the story of Stan & Otis

00 Stan & Ogis

This is the story of Stan & Otis.  Stan is a metal man … not a tin man, but he’s in the same family.  And Otis is a blue dog.



01 Otis scrap yard


Otis used to be a junk yard dog.  Well actually, he was a scrap yard dog.  He lived at the scrap yard for quite some time.  He was not unhappy, but it just didn’t feel like his home.



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Stan & Otis found each other in Vancouver, Washington.  Neither of them was whole at the time…they were in pieces.

But even as they began to take shape, they knew they still were not quite whole.

03 Otis in process







04 Stan becoming 1

05 Stan becoming 2

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08 stan play








Then, they found each other.  It was love at first sight.  It didn’t matter what state each or the other was in.  They were there for each other, as they each grew and took shape. It was as if Stan was made for Otis and Otis was made for Stan.

But even as each one felt more whole, Stan still felt like something was missing.  He finally figured out what is was.  Stan was missing a heart.  So Stan talked to the wizard who was helping him take shape.

“Angela, please make me complete and able to truly be able to love Otis.  Please give me a heart,” Stan said.  “Woof woof” Otis said.  “What’s that Otis?” the wizard Angela asked? In Otis’ barking, the wizard understood that Otis truly was the wise one. As Otis barked, the wizard understood exactly what Otis was trying to say.

“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others.”*

And Otis loved Stan dearly.  But even so, Stan still felt like he needed a heart.  And then, Otis offered part of his heart, which the wizard skillfully added to Stan.

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10 Otis Angela Stan studio


And with that heart, Stan felt complete, like he could truly love Otis.

But the three of them knew that the wizard’s shop was no place to call home for Stan & Otis.  So the wizard, with the help of some friends, got Stan & Otis ready for a journey.

11 travel






They left the fir trees and rain in the Pacific Northwest, went over the mountain passes in Oregon, and through the poppy filled lands of Northern California, until they found a perfect spot mid-town Sacramento.

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They found a home where Stan could be protected from the sun and rain … for he was steel, and would rust if left out in the elements.  And Otis could be outside, which is where a dog needs to be.



13 Otis Angela Julie


And they could become part of the families who lived in the building and meet new people every day at the restaurant.

But most importantly, Otis could watch over Stan, and Stan could watch over Otis.  And Otis didn’t really care whether he was in  Sacramento, or the wizard’s shop, or the scrap yard, so long as Stan was with him.*


Excerpts from The Wonderful Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum, published 1900.





the story of Stan & Otis

when darkness comes

Art for Mental Health

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just be here (©2017 Angela Ridgway, 23″x 20″x 7″, repurposed steel)


Depression comes like a moonless night. You don’t notice that it’s arriving at first, but as the light begins to fade, you notice the darkness. Not all at once, but you can feel it coming, from dusk to full darkness. And then it consumes you…


when darkness comes is very personal for me.  It is inpired by my own experiences with depression. When my ‘darkness’ comes, I can usually see it approaching. Sometimes I can take actions to move away from it, but other times, I can’t circumvent it. For many people, depression can be there while they go through the routine of day to day life; or it can be completely debilitating. For me, either way, it consumes my thoughts and actions.

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in the abyss (©2017 Angela Ridgway, 14″x 10″, repurposed steel)


My hope is that by opening up about my own depression, others can learn more about the illness and become aware of it – maybe in themselves, maybe in others. Through education and conversation, hopefully we can lift the stigma of mental illness, making it easier for people suffering to get help.


I have dealt with depression most of my adult life, but I didn’t understand what it was I was diagnosed in my early 30’s.  During that time, many people have helped me through the spells, including friends, family, doctors, and therapists. And modern medicine has helped to keep these episodes at bay most of the time. But I am always on the lookout for the signs in my own life, and others.  And I try to take action when I see them.


