Northwest Nouveau at the Cannon Beach Gallery
May 2-26, 2014
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Northwest Nouveau brings together the new and diverse works of four exciting Portland women artists-Jean Erhardt, Catherine Kumlin, Jean Rosenbaum and Sandy Sampson at the Cannon Beach Gallery. The Exhibition will feature works that range from rich, earthy oil paintings to exquisite and smart color photography, interlaced with a wealth and depth of experience and creative expression.
The exhibition will run from May 2-26, 2014 with special events on Saturday, May 3 to coincide with Cannon Beach’s Spring Unveiling Arts Festival. There will be an informal Aritst’s Conversation segment at 2:30pm on May 3, followed by an Artist’s Reception from 5-7pm.
Curated by painter and writer Jean Erhardt, the exhibition was inspired by her long term immersion in the world of fine art in Portland. Erhardt will be showing a series of paintings that were inspired by trees near the ocean that grow around her home on the Long Beach peninsula. “I love oil paint, the look, smell, and feel of it. I paint with my hands instead of brushes. I tend to paint what is on my mind or in front of me,” Erhardt explains about her work.
A fine art photographer, Jean Rosenbaum views the world through the lens of a camera, composing the smallest of details into photographs. After 45 years of shooting as both a commercial and fine arts photographer, Rosenbaum is still in love with the medium, which is apparent in her work.
“I am fascinated by the interplay of shapes, lines, shadows, and color,” Rosenbaum explains about her Typewriter Series, which will be on display. “In my typewriter series, I focus on the symmetry, shadows, rich colors, beauty and humor of these aging machines. My main goal is to present a more intimate vision, a different way of looking at everyday subjects,” Rosenbaum continues.
Sandy Sampson is an interdisciplinary artist and educator with a thirty-five year exhibition history. Sampsons current body of work explores the impact of dams on human communities and the ecosystem, with an awareness of their aesthetic beauty and the contradiction therein.
“This group of paintings is inspired by contradictions between beauties and methods. This contradiction mirrors my own conflicts regarding my artistic practice. Spending time in the studio, making, is as close as I have come to a mindfulness practice or meditative state. On the other hand I question the sustainability and ethics of creating more objects and the material resources I use in the process of making,” Sampson explained about her methods of making art.
The last artist represented in the exhibition, is Catherine Kumlin, who started traveling in college, as well as documenting those places with drawings. She continues to travel extensively and to draw every day as a way to experience new landscapes in a deep way. Back in the studio her creative process welcomes her life experiences into her
work. For Catherine, her work in painting, drawing or jewelry is to make visible what begins as a feeling.
Kumlin’s paintings will also be on display at Newmans 988 as part of the Cannon Beach Gallery’s pairing with Chef John Newman for Art from the Chefs Table, which is one of the events that coincides with the Spring Unveiling Arts Festival.