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Glass of Eastern Oregon

April 5 - April 28, 2012

Made possible thanks to a generous donation in memory of Trudie Sullivan

 

Showcasing the work of Tom Dimond, Andy Nichols, Russell Ford, Jake Kurtz,
Charlene Fort & Brent Wydrinski.
Curated by Kevin Boylan

The April exhibit grew out of the Arts Center’s connection with La Grande artist Kevin Boylan. Boylan’s own work was featured in the gallery in 2011 and he has connections with many other artists in Eastern Oregon who are creating amazing artworks in the medium of glass.

 

The American studio glass movement began in the 1960s with Harvey Littleton at the Toledo Museum of Art. It quickly spread all over the world and into the Pacific Northwest. Several well-known artists have been crafting hand-blown works in the region for many years, including Tom Dimond of Cove and Andy Nichols of The Dalles.

 

Curator Boylan studied sculpture and ceramics with Doug Kaigler and Tom Dimond at Eastern Oregon University. In the spring of 2003, as Kevin approached graduation, he was introduced to the world of glass as an art medium. Together with Dimond, he built all the tools and equipment necessary for fusing, casting and blowing glass, creating a high tech studio. Boylan has worked at Pilchuck, an international center for glass art education founded in 1971 by Dale Chihuly, Anne Gould Hauberg and John H. Hauberg (1916-2002).

Open Regional

Photography Exhibit

May 3 - June 30, 2012

 

This year we had 168 entries - a new record for participation. Guest judge Laura Moya recognized several works with cash awards, courtesy of Banner Bank of Pendleton.

 

 

Best of Show - Larry Wright

First Place - Charley Bloomquist

Second Place - Mare Blocker

Third Place - Eric Quaempts

Honorable Mention - John Allen, David G. Beck, Brent Bergherm, Marilyn Lieuallen, Taileigh Trystine

Teens (13 - 18)

First - Kaitlyn Bounds

Second Place - Lacey Baird

Third Place - Zoe Hern

 

PLUS - Cast your vote for People’s Choice through June 29th!

GENERATIONS: Betty Feves

August 9 - September 29, 2012

View a selection from the Museum of Contemporary Craft’s retrospective exhibit, curated by Namita Gupta Wiggers. This portion of the first museum retrospective of work by Betty Whiteman Feves (1918-1985) includes ceramic work spanning her groundbreaking career. 

Jessica Plattner: BABYSCAPES

October 4-27, 2012

In Babyscapes, Jessica Plattner’s infant daughter plays the starring role. Each work is a paper collage that juxtaposes photographs of the baby girl with found images from a variety of printed materials. The result is a fantastic and whimsical scene.

 

From the artist’s statement: [she] appears in a variety of unexpected settings such as a lake of milk, a shiny field of pennies, or a garden of eels. In each scene the baby radiates peacefulness as she quietly explores the world and engages with its strange creatures. She is undaunted by flying fish, winged people, and floating eyeballs. She is not afraid of bears or alligators, who display their teeth for her to examine freely. In these visions, my child is brave, intrepid and seemingly immune to danger; self-contained but protected by benevolent guardians.

 

Plattner is Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande.  During her 2011-12 sabbatical from EOU, she was invited to be visiting artist-in-residence at Medicine Hat College in Alberta, Canada, as well as Studio Art Centers International (SACI) in Florence, Italy. The work in this exhibition is the result of her year-long sabbatical project.

The works were created as part of Crow's Shadow's "Golden Spot" residency program, made possible through the support of the Ford Family Foundation. Golden Spot Award artists include Pat Boas, Arnold J. Kemp, Eva Lake, Susan Murrell, Jenene Nagy, Storm Tharp. The exhibit is traveling from a recent showing at PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, one of the west coast's premier galleries and one that represents the work of Crow's Shadow founder James Lavadour.

In 2010 Crow's Shadow was one of three Oregon nonprofit organizations to receive a Golden Spot grant from the Ford Family Foundation, so named because each institution is located in a scenic region of the state. Under the Golden Spot residency Crow's Shadow provides a series of two-week printmaking residencies for Oregon mid-career visual artists guided by Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen.

Crow's Shadow and the Pendleton Center for the Arts have shared a long, productive association, each helping to support and foster the success of the other. More information about CSIA and the Golden Spot residencies can be found
here.

Oregon Artists in collaboration with
Crow’s Shadow Press      
Feb 7 - March 1, 2013

He has long made works based on landscape. Growing up in eastern Oregon, the dry and rocky geology of the Great Basin was a strong influence. That reductive landscape continues to be an important source of inspiration, but Wyckoff is now generating more complex compositions suggested by slash piles of discarded trunks and limbs left behind by lumbering operations or jumbles of rocks and smashed trees rolled downhill by avalanches.

