Baggettas new work at Annie Meyer Gallery

by: submitted photo, Embodiment, a series of art pieces by Marla and Mike Baggetta will be on display during the month of June beginning June 7.

West Linn artists Marla and Mike Baggetta will debut their new series of collaborative figurative artwork June 7 through 30 at the Annie Meyer Artwork Gallery, located at 120 N.W. Ninth Ave., Suite 102 in Portland.

The show, titled 'Embodiment,' features original mixed media paintings ranging from small pieces to large-scale originals. The show opens on First Friday, June 7, and an artist closing reception party will be held June 30 from 6 to 9 p.m.

'We are both really excited about this new series of artwork, the first time we have collaborated on a complete and comprehensive body of artwork,' said Mike Baggetta. 'It has been a really fun and rewarding experience and all the artwork pieces together in one space will be very dramatic.'

Marla Baggetta is recognized nationally for her contemporary landscape painting in pastel, acrylics and oils. She is also a highly sought after workshop instructor and juror, and teaches throughout the country. Locally she has taught at PNCA, Sitka Center for Art and Ecology and Creative Arts Community/Menucha.

Mike Baggetta is known primarily for his contemporary abstract mixed media works on board. His art can be found in corporate and private collections across the country. Mike is also an active board member of Portland's annual art event, Art in the Pearl, serving as an art director the past eight years.

The couple first met while attending Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Calif. Both worked as commercial artists, Marla as an illustrator and Mike as a designer and art director, before focusing on their fine art careers shortly after moving to Oregon in 1993.

Married for 25 years and having worked in the same studio for as many years, both artists decided it was time to collaborate on a series of work.

'These figures are an exploration of how we embody a physical form,' Marla said. 'Each piece is created by starting with the gesture of the figure and is a process of layering paint, plaster, resin and collage elements; going back and forth between drawing and painting, back and forth between the figure and the background. The way to the finish is different for each piece; each one mining the unconscious, finding our way to the finished work through an intimate collaboration.'

The closing gala event will include body painting by Kim Millen, music, wine tasting and food.