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News from CJ Hurley Century Arts,
November 2010
At A Glance
Fostering Harmony Juried Art Exhibit
Good news to share with you!
A look back at our exhibit in Pasadena
Our thanks to Dave Folz
Places to find our work

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Hand-painted friezes
Interior & exterior color
Design & consultation
Watercolor paintings
Mixed media art

CJ press photos-Front view

"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."

Fostering Harmony
Exhibit Schedule

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If you are in the Pacific NW, check out the exhibit during November and December.


All attendees are encouraged to vote for your favorite pieces in the show. The winner of the "Peoples Choice Award" will be announced on Dec. 17th. 


Of course, we think CJ's work is worth the trip, but the truth is there are many great pieces in the exhibit.

Check out the details of the show hereCJ will be participating in an Artist Talk/Community Conversation tonight (11/18) and there is an entire series of great talks centered around the theme of the show (through 12/17). 

Remember ART in your holiday Shopping!

Please support artists and small businesses.

My heirloom quality, hand-painted monograms make memorable gifts that will be enjoyed for years to come.  I still have time in my schedule to complete your order for the holidays, but I need to place orders now for timely delivery of my hand-crafted frames!

Roycroft Renaissance Monogram

Hurley Monogram


More options and details on my website, here

Inside Views of CJ Hurley Century Arts!

If you'd like to get an inside peek into our lives in the studio and on the road, here are a few links to photos on our facebook page.


Pasadena--loading fun!

Road Trip: Portland to Pasadena

CJ in the workshop


Great places in Pasadena


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Recommneded Travel Destinations

Northwest Designer


Earlier this year, I was juried into Northwest Designer Craftsmen as a mixed media artist. The NWDC 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.

Articles and Press

Old House Interiors Magazine 
Expert Advice: Choosing a Paint Palette
by Catherine Lundie
January/February 2011

Northwest Renovation
Balancing Then and Now: Painting the Interior of Late Victorian and Arts & Crafts Homes
by CJ Hurley
October/November 2010

Old House Journal
Ask OHJ-topic: Murals
by Dan Cooper
July, 2010 p.16

Arts & Crafts Homes and the Revival
What to do with the Walls
by Patricia Poore
July 20, 2010

Style 1900 Magazine
Poetic Spaces
Designing Gesamtkunstwerk, the "Total Work of Art"
By C.J. Hurley
Spring 2010

Sensitive to History: Remodeling a Period Kitchen
By CJ Hurley
April, 2010

Old House Interiors Magazine 
Wallpaper and Paint how the twain shall meet
Advice from the experts
By Brian Coleman
January 2010

Roycroft Renaissance 
Master Artisan

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As 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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 Fostering Harmony:
The Symbiotic Relationship
of Architecture and Nature

What happens when the natural world meets the man-made?
Architecture is often viewed as an intrusion; the "built" world cannot exist without changing and re-shaping the natural one. But this process need not be destructive.

How does architecture complement the natural world?
Like nature, architecture adapts. The "built" world can dominate the natural one, but it can also become a part of it. When the two successfully coexist, the beauty of both can emerge.

What happens when the two worlds merge?

In "Fostering Harmony: the Symbiotic Relationship of Architecture and Nature," artists were invited to examine these and other themes. CJ submitted  two paintings to the jury and both were accepted. 

 Birth of Architecture
"The Birth of Architecture: Unity of Nature and Mind" 
India ink, watercolor, graphite

Like most of CJ's paintings, a small photo does not do it justice.  This is a piece layerd with detail and meaning and needs to be seen in person, but we hope you can get a sense of it here. 

CJ created this image in response to the call to artists and completed it just in time to make the entry deadline!

He was awarded 3rd place for this painting by the jury in their 'best of show' awards!

Birth of Architecture detail

"Philosophers, architects, and artists of the Age of Reason were compelled to find the origins of architecture and formulate a logistical and spiritual reason for the development of the built environment. Etchings from the 18th Century show trees as the world's original columns."

