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.
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.
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.
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 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:
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.
Heidi Preuss Grew
Kathryn Cellerini Moore
Sandra (Sloy) Nichols
James Brandon O’Shea
Susan Trueblood Stuart
John Van Dreal
Mary Lou Zeek
The show will be up through October 28, and can be viewed at the Hatfield Library during daytime library hours.