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First Friday Rolls Around Again!

Join us Friday, February 6, 2009, 6:00 p.m to 9:00 p.m. for a First Friday Artists Reception for Mark L. Tompkins and Virginia Flynn.

This month we are pleased to welcome two artists who are exploring the combination of text and image. Seattle photographer and writer Mark L. Tompkins brings us visual conversations that address the mystery and irony of the strong story lines that scribe through our lives. Tompkins’ images are dreamy black and white photographs paired with hand-written text. Depaak Chopra says of Mark’s work, “Mark Tompkins expresses the longings of the human spirit in images and words that stir the soul. You will find yourself in them.” You can preview Mark’s show here at his web catalog.

Also, fresh off her terrifically inspiring profile on Oregon Arts Beat, we are pleased to present Tender is the Knife, new paper cuts by Virginia Flynn. These delightful visual stories illustrate characters that come alive and dance across her crisp black paper. Characters based on poetry and verse by authors such as: William Stafford (at left), William Butler Yeats, Dorothy Parker and F. Scott Fitzgerald. Preview Virginia’s online catalog and the poetry that inspired each work here.

Artist Lecture: Mark Tompkins on Mixing Media

Mixing Media: Pitfalls and Rewards from Doing the Unexpected
Saturday, February 21, 2009, 5:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

Mark Tompkins, our featured artist in the gallery in February is both an accomplished writer and photographer. In creating art, when you begin mixing media, you begin challenging the visual references of your viewer. Not only does each component need to work, they need to work together – a romance, of sorts. Just as strongly it challenges the character of the artist, particularly their ability to trust. As an artist that mixes original photographic images with dedicated text (varying in length from one line to full poems), Mark will discuss the creative processes and challenges of mixing media as illustrated with these elements. Joins us for a fun, inspiring lecture. Preview Mark’s online catalog of his show here.

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