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Public Safety and Schools building awash with splashes of color thanks to art exhibit

by: CONTRIBUTED ART - 'Night Dance,' acrylic on canvas, by Kerry Hryciw.Gresham’s sedate public safety and schools building has been transformed into a world of colorful paintings, mixed media, photography, digital art, sculpture, jewelry and pottery through the latest installation by the Gresham Art Committee.

“Color Splash” runs through Sunday, Oct. 7, at the building, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway. Weekday viewing from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. is free and open to the public.

An artists’ reception featuring music by Matt Moran will take place from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 28. For more information, visit greshamartcommittee.com.

Curated by Lisa Rose Musselwhite, Michael Anderson and Connie Otto, the show is meant to evoke a rotating kaleidoscope tube, as “the tumbling of the colored objects creates a varying of colors and patterns,” the curators say. Anderson’s riveting enhanced digital photograph “Water Locks” piece is featured in the show and is just one example of the vivid multicolored artwork on display.

“It’s a very big show,” says Musselwhite, committee chairwoman. “We got an overwhelming response by artists to be in the show, and we already sold one piece the day we hung the show.”

The Outlook spoke to a few of the artists about the work they are displaying. Here’s what they had to say.

Becky Hawley’s “Mystic Orb,” oil painting

by: CONTRIBUTED ART - 'Mystic Orb', oil, by Becky Hawley.“This is my second painting of monks,” Hawley says. “I am drawn to the colorful robes and simple life. I work in both oil and acrylic. Quite often I work out my composition in acrylic, under-paint in acrylic and over-paint in oil.

“In this painting, I took liberties with the scale of the space in the parapet of the monument to fit all of the monks I had in mind. My intent was to give the feeling that the robes are a continuation of the sunset. The mystic orb was going to be an old stone ball that has been there for a long time, But as I began painting it, it began to glow, so to speak, so I stopped and put it on a pedestal reminiscent of other pieces there.

“The monks squeeze together in complete harmony to view the awesome sunset; the monk in the rear is on tip-toe, craning to see over the others, while the most senior monk has his arm over the shoulder of the youngest monk, a caring gesture. I always tell a story to myself while painting, and sometimes people can see a story of their own in the painting.”

The Sandy resident has been painting since 2005 and is president of the Wy’east Artisans Guild (wyeastartisansguild.com).

Sergey Bezhinets, “Red,” oil painting

“I always was fascinated with cats,” he says. “They can be fun, but also they can have an evil side. There are a lot of mysteries in them. The image of non-humanoid with face of the human just stuck in my head one time.

“Red is quite an unusual color for the cat, just drawing viewers’ attention. I think the image of red cat with a human face sitting in the dark is quite impressive.

“Oil on canvas is my favorite medium,” he adds. “I am enjoying even the smell of oil colors, though I am working in acrylic, watercolors, gauche, you name it.

The Portland resident has been an artist since 1980, and you can see more of his work at sergey-bezhinets.artistwebsites.com.

Kerry Hryciw, “Night Dance,” acrylic on canvas

“I had gotten on Facebook.com a couple of years ago and began talking with artists all over the world — Bali, Germany, Israel. It was really inspiring. That’s what the different colored ladies represent, women from all over the world.”

Hryciw says she always communicated with her Facebook friends at night, which is why she chose to depict the “hand of God” lifting the veil of the night to depict the women dancing.

“They’re happy and free,” she says of the figures. “It just hit me when I was talking to one of the gals, and I went to the canvas.”

With two children at home, she says she likes to use acrylic paint since it’s less noxious than oils.

“I just love paint,” she says. “I like the smell of it. I’m a mess with it!”

To see more of her work, visit fineartamerica.com/profiles/kerry-hryciw.html.




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