Thursday, November 20, 2008

Art for All Seasons

Art for All Seasons
Membership Show Annual Membership Show & Club Mud Ceramics Sale

Reception: Friday, Friday, Nov. 21, 6:00pm-8:00pm

Exhibition Dates: November 21-December 19

Title Sponsor: Oregon Family Dental

Come see the artwork of talented Art Center members! This non-juried exhibit is open to members of any age. All are encouraged to participate. This show is always eclectic and features a variety of artworks in all styles and mediums. The Club Mud Holiday Sale showcases handmade ceramic pieces and sculptures created by the artists of our on-site ceramics studio. Artwork Drop-off: Members may bring up to (2) artworks to the Art Center on Saturday, Nov. 15 between 12-3pm. For more information, click here.

Pictured left: "Golden Snow" by Avi Harriman

The Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene is a wonderful place not just to see art but to create and express your vision.

Before I say more make sure you visit the Art for the Ages exhibit I took a walk through when I dropped of two of my pieces (my first showing - non-juried of course) and was delighted to see the work being done for the show. It will be a great event as are all of the exhibits I've seen there.

Now a little bit about Maude Kerns who the center is named for:

"Maude Irvine Kerns (1879 – 1965) was an American artist. Kerns was born in 1879 in Portland, Oregon, where she was raised by her pioneer parents. After high school, she graduated from the University of Oregon, the California School of Fine Arts and later Columbia University, where she received a second degree in fine arts under the guidance of Arthur Wesley Dow. After spending time traveling through Asia and Europe seeing the works of Wassily Kandinsky, Piet Mondrian, Paul Klee and others from the avant-garde art movement, as well as a stint with renowned art teacher Hans Hofmann, Kerns returned to teach art at the University of Oregon in Eugene where she was named head of the Arts Department. She remained until her retirement in the 1940s. Many of her early works were destroyed during a fire at the art school.

From the 1930s through the 1950s, Kerns made a name for herself in the world of abstract art, painting in what was called at the time the "non-objective" art movement. A spiritual woman, she embraced the art-as-spiritual expression philosophy of Wassily Kandinsky. Her paintings were recognized and championed by Hilla von Rebay, chief advisor to Solomon R. Guggenheim, who purchased a number of her paintings, along with art from other standouts in the early American abstract art scene, for his Museum of Non-Objective Painting (later renamed Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum) in New York. Kerns died in 1965. The Eugene Art Center, to which she was a major donor, was renamed The Maude Kerns Art Center in her honor." ~ Wikipedia (The Free Online Encyclopedia)

This is a great way to get out and do something enjoyable today

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