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We help people create a living environment
that speaks intimately of those who dwell
there, honors the architectural legacy of
their home, and makes it an important part
of their own personal legacy.
News from CJ Hurley Century Arts
November 2012  
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Hand-painted interiors
Interior & exterior color
Design & consultation
Watercolor paintings
Mixed media art

At A Glance
Gorge Inspirations in Portland
Visual Poetry in California
Handcrafted in Seattle
Portland Art Museum
Where to find us

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CJ Hurley Century Arts
Located in Portland, OR
Consultation, Design services, and Fine Art everywhere


 We value your referrals!

Happy clients and word of mouth referrals are important to our business.   When your friends, family and neighbors start working on their homes, please encourage them to call us for their design and consultation needs. 

If you are unsure about the scope of our services, call and ask us!   
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Heirloom Quality
gifts for the holidays

Remember ART when shopping for gifts!  

My heirloom quality, hand-painted monograms make memorable and affordable gifts that will be enjoyed for years to come.  They are popular for weddings, anniversaries, to commemorate a birth or a special gift for any occasion.

Roycroft Renaissance Monogram

Hurley Monogram


More options and details on our website.   

Greeting Cards

We still have "Quietude of Winter" greeting cards and with the arrival of fall, it's the perfect time to think about your holiday card needs.

They are 5"x 7" and blank inside. The inscription on the back reads:

An Arts & Crafts dwelling nestled in a serene landscape 
of fresh snowfall under a moonlit sky. The image is 
framed by a border of winter blooming flowers: Star of 
Bethlehem & Freesia. 

Later this year, I will have available cards of my painting "Creekside House Nestled in Snow". So keep watching our website for information. 


Order cards securely through paypal.   

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If you are interested in checking out a few popular posts, check out the links below.


Featured Artist: Maxfield Parrish 


Travel Tip: Historic Park Inn, Mason City, IA 


Travel Tip: Plymouth, Massachusetts  


Behind the scenes in CJ's Studio:  The Musical Accompaniment of "Houses, Landscapes, Flowers & Dreams"   


Travel Tip: San Francisco Heritage Center - San Francisco, CA 


Featured Artist: S. Alexander Smith  


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NNWDC LogoWDC has a rich legacy as one of the founding groups of what became America's Studio Movement. The Studio Movement is what the Arts & Crafts Movement evolved into after mass manufacturing won out over hand-crafted production. I am proud to be a member of this historic group that is dedicated to pushing the boundaries of contemporary art, while upholding the heritage of the hand-crafted in an over mechanized world. I am honored to be in the company of an amazing group of artists and craftspeople.

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Master Artisan

Roycroft Renaissance LogoAs a Master Artisan of the Roycroft Renaissance, I have the honor and distinction of working to uphold an important part of America's artistic legacy, as well as the responsibility to keep alive the spirit of art as manifested throughout the ages. It is a rare opportunity and I see it as a great responsibility.

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"Creating paintings and interiors that fire the imagination, stir the deepest emotions, inspire the soul, and offer new things to explore upon each viewing is the most gratifying and satisfying thing I can do with my art."

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 Bucolic Fall, Bucolic Art    
Amidst the mild fall we are having here in the pacific northwest, it is hard to believe the east coast has been so tempestuous. We are glad to report that our families have come through hurricane Sandy unscathed. We know many of our friends and colleagues are currently unable to work and we suspect that our northeast clients we have not heard from are struggling as well.  We wish the best to all of you who were forced to weather that storm and we hope at some point you can take a moment to check in and let us know how you are doing. 

A few weeks ago, here in Portland, we were at the peak of our fall season. The leaves of the endangered elms that survive in our neighborhood were a riot of electric green that morphed to a glowing yellow as though on fire. We are in the middle of Indian Summer right now, which was perfect for local trick-or-treaters, and the air is tinged with the autumnal smells of fresh mown grass, the sweet of freshly fallen leaves, and smoke from the first hearth fires.

After a busy summer of helping clients with outdoor design projects and exterior color consultations, we are riding into fall with a string of art exhibitions.
This newsletter is all about art! Next time we'll update you on some recent design projects.

All our best,  

Gorge Inspirations 
Invitational Art Exhibit

Rowena Plateau Wildflowers
Rowena Plateau Wildflowers 2
I was invited to participate in this special exhibit inspired by the Historic Columbia River Gorge and Highway. 

The show titled Gorge Inspirations encouraged artists to express what inspires them about the landscape and history of Oregon's Columbia River Gorge.

