Artist Spotlight

Virginia Flynn – Tender is the Knife

This month in our back gallery we are featuring an amazing show of paper cut artwork by Portland artist, Virginia Flynn. Inspired by poetry, her paper cuts are delightful visual stories whose characters come alive and dance across the crisp black paper. Here’s one of the few remaining works in this show:

This slave cemetery has no

headstones, iron fence, or gate.

No witness but

pine needle,

brilliant cardinal,

pink columbine,

salvation light

on a quiet leaf,

and now me,


~Michael Wynn

Flynn was recently featured on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat (see the video here) and just installed four large metal panels for a public art project in the Pearl District.

Be sure to stop by and see Virginia’s show through Saturday, February 28th. In the meantime you can preview a full online catalog of Tender is the Knife here.

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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