Doll Gardner Art Gallery


For over 40 years, the Doll (Delores) Gardner Gallery ( in SW Portland has exhibited work of a wide range of artists, from the celebrated to the emerging.

The gallery is open to the public and is located in the sanctuary of the West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in a beautiful forested setting at 8470 S.W. Oleson Road, Portland, OR 97223. Usually art openings are held on the first Sunday of each month (please check our calendar for confirmation).  WHUUF hosts an opening reception for the artist, and the public is invited to join us in celebrating the artist(s) and their work.

Gallery hours are Sundays between services and from 12:15 - 1:15, and by appointment weekdays. Please call our office at 503/246-3351 Ext. 4 and let us know when you would like to visit.

If you would like to purchase work from the current show, please contact the gallery at 503/246-3351. If you are an artist interested in showing in our gallery, please contact the Director at

For a sneak peek at some of the art on exhibit this month, click on the link or image in the Art Gallery block on the right side of the page.

Selected images of artwork are also available for upcoming and previous shows:








Caroline Burton, Dan Daniels, Marta Farris, Jennifer Foran, Alison Foshee, Darla Lynn, Mason Parker, Anna Peters, Dan Pillers, Terry Powers, Karen Van Hoy

 The Doll Gardner Gallery is hosting a special exhibition showcasing RE-USE Artwork  for the month of  April 2014.   Imagine an entire show devoted to such a noble art form, held in celebration of Earth Day!  All art featured will be made from at least 75% re-used materials.
The show will feature local artists whose passion is to make art out of things most people throw away.  By re-using materials these artists reduce their carbon footprint, save things from landfills, and breathe new energy into items that served other lives. This reflects our Unitarian Universalist principle of respect for the interdependent web of life of which we are a part.  


Amy Livingstone

One way to define what is sacred is to look at what we value and consider important, what deserves our greatest respect. For some, a symbol or deity is but a reminder of a group of beliefs.  To others, crosses are merely fashion statements and Buddha busts are living room objects d’ art.  In a society where Americans are exposed to 5,000 ad messages a day, how do these symbols hold up in our consciousness? What is anchored in your soul, what resonates as sacred?  Can it be expressed in visual form? Amy Livingstone art reminds us of common things that matter to us all: social justice, ecology, mindfulness, and playing well with each other. To me, her art is a reminder to look again at those beliefs that are at our core: What Is.  We are pleased to welcome her back to our sacred space. 


Michael Mason

 Director's Notes:
Michael Mason’s path is strewn with Flowers.  Besides thoughts of his wife Pam, his mind is flooded with questions and discovereies about flowers,  though not in patterns that most of us form.
These aren’t conventional paintings.  Cats rest on windowsills made from dried leaves and other botanical elements, boats float in harbors of Delphinium petals while seagulls wheel in hydrangea skies.  Look further down the rabbit hole and you’ll find that the seagull’s seven colors come from botanical sources as well.
Like a surgeon, Mike’s quick mind assesses a flower’s parts, arranging all into a precise plan of execution normally reserved for Photoshop prints.  His magical mystery tours of color and shape come from a wealth of experience with all kinds of plants, from retail sales to plant cultivation, coupled with years of experimentation with dried flowers.  How will it fade?  Will the colors of the plants be different under different conditions?  Will some parts of the plant lose pigment quicker than others?  Like music, all these elements register as riffs and arpeggios in his work.
Though his work can be tremendously time consuming, Mike wouldn’t have it any other way.  Long hours with his flowers read like meditation, even though those meditations can take months to conclude.  But unlike oil paint that lasts for centuries, working with flowers is so transient that the only way to preserve the original colors is to photograph the work as soon as possible,  The process is like trying to catch and preserve smoke in your hand.
Don’t ask Alice for the answers – she won’t know.  Do you want to know a secret?  Mike knows secrets that flowers whisper in his ear.  Come to celebrate with him at Sunday’s art opening and he’s likely to tell you.
- Karen Van Hoy, Director


Ming Wei

 Directors notes:
We are pleased to have artist Ming Wei return to our gallery after a 7 year absence. Wei, a prolific painter, returns often to his home in Guilin, China where he visits with friends and studies with his teachers.  When I first met him, I was impressed by his quiet gentle nature, and when I visit with him and talk about his paintings, I feel as if I’ve somehow been transported on his coat tail to this place of tall thumb-like rocks, tranquil rivers and thundering cataracts.  I can feel the mist on my face and hands as I follow him up a slope.  There is a penetrating peace about his paintings.

This time I see a translation of the same wonder in nature coupled with traditional Chinese brush strokes and applied to landscapes of his new found home in Oregon.  Strong lines sometimes cross between countries, and then blur back into mist. Do you recognize which paintings are of China and which are from places you know?

Wei describes Chinese brush painting as a combination of poetry, history, culture, music and visual beauty. He translates his understanding and perception of nature and human life into his paintings with a blend of Western and Eastern painting styles.

May you too be transported by his new work.
Note: please click on the images below to view in a larger format.