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Its First Friday

Spiral Gallery showcasing Sue Dumolt, Julie Cooper

When the Spiral Gallery's showroom lights up from 5-8 p.m. Friday, April 1, during Estacada's First Friday event and the gallery's monthly artists reception, it will showcase gallery members Sue Dumolt and Julie Cooper.

Dumolt and Cooper are featured artists at the gallery this month, and their show is titled 'Growing the Artist Within.' The duo's nature-inspired jewelry, plus Dumolt's oil paintings, will be prominently displayed at the artists cooperative for the month of April.

'I love the thought that beautiful stones, made by God, just lie in the ground and wait for us to discover them,' says Dumolt, who attended the Tucson Gem and Mineral Show in February, bringing back beautiful stone beads that she's fashioned into 25 new pieces for her April offering.

'Nature definitely inspires my art,' says Dumolt, who has lived for more than 30 years among the hills outside of Estacada. Her oil paintings 'are almost always trying to portray a flower or tree or other object of nature. I don't think I could improve on anything out there.'

Specializing in 'chic custom jewelry with personality,' Cooper says much of her inspiration 'comes from personalities of my friends and family. Visually, vivid and bold colors attract my eye, along with texture … Individuality is important when it comes to my jewelry.'

Cooper's pieces mix sterling silver and antiqued brass with 14-karat gold-fill, along with brightly colored stones.

'I love to name my jewelry and give each piece a little bit of personality,' Cooper says. 'I know everyone will find a piece that they will fall in love with.'

The Spiral Gallery, at 341 S. Broadway, was started by Estacada Area Arts Commissioner Jami Berry in 2002. Showing the work of more than 30 area artists, the gallery became an artists cooperative in 2004, and its First Friday events have helped revitalize Estacada's downtown core.

For Cooper and Dumolt's first show at the Spiral, both artists have chosen to focus on the theme of growth.

'There are many ways for a person to grow, including in spirit, in mind, and in the ability to express oneself,' Dumolt says. 'We are trying to grow as artists.'

Says Cooper, 'Individuality is important … It's making a statement about yourself.'