Sidnee Snell & Deborah Unger

Showing in the Main Gallery
July 31-August 26

Sidnee Snell "Waiting" textile/fiber hanging

Sidnee Snell “Waiting” textile/fiber hanging

Sidnee Snell is a textile artist who uses photo manipulation and stitching to create fabric paintings that reflect her diverse interests; lively cityscapes, quiet still lifes and the unexpected beauty found at the intersection where mother nature meets manmade objects. An electrical engineer by training, Sidnee came to art making via the domestic craft of quilt making. Sidnee s larger pieces combine photo manipulation with a unique appliqué technique and a heavily stitched surface. The appliqué process includes manually transferring a computer generated placement and stitching guide to a foundation, then attaching and trimming individual pieces of solid colored, hand dyed fabric to construct the desired imagery for the top. The top is then layered with cotton batting and backing, heavily stitched and washed to produce a highly textured surface. Her smaller pieces utilize photo transfer, manual color enhancement and light stitching. Sidnee explains Photographic images are the basis of my current work. I don t always know what it is about a particular image that draws my attention until I begin to work with it; I only know that it calls. The process of making art is important to a means an end result. I am artist and an engineer. I love playing with my tech tools. At the same time, the tactile nature and physical processes of creating with fiber,dyeing, painting, cutting, and manipulating the textiles inspire me.

Deborah Unger "The Changeling" wood/mixed media

Deborah Unger “The Changeling” wood/mixed media

Deborah Unger‘s sculptures are, at first glance, seemingly simple dolls, but on further examination the carved figures, each set in a special environment or vignette, evoke unsettling, nostalgic and thought provoking emotions. They can be interpreted as ironic, metaphoric or amusing. Unger’s introspective images use metaphor to describe personal and relational conflicts, making them reminiscent of what one might experience in a dream. She carves her figurative sculptures from basswood. As the human figures emerge from the wood; they became the soul inhabitants of their environment. After the carving, she then dresses them in clothes she sews. Using both hand and power tools, the dolllike figures are carved in components in order to accommodate the clothing. They are then dressed and arms or legs attached and the clothing sewn closed. The figures generally exist with or in structures, of which houses are a reoccurring element, employing a hierarchy of scale. Their postures and their trappings tell an intricate and compelling story.

William Hernandez & Mary Moore

Showing in the Feature Area
July 31-August 24

William Hernandez “Rose Garden” acrylic on canvas

William Hernandez, a Pervuian painter who trained at Lima’s Escuela Nacional de Bellas Arte, moved to Portland in 2009. His paintings are vibrant and colorful. To quote William,”Art is a journey full of creative and expressive possibilities with one single objective: to be sincere in all that one does. My life is full of color, and I feel the necessity to express that chromatic gamut on the canvas, reinventing and designing my hopes and desires through the figures that I create. My artwork is heavily influenced by urban life; I mix playful, dreamlike figures with vibrant cityscapes. The process involves different graphic techniques and a distinctive line in every figure and urban landscape.” William’s art portrays delicacy and serenity in figurative pieces, soul and color in abstracts. This blending of styles encompasses the feeling of the dreamlike, representational world of my works. His characters are drawn from collections in his imaginary world, and they emerged between a playful atmosphere and a sense sometimes festive, sometimes melancholic and mostly unannounced.

Mary Moore “Figure” ceramic

Mary Moore is an artist working with Stoneware. Each piece is made from a single sheet of clay, then individually formed and fired. The faces and hands are individually sculpted and stained with acrylic paints. The garments are painted with underglazes, giving each a soft matte surface into which patterns are carved using a small needlelike tool. This technique is known as Sgraffito. The combination of these methods serve to compliment and contrast each other in the final form. The artist takes inspiration for her figures from her spiritual upbringing and the religious idols of the Southwest. Her goal for each one is to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary, guided by the assumption that all humans are special and constantly moving towards an augmented awareness of themselves.

Nursery Rhymes, Children’s Stories, Games & Toys

Showing in the Main Gallery
June 26-July 29

The theme for the July show is “Nursery Rhymes, Children’s Stories, Games & Toys”.  Jill McVarish, an oil painter (nursery rhymes), is joined by three sculptors: Stephanie Brockway (carved wood puppets and mixed media wood sculpture), Steve Eichenberger (ceramic animal sculpture) and Wayne Haack (kinetic toys all made of wood).

Jill McVarish "Mary, Mary...How does your Garden Grow?"  oil on

Jill McVarish “Mary, Mary…How does your Garden Grow?” oil on

Stephanie Brockway “Claire” carved wood/mixed media

Wayne Haack "Bird" kinetic wooden toy

Wayne Haack “Bird” kinetic wooden toy

Steve Eichenberger “Trying to be Everything at Once” ceramic sculpture

 

Gesine Kratzner

Showing in the Feature Area
June 26-July 27

Gesine Kratzner’s art world is populated by curious creatures.  “Stories From The Forest”  is her theme for this show, so there are wolves and mushrooms, insects and amphibians. These are the beings that inhabit the fantastical forest of Gesine’s childhood, “a place that I have no trouble traveling back to for inspiration again and again. Many of my pieces tell a story, sometimes just by connecting one character to another by a glance that reveals their feelings. At other times the stories are more elaborate, usually light-hearted and humorous, occasionally with a bit of a darker twist. My background in animation definitely shows in my sculptural work. I give my creatures personalities that are distinct and alive, the way I would think about an animated character. I work with a variety of sculpting materials. For the smaller pieces I use polymer clay and epoxy clay, for the larger ones paper mache. Most often they are a mixture of the above, plus bits of wire, fabric and other miscellaneous scraps. Recently I have also been discovering my love for working in ceramics.”

Gesine Kratzner "Might Have You For Dinner" mixed media

Gesine Kratzner “Rich Mouse, Poor Mouse” mixed media

Gesine Kratzner "Might Have You For Dinner" mixed media

Gesine Kratzner “Might Have You For Dinner” mixed media