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Mild Climate

Saturday, November 17th, from 8-11pm

"Mild Climate"
Collaborative Show & New Works Featuring
Blaine Fontana & Amy Ruppel


In this collaborative series of paintings Blaine Fontana and Amy Ruppel find common ground in nature. Juxtaposing their two artistic styles, Fontana’s graphic approach with Ruppel’s realism, the Portland, OR artists create works that are unified in their references to the world around us. The earth tones typical of Fontana’s work and the depictions of animals in Ruppel’s, join to create a balance where the singular artist is no longer visible.  Through their combined multi media approach the two present these Seven pieces that at once portray their similarities while using contrasting elements that support and elevate the other’s work.  As well as the collaboration works there will also be individual pieces from each artsit on exhibit.

Saturday, November 17th, from 8-11pm

Art Whino Gallery
120 American Way
National Harbor, MD 20745

Reception begins at 8pm

Both artists will be in attendance.

Show end date: December 17th 2012


The event is FREE and open to the public.



About the Artist:


Blaine Fontana

Blaine Fontana currently lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Imbuing his vision with the divine symbolism of religious myths, worldly folklore and current social dynamics, his works contain a kind of shamanic exploration of meaning that recognizes the totemic quality and power of the image. With extensive experience within the design world, including working as a designer for Felt Bicycles and acting art director for Zero+ Publishing, Fontana’s work displays a virtuosic understanding of sign & simulacra and their role within our contemporary visual culture. Straddling the physical and metaphysical, organic and architectural, painterly and graphic sensibilities, Fontana fuses multiple visual strategies to forge an aesthetic language entirely of his own making.

His works have been published in a variety of publications, including iDN/Society 6, My Name Is, Sycamore Review, Soul Pancake, Mod Art, Hi-Fructose, and Juxtapoz. He has exhibited nationally in Seattle, Portland, San Diego, Las Vegas, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Denver, Austin, Miami, and New York, and internationally in Germany, Canada and Japan.

With his wife and creative partner, he currently runs Fontana Studios, a multi-media art and design studio in Portland, Oregon. He has designed and licensed work for a number of companies including SCION Installation Art Tour, Patagonia, Nike, Toyota, Kid Robot, Upper Playground, Supreme Being, Quiksilver, Ocean Pacific, KFC International, and Arbor Snowboards.  Most recently, on May 14th 2011, Blaine was asked to create a custom stage installation for a Portland TEDx talk along with presenting a speech about the project at the event.
Blaine Fontana received his BFA in Communication Art/Design from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, CA in 2002. He was awarded “Best in Show” for his senior thesis project, and is one of only seven distinguished alumni from 2000-2010. He is currently an Advisory Board member for the Northwest College of Art.

Amy Ruppel
Amy Ruppel was born and raised in rural Wisconsin, where she was left mostly to her own imagination, always dragging a stack of paper and a slew of pencils and crayons to her self-made fort in the woods among the deer, the glacial kettles and the Mammoth Ice Age Center. Colors and shapes derived by nature have always intrigued her, and to this day, is still searching for that perfect oval, that perfect orange-yellow and grassy green. Amy lives in beautiful green Portland, Oregon USA, where she works in her airy studio as a full-time artist, illustrator and surface designer. Not being represented by any one gallery or rep, she shows and works with any and all who share a love for the colorful. On a regular basis she also sells smaller artworks through her own web site, helping to make her art accessible to everyone. With every online sale, Amy buys a work of art online from another artist, to give back as thanks for the support, and to help support the burgeoning online art community. Amy is a prolific illustrator, and has worked with the good folks at Seattle Children’s Hospital, Uniqlo, Blik!, Aladdin, Ace Hotel Portland, Nike, Converse, Burton Snowboards, Gnu Snowboards, Target, Kid Robot, Logitech, Whole Foods, The Vermont Cheese Council, The Mercy Corps, design*sponge, Klutz, Vigo Cards, Modern-Twist, Friends of Trees, Travel Portland and many others.

"Art helps me realize the existence of small things. I am forever exploring new ways to combine the digital process with the hands-on DIY world, and am constantly reworking acrylic and encaustic painting methods into fresh forms. My aim is to put a little thought and/or happiness into everyone's lives with what I create, be it dark, serene, sweet or humorous. I have been delving back to my roots as a realist, naturalist painter as well, stemming from my past as a biology and science major in college. I like to consider myself a visual, observant biologist these days."