Betty Feves Memorial Gallery Exhibit Schedule
2018-19 Academic Year
Kate Ampersand and Katie Newton: Vanishing Nature
Exhibit Dates: November 1 – 29, 2018
Opening Reception: Thursday, November 1, 4:30-6:30pm
In this two-person exhibit, each artist shares pieces from a series of work that explores iconic motifs of nature in the Pacific Northwest landscape. While each artist uses a different photographic process, the final images offer a visually stunning and thought provoking exhibit.
After the Boardman Tree Farm was sold and plans to remove the trees were announced, Kate Ampersand began photographing the trees during multiple visits over varying seasons to capture the ever-changing colors, lines, shapes and textures among the poplars. She uses three different types of cameras, including an iPhone, mirrorless and dSLR. While her tools may be digital cameras, she does not use Photoshop to alter her work, preferring instead to capture “real life moments as they actually exist, in-camera.” Kate, a self-taught photographer, splits her time between Portland, Oregon and Vancouver Island, British Columbia. She has taken continuing education classes in photography at Portland Community College and at Clark College in Vancouver, Washington. She has won numerous awards for her photographs and has work included in permanent collections, including a permanent installation at the Beaverton City Library.
In the series “Nature’s Afterimage”, Katie explores the continually shifting landscapes along the Oregon coast that result from the strong winds, tidal currents and storms common in the area. She creates lumen prints, which capture the afterimage of organic materials that have naturally fallen onto the photographic paper. Katie holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography from the University of Oregon. She currently resides in Redmond, Oregon.
Left image: Kate Ampersand, The Road, photography, 20” x 16”, 2015
Right image: Katie Newton, Sitka Spruce Bark, detail, lumen print, 2014
Shea Wilkinson: Parallel Worlds
Exhibit Dates: January 10 - February 7, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, January 10, 4:30-6:30pm (artist not present)
Shea creates art quilts using free motion quilting and hand embroidery. “The stories that I tell through my work are related to imagery from science, natural and extraterrestrial worlds, and mythology. I find natural phenomena has the potential to seem unreal or supernatural when seen from an unusual perspective, which I strive to share with the viewer.” Using materials including silk and cotton fabrics, polyester, cotton and silk threads, and wool, Shea creates stories, using stitch to amplify the textures of the spaces.
Shea has exhibited nationally and has received numerous awards, including the James Renwick Alliance's Chrysalis Award for a distinguished emerging artist in 2016. She holds a Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Nebraska at Omaha in International Studies and German Language. Shea is a self-taught fiber artist and currently lives in Nebraska. As Shea is interested in educating viewers about fiber art, the exhibit will include a display of time-lapse videos of her working in her studio.
Image: Traveler, Silk, silk organza, hemp fiber, polyester thread, silk thread, cotton, 30.25” x 45”, 2017
Marie Noorani: How It Looks on Paper
Exhibit Dates: February 14 - March 14, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, February 14, 4:30-6:30pm
Through her paper art, Marie both creates and destroys as she takes apart and reassembles to make each piece. “I thoughtfully create paper from natural fibers, recycled material, and small organic matter. Then, I destroy it. I spray it with ink, soak it in wax, tear it by hand, and cut it with razors. It is subjected to heat, held under weights, pierced with wires. Yet, moved by the inherent fragility and vulnerability of this medium, I compassionately and imperfectly reassemble the parts into my own ironically beautiful Frankenstein.”
Marie has exhibited nationally and internationally and has work in the permanent collection of the Columbia Basin College. She also recently received an award at the AMATERAS Paper Arts Festival at the Royal Palace of Culture in Sofia, Bulgaria. Marie lives in Richland, Washington.
Image: Robot Fathers, Handmade paper, 20” x 14”, 2016
Richard Thompson: Home Grown
Exhibit Dates: April 4 - May 2, 2019
Opening Reception: Thursday, April 4, 4:30-6:30pm
Richard’s landscape paintings reflect his surroundings, whether that’s the Southwest while living in New Mexico, or his home state of Oregon that he has recently returned to. “Over the last decade Richard has explored the rural, agricultural landscape of the American west with its distant horizons, far away mountains, geometric field patterns and farm buildings seen as if they are still life elements on a wide, vast table.”
Richard has work in the permanent collections of the Portland Art Museum, the Hallie Ford Museum, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art and the Maryhill Museum, among others. Richard holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts and a Master of Arts degree in Painting form the University of New Mexico.
Image: Modern Landscape/summer, oil on canvas, 30” x 40", 2017
Annual BMCC Student Art Show
Exhibit Dates: May 13 – 30, 2019
Opening Reception: Monday, May 13, 11am-1pm
The annual BMCC Student Art Show highlights the work of art students at BMCC. Work will be representative of the art courses offered at BMCC and will include a variety of two-dimensional and three-dimensional pieces, including drawing, painting, sculpture and ceramics. Each year a local arts professional is invited to judge the show and select awards. Gallery visitors can also vote for the People’s Choice Award.
Image: BMCC Student, Fruits of Warmth, acrylic, 12” x 8”, 2017
Laura Buchan: Votive
Exhibit Dates: September 27 - October 25, 2018
Laura’s intricately detailed wood sculptures are inspired by the anatomy of plants, animals, insects and humans. She creates amalgams, combining parts of different objects to make unique pieces which cause the viewer to question what they are seeing, and whether or not it might be real.
Laura says of her sculptures, “The works are not meant to emulate one specific thing, but are often amalgams that can be interpreted multiple ways. 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."
Laura has exhibited nationally and has won numerous awards for her work. Laura holds a Bachelor of Arts degree with a focus in Sculpture and Printmaking from Western Oregon University. She currently lives in Stevenson, Washington.
Image: Catadon, Alder, 34 1/2" x 18" x 12", 2018