Summer Art Shows- Dragons + Littles

Portland friends/followers- you can see my work in two wonderful group shows during June and July.

I’m pleased to again be part of this fabulous local juried show which I have participated in since 2015, curated by the talented Alea Bone of Bonewerx. This weekend Sat/Sun June 9-10, check out the Rose Festival Dragon Boat Races, and make sure to stop in!  I have three pieces in the show, and all are priced to sell! It has been extended to run daily through July 17 at The Little River Cafe: 0315 SW Montgomery St #310, Portland, OR – right on the riverfront walk by the Portland Marina. And regardless of where you live, you can see the paintings and purchase a piece if you’d like on Facebook! If you are interested in one of my pieces shown below, Facebook message or contact for purchase info. View all the available paintings and info at


My newest piece, Awaken the Dragons, was inspired by the eye dotting ceremony held at the beginning of the season to ‘awaken’ the dragon boats. (See ceremony pictures on the DragonBoatArtShow FB page !) The dragons move from slumber (yin) when the boats are stored in a garage/warehouse to active (yang) mode paddling on the river. The boats themselves are works of art, and a gift from Portland’s sister city Kaohsiung, China. On a more abstract or spiritual level this piece is also symbolic of positive transformation, resilience, life cycles and accomplishment. These are qualities inherent in the tradition of dragon boat racing and what dragons can be said to represent. Being a beader, I had previously collected Chinese eye beads and was saving them for a special piece. Eye beads were created in many cultures around the world as far back as a thousand years ago and often represent spiritual protection, luck or strength. So, I thought how perfect to embellish this piece with them! Read more about the Portland Dragon Boat racing tradition here.


Awaken the Dragons- 12″ x 12″, Acrylic with Chinese eye beads and glass bead embroidery © Robin Phillips Studio  $225 (includes 1/2″ black wood frame)


And two more of my pieces in the show:


Soul of the Dragon- 12″ x 12″, Acrylic on canvas $175 (includes 1/2″ wood frame)


The Grand Dragon Race- 12″ x 12″, Acrylic on canvas $225 (includes 1″ wood frame)



With Awaken the Dragons – Little River Cafe, Riverplace Marina, Portland




Also, happy to be part of a large popular small works show, Little By Little, in my local town curated by the talented Chris Haberman. While the opening night has past, these pieces are on display throughout the month of June! If you’re in the Portland area, come visit historic downtown Milwaukee to see this wide selection of affordable art. Enjoy a leisurely walk down Main Street, grab food, drinks or coffee and enjoy all the art.  Full details and map on FB:


Sun Meets Moon at Beer Store Milwaukie (3rd row, 2nd from left)


Here are two of my brand new “littles” for this show:

Dedicated to my cat Iko 2000-2018, Siamese cats command (or should I say demand) their own space 😉

Siamese Parlor, 8″ x 8″, Acrylic on wood panel


And sometimes you just gotta have fun! Circus Dog is exactly that…


Circus Dog, 8″ x 8″, Acrylic on wood panel


Go enjoy local art!

xo, Robin


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