May is Mental Health Month…in support of this, and mental health services, I will be donating 15% of my show sales in May to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Oregon.

when darkness comes is a two month exhibit, opening Wednesday, May 3, and closing Saturday, July 1, 2017 at Art On Broadway Gallery in Beaverton, Oregon.  See more art from the show here, and on my website.

Please join me …

Artist Reception
Saturday, May 13th 5:00pm – 8:00pm
complimentary refreshments & wine

Artist Talk
Saturday, June 10th 5:00pm
seating is limited, please reserve your spot
both at
12570 Broadway
Beaverton, OR


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when darkness comes

I’m a perpetual postponer …

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I’m a procrastinator…I admit it.  A perpetual postponer, a putter offer, a prolonger.  It’s my nature.  Sometimes, I break free from this norm and get things done early.  When I do, I celebrate.  I think to myself “I can do this all the time!”  This might last a few days, maybe a week.  But then, I am right back to putting things off again.

So, what have I been prolonging in the first three months of 2017?  Well, quite a few things that might be associated with a new year…


TAXES – I’m sure you can relate…most people can.   Last year, I was actually done with all my tax preparation by Jan 15th.  Yep, you heard right…Jan 15th!  I even posted it on Facebook…I was the envy of all my Facebook friends.   But then again, last year at this time, I was just getting to know the art community here in the Pacific Northwest.  Translation … I didn’t have much going on.  This year (in my defense), I’m in 2 galleries, I have 3 art commissions I’m working on, a show in May, and 2 community boards I am part of.  So, I have put off working on my taxes.  (Please don’t tell my husband.)  But I am going to finish them this week … really, I am.

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ENEWS – It’s March, and I am finally sending you an email.  I have been perpetually thinking about it, and I even tried to write it a couple of times … but to no avail.  I had lots of excuses … I was busy … I was sick … I felt like I really didn’t have anything interesting to say … I didn’t have enough  completed new art to show … I didn’t know how to start. Well, I finally put all those excuses behind me, I have some completed new art now, and you be the judge on whether this is interesting!

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GROCERY SHOPPING – Between this and unloading the dishwasher, I don’t know which one I put off more.  You’d think that by the time you are my age, you’d realize that you need to eat food (preferably meals) every day.  But if you looked at our cupboards, you would never know.  To show you how bad it has gotten, here is the fridge grocery list that my husband filled in.  I think this says it all!


I don’t want to bore you with the rest of my really long list of things I am procrastinating … cleaning my office, setting up garage storage … just to name a couple.  I think you get the picture.  And I don’t want to leave you thinking I don’t do anything.  I do actually get things done.  I’ve been working on some really really big art that’s really really outside my comfort zone.  It’s nearly done, and when it is, I’ll show you the finish project.  But you can see it coming to life on Facebook now.

Meanwhile, I can show some art that I have I have been working on that I mentioned above…


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Commissions are some of my favorite projects to work on.  I feel lucky when I get to know collectors and work with them on art that many times they have wanted for years. I just completed and delivered  the two commissions above.  Both are triptychs with a topographic earthy feel — warm copper, red, and rust hues.  mountain streams will go above the fire place in the central gathering space of the home in Camas, Washington, while early morning crop circles will grace the outside entrance of the art filled home in Battle Ground, Washington.  I’ll post pictures of the installed art in a future blog.

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I’ve also been preparing for my upcoming show! It’s a little bit of a different approach, and a very personal topic for me.






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So, while I have put off making progress on many things this year, I’ve definitely been working hard on others.  I hope you’ve enjoyed my my musings on procrastination…and maybe it’s made you feel better about your own postponing!  And I hope you’ve enjoyed hearing some of the things I have been spending my time on.

Thank you again for following and supporting my art journey.  It’s great to have you along!


find my art at these galleries…
Art on Broadway Gallery
12570 SW Broadway St, Beaverton, OR

Attic Gallery
421 NE Cedar St, Camas, WA

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I’m a perpetual postponer …