During the month of July, a respected Silverton gallery is presenting an exhibit featuring work by eleven Pacific Northwest artists. The theme of the juried show, Home is where the HeART is, centers on each artist’s response to the concept of ‘Home.’
Helen Nute Wiens, member of the Lunaria Gallery board, says that the artwork received pleased everyone at Lunaria. “We were hoping for a broad interpretation of the theme and we were not disappointed,” she says, “and the quality of the work that we received was exceptional as well.”
The selected artists work in a wide variety of media, ranging from traditional painting to ceramics, fiber art, mixed media, assemblage and more.
Three pieces included in the exhibit were created by collage artist Bob Androvich. “It was a great opportunity for non-members like myself to show here,” he says. “This is a very popular gallery.”
Androvich, who creates a range of collage work from refined to whimsical, from personal to lyrical, says of the other participants in the show, “There’s a lot of talent here and such a variety of art mediums. I’m excited to be part of it.”
Lunaria is a cooperative, member-owned and -operated gallery. The decision to hold the gallery’s first juried show came from a desire, Weins says, to include and involve more community members. “As a cooperative, we look for ways to support local artists; to share their work with a wider audience and expose our community to new and interesting artwork and artists.”
The public response has been affirming. “It’s a good sign when you have a gallery full of people, actively discussing the artwork,” Weins says. At a reception early in the month, a Member’s Choice Award and a People’s Choice Award were presented to two artists. “Maude May was awarded Member’s Choice for her piece, A Good Place to Remain and Kay Kranz was awarded People’s Choice for her piece, Coffee and Color.”
In addition to May and Kranz, the Pacific Northwest artists included in the show are Kate Ampersand, Bob Androvich, Barbara Fischer-Chase, Deborah Denno, Jay Harris, Margaret Plumb, Sandra Visse, Deb Wallig and Patricia Young.
The response to Home is where the HeART is has been so “extremely positive we have decided to make this a yearly event,” Weins says. “We’re already planning next year’s show for January.”
Lunaria Gallery has been a fixture in the Silverton community for 23 years. “Being an active part of our community is important to us,” Weins says, “and we look for opportunities that benefit the community that has supported us for so many years.”
Home is where the HeART is
Juried multimedia show
113 North Water Street, Silverton
11 a.m. To 5 p.m. daily through July 29