 

Recent compositions reveal a new approach to his entangled subject matter.  He has mimicked the interlaced limbs and branches found in the natural world by weaving together strips from the discarded margins of his prints.

 

 

 

Christy Wyckoff has been a working visual artist for over 40 years. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1968 and earned an MFA in Printmaking at the University of Washington. From 1979 to his 2012 retirement, Wyckoff taught at the Pacific NW College of Art.

CHRISTY WYCKOFF:

New Works
March 7 - March 30, 2013

Visitors to the East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in April were greeted by a sea of portraits that vibrate with brilliant color and lend tender insights to the inner lives of the characters portrayed. The paintings – more than 40 in all – by Hermiston artist Arlen Clark.

 

Clark has been painting for the past 35 years. He took one art class with northwest painter Sandra Campbell when first became interested in painting. “She didn’t teach us how to paint, she just told us we could paint anything we wanted, any way we wanted,” says Clark. “I spent the next several years trying to figure out what I DID want to paint, and how I wanted to paint it.”

 

Like many successful artists, he started out his exploration of painting by making copies of paintings by the old masters. He made several paintings after Vermeer’s iconic works, but didn’t connect with the style. Shortly after, he made a trip to St. Thomas and was struck by the vibrant colors and lush foliage. He also was interested in painting portraits of his wife, Linda, from old photographs. At the same time, he was voraciously studying art history and the work of all the icons of modern art. This deep exploration has giving his work a rich collection of associations. Viewers might recognize references to everything from Picasso and Gauguin to Australian aboriginal work.

 

Clark says he thinks about the paintings all the time, usually working on one painting at a time until the character and surroundings are fully fleshed out. He works as a janitor at the Hinkle rail station west of Hermiston. “I don’t have to think much at my job, it’s mainly just repetitive tasks, so as I do my work I think about the compositions.”

ARLEN CLARK
April 4 - April 27, 2013

Made possible through the generous support of Alerita Burns

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July 5 - July 26, 2013

“Keiko Hara: Prints 1981-2013” is a retrospective exhibition of more than 30 years of Hara’s printed work exploring variations of an on-going theme.

 

The series, entitled "Topophilia", conveys a sense of the place inside each human being where an exceptional inner power exists. 

 

“It is our individual topophilia that connects us while at the same time cultural and political boundaries separate us,” says Hara. “As an artist, I want to transform this topophilia into my artwork.”

 

Because the printing process may be repeated any number of times, an edition of prints is produced in which all of the prints are the same. However, instead of an edition of images, Hara often creates a series of one-of-a-kind images. Each print is a variation created by changing registration, inking and overlaying during the image-making process each time a new print is pulled.

 

Changing lights and reflection from certain environments adds yet another layer of imagery to Hara’s hand printed work. Tools and technology go beyond their mechanical, functional uses to create a bridge between human hands and the soul.

Made possible through the generous support of Marjorie Iburg.

October 2013 - Peter Bryan studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Memphis College of Art. His major art influences include DaVinci, Caravaggio, Jackson Pollock, James Lavadour and the art of the Southwest.

 

Bryan is a head injury survivor who credits the therapeutic power of art making with helping him to cope with various effects of his injury. He sought refuge in sketch books as a child and continues to sketch today. His latest sketch books led him to the series for the Works on Paper exhibit.

 

The works are done on a heavy paper using dimensional fabric paint, cattle markers and other unconventional mark making tools. The implements produce clean lines with great contrast and clarity and a color variety and texture that Bryan likes.

Susan Murrell: Embedded

March 6-29, 2014

 

Susan Murrell lives and works in La Grande, Oregon and her site-specific installations,
paintings and works on paper are exhibited nationally. She has been awarded residencies at international programs including Yaddo and Ragdale, and in 2012 she was a recipient of the Golden Spot Award at Crow's Shadow Institute for the Arts.


She is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University. This exhibit was made possible through the support of Shari & Dave Dallas.

R. Keaney Rathbun

April 3-25, 2014

 

Rathbun’s mixed media sculptures and screenprints are autobiographical narratives. The images are figurative and gestural, and are deceptively simple metaphors of human experience. They are joyous and whimsical, emotional and poignant. They represent an optimistic and naïve spirit embracing the moments that make up his life.

 

Free admission made possible through the generous support of Read & Bose, PC.

 

See a video of Keaney talking about his creative inspiration and techniques HERE