Donna Guardino

February 21, 2016

February 25 through March 29

Dennis Anderson "Alberta Rose" water-based oil

Dennis Anderson “Alberta Rose” water-based oil

Dennis Anderson is rooted in the ”method” of genre painting, a category of painting in which domestic scenes or banal incidents seem familiar. He finds the Portland area, with its people and places, a great resource for his painting inspiration. “My desire is to elevate the activities of daily life, those mundane scenes where the moment becomes the subject. I like the balancing of what is familiar with the thought of what was seen. Whenever I venture out into Portland area, I take random pictures and make selections from this data. What I’m searching for in a particular scene is a feeling, some sort of place, or maybe its just happening upon the way sunlight defines and creates shadows But, my paintings are not recordings. These figures and elements can be ambiguous and remote like props on a stage. Often I’m interested in the way people interact with or detach themselves from one another. I tend to use local color for my characters and orchestrate a palatte of hues to capture a sense of place and time. By making these choices I’m hoping to bring the viewer along, finding something familiar or remembered.”

Marcia T Smith "Party" ceramic

Marcia T Smith “Party” ceramic

Marcia T Smith is an artist creating ceramic sculpture. She calls her cast of characters: “Phantasmagoricals”. “I like the idea of duality, or even of multi-dimensionality, and how so many of us have lived more than one life – or – are juggling several different aspects of our lives at different times during our journeys. I often feel today that, in life, we are living on an “edge”. These images, like dreams, are a composite of the dualities of life, evoking a place between the tangible and subconscious, the familiar and the imaginary. “Dreams are a source of my inspiration as are childhood memories, fairy tales, ghosts, snakes, animals, insects, circus events, games, etc. Dreams seem to compress and heighten reality. They can conjure up engaging pleasures or unpleasant fears.”

FEATURE AREA (February 25-March 27)

James Lilly "Case and Point"

James Lilly “Case and Point”

James M. Lilly creates wall sculptures with paint & wood. He terms them as “relics” since that seems to most accurately describe their format and purpose. “My relics are created in a medium which is typically acrylic on wood and starts with a wooden frame like structure. Shapes, objects and textures from the location or event that inspires a piece help determine its overall construction, look, and feel. I build the frames in a traditional wood shop, and often incorporate elements that are cut and engraved with a laser. The surface of the frame is painstakingly faux painted as weathered wood, steel, stone or concrete. A center section spotlights an object or creature(s) of significance, and various written clues are added to the construction as faux painted bronze plaques, metal or wooden badges, engravings, or signage. The format or shape of most work takes on a medieval altarpiece influence and some even have hinged doors and resemble a cabinet. Each piece takes on a very personal theme. Some are tributes to people, special places, and events that I have observed and experienced. Others are private observations that comment about current issues and contemporary life.”