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A listing of local art shows and exhibits by local artist
by: submitted photo, Sarah Pruett,

Art Gym at Marylhurst to show Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition

The 2012 Bachelor of Fine Arts Thesis Exhibition will be on displayed in the Art Gym on the Marylhurst campus through June 17. The thesis candidates will give a gallery talk at noon on June 6. Candidates include Kelly Casad, Michael Dambach, Harper Jade, Kimberly Kelly, Joanne Radmilovich Kollman, April Levy and Sarah Pruett.

Kelly Casad's paintings of working class people take particular inspiration from the work of documentary photographers Lewis Hine and August Sander. She bases her paintings on particular photographs and because many of the subjects passed away, finds that painting "these wonderful faces serve as a menento mori - a reminder of the brevity of life."

Michael Dambach has made a series of biomorphic abstract sculptures of the abdomen, partially in response to Friedrich Nietzsche's statement, "The abdomen is the reason why man does not easily take himself for a god." Working with parpe mache and paint, Dambach offers a grotesque but humorous commentary on what he calls "the unreasonable or foolish side of being human."

Harper Jade paints with acrylic on wood panels to create her large-scale 15- to 20-foot-wide paintings. Titled "Interstices," each work in the series is made up of four or five panels separated by small interstices or gaps. Although predominantly abstract, references to landscape, light and space are present in the works.

Kimberly Kelly juxtaposes planes of color and intersecting spaces and is inspired by the work of American painters Richard Diebenkorn and Edward Hopper. Photographs she took on a trip to Rome in 2010 provided source material for many of her paintings on birch panels. For the artist, these abstracts works also reference family and memory.

Joanne Radmilovich Kollman uses photography to document her subjects, who are young and old, friends, strangers and acquaintances. She then uses those photographs as starting points for her oil on canvas paintings. She attempts to capture a sense of reverie and what she calls "in-between moments" that are spontaneous and fresh and convey the "dignity and wisdom of ordinary people."

April Levy's topographical sculptural landscapes are populated with miniature figurines scaling cliffs of upholstery and egg crate foam rocks wrapped in hot pink elastic bandages and proliferating googly eyes. The artist sees her sculptures as physical manifestations of psychological space - spaces and places that are childlike, sometimes terrifying and in Levy's hands darkly humorous. Levy writes that she is influenced by the work of filmmakers David Lynch and Tim Burton, writers Roald Dahl, the Brothers Grimm and Samuel Becket, and comedians Andy Kaufman, Amy Sedaris and Peter Sellars - all of whom occupy "the spaces between comedy and tragedy."

Sarah Pruett has created a series of paintings for her thesis that examine biblical stories like the Good Shepherd, Lot's wife and Daniel in the lion's den. In paintings like "Shepherd," "Pillar of Peggy" and "Pete in the Shih-Tzu Den," Pruett seeks to escape the black and white interpretations taught to her as a child. Pruett substitutes memorable people from her teenage and young adult years for the biblical figures and places them in kitschy domestic scenes full of humorous detail. She writes that she is seeking to challenge "the meaning assigned to the imagery of these familiar Bible stories" and replace it with more nuanced interpretations.

The Art Gym is open Tuesday through Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free.

Annie Meyer Artwork Gallery - 120 NW 9th Ave., Suite 102, Portland. Showing "Embodiment," West Linn artists Marla and Mike Baggetta's new series of collaborative art. Show opens June 7 and runs through 30, when a closing reception will be held.

CCC student art show opens today

The Clackamas Community College 2012 Student Art Exhibition opens today in the Alexander Gallery on campus. The exhibition showcases the work of the diverse and talented student artists at CCC in a juried group installation that includes works of painting, drawing, photography, graphic arts, digital media, sculpture, ceramics and jewelry.

The student art show is an annual exhibition that is an exciting time for all art students as they funnel their creativity into finished pieces of art. Students utilize their inspiration to translate various materials into finished objects that evoke thought, technical skill, craftsmanship and, at times, emotion. They also address installation issues such as framing and/or arrangement of their work and how it will be displayed.

The Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center and is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The Oregon Society of Artists to hold Rose Fest show

The Oregon Society of Artists will open the Rose Fest Juried Art Show with a reception June 10 from 1 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display through July 6. Opening July 8 will be a large and small format show. Opening reception is July 8 from 1 to 4 p.m.

The OSA gallery is at 2185 S.W. Park Place in Portland.

The Stafford showing Oregon Watercolor Society art

The Stafford Boutique Retirement Community will hold an artists reception June 1 from 4 to 5 p.m. with wine and appetizers being served. Music will be provided by pianist Mark J.

The Stafford's new art show will feature art from members of the Oregon Watercolor Society.