White Bird Gallery is hosting a variety of artistic happenings during Stormy Weather Arts Festival, several new artists who are innovative in their approach to media are part of the exhibition.
New artist Valerie Savarie is traveling from Colorado to demonstrate her altered book sculpture techniques in the gallery. Savarie uses vintage books as the centerpiece of her creations, reinventing them into unique pieces through cutting, carving, stitching and character illustrations that are part of a larger visual storytelling. Valerie’s multi-dimensional book collages form an inseparable bond between words and visual arts. She will be showing a collection of altered book art during the new exhibition.
Tom Cramer is a native Oregonian and well-known artist who creates meticulously carved, painted and gilded wood reliefs. Cramer gained much recognition throughout Portland in the 1980’s and 90’s for his landmark outdoor murals, wildly painted art cars and carved miniature totems – all of which are bright, bold and lean toward American pop-culture. This show revisits those themes in a series of new paintings, functional art and his signature carved Totem sculptures. Cramer is currently the feature of a museum show that maps out the origins of his career, from early drawings, to paintings and three-dimensional works. It’s on view at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene through December.
The gallery is also showcasing new reductive wood sculptures by Eugene-based guest artist Shadowfox. These pieces depict meticulous renditions of animals, trees and nature-inspired narratives through hand-made layered wood relief. Local gallery artist Stirling Gorsuch has a new series of monoprints that will be shown unframed, emphasizing his tactile materials and process.
New artist Jon Norquist uses black coffee as his innovative medium to create sepia toned images that pay homage to the nature and adventure of the Northwest.
Long-time gallery artist Helga Winter has been using reclaimed library books for her mixed media wall hangings. Her works speak about disseminating stored knowledge and making room for new ideas. These poetic assemblages display a thoughtful use of media for Helga Winter who is known in the region for skilled wood-turnings.
Exhibition Dates: November 2 – January 6
Opening: during Stormy Weather Arts Festival in Cannon Beach, OR, Saturday, November 2, 2019 from 5pm – 7pm
White Bird Gallery
251 N. Hemlock Street
Cannon Beach, Oregon