Sanctuary Art Show


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:







Vicki McArdler

Rebecca Owens

The reflective inner visions of two local artists, while divergent in style and mediums, invite us to share a joint wonder of the beautiful world around us.
Vicki McArdler's serene yet festive banners celebrating nature combine the earthy texture of organic handmade paper, the serandipity of found objectives and recycled fabrics.
Rebecca Owens presents mystical dreamlike works, in a verity of mediums, drawn from hikes with family and friends through the lush Pacific Northwest landscape.


Alice Wanke Stephens

The Columbia River is older than the mountains it passes through. The gorge in Oregon and Washington was carved into its present U shape 13,000 years ago by the massive series of Missoula Floods, which washed Montana gravel all the way to the Pacific coast. Since the end of the most recent ice age the gorge’s contours have been softened by erosion and vegetation.
Working with canvas, acrylic, brush and palette knife, the artist Alice Wanke Stephens created this series of paintings for a fundraiser “Art For Land’s Sake” to contribute to the protection of this unique and beautiful natural area.
Whether you consider the millions of years of geologic time, the thousands of years of human habitation, or the annual changing of the seasons, this series of paintings gives us an opportunity to meditate on the inter-dependent web of all existence of which we are a part.


 THE RETURN OF THE FLOCK – Celebrating our Avian Friends
Director's Notes:
Birds and the Bees, Fly like a Bird, Bird on a Wire, Sing like a Bird.  Birds are everywhere - in every state and every country and continent.  Besides their beauty and song, they pollinate flowers, keep insect populations down, serve to nourish us with their eggs and bodies, and astound us daily.
We love them as pets.  We write poetry about them. We laugh at their antics, and marvel at their resilience. 

We call them by many names, some lyrical, some almost sarcastic - Paloma and jackdaw – with equally curious group names: a parliament of fowls, a murder of crows, a congregation of plovers or a murmuration of starlings.
Our daughters carry graceful bird names such as Alouette, Dove, Jarita, Lark, Raven and Robin, while sons emulate the power and strength or birds with Falcon, Hawk, Peregrine or Phoenix. We also name cars after them (I will always remember my best friend’s family’s ’61 Ford Falcon.)
They are such a part of our lives that we cannot picture life without them.  Still Wikipedia notes that “since 1500, over 190 species of birds have become extinct, and this rate of extinction seems to be increasing. The situation is exemplified by Hawaii, where 30% of all known recently extinct bird taxa originally lived.
Our artists this month have been especially drawn to these creatures as marvelous examples of art in nature.  May these works bring a song to your soul.
PLEASE CELEBRATE THESE WORKS WITH US at an artist's reception Sunday, April 12th from 12:00-1:30pm in the sanctuary, West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.  We are at 8470 SW Oleson Rd., Portland 97223, just North of the intersection of Hall and Oleson roads.


 Director's Notes:
Whether the scene is an interior or a landscape, Daniel Ng brings the world into colorful perspective.
When I first saw Daniel Ng’s work and asked him to show several years ago I was met with the same warmth and enthusiasm that can be found in his paintings.  Daniel it seems, sees the world differently; what others see as difficult, he dives into as a challenge, and he’s about as positive as they come.
On a gray February day in SE Portland I met with Daniel in his cottage of a studio to pick up his work, talk about art, and see a large commission he was painting.  It’s unusual to catch him at home; Daniel is one of the rare artists that I know that make their entire living from his art.  Traveling in his oddly tall van or catching a flight, he cris-crosses the country, an itinerant purveyor of joyful art, working the show circuit. 
The new piece looked more muted than his usual vibrant palette and I said so.  What he explained that I might have known but had forgotten, is that he works from a black canvas, adding layer upon layer of color.  When black areas are to be lightened, he layers various tints of gray.  By working this way he can bring out the glow of evening light on water and rolling hill that calls for a twilight stroll.
I hope you enjoy this popular artist’s work.