Gallery's summer project features layers of art
Adventures in art dont depend solely on one persons art talents. They can engage many people at once, some of whom might be total strangers.
That idea is the driving force behind the Forest Grove-based Valley Art Associations latest project, titled Traveling Canvases.
Each group of artists, with four in every group, gets a blank canvas. Individual members of the group add a layer of art onto the canvases and then pass it on to the next person to add another layer. The rotation continues until each artist gets their original canvas back after all four members have added their own layer, which they can then keep for free. Every rotation lasts around two weeks.
Jeanne Levy, the associations education chairwoman, experienced the idea when she attended a workshop in Taos, New Mexico, a highly artistic region where Georgia OKeeffe and many other prominent artists spent their time. This is the first time Valley Art is pursuing the project, and the response to it so far has largely been positive.
People are excited, theyve been saying that it sounds like a lot of fun, said Levy.
Sometimes the project can be a hassle in other areas where the members have to mail their canvases. But by making the activity a more community-based art experience, Valley Art devotees hope to make it easier for everyone to pass along the torch.
People can meet in front of Safeway, or give the canvas to the next person while meeting over coffee, Levy said.
Another aspect of the project is how accessible it is. Anyone can join in and make a group kids, teenagers, people of all skill levels the canvas event is meant to be very inclusive. Its also not limited to painting; people can add stickers, glue or paper napkins with a pretty pattern. Creativity is encouraged, as long as each person receives a dry canvas.
You dont have to be skilled to enjoy this, said Levy. People might think I cant do art, what could I possibly add? Be brave the next person who gets the canvas is going to be thrilled with whatever is put on it, and their imagination will be triggered.
Since 1966, Valley Art has been providing affordable art and technique classes in the heart of downtown Forest Grove. After 50 years of being one of the oldest nonprofit, volunteer-driven art galleries in the Pacific Northwest, it continues to engage the town with activities invested in the community.
Its a really great summer activity, Levy said. I hoping itll help people become more familiar with the gallery and generate interest in art, especially for the younger crowd and build a stronger community.