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“An archetype can be recurring motifs in art or other creative forms, as well as blueprints for life choices,” said Roxanne Colyer Clingman, explaining why she and fellow artist Katherine van Schoonhoven titled their show at In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art “Archetype.”


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTO - 'Pilgrimage,' a painting by Katherine van Schoonhoven, depicts the archetype of the seeker at In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art.Colyer Clingman opened the Milwaukie gallery 18 months ago because she wanted to get people in the community excited about art.

“Archetype” will run until Jan. 11.

Roxanne Colyer Clingman

Colyer Clingman said she and van Schoonhoven are both interested in human behavior, and they chose to focus the show around archetypes, a “concept of universal patterns of inherited potential,” that was first introduced by Carl Jung.

“The effect of archetypes on our life direction and choices is the overarching theme of the show. My pieces cover subjects from the parenthood archetype, ‘Perfect Mother,’ to archetypes that warn us when we’re sabotaging ourselves or selling out our integrity,” Colyer Clingman said.

Two of her pieces honor her mother and daughter for their contributions to creating a better world, while a self-portrait completes the trio and underscores the generational nature of archetypes, she added.

The warrior archetype comes to life in “Choose Your Battles,” a bas-relief sculpture.

“The warrior archetype protects us, and the legend of Amazon in literature was an influence as I constructed this piece. The embellishments and found objects are personally significant and include jewelry I wore as a young woman and a lock from my grandfather’s tool box. The work celebrates my return to sculpture as a medium,” Colyer Clingman said.

She noted that she and van Schoonhoven work well together as they each “pursue our individual artistic direction while exchanging support, encouragement and critique. The dynamic cements a synergy and our friendship. The authenticity and integrity of our commitment to making art fosters mutual respect, even though our work is very different.”

Colyer Clingman said she is deeply appreciative of the support she and her gallery have received from the Clackamas County Arts Alliance and Milwaukie residents.

“The artists who show in our little boutique space are some of the best in the Northwest region. I feel very fortunate to live what I love and have an opportunity to share with people who enjoy and care about keeping the creative arts alive,” she said.

Colyer Clingman is an artist, musician and writer with professional certifications in bio-field energy applications, including medical intuition. Her art education includes the formal BFA process, workshops and apprenticeship. She has garnered prizes in juried shows and has hosted solo shows. Her favorite award is a people’s choice, “because making art because I love the process is enough. When other people appreciate my art-making, I feel great satisfaction.”

Katherine van Schoonhoven

“Archetype” seemed like just the right title for a show with Colyer Clingman, since both women are “professionally and personally interested in people, their behaviors and stories,” van Schoonhoven said.

Most of her pieces in this show are acrylic paintings, and one is a pastel.

“My paintings are meant to be symbols of the archetypes they represent. The idea of each archetype I painted went through the grist of my life experiences and reflections before becoming a painting,” she said.

One piece that symbolizes the archetype of the seeker is titled “Pilgrimage.”

“You first notice the main character, who is turned to show her elaborately colored cloak and profile. Around her are other figures, all hooded, and it seems that they are on a journey together. The main character has a golden orb at her feet, perhaps guiding her along her way. In my experience, many travel the way of a pilgrimage, but not all who travel are seekers,” van Schoonhoven said.

Her paintings are compatible with Colyer Clingman’s works, because “as is true in our lives and in our friendship, our paintings are intense and full of energy. They invite the viewer to take time to view them, and richly reward those who do,” she said.

In addition to be being an artist, van Schoonhoven also is a musician who fell in love with the piano when she was 7 years old.

“I studied classically for 30-plus years and taught, played concerts, and worked on and off as a professional musician. My undergraduate degree is in literature, and my graduate degree is in counseling. In 2005, when I retired out of a mental health career, I took my first art class. I was looking for a hobby and discovered instead a beautiful passion,” she said.

Archetype

What: A show of paintings and sculpture on display until Jan. 11

Where: In Bocca al Lupo Fine Art, 2025 S.E. Jefferson St., Milwaukie

When: 1 to 5 p.m. Thursdays and Fridays and 10 a.m. to

2 p.m. Sundays

More: Visit inboccaallupofineart.com. For more about Roxanne Colyer Clingman, visit roxannecolyerclingmanart.com. For more about Katherine van Schoonhoven, visit katherine-artandmusic.blogspot.com.

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