The 45th annual show will be held at Montgomery Park

by: SUBMITTED PHOTOS:  - Maud Durland of Lake Oswego is one of the members of Buffalo Grass Society exhibiting at the art sale.

The Buffalo Grass Society will hold its 45th annual watercolor and mixed media show and sale from 1 to 5 p.m. July 13 at Montgomery Park, 2701 NW Vaughn St. in Portland.

The Buffalo Grass Society has an interesting history. It was founded in 1967 by a group of 20 watercolor enthusiasts who were staff members at the University of Oregon Medical School, now Oregon Health and Sciences University. The intent of the group was to meet regularly for painting and camaraderie and they initially met in a pathology lab, among the bottles of preserved organs. Eventually they met in the cafeteria and finally a gym.

The group held its first art show in the yard of Dr. Roy Swank, during a typical Oregon rainstorm. Through the years as the show grew it was moved to a tennis court, where art was hung on the chain link fences surrounding the court, and eventually to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in downtown Portland.

As membership grew and the artists became even more prolific, the show was moved to Mt. Park Recreational Center in Lake Oswego. This year the show makes yet another move to larger quarters at Montgomery Park in Portland.

The Buffalo Grass Society now has more than 35 members and has expanded beyond the staff at OHSU. It now includes talented artists who are “friends of friends” of the original group, including Sandy Dutko and Maud Durland of Lake Oswego.

Sandy Dutko is a new member to Buffalo Grass Society this year. Much of her inspiration comes from nature and her travels. She is an experimental painter who enjoys working in watercolor, acrylic and mixed media. She likes to create textured abstract starts from monoprinting, marbling, spraying and pouring paint onto paper or canvas. These textured starts spark ideas and lead her step by step through the painting process. Dutko believes taking risks can lead to more interesting art and growth for the artist.

Lake Oswego artist Maud Durland captures her watercolor motifs in a figurative and contemporary style. She is known for her calming renderings of landscapes and paints a variety of other subjects. Light and shadow are essential components in her paintings.

“Most of my inspiration comes from the rolling hills and clustering vineyards of the Napa Valley,” Durland said. “I love to watch landscape shadows and shapes transform with the movement of the sun.”

Other Buffalo Grass Society members exhibiting at the show include Sandy Bills Bailey, Bill Baily, Carol Barnett, Terri Dill-Simpson, Aira Foote, Yastrid Gulbrandson, Debbie Marble, Vicki Mintkeski, Margaret Neerhout, Muriel Pallay, Daneal Richards, Laurel Roberts, Dee Rommel, Sunny Smith, Chris Stubbs, Linda Terhark, Bruce Ulrich, Judi Weigandt, Carol Winchester, Mitch Wolfsehr and Annette Zack.

Sandy Dutko is a new member of Buffalo Grass Society. Her art will also be for sale at the show.

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