NICK WHEELER- WHEELER BAG CO.
I don't remember when I learned to sew. It was when I was very young, to be sure. My dad ran a canvas shop (making mostly custom boat covers and tents) out of our basement, and later a shop behind our house. The first year I worked for him I earned $4 an hour, each year afterwards I earned a dollar an hour more. Dad says that every time I got a new hobby I'd make a new bag for myself to carry all of my supplies.
As an adult I started designing quilts, clothes, and bags as a way to step away from the computer at the end of my work days as a graphic designer. I hope my bags are useful and beautiful items that will last you for many years. It's my pleasure to make one for you. Every product is made with the intention that it will be of the highest quality and last for many years. Repairs on my bags are free for the first three years of ownership. Bags are personal. I'm happy to accommodate requests to customize your order just for you. Many customizations including custom color combinations are no charge (limited to in-stock colors). Custom sizes within a few inches are also no charge. If you have any questions about customizations, or complete custom bags, just let me know what's on your mind! I am happy to give you a price quote at any time. Price quotes are valid for 60 days.
Nick Wheeler, Founder
Wheeler Bag Co.
BECKY TONKIN- SHIFT
Shift is a size-inclusive clothing company specializing in working clothes made from natural fibers. Every piece is designed and sewn by a small team (one full time person, and one part-time) here in Astoria. The aesthetic is simple and comfortable, and the fabrics are carefully chosen to best serve the design and the wearer's body, all while considering optimal fabric usage as a way to lessen environmental impact.
AUDREY LONG- AUDREY LONG CERAMICS
Wheel-thrown clay, covered in glazes I make, in kilns I fire, using designs I've refined over time, field-tested and cupboard approved.
With dirt, my hands, glass & fire. I make functional ceramics, pieces that are well-thought and utilitarian, each hand-thrown and individually glazed in shapes and colors that feel good. I make vessels that you want to hold in your hand, drink your coffee from and share with the people you love.
Tyler works in a variety of mediums. With extensive experience in photography, videography, music, and audio visual production, Tyler has more recently been passionately pursuing his passion for woodworking. A primarily self taught woodworker, Tyler approaches making with a knack for innovation and harnesses some production methods that are just down right cool. He embraces the simple beauty of making as well, and has produced some truly beautiful pieces through more traditional means. You will be able to view some of Tyler's work in our studio; including his stunning hand built canoe and exquisitely hand carved spoons.
Kate Speranza is a life-long Oregonian and a graduate of the Oregon College of Art & Craft. She has practiced metalsmithing for nearly 20 years, though she enjoys working in a variety of materials and formats. She has shown her paintings, sculpture, and jewelry in many national and regional exhibitions. Kate lives in Astoria, Oregon and is a member of the Astoria Studio Collective.
Kirista Trask translates subtle moments and landscapes into swirling abstraction, blending saturated, opaque colors with translucent washes to evoke moment as an emotional experience. Her work is created using a variety of materials, including acrylic, ink, charcoal, pencil, oil pastel, chalk and coffee, in order to react to the spirit of the location at the moment. These abstract works exist somewhere between presence and memory, giving the viewer a moment for pause. Her best work is done plein air style in stunning locations all over the world and especially in the Paciﬁc Northwest. As a seventh generation Oregonian Kirista ﬁnds a deep connection to place and incorporates that into her work. Over the past year Kirista has been focusing her art making practice on the Long Beach Peninsula and the Columbia River Basin just moments from her home in Ocean Park, Wa. In 2016 and 2017 Kirista tackled the task of documenting the magic and glory of The Seven Wonders of Oregon. Starting with Crater Lake in 2016, Kirista and her partner began to visit each of the Wonders. Tucked into her exploration of Oregons physical beauty Kirista has also included numerical annotations speciﬁc to each of the wonders. For example, On Mt Hood includes the longitude and latitude of where she got married and Engaged At Crater Lake includes the depth of Crater Lakes deepest parts. Each of these numbers are unique not only to the Wonder but also to the experience the artist speciﬁcally had. Recently Kirista was awarded a grant that is allowing her to create a new body of work that explores intergenerational trauma. This new body work titled Chasing Jessie Applegate explores the stories of 12 women, in eight generations of Oregon women and their experiences with trauma. Kirista is also participating in the Astoria Visual Arts Residency through the end of August.
“I am a visual artist with a background in painting, dance, and animation.
My work is a visualization of sensations and physical expressions within natural environments. I strive to depict movement and energy through use of line, composition and color.
I allow my palette a free range of orchestrated color and although I enjoy and exploit color, I appreciate the immediacy of black and white and the nuances of greys.
My medium is primarily either acrylic on paper or canvas, color pencil or ink on paper, as well as playful painted three dimensional objects.”
Louise Doran Walker was born and raised in Astoria. Growing up she spent much of her spare time drawing, but her interest and love of painting began when she received a small oil paint set as a sixteenth birthday gift. Primarily self- taught, she has attended numerous classes and workshops to improve her skills as an artist. After relocating to Eastern Oregon, she continued painting, this time focusing on the scenes of the west: The Blue Mountains with it’s everchanging tapestry of color, the old abandoned ranch and homestead structures, and finally native American children and dancers at their gatherings. After retiring from her job as an educator, she returned to the coast and is now beginning to work on the colorful every day subject matter of the area.
Astoria is a town of character: full of stately Victorians, old rooming houses, and its waterfront which was the lifeblood of this community when I was growing up. The ever changing river, the narrow winding streets wrapping around houses clinging to Astoria’s steep hillsides, and our beautiful but moody shoreline offer so much artistic inspiration waiting to be captured on canvas.
Gretchen Voss Gallagher