Arts Council to open collaborative art exhibit
n From the Roots Up includes Lake Area Artists, Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild art
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The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will present From the Roots Up, a collaborative exhibition of the work of Lake Area Artists and the Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild. The show opens March 4 at 510 Museum & ARTspace, located at 510 First St., Lake Oswego, and closes March 25. Presented and curated by the Arts Council of Lake Oswego, the exhibition is open to the public each Tuesday through Friday during the month of March, from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. and by appointment.
Lake Area Artists is a group of 40 local painters. Founded in 1966, the group supports the arts in Lake Oswego and nearby communities. They present an annual exhibition at the Lakewood Center for the Arts and participate in many special exhibitions throughout the year. Members, who are well-known regionally and nationally, work in a variety of media, including watercolor, oils, acrylics, pen and ink, encaustics, and pastels.
I am happy to be able to participate in this community art partnership, said Susan Greenbaum, a member of Lake Area Artists. I love the idea of the painters and woodworkers coming together for this theme and appreciate how it exemplifies the growth of art appreciation and support in the Lake Oswego area.
The Pacific Northwest Woodturning Guild (PNGW), founded in 2004, consists of nine members who exhibit their woodturning pieces in galleries and art shows regionally and nationally. Tom Willing, a local woodturner who, with LAA members Theresa Andreas-OLeary and Alexandra Boyden, helped organize the exhibition, said there is an organic connection between the artwork his group creates and the community.
The urban forest along our streets, in our parks and yards, comprises many species of fine wood for turning, Willing said. To create art from these trees when they come down is to honor their spirit and that of the community they have enriched.
From the Roots Up will also feature multi-media collaborations created at Frogwood, a four-day artists collaborative sponsored by PNGW. Frogwood draws together internationally known artists working in wood, metals, stone and fibers.
The theme of the show, From the Roots Up, is a play on words.
While at first we thought very literally about what it takes to create the art being displayed and how the two art groups are linked through this utilization of wood (wood, fibers, paper, etc.), we then began thinking more conceptually about this idea, said Lori Goldstein, program manager for the Arts Council of Lake Oswego. The arts provide visual nourishment that is necessary for the community to continue to grow, blossom and connect us all.