Oregon Art Beat’s anniversary show
In September of 2008, Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Oregon Art Beat filmed a segment about my work. The crew met with me twice: once to get footage an exhibition of my work and to interview me at my studio, and another time when I was photographing a subject for a portrait. When the segment aired a year or so later, it changed me both as a person and as an artist.
Being represented in this way gave me more confidence in my voice and my vision. At the time, I’d already been working at this whole artist thing for a while, and the Oregon Art Beat clip made it clear to me that my work was paying off, not only because I’d been featured but also because I had managed to communicate what I wanted to communicate in a coherent and compelling manner.
What’s more, seeing my art and myself in moving pictures made me want to do video all the time. I dove in a few months later, and I’ve been posting one video per week on average for the last four years. This section of my blog brings together all the vlogs and process videos I’ve created.
It’s funny to look back at the segment now. Five and half years is not really all that long, but I feel like I’ve grown a lot since then.
And my art has certainly evolved! When the OPB crew filmed me, I wasn’t even thinking of making art in any genre besides portraits, and these days I regularly paint other things besides human faces.
This spring, Oregon Art Beat is celebrating fifteen years of making regional art more accessible with a show in Portland. My painting of an appaloosa Pegasus will be at the party along with many others, and there will be performances by artists who aren’t necessarily object-makers.
Reception: 19 April from 2 to 9 PM
Party: 17 May from 2 to 9 PM
Open: 19 April through 15 June
Hours: Thursday through Sunday, 12 to 6 PM
Mark Woolley Gallery
Peoples Art of Portland Gallery
Art Beat Main Stage Gallery
top floor of the Atrium Building at Pioneer Place
700 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR 97204
I haven’t joined the smart phone universe yet, but, for those who carry computers around in your pockets, this app is an excellent way to keep track of all the festivities!