Maude Kerns Art Center is pleased to present “Natural Affinity,” featuring the work of Jim Frazer, Gail Owen, and Lynn Pedersen. “Natural Affinity” showcases the work of three artists who draw inspiration from the natural world using different media and processes. The exhibit is on view through Friday, August 21.
“Natural Affinity” opens on Friday, July 17, with a public reception from 6 – 8 pm. The Maude Kerns Art Center is adhering to all State of Oregon and Oregon Health Authority guidelines including requiring masks be worn indoor, limiting indoor crowd size to allow for physical distancing, and serving refreshments outside to be enjoyed in the Art Center's courtyard.
Salt Lake City, Utah artist Jim Frazer exhibits mixed media pieces and sculptures inspired by the linear tracks made on the trunks of trees by bark beetles. He sees the tracks as calligraphic characters from an unknown language. His current work, which he titles “Glyphs,” is based on photographic images of details taken from the natural world. Frazer studied both painting and photography and has exhibited his work in solo and group shows throughout the US as well as internationally. He says of his work: “I want to encourage people looking at my work to notice small things they see around them and investigate how they relate to the larger world.”
Portland, Oregon artist Gail Owen, who specializes in hand-pulled linoleum reduction prints, creates graceful images of the flora and fauna of Portland. She painstakingly sews multiple prints together to form an elegant arrangement of repeating patterns. Owen describes her work: “My designs are planned to fit together into a larger matrix, which is another element of my work as nature repeats and divides itself, from which one comes many and the many become a larger body.” Owen has shown her prints in different venues in Portland, including at the Guardino Gallery. In 2018 she had a solo exhibit at the Fireplace Gallery at Mount Hood Community College.
Eugene artist Lynn Pedersen displays work in a variety of media, including etchings and woodcuts, sculptural and bas relief ceramic pieces, and drawings on wood. A ceramic artist for over 40 years, she began studying printmaking in 2003, focusing first on etching and then woodcuts. Much of Pedersen’s work is based on images from the natural world. Each work begins with a drawing done in the field, which is later refined in the studio. Pedersen has exhibited her work at multiple venues in Eugene, including Whiteaker Printmakers, Vistra Gallery, the Mayor’s Art Show, Lane Community College, and at the Maude Kerns Art Center.