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Gresham Art Committee showcases 'Industrial' efforts

Latest show opens June 4, reception on June 14

Prior to the Gresham Art Committee’s decision to solicit pieces for its latest show, Scott Cutler, an Aloha-based painter and woodworker, had already created his collage piece “Technetium Extractor,” which depicts wires, wheels, computer parts and other items set against wood.

“The timing, I thought, was rather telling, that this was meant to be,” he says. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Technetium Extractor by Scott Cutler is among the pieces of art to be displayed June 4 to Aug. 4 at the Public Safety & Schools Building, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

Indeed, “Technetium Extractor” fits right in with the committee’s latest show, “The Industrial,” which the committee show prospectus states is more than about “machines grinding away, people hurrying off to work, even the financial segment of our economy,” but also includes other definitions of “industrial” such as “strength, heavy duty, bold, sharp lines, abrupt connection and dynamic interactions of motion.”

“It’s almost scary looking,” Cutler says with a chuckle, of “Extractor.” “You don’t want to put your finger in there.”

The piece is one of four Cutler contributed to “The Industrial,” which opens Monday, June 6, and runs through Aug. 4, at the Public Safety & Schools Building, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

A public reception takes place from 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 14.

Pulsing energy

A self-taught artist, Cutler is retired from a career in architecture and construction and says he only took up art after he left the working world. Whether he’s working on his paintings, his photographs or wood pieces — examples of which can be seen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. — Cutler says he derives great pleasure from creating his art.

“There’s just this energy that pulses through me when I do this,” he says, noting his years in construction have left him with physical pains that depart when he works.

“I don’t feel anything. I’m just in that world, and it’s good therapy,” he says, adding he wants viewers to enjoy his pieces.

“I just I hope they can feel half of the feelings that I can feel,” he says. “I want them to feel an energy, whether it be electrical or mechanical, to stimulate their own creativity.”

Lead Curator Kathy Huntington adds that the exhibit is widely varied in its ideas and works

“We have so many great pieces of art and photography with bold displays of industrial works as well as subtle hints,” she says.

If you go

WHO: Gresham Art Committee

PRESENTS: ‘The Industrial Show’

WHEN: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays, June 6 to Aug. 4

WHERE: Public Safety & Schools

Building, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway

RECEPTION: 5:30-7 p.m. Tuesday,

June 14

COST: Free

INFO: art4gresham.tripod.com