Visiting Book Artist Lecture THURSDAY: Tobias Lange

Join us for a fascinating visiting artist lecture:
Thursday, February 19, 2009, 7:00 p.m.
Free and open to the public.

We are very pleased to welcome Tobias Lange to the gallery for a presentation of his work and a discussion of his collaborations as a letterpress book artist. Tobias will be at Portland State University as a visiting artist the week of February 16-21. We are thrilled that PSU is hosting this public event here in the gallery. Tobias comes to us from Hamburg, Germany following his lecture at the CODEX Conference in San Francisco. Click here to preview Tobias’ work at his web site.

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.

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