Modernism pioneer exhibits locally
Jack McClarty, a pioneer of Oregon modernism, will be the featured artist at Art Adventure Gallery in Madras during February.
The exhibit offers Central Oregonians a rare opportunity to view the works of a celebrated and important Northwest artist. An opening reception for the artist will be held during the Madras Art Walk, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 7, at the gallery.
McClarty is one of Oregon's most renowned artists and the subject of two recent books that document his career as a painter and printmaker. Born in Seattle and raised in Portland, McClarty studied at the Museum Art School (now Pacific Northwest College of Art) and in New York at the American Artists School. In 1947 he joined the faculty at the Museum Art School, where he taught for over 30 years.
His work is held in museum and university collections throughout the United States. Whenever a regional museum or publication features important Northwest artists, McClarty's name is rarely omitted.
Some high lights in a long list of achievements and exhibits include a 20-year retrospective of paintings and drawings at the Portland Art Museum, the winning of a mural competition for Civic Auditorium, a one-man show at the governor's office in Salem, and the winning of a commission to create a mural in Portland City Hall.
McClarty, along with his wife Barbara, opened one of the first successful art galleries in Portland, exhibiting his own work and many well-established artists from throughout the Northwest region. Their "Image Gallery" in the downtown area became a local icon, offering fine art along with the works of Canadian and Mexican crafts people.