the project.

      What is your medium of choice?

      My favorite mediums are acrylic paint and paper collage, but I like to explore different techniques such as printmaking, photography, and foam sculpting.

      Bonus Question: How many ArtSquared 6x6 or gallery pieces do you own?

      This is my first year participating in the event so I don't own any squares yet, but hope to soon!


      Joyce Klassen

      Who are you and what do you do?

      I work in watercolor, handmade paper, mixed media and encaustic painting.

      What role does the artist and art play in a community?

      I think any community is greatly diminished many aspects of its life without art. Art is what bring thought, color, discussion, awareness, joy and rhythm. Art encourages creativity in almost every area of life. The artist is the catalyst and has the ability to present many types of art and much thinking on what constitutes art.

      What is your greatest source of inspiration?

      My greatest source of inspiration is just getting out of bed every morning and viewing, hearing and touching all that is around me!

      What is the best piece of advice you've been given?

      My greatest pieces of advice was “don’t be afraid of the dark!” I used to use only small, light colored, light weight items in my art. My watercolors were much paler and weaker. Now, even though I love pale colors, I’m not longer afraid to use dark pieces and areas within any work.

      What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

      We had just moved back to Walla Walla after having been in California for a couple of years. I felt I needed that connection with other artists and other styles.

      What is your medium choice?

      I’ve tried about everything, even acting, but what gives me the greatest joy right now is working in my encaustic studio.


      Claudia Smith

      Who are you & what do you do?  

      I’m a former high school art teacher, who also has had experience in interior design, mural & faux wall painting, illustration, cartooning and writing. I’ve exhibited in many venues, won numerous awards, and my large oil diptych on canvases (over 8ft. long), with my accompanying poem in bronze, was purchased by the town of Fountain Hills, AZ as part of the Community Center’s permanent art collection.Currently, I spend six months in AZ, and six months here in WA.  Art, in all its forms, is still a passion to which I respond to through creating in a variety of mediums.  

      What role does the artist and art play in the community?

      Artists share their unique gifts, contributing to a community’s beauty, connectivity and “soul.”  

      What is your greatest source of inspiration?

      All that surrounds me, especially those objects that reflect the complexity of nature and its cycles.  

      What is the best piece of information you’ve been given?   

      Be true to yourself.  Create from your heart and soul.  

      What made you decide to participate in ArtSquared?

      Wanting to become involved in the art community here in Walla Walla.

      What is your medium of choice?

      I love it all, but I prefer mixed-media for its endless possibilities.

      Featured Art


      38 photo(s) Updated on: 21 Sep 2016
      • Artist, Lauri Borer
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      • Artist, Lauren Ohlgren
      • Lauren Ohlgren
      • Lauren Ohlgren
      • Lauren Ohlgren
      • Artist, Augusta Farnum
      • Augusta Farnum
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      • Augusta Farnum
      • Artist, Colleen Monette
      • Colleen Monette
      • Colleen Monette
      • Colleen Monette
      • Artist, Dianna Woolley
      • Dianna Woolley
      • Dianna Woolley
      • Dianna Woolley
      • Artist, Ann-Marie Cunningham
      • Ann-Marie Cunningham
      • Ann-Marie Cunningham
      • Artist Ariel Anderson
      • Ariel Anderson
      • Ariel Anderson
      • Ariel Anderson
      • Artist Amanda DeSilver
      • Amanda De Silver
      • Amanda DeSilver
      • Amanda DeSilver
      • Joyce Klassen
      • Joyce Klassen
      • Claudia Smith
      • Claudia Smith with painting.
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      • Claudia Smith
      • Claudia Smith

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