Saturday, February 27, 2010

Three Extraordinary Women & Their Extraordinary Art

For a variety of reasons ranging from dedication, generosity of spirit, and pure talent, these are three of my favorite Portland regional visual artists.

All of whom focus on the portrait:

Celeste Bergin ... her moody neo-fauvist portraits of 'women of questionable reputation' grab me right in the gut, and heart. Celeste is also known for her tireless work with Portland Plein Air & Studio painters. What would they do without her, I ask you? I had the pleasure of meeting Celeste through this groups' exhibit at the Kingstad Gallery. (That's another subject altogether.) Somewhat scandelously, but absolutely deserved, she was awarded Best of Show for Thoughts Of Malcolm.

Gwenn Seemel ... I had the privelege of showing her work as a guest artist when I curated Art & Labor & The Labor of Art at Olympic Mills Gallery in 2009. Gwenn was also recently featured on Oregon Art Beat. Her work is playful, generous, and bursting with color.

Becca Bernstein ... Becca's portraits are, if I may, masterpieces. Tender and moving, larger than lifesize biographies of her subjects.

Becca and Gwenn have a collaborative exhibit, Subjective, traveling around the region that will be opening in Corvallis 3/5.
The Arts Center
700 SW Madison
Corvallis, OR 97333

6 through 31 March
Tuesday through Saturday 12:00 to 5:00 PM

Reception and book launch: Friday 5 March 5:30 PM
Artist talk: Thursday 11 March 12:00 PM

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