Experience being an Artful Wanderer in June
Month-long celebration of art, travel workshops, events and presentations inspired by travel near and far
Sharing photos taken on vacation is common, and depending on the location and photographic talent of the vacationer, the interest of the viewer can ebb and flow, just like the tides on that sandy beach in the picture.
However the vacation pictures inspired by five local artists vacations are capturing the attention of many, in a special exhibit titled The Artful Wanderer, Near and Far. Artists Mary Burgess, Susie Cowan, Rene Eisenbart, Jani Hoberg and Jan Rimerman are exhibiting art inspired by travels at 510 Museum and ARTspace in Lake Oswego during the month of June.
The inspiration came as a group of artists discussed their new work, Rimerman said. As the conversation unfolded a common denominator of traveling was revealed. The discussion continued and the commonality of using sketchbooks on the go plus writing and drawing in travel journals just seemed part of the artists regular routine.
After traveling with Susie Cowan and Lee Baughman with Art Adventures to France last fall a whole new world of travel journaling opened up to me. The work debuting in the French Collection is due partly to this experience, she said.
Rimermans inspiration went several leaps further than just exhibiting art inspired by travel. She has curated a whole months worth of events, lectures and workshops, all focusing on art and travel, near and far. Events include lectures on traveling European waterways, Cuba, a tango dance demonstration, concerts of Brazilian Choro and Portuguese Fado singing, a discussion on South American cuisine and a cookbook signing, how to pack light and smart. And then there are the art classes: how to sketch botanicals, the magic of marbling, hand lettering, creating a travel journal and more.
Nearly two dozen events are planned during the month.
The workshops and events for the month were inspired by the thought that other people, whether artists or not, are inspired by travel, too, Rimerman said. Travel opens up new ideas and broadens personal horizons of understanding and acceptance of new concepts.
As part of the months activities, Lake Oswego actress Joan Freed is presenting musical theater and travel stories from 7-9 p.m. June 10.
I initially had to scratch my head, because this is not a usual subject for me, Freed said. But I then came up with three elements for my presentation.
Freed will incorporate musical comedy songs about travel, such as Noel Cowards Why Do the Wrong People Travel and John Kander and Fred Ebbs Ring Them Bells, about a woman who leaves her New York City apartment in search of romance, travels around the world to Dubrovnik in Croatia, where she meets and falls in love with the guy who happens to live in the NYC apartment next door. To the musical component, Freed will share vignettes of her own travels.
Including my first business trip to Philadelphia where I was left alone in a crows nest at the top of the William Penn Tower, 36 floors up, with a murderer still at large, she said.
Freed will also include stories of her fathers travels during World War II, when he served with the Armys Signal Battalion and was stationed in North Africa, Italy and Japan.
My father was a masterful writer, Freed said. And in his retirement, he wrote compelling stories documenting his overseas experiences. ... His stories and eyewitness accounts provide a compelling view of northern Africa and southern Europe in that tumultuous time.
An opening reception will be held from 5-7 p.m. June 3 at 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 1st St., Lake Oswego.. The event is free and open to all, reservations are not required.
Attendees to the events will be given tickets which enter them into drawings for three travel bags hand marbled by Susie Cowan and filled with art supplies, handmade sketchbooks, prints, cards and other gifts donated by the Artful Wanderer artists and presenters.
Three winning tickets will be chosen at 5 p.m. June 30 at 510 Museum and ARTspace; winners do not have to be present to win.