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Exhibit promises a 'Symphony of Color'


The Gresham Art Committee’s latest exhibit, “Symphony of Color,” tries to capture the “music,” so to speak, of various art forms depicting everything from the implied flapping of painted flower petals to the glisten of blown glass.

“This show will highlight the way we make colors move, like in a symphony, in the sound music makes as it moves us, or as the conductor moves his hands and arms to make the music work together to create a masterpiece,” says Lisa Rose Musselwhite, co-curator.

Rose Musselwhite notes the exhibit features work by the Soaring Hearts Artists from Infusion Gallery in Troutdale, a group of artists with developmental disabilities “working to make a difference in our community through their art.” In addition to the Soaring Hearts, several other Portland area artists are featured, a few of whom spoke with The Outlook about their work. Here’s what they had to say.

Autumn in Portland

Melissa Joy Sleasman hails from Oregon City and says her photo “Autumn in Portland” was taken outside her office building in Portland.

“The tree that produced these leaves always exhibits lively colors in the fall, but on this particular day it was like I had walked into a painting,” she says. “The sky was a rich gray, but it was still letting quite a bit of light through, which caused the wet, fallen leaves to display so vibrantly that they didn’t look real. When I saw that the theme of this exhibit would be ‘Symphony of Color,’ I immediately thought of this photo. I chose to have it printed on a pearlescent, metallic paper to enhance the image even further.”

Red Waterfall

Ann Cavanaugh of Battle Ground, Wash., created four fused glass pieces for the show, including “Red Waterfall,” which can be seen on the postcard and poster for the exhibit.

“This is a piece I did as an abstract because I wanted to play with the vibrant color combinations,” she says. “After studying it, I reworked it, letting the piece guide me to this final version that depicts a wooded area with a waterfall and pond. I think the depth of the wooded areas and the movement of the water is very good. I included it in the show because of the colors and the fact that you can ‘hear’ the symphony of the waterfall.”


Evan Burnette of North Portland has two blown glass vases in the show, both taken from a series called “Larry’s,” inspired by an artist Burnette met while first studying the art form.

“On one occasion while I was watching this individual do his work, he used a technique I still to this date have only seen him use,” Burnette says. “I was impressed. I soon gave it a try myself, not to much success, given my skill level at the time. Years later, while I was working for Garden City Glass in Skagway, Alaska, I revisited this technique, gave it my own little twists, and my (series) was born.

“The color in the glass gives an illusion of paint strokes,” Burnette adds. “Since oil painting has always been one of my other passions, this is exciting to me. I’m also drawn to this series due to its play on the medium itself. I personally believe glass’ finest attribute is its transparency, its ability to suspend and create depth in what in almost any other form would be considered a flat surface.”