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Artists wrap their minds around exhibit

Show runs from Feb. 10 through April 2

Thought becomes action in the next Gresham Art Committee exhibit,

“The Artist’s Mind,” which runs from Feb. 10 through April 2 at the Public Safety & Schools Building, 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.

A reception takes place Feb. 10 from 5:30-7 p.m., and the exhibit is open weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Admission is free, and you can learn more at greshamartcommittee.com.

The committee notes that the show will delve into “entries that portray what is in our minds, our thoughts and feelings, perhaps the road life has lead us on, and how we get these feelings and experiences on canvas, or whatever your choice of medium is to communicate with others, our audience, and to move them to think.”

Late in life

One artist sharing her thoughts is Brita Gould, a self-taught sculptor who says she wants to use her art to “work through my own challenges of aging and as a stage on which to express my memories, struggles, joys and ruminations of life in our culture and the human condition in general.” Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - In the Winter of Her Life by Brita Gould.

“This is a ‘late in life’ venture for me,” she says. “An inherited physical condition, plus general aging issues prevented me from continuing to perform and teach modern dance, my first love. So I was looking for another creative outlet and circa 1998, took a class in mask making. Something really ‘clicked’ for me, and I couldn’t quit making faces. Faces are what I continue to be drawn to.”

Gould is exhibiting four pieces from her “Where Her Stories Live” series in the “Mind” show.

“I am hoping that viewers will see aging female faces that reflect the joy and satisfaction of a life well lived.”

Another self-taught artist whose work is part of the exhibit is Dianna Ferenz. One of her pieces is the painting “Speculum Mentis,” Latin for “mirror of the mind,” and “depicts that particular challenge of the human condition — the internal struggle of standing face to face with oneself. It’s also my interpretation of the universal archetype ‘trickster’ within the mind, representing the unpredictable and chaotic side.”Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Speculum Mentis by Dianna Ferenz.

The mind can cause misperceptions she adds, noting “Speculum” highlights “a point of departure for balancing our duality: our intuitive and psychological aspects.”

Boldly go

Another artist whose work will be on display takes his viewers from inner space to outer space. Steven Loss, a retired construction worker living in Gresham, made “Starship Traveler,” a copper-wire-and-bead creation which also contains lights, that resembles the Starship Enterprise vehicle from the TV series “Star Trek.” The Vietnam War veteran says working on such projects helps him cope with post traumatic stress disorder and is also a way for him to make his mark in the art world.Photo Credit: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Starship Traveler by Steven Loss.

“I read an article in an art magazine that said you had to come out and be different and bold in order to be recognized,” he says. “I figured that’s the way to do it.”

“Starship Traveler” took Loss six months to make, and is 42 inches long, 18 inches tall and 18 inches wide. Loss says he believes it’s the only sculpture of its kind in the world and that its display marks the first time his work has been shown in an art exhibit. He says he hopes children, in particular, enjoy his creations and plans to donate a portion of his work’s sale proceeds to needy children.

“I still don’t think of myself as an artist,” he says with a chuckle. “But everybody else does.”


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