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Books, abstract art meet at salon

Creative minds will share a monthly art salon in Sandy on Jan. 27


by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Ruth Tuff of Sandy stands beside one of her larger oil-on-canvas paintings. Tuff will talk about her abstract work at the Lori Ryland Art Gallery on Sunday, Jan. 27.The January edition of “The Artist Edge,” an art salon for creative people, will feature one oil-on-canvas artist and several people who paint pictures with words.

The salon is held at the Lori Ryland studio and gallery in Sandy.

Ruth Tuff of Sandy often works abstractly with a large canvas format using colorful oils. She hasn’t always been an artist, spending some years in music, but she always has been interested in art expression.

Although she worked as an administrator and adviser in the art department at the University of California, Berkeley, she satisfied herself by attending art classes at night. She also trained as an art therapist at the graduate level at Sonoma State University (California), working with art every day for three years.

“I have always been attracted to the arts,” she said, “and I’ve always been a creative person.”

Laura StanfillDuring the art salon, Tuff will show some of her work in small and large format and describe how she has developed her skills.

Also on the agenda for the monthly salon, several authors will read from their works or sign their books.

Laura Stanfill will read from her new book, “Brave on the Page: Oregon Writers on Craft and the Creative Life.” The book is a collection of the habits, frustrations and successes of 42 Oregon authors.

Stanfill also will introduce Stevan Allred, Liz Prato and Martha Ragland, who will read from their work, as well as Jon Bell, who will return next month and read from his book “On Mount Hood” at the February salon.

Stevan AllredTwice nominated for the Pushcart Prize, Stevan Allred is editor and publisher for Redcat Press, Ryland said. He is a monthly favorite author at the salon, Ryland added. He will read from one of his short stories.

Liz Prato will read her short story, “The Road to Lila Bankhead’s Farm.”

As an associate fellow at The Attic Institute, Prato has guest taught for Willamette Writers, Wordstock, Indigo Editing and the Oregon Writer’ Colony.Liz Prato

Mystery writer Martha Ragland will read from the first few chapters of a humorous novel in progress titled “Dead Stop,” starring a wannabe sleuth, widow Maud Scrumble, who is a retired racecar driver in search of excitement.

Ragland’s early work on this book impressed judges so much that it earned her a national scholarship to attend classes and further improve her writing skills.Martha Ragland

“The Artist Edge” will be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 27, at the Lori Ryland Studio and Gallery, 39110 Proctor Blvd.

The salon is free to the public, but seating is limited, so reservations are recommended by calling 503-313-7464 or sending email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..