Maude Kerns Art Center’s “Inspired Instructors: Works by Maude Kerns Art Educators” opens on Friday, May 22. The exhibit, which features the wide-ranging work of 16 of the Art Center’s exceptional instructors, is an opportunity not only to support these individual artists, but also to showcase what they offer to our community as art educators. “Inspired Instructors” is on view through Friday, June 26.
“Inspired Instructors” includes the work of Amy Albrecht, Mika Aono, Taro Baugnon, Kate Bollons, Barbara Counsil, Carolyn Gates, Shelby Lynn Harvey, Cooper Jeppeson, Linda LaVie, Rogene Mañas, Krista Raasch, Christopher St. John, Sarah Sedwick, Sara Smith Spahn, Craig Spilman, and Jordan K. Walker.
The artwork in “Inspired Instructors” – 67 pieces in all - ranges in style from realistic to abstract, from colorful to monochrome, introspective to exuberant. The mediums, which are as diverse as the creators, include ceramics, pen & ink, oil, acrylic, watercolor, textiles, printmaking, graphite drawings, and paperclay. Below is a brief summary of the kind of work each artist is exhibiting.
Amy Albrecht shows one striking large-scale oil painting.
Mika Aono displays five exquisite works created with various printmaking media.
Taro Baugnon contributes four ink drawings depicting themes of daily life and the imagination.
Kate Bollons exhibits five of her sensitively rendered Oregon landscape paintings.
Barbara Counsil shows five colorful oil paintings of subjects drawn from nature.
Carolyn Gates displays four delicate watercolor paintings of flowers and butterflies.
Shelby Lynn Harvey exhibits five ink drawings in an accomplished illustrative style.
Cooper Jeppesen contributes three stoneware ceramic vessels fired in traditional anagama kilns.
Linda LaVie shows five brightly colored paintings of still life and natural subjects.
Rogene Mañas displays five of her distinctive paperclay on canvas works, including four from her “Everyday Saints” series.
Krista Raasch exhibits four minimalist textile panel pieces that explore the theme of intimacy and interiors.
Christopher St. John contributes one painting and four ceramic bowls featuring stylized animals and promoting responsible stewardship of the planet.
Sarah Sedwick shows five of her masterly oil paintings of evocative still life subjects.
Sara Smith Spahn displays four pieces of art related to the Trauma Healing Project’s Healing Through Art Support Group.
Craig Spilman contributes three powerful semi-abstract graphite drawings that engage with natural phenomena.
Jordan K. Walker exhibits four works, including three striking realist landscape paintings in oil as well as an ink illustration.