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Arts Council to present 'Environments'

Works of Randall David Tipton and Tom Cramer on exhibit all month


Photo Credit: SUBMITTED PHOTOS - Tom Cramers Floating World, oil on wood carved relief panel will be on exhbit at 510 Museum and ARTspace March 6-27.

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will present the work of Randall David Tipton and Tom Cramer in an exhibit titled “Environments” opening March 6 at 510 Museum & ARTspace and continuing through March 27.

This exhibition will be open to the public each Tuesday through Friday throughout the month of March, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment.

Tipton, a resident of Lake Oswego, and Cramer, a Portland native, will be exhibiting paintings and painted wood relief carvings that spark a visual contemplative exploration of the natural world. Tipton’s paintings provide both referential and recognizable imagery of scenes surrounding Lake Oswego, his constant juxtaposition of muted and vibrant tones, programmatic and spontaneous brushstrokes, and patterned yet abstracted imagery encourages the viewer to visually examine, celebrate and ponder our lush surroundings.

After living in Portland for a number of years, Tipton found unexpected artistic solace in Lake Oswego and now sees his Lake Oswego environment as crucial to his artistic career.

“Having quick access to forests and wetlands has made a remarkable difference in my work,” Tipton said. “These places are truly ‘environments’ I experience almost daily. My intention is to get to the heart of this damp wildly fertile landscape and celebrate it.”

Cramer, who will be exhibiting both paintings and wood relief carvings, utilizes the exploration of his surroundings as a lens to understanding how the environment affects us emotionally.

Visualizing many recognizable places from around the globe, Cramer’s work is an investigation of the gray line between representation and non-representation as he employs his own recollections and memories to represent what he saw rather than what he is seeing.

“We are always in different environments,” he said. “And these affect us all — my art is about the environment of the outer world and how that affects the inner world.” An artist well-known for his ability to explore many styles of art — surrealist, expressionist, pop art, etc., Cramer’s sculptural paintings blur the boundary of tradition or typicality and provoke an experiential and oftentimes tactile response that mimics the human relationship with nature.

The opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. March 6, 510 Museum & ARTspace, located at 510 First St., Lake Oswego.

Tipton and Cramer will be giving a free public lecture at 6:30 p.m. March 19 and Tipton will offer an artist demonstration at 11 a.m. March 26. Both events are open and free to the public and will take place at 510 Museum & ARTspace.

Contact Program Manager Lori Goldstein at the Arts Council of Lake Oswego for more information at Lgoldstein@ci.oswego.or.us.

Lake Oswego artist Randall David Tipton will show his art, including Into Bryant Woods, oil on panel in Environments.

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