The moment you enter the Umpqua Valley Arts Center, you come face to face with one of the five exhibits currently on display.
The Corridor Gallery features sculpture, paintings, fibers, photography and multi-media works from a group exhibit titled “Angels.” Donna Crispin, James Thatcher, Pat Snyder, Connie Vincent, Bruce Vincent, Jan Horn, Kim Kimmerling, Sheryl LeBlanc and Rich Bergeman are all Oregon artists.
Snyder is a printmaker who has began exploring with paintings. Thatcher has created images using geometric shapes, including a piece made on roofing tar paper. Donna Crispin works with fibers to create birds and dolls.
Pastel paintings by Jan Barba Horn are displayed in Gallery II. The solo show is titled “The Unlimited Journey.” According to Horn, she chose pastels because she “enjoys the intensity of color, the luminosity and control as the painting comes to life in bold intensity.”
“We’ve known about Jan for a long time. She has shown her work at Umpqua Valley Arts Association many times, but this is her solo show,” said McGee. “We are really excited to show a broad range and all of her work in this one space.”
Horn’s paintings dot the walls of the room with detailed landscapes and colorful scenes. Included in the show is a book that her great-grandmother wrote. Horn provided the images that accompanies the pros.
“When you look at that book, you really get a sense of where Jan is coming from as an artist,” McGee said. “I often think that I would love to see the world through Jan’s eyes, because its just so hopeful and soft and just so beautiful.”
The Red Gallery features award winning, 80 years old artist Kim Kimmerling. His solo show is titled “Beginning of Time.” Kimmerling’s work is called Iconic Symbolism and is based on a multitude of cultures. According to McGee, Kimmerling has been described as going “out to change the world and the world changed him and his art.” His media includes painting, pottery, printmaking, fiber, metal, collage and, most recently, up cycled books.
Jim Norris, Hallman Woodworks, James Thatcher, Bob Walker, Leah Amick, M.S., George Ayers, Richard Worthey, Cammy Davis, Kevin Eckerman and Ryan Moon, all Oregon artists, are featured in “Found in the Wilderness: An Exhibit of Locally Crafted Furniture and Artwork by Oregon Artists.”
“We really wanted to focus on local makers, people who were making furniture pieces,” McGee said. “And then we had the idea to incorporate 2D works.”
Including the paintings and photography allows for the creation of little spaces that people could see themselves actually inhabiting. The first pieces you see of the exhibit features Worthey’s wood work, created using wood from his own land. Worthey has been involved with the Arts Center for 30 years, teaches wood turning and working throughout the community and is president of the Wood Working Guild.
“He is probably one of the most important people that we have here at the Art Center because not only does he make beautiful work but he really supports other people in their endeavor, to learn their craft and to grow,” McGee said.
According to McGee, Worthey’s pieces are a snapshot of what the exhibit is all about, taking something that is found in the wilderness as a raw material and craft it into art.
An installation by the students in Oakland, grades first through twelfth, are presented in the Student Gallery. Titled “A Fresh Start,” students used white to portray their ideas of what the theme meant to them.
“White has a massive voice in this whole thing,” McGee said. “But that’s what the kids felt, that this was the color that represented a fresh start.”
Every piece, no matter the media, is white. Students have had to focus on form to relay their message. Materials include paper, paint, chalk, clay and paper mache.
The exhibits will be on display 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m to 2 p.m. Saturday until Dec. 22. A gallery reception will be held 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Dec. 7.