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Feves Gallery opens 2018-19 exhibit season with ‘Votive’

Post Date:09/19/2018 2:28 PM

Gallery Votive, 2018The Betty Feves Memorial Art Gallery is excited to kick-off its 2018-19 exhibit season with the artwork of Stevenson, Wash.-based artist Laura Buchan. The community is invited to attend an opening reception on Thursday, Sept. 27, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Blue Mountain Community College. The event is free, family-friendly, and includes light refreshments. Buchan will give an Artist Talk at approximately 5 p.m.

Buchan’s exhibit, Votive, includes intricately detailed wood sculptures inspired by the anatomy of plants, animals, insects and humans. She creates amalgams, combining parts from different objects to make unique sculptural pieces which cause viewers to question what they are seeing, and whether or not it might be real.

“The works are not meant to emulate one specific thing, but are often amalgams that can be interpreted multiple ways,” said Buchan of her sculptures. “The pieces evoke many different feelings. Some are serene, some playful, and others ominous, depending on how the individual forms interact to create a whole being. I am interested in both preservation and the process of decay, and so am fascinated with taxidermy, biological specimens, skeletal forms, seed pods, as well as withered plant life. I use a careful combination of these to inform my work.”

Buchan holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Sculpture and Printmaking from Western Oregon University. For more information about Buchan, visit her website at

The exhibit at the Feves Gallery runs Sept. 27-Oct. 25, 2018. The Feves Gallery is open Monday-Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and by appointment by calling (541) 278-5952. The Feves Gallery is located in BMCC’s Pioneer Hall on the Pendleton campus at 2411 NW Carden Avenue.The Betty Feves Memorial Art Gallery at BMCC is a non-profit exhibit space connecting emerging and established artists and their work with students, staff and the general public in eastern Oregon.