I have three new pieces in the show. The work was inspired by a hike that Barbara and I took to see the wildflowers that grow on the Rowena Plateau in the heart of the gorge. I made these special pieces part of my on going series  "Houses, Landscapes, Flowers and Dreams". Two are mixed media drawings of flowers that grow on Rowena Plateau, and the other is an Acrylic on Canvas landscape painting titled Among the Fallen.

The opening reception for the exhibit is tonight from 6-8 pm, but there will be many opportunities to engage with the work over the next two months.   


Architectural Heritage Center board member, Kristen Stallman  has developed a fabulous series of educational programs to accompany the art.  If you are interested, check the schedule on the AHC website and make plans to attend one or all of the sessions.  Barbara and I will be at the opening reception tonight and also at the December 7th reception. We hope to make some of the programs as well. 

All events are free and open to the public, so please pass the invitation along to your friends in the Portland region.

     Rowena Plateau

 Visual Poetry  
   Visual Poetry
In other news, I was accepted into a group show titled
Visual Poetry, held at the L.H. Horton Art Gallery at San Joaquin Delta College in Stockton, CA.

The show, which ends this week, was dedicated to visual art inspired by poetry and literature. It was the perfect fit for me as I am so often inspired by literature, and known to write my own prose and poetry to accompany my paintings. I was very excited that Bay Area art dealer and gallerist, Chandra Cerrito juried my work into the exhibit AND that the gallery director chose to use my pieces on the postcard and poster. Chandra wrote a

Visual Poetry Opening Reception
Barbara and I decided to take a road trip and deliver the art in person so we could attend the opening reception. Many of you have seen my nearly life-sized mixed media pieces, based on the epic 14th century Arthurian poem, 
Sir Gawain & the Green Knight. The dual-panel set won the Gallery Award for Best in Show 2D!

Visual Poetry Opening
These pieces inspired a lot of dialogue and I enjoyed being there to talk to people who were interested in learning more.

Taiga In Green
Taiga In Green

Taiga in Green 

By CJ Hurley


Look my friend,

for I tell you there is a sign in the landscape.


It breathes with a life more magical and of more consequence than the runes of the most ancient cryptic tome,

far afield of the acrid and caustic air

of our most ingenious industrial machine.


Seduce me not with clever words in praise of the latest even more clever metallurgical device,

for device is another word for a trick -- a ruse, ever producing noxious outpourings of poisonous waste

in mockery of the pure waft of a rain swept morn.


Addiction is borne on the heel of dependence.

Answers and truth and mastery are not the bedfellows

of the synthetic.


Look to the river

the sea,

the stone,

and the tree.


 Handcrafted In Seattle  
16 Northwest Designer Craftsmen artists will be featured in a holiday show at the Columbia City Gallery in Seattle.

Handcrafted Exhibit Card
Life Flowering
Life Flowering

Opening Reception 
Saturday, Nov. 17th 
5:00 - 8:00pm

Columbia City Gallery
4864 Rainier Ave S
Seattle, WA 98118

On exhibit November 14th through January 13th

Guests are sure to be delighted by the work in the show. NWDC is a respected professional group of artists who produce the highest quality work. Expect to see ceramics, woodwork, metal work, textiles, glass, mixed media pieces and paintings.

Check the sidebar in this newsletter to learn more about NWDC.  I am proud to say that I am involved with both NWDC and the Roycrofters of East Aurora, NY. Put together, the two organizations cover a 117 year legacy of upholding hand-craft traditions!

New GRIMM News! 

Rose and Landscape


In other news, We're pleased to report that the NBC television show Grimm has renewed it's contract to continue using my artwork for the show. They recently rented three paintings for filming in the second season.

Pieces to look out for are Rose and Landscape a painting from my series Five Statements on the Rose, Forest & Stream (seen several times in season
one), and Forest & Stream at Night.

All three are watercolors from my limited edition catalog paintings, which means you can purchase your very own hand-painted original! See them on our website

Portland Art Museum
Fall exhibit
PAM RSG The Portland Art Museum Sales Gallery Fall Show will be coming down soon.
At the opening, the Rental Sales Gallery was overflowing into the streets with eager art enthusiasts and the walls were filled with new art hung "Salon Style".

New work accepted into the gallery includes my mixed media pieces: The Leaf & the Square, and Origins [originally made for our custom designed roomset, Falling Leaves]. You can see these new works along with other pieces any time at the Gallery. 

Leaf & Square
The Leaf and The Square

Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery
1237 SW 10th Ave.
Portland, OR


Where to find us

If you visit the Pacific Northwest, you can schedule an appointment to see our work in our private home showroom

Here are other places to find CJ's art. 

Pasadena, CA

Portland, OR

Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery
East Aurora, NY

Our Greeting Cards are now available for sale in the Museum Shop at the  Architectural Heritage Center, Portland OR. and on our website.