June 2021 - Jill McVarish, Stephanie Brockway & Mike Wellins
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IN THE MAIN GALLERY...
May 27 - June 22, 2021 - Jill McVarish & Stephanie Brockway
Jill McVarish: Oil Painting
This will be my third two person show with Stephanie Brockway. I love the way my paintings interact with here playful assemblage sculptures and puppets. Our work for this show, although not really religious is derived from her idea of "Perge the Demons" as a concept relating to new beginnings as we emerge from what has been a very couple years for most of us. With the combative political climate and the frustration of the pandemic coming to an end, the new mantras seem to be "give love" and "make peace". In this series of oil paintings on linen, I, very lightheartedly, explore what the bible calls the "Seven Cardinal Sins" and "The Seven Virtues". They all seem to me, to be traits, good and bad, that we all possess to some degree at one time or another as we struggle to be better people. And because of that, it has been fun to insert humor into the depictions of these traits, relatable or not...
See Jill's Oregon Art Beat Episode:
Jill McVarish Oregon Art Beat
Stephanie Brockway: Mixed Medium/Wood Carving
This body of work started as a fun challenge to use up things I have long collected, for my assemblage sculpture art ....that was taking over my studio. I wanted to make the giant animals that we need to protect and for people to interact with rhinos, elephants and giraffes! And create a fun joyful body of work, as we heal from a challenging year.Lets play and learn to smile again. Most of the sculptures are interactive and have a movable quality to them. A combination of carved wood, clay, metal, glass, found objects and paint are incorporated into each one of a kind sculpture. The Art always ends up teaching me something about myself. I am resilient. My voice and all art matters!
And let’s think more about the animals we share the planet.
See Stephanie Brockway's Oregon Art Beat Episode:
Stephanie Brockway Oregon Art Beat
IN THE FEATURE AREA...
May 27 - June 20, 2021 Mike Wellins
Mike Wellins: Mixed Medium
“I can now safely say that I’ve been doing art for half a century. I’ve done tons of art in loads various types of art in that last half century, but in the last few decades, most of my work was driven by outside forces, jobs, work, shows, deadlines, etc, but Covid19 and the pandemic lockdown changed all that. Last year was the year where all of that was lifted and I was able to do pieces I wanted to do, that just interested me, and not much beyond that. Many were projects I’d thought about but just couldn’t’ get to, due to the demand of day to day business, and life. So that’s what this is: the year of amusing myself, mostly.”
See Mike's video:
Vampire Killing Kit & Clock Video