Local artists earn recognition at Aurora Art Show
Artists from Aurora and Canby won top prizes at the Aurora Art Show, which lasted Aug. 11 to 13.
Vern Skogen of Canby won Best of Show for his carving "Pintail Duck.. He also won first prize in the 3D category.
Skogen carved his life-size work of art from one block of wood, with the exception of two tail feathers that he carved separately and then inserted into place, over the course of six months. Wood oil was his only other "ingredient." Skogen carves regularly, but not every day, and has already begun his next piece.
"Visitors to the show were astonished at the lifelike nature of the carving and the different textures Vern achieved," Susan Black, the chairwoman of the Aurora Art Show, said. "The breast feathers looked (and felt) downy and soft; the wings strong and capable of lifting the duck into flight."
Eric Wechter, another Canby resident, took first place in the Acrylics Painting category for his striking black-and-white depiction of "Tennis Shoes."
"That painting has attitude," said one admirer at the show.
Aurora artists also took home big awards during the show.
Jan Glenn won People's Choice (which is determined by popular vote among all the show's attendees) for "Tara," her watercolor portrait of a beloved and respected Portland-area Buddhist leader. The painting also won an honorable mention in its category from the judges.
Two North Marion High School students won Townsend Awards for Student Art — Kayla Golka for "Words of Love II" and Daisey Pastrana Morales for "Erika."
Golka's photo is part of a large series on bullying, while Morales' charcoal drawing celebrates individuality. The award is named for (and given by) Aurora resident Larry Townsend, to recognize his many years of service to the Aurora Art Show and to help support young people's art.
Ian Graham won first prize in the Print/Drawing/Graphic category for "Yggdrasil," his mysterious and dreamlike ink print based on traditional Nordic imagery.
Other First Prize winners were: Jesse and Trang Lawler of Corvallis for Photography; Mary Weil of Newberg for Pastel Painting; Sharla Sevy of Portland for Watercolor Painting: Lynn Brush of Lake Oswego for Oil Painting.
The show, part of the Aurora Colony Days celebration, was judged by Alexandra Opie, chair of the art department at Willamette University, and Brian Rogers, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission and the Oregon Cultural Trust. Chair of the show was Susan Black of Aurora.