Insight & Imagination

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I was invited by the staff at Willamette University’s Hatfield Library to curate an exhibit showcasing the art of Salem artists. This local exhibit is being presented in conjunction with a semi-permanent exhibit highlighting the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive, which features a collection of materials related to the careers of artists who are or were active in Oregon and Washington for the major portion of their careers. Several of the artists featured in the larger exhibit are also included in the Insight & Imagination exhibition.

A portion of the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive exhibit. The large painting is a piece by Rick Bartow.

A portion of the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive exhibit. The large painting is a piece by Rick Bartow.

Insight & Imagination represents the work of 23 talented, innovative, and active artists in Salem. Artists of all ages working in a wide range of genres were invited. Mediums represented include painting, textiles, assemblage, ceramics, book making, and photography. Artists were asked to submit a favorite art piece and since the work is not for sale, artists selected from their private collections or borrowed pieces from their collectors to display.

"Joyful Ride" by Tory Brokenshire

“Joyful Ride” by Tory Brokenshire

Along with their art, artists were asked to submit sketchbooks and a sampling of the tools they use to create their art, giving viewers a peek into their world of creation.

Sketchbook drawing by Heidi Preuss Grew

Sketchbook drawing by Heidi Preuss Grew

Last week I hung the show with the help of my good friend (and artist) Tory Brokenshire. When we first arrived at the library, Tory looked at the cases and looked at the art we had brought and said to me, “This isn’t all going to fit.” Fortunately, through auditioning, shifting, and a bit of creative magic, we were able to fit everything in perfectly.

The art is packed and ready for transport to the library.

The art is packed and ready for transport to the library.

Tory and librarian Joni Roberts nervously laugh at the enormity of the project.

Tory and librarian Joni Roberts nervously laugh at the enormity of the project.

We begin the process of putting the puzzle together. Tory is holding John Van Dreal's "Coleen With Pearl."

We begin the process of putting the puzzle together. Tory is holding John Van Dreal’s “Coleen With Pearl.”

The 23 featured artists represent a vibrant and thriving art community and we are honored and excited to present their work.

A sampling of the art:

"Fetching" by Elizabeth Bauman

“Fetching” by Elizabeth Bauman

"In Out Box" by Sandra Nichols

“In Out Box” by Sandra Nichols

"My Frida Bowl" by Mary Lou Zeek

“My Frida Bowl” by Mary Lou Zeek

"There Now" by Laura Mack

“There Now” by Laura Mack

"Time and Two Dorothys" by Kathryn Cellerini Moore

“Time and Two Dorothys” by Kathryn Cellerini Moore

 

But it is probably best to make your way to the Hatfield Library to see the art for yourselves and to spend some time at both exhibits.

Participating Artists:

Elizabeth Bauman
Rob Bibler
Tory Brokenshire
Heidi Preuss Grew
Charles Hannegan
Carol Hausser
Cynthia Herron
Bonnie Hull
Ann Kresge
Kristin Kuhns
Nancy Lindburg
Laura Mack
Kathryn Cellerini Moore
Dave Nichols
Sandra (Sloy) Nichols
Alexandra Opie
James Brandon O’Shea
Rebekah Rigsby
Susan Trueblood Stuart
Jed Thomas
John Van Dreal
Kay Worthington
Mary Lou Zeek

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The show will be up through October 28, and can be viewed at the Hatfield Library during daytime library hours.

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