Visual Arts at First Presbyterian Church
Our Visual Arts Committee maintains a full calendar of curated art installations from local and regional artists across the Pacific Northwest. Installations are located in the church’s Chapel Gallery. Visitor hours are Tuesday through Thursday, 9:00-4:00 pm, and Sundays from 9:00-1:00 pm.
May 1 – June 25, 2022
Artist: Michele Bufton, ‘All for Love’
Reception: Sunday, May 1, 11:30 am – 1:00 pm
The exhibit, “Michele Bufton: ‘All for Love’” marks the two-year anniversary since the passing of Michele Bufton, plein air painter, studio painter, printmaker and distinguished leader/advocate of the arts. In memory of Michele and the artistic connections she forged, this exhibit brings together a selection of Michele’s work along with memories of her lion-hearted spirit.
Born on a U.S. Air Force Base in Morocco and then whisked to Spain for a number of years, Michele’s introduction to the world was one of respect for varying cultures as well as her own. She was inspired by exotic places, but her favorite painting location would always remain Oregon. Michele’s heart found beauty in simple things which often get overlooked in our daily lives.
The desire to express her passion for the world led Michele on a beautiful and amazing journey. She never missed weekly painting sessions with her
artist friends (no matter how challenging her health issues or how cold the weather). She continuously worked to improve her skills and deepen her insight with all things that surround us. Michele painted with unwavering devotion and her friends became better people just from having known her. Michele always looked at the bright side, made us all laugh, and she reminded us what’s important in life.
Michele showed her award-winning work locally and nationally for over 40 years. Affiliations: Lake Area Artists, (Past President), Alla Prima Portland, Portland Plein Air Painters, PNW Plein Air Artists, ‘Za-students’, Open Studios of Washington County and Tualatin Valley Artists
(Special thanks to Michele’s husband Steve Bufton, for making the exhibition possible.)