A group invitational exhibit featuring ten Oregon artists is on exhibit at the Memorial Union Concourse Gallery at Oregon State University through Nov. 30. Exhibiting artists are: Cheryl Barclay, Nena Bement, Kathi Borrego, Jan Roberts- Dominguez, Victor Guschov, Ed Matson, Susan Pachuta, Laura Peters, Deb Scheele, and Ron Wolf. The exhibit features painting, photography, glass, ceramics, metal sculpture, basketry and fibers.
Laura Peters was first introduced to pottery shortly after moving to the West Coast from New York. She found that her “graphic art and illustrative background led her to approach the clay as a surface to be rendered upon”. Laura’s work is mainly handbuilt, using slabs or coils of clay. The most time consuming aspect of each piece is the underglaze brushwork. The highly-detailed scenes are inspired by observations, stories, her academic studies in Anthropology and Zoology, and the animals she works with at the Chintimini Wildlife Rehab Center.
For Jan Roberts-Dominguez, Art has always played an integral role in her professional life as a food writer. She learned early in her career that newspaper editors and cookbook publishers think in terms of design and lay-out when deciding what to publish. “By providing that artistic element along with my words and recipes, it broke me away from the pack of fellow writers. The huge plus, though, is that I love producing art for my stories and books; it makes projects more complete, more satisfying, more mine.”
Nena Bement, a glass and fiber artist shares “My mom thought all art, from paintings to quilts, needed just a touch of chartreuse to perk things up. She considered chartreuse and fuchsia neutrals. I think I inherited her philosophy of color. My dad loved trying things he had no idea how to do. From him I learned my favorite phrase, ”Just try it!”
Victor Guschov has been painting for more than 40 years. Landscapes, seascapes and nature are his subject matter, whether it is watercolor paintings or contemporary copper or aluminum wall pieces. His life experiences become a part of his work, “”It’s hard to imagine trading my life for one with fewer twists and more security. The memories I have-of living in a two-dollar room on Bourbon Street: working at a fast-food dive on Sunset Strip and walking home in the dark to a seedy apartment; crouching under bridges next to wild rivers to stay dry while painting in the rain; watching snow pile up on my palette- all turned into paintings.”
An opportunity to meet the artists and see more of their work will be available on Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., at the 32nd Annual Holiday Marketplace located in the Memorial Union Ballroom.
The Memorial Union Concourse Gallery is open 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to midnight Saturday and 10:30 a.m. to 11 p.m. Sunday.
~ Susan Bourque