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Gresham exhibit contains series of 'Reflections'

Exhibit opens with artists' reception

A couple of years ago, Gina M. Williams of Lake Oswego was visiting her husband’s family in rural Wisconsin when a bit of magic happened.

“I got up before sunrise one morning to catch the light hitting the farm pond,” she says. “Everything was perfect. The light, the clouds, the water. The fields had just been mown for hay, and everything smelled clean and fresh.”Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - 'This Kind of Love' by Gina M. Williams.

Williams says she had a camera in hand and took a picture, which she titled “This Kind of Love.” The photograph is on display in the Public Safety and Schools Building, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway, as part of “Reflections,” the Gresham Art Committee’s latest exhibit.

“The mirrored images seemed like a great fit for ‘Reflections,’” says Williams, a photographer and mixed media artist.

Williams’ comments allude to the idea behind the exhibit, says Caroline Green, the show’s curator.

“This theme encompasses a wide array of styles, techniques and images,” she says.

Portland’s Janice A. Green works primarily in clay and is a member of the Oregon Potters Association. Her piece “Tulipiere” was inspired by her love of “nature’s artistry in the many varieties of tulips.” She adds that her tulipiere, or tulip-holder, was made in sections. Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Janice Green's 'Tulipere' is among the works to be displayed in 'Reflections,' the Gresham Art Committee's latest exhibit, which runs through Dec. 4.

“I threw the upper section separately on a pottery wheel,” she says. “After attaching the upper section and the main body, I added the side blooms, which were made using a ‘slab’ technique. I then fired the completed tulipiere. This is called ‘bisque firing.’ Next I under-glazed, over-glazed and fired the piece again.”

She says the tulipiere is “whimsical” and “a reflection of the tulips it holds.”

Green also has two ceramic pieces on display, as well as an oil painting, “Tea Gardens Reflections,” shown on this page.Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - 'Tea Garden Reflections,' an oil on canvas work by Green.

The show’s curator believes art lovers will enjoy the GAC’s latest exhibit. Green adds that the show includes a variety of media, including pastel, clay, mixed media, photography, oil and acrylic.

“I think the viewer will really enjoy the and appreciate the wide variety of reflections displayed at this show,” she says.


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