Multnomah Arts Center Gallery
Call For Artwork: Monthly Shows for Multnomah Arts Center Gallery 2020
Announcing a Call to Artists for the 2020 Multnomah Arts Center Gallery schedule of monthly juried exhibits. Experienced and emerging artists living in Oregon or Washington (in the vicinity of Portland) are invited to submit group and solo proposals for shows in the gallery. The proposal submission deadline is September 1, 2019. The schedule will be determined by jury in September. Notification of the artists will be complete by October 1st. Acceptable Media and Procedures for the Submission of Artwork are attached. For more information about this Call to Artists, please contact Jaye Campbell at: email@example.com. For more information about MAC and the Center Gallery, call 503-823-2787.
We are pleased to announce our guest juror, printmaker Gene Flores. He was born and raised in El Paso, Texas. He received a Bachelor of Fine Arts from the University of Texas El Paso (UTEP) and his masters of Art and Fine Arts in Printmaking, with honors, from the University of Iowa. Gene began his teaching career at UTEP, where he taught basic drawing courses and also served as the Art Gallery Director. After working at UTEP for three years, Gene decided to leave his hometown and accepted a part-time faculty position at the University of Iowa teaching life drawing classes as well as working at the Cedar Rapids Museum of Art as a preparator. He has also taught painting, drawing and printmaking at Clackamas Community College. Gene is currently the Dean of Arts, Performance and Design division at Portland Community College Sylvania Campus.
Gene’s artworks are self-portraits and are greatly influenced by literature, music, politics, religion and everyday activities. As he explains, “My images have been described as humorous, insightful, and disturbing. Viewers often find my work to be thought provoking and challenging. I enjoy challenging viewers and their preconceived notions of what we take for granted. Many of my works are playful thoughts and my reaction of the world around me, with mythological creatures and a combination of human and animal characters (logic and instinct) playing a vital role. “His works are a window to another world with reoccurring characters and themes that tiptoe between the surreal and absurd. This is a strange world where anything is possible and where anything can, and often does happen.
Gene exhibits his works nationally and internationally. They can be found at the University of Iowa, El Paso Museum of Art, University of Texas El Paso, Sonoma State University, Universidad de Costa Rica, and Mira Costa College as well as private collections. The image below is a hand colored etching called Father Fish. The piece is 18 x 24 inches and was produced in 2018.
Now showing in the gallery:
Julie Forbes & Kendra Hurteau
August 2 – September 3, 2019
Reception: Friday, August 2, 7-9pm
“World of Evolving Art: Artwork made with discarded items”
Sculptures by Julie Forbes and paintings by Kendra Hurteau
“World of Evolving Art: Artwork made with discarded items,” an exhibit of sculptures by Julie Forbes and paintings by Kendra Hurteau, will be on view at the Multnomah Arts Center beginning August 2. The artwork reflects the artists’ unique art experience in which they recycle to create their art. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Friday, August 2, 7-9pm. The show ends September 3 at 5pm.
Julie Forbes is a Portland artist who, in her daily perambulations as a walker, encounters trash which she incorporates into her sculptures. The result is torn-down, built-up redemption for future lost artifacts. As she explains, “I champion the art of reclamation, an ethos born out of the crushing need to re-purpose and re-create. My art both celebrates and decries the detritus of our late-capitalist culture.” Art from her 3-D series, “Electronic Viscera,” reveals the inner workings of our enslaving, labor-saving devices so that viewers can make the connection between art, technology and sustainability
In her paintings, Kendra Hurteau likewise recycles to create art. She uses discarded plastics and metals to create the shapes in her “Ever Evolving” paintings. She states, “My art becomes a visual journal in which the whole world can see. The designs I create are inspired by our emotions and human experience. It’s my intent to connect those visceral feelings to something visual whether through my abstracts or portraits.” She wishes to engage the viewer, wanting them to relate to what they see, and to experience a reaction in connecting the dots in the privacy of their mind.
Coming soon in the gallery:
Pacific Northwest Sculptors
September 6 – October 1, 2019
Reception: Friday, September 6, 7-9pm
Artists Talk: Saturday, September 7, 11am
A group show of individual and collaborative sculpture
”Unmatched Pairs,” an exhibit of individual and collaborative sculpture by Pacific Northwest Sculptors will be on view at the Multnomah Arts Center beginning September 6. Each artist exhibits one individual piece plus a collaborative piece created with the sculptor they have agreed to partner with. An opening reception will be held in the gallery on Friday, September 6, 7-9pm. An artists talk will occur Saturday, September 7, 11am. The show ends October 1 at 5pm.
The Pacific Northwest Sculptors collaborative pairs are: Andy Kennedy/Dave Gonzo; Michelle Collier/Laurie Vale; Sue Quast/Bob Shepps; Andy Kennedy/Julian Voss-Andreae; Shelly Durcia-Laiche/Chayo Wilson; Piper Wood/Katie Sallos; Rocky Jaeger/Joe Cartino; Joe Cartino/Jonas Hartly; Sandy Visse/Linley Schetky; George Heath/Patrick Gracewood; Chas Martin/Craig Dorety. For the artists, the process had its own reward as they pushed themselves and each other into new perspectives. The show intends to motivate the viewer to seek collaboration with another artist. As curator Chas Martin explains, “Artists usually work in isolation. For this show, sculptors paired up to create collaborative pieces. Most individuals specialized in different media. Integrating concept and media was a risk for everyone. The results offer viewers a unique perspective on the creative process and demonstrate the power of collaboration.”
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A portion of all sales supports arts education at MAC
Multnomah Arts Center Gallery has approximately 200 linear feet with beautiful white display walls and “floating” walls for versatile art displays. As an educational instrument for our community, the MAC Gallery has been open since 1982 and has had over 300 shows. The artists who show here are residents of Oregon or Washington if they live in the immediate vicinity of Portland. We have 12 shows throughout the year with an artist reception coinciding with First Friday in Multnomah Village.
The MAC Gallery reflects the artistic dynamism of the Portland area with exhibits that emphasize the following:
- Artists not neccessarily represented by a gallery or with an art degree
- A diverse spectrum of media, from Fibers to Metal Arts and beyond
- Diversified subject matter, from controversial themes to the simply pleasing
- The working process of art through repetition of a single artist or group
- Trends in the artistic community Artwork related to current events
Though the main purpose of the Multnomah Arts Center Gallery is educational, we hope to have the shows stimulate thought and/or emotion and create some sort of reaction in the viewers who go through it.
Multnomah Arts Center’s mission is to provide high quality instruction and participation in the performing and visual arts to all interested persons, regardless of age, race, religion, ethnic origin, financial means, or level of ability. The MAC Gallery reflects this mission by paying the artist a larger commission than traditional galleries. Artists are accepted to show their work based upon a variety of criteria including artistic excellence, content, craftsmanship, professionalism, marketability, and educational value.
If you are interested in purchasing an artwork on display which is for sale, please inquire at the front office. A portion of all sales supports arts education at MAC. Read about the gallery’s 2013 renovation in the Portland Tribune.