Birth of Architecture detail

"My rendering is an attempt to show the progression from nature to architecture as directed by the creativity of the human mind.


From the creative potential of the human mind and the systematic order of nature rises architecture composed of the elements of the earth. Architecture in accord with nature originates from Mind in accord with nature. Symbols representing all of the constituent factors required to create a built environment symbiotic with nature is contained within the image."


"The Leaf & The Square"
Mixed media, low relief on panel; hand-hammered metal frame

"The substructure of nature revealed in the perfect geometry of a multi-tiered square. Organic truth meets geometric order in this homage to the harmonious unity of nature with architectural construction."

News to Share!

Many of you read and enjoyed CJ's article published in Style 1900 early this year: 
Poetic Spaces Creating Gesamtkunstwerk, the "Total Work of Art.

In part, because of all of the positive feedback we received from you, I entered the article in Writers Digest annual writing competition. 

We were quite surprised and thrilled recently to learn that CJ was awarded 70th place in the Magazine Feature Article category.  It is no small accomplishment to be recognized in the top 100 selections in any category, with thousands of entries from around the world.  Please join me in congratulating CJ.  CJ would also like to thank former Style editor, Anne O'Donnell, for her help and encouragement editing his work. 

We'll be putting a pdf of the article on our website in our next round of updates, but if you don't already have the issue, we encourage you to order a copy here


Pasadena Heritage
Craftsman Weekend
Pasadena Exhibit 2010
Steve is a regular and very enthusiastic visitor each year. He loves our exhibit space, 'Falling Leaves', and we always enjoy his enthusiasm and the energy he brings to the show.

Thank you to everyone who visited with us in Pasadena last month.  It was really nice to see so many familiar faces and meet lots of great new people! 

Pasadena Exhibit 2010

Thanks as well to all of you who attended our lectures.  And our gratitude to all of you who support our work--we had an excellent show and a great trip overall. 
Pasadena Exhibit 2010
CJ giving a showing of our traveling book filled with examples
of his custom frieze designs
Pasadena Exhibit 2010
CJ discusses the symbolism in this series of paintings. Listen to some of what he to has to say here.

Sincere Thanks
to our Pasadena host

Pasadena Heritage is a wonderful organization for many reasons.  A very important one is that they take good care of their vendors!  The volunteers of the organization work hard to provide all vendors who wish, a home stay during Craftsman Weekend.

Our first year exhibiting there, we were paired with Dave Folz. It was his first time hosting a vendor and he was a perfect match for us.  Since that time, Dave has invited us back every year. He welcomes us into his home and he could not offer us a better Pasadena home-away-from-home.  Dave and his two cats have become part of our family and we are grateful to have them in our lives.   

In his retirement, Dave is active bicycling, playing tennis and exploring the world.  His daughter, Chris, helped us secure this great picture of Dave in China! 

           Dave Folz
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 some other places to see paintings. 

The Gamble House Gift Shop
Pasadena, CA

It Shot It Hit
Portland Art Museum Sales Gallery
Portland, OR

"It Shot, It Hit"
Acrylic on cotton

This painting is an abstract exploration of active Zen meditation through the vehicle of Kyudo (Japanese archery). It is an abstract illustration of the moment when the duality of the archer and the target dissolves and one is a part of the other. When the Buddha mind of the unconscious unites with the conscious, a state of selflessness occurs and the arrow can be loosed without effort. The shot becomes "spiritual" at this moment and is the shot that cannot be missed.

Roycroft Copper Shop Gallery
East Aurora, NY

"Rose and Moon"
India Ink and watercolor on handmade paper

Rose & Moon is the third in my series "Five Statements on The Rose". The series celebrates the phases in nature: growth, renewal, night, day, and the passage of time through the solar cycle and the moon's phases. These paintings explore the mystery of solar and lunar polarities. Given a male and female association, the lunar rose is the feminine principle, while the sun is the masculine.