A win-win for local art and history
The local museum director calls a partnership with three local artists a win-win.
The Bowman Museum will host a Fine Art Show and Sale next weekend, featuring the paintings of three Prineville artists.
The whole idea came from one of the artists, Pamela Claflin, who lives in Prineville and recently became a museum member.
"They will sell their art here and split the proceeds with the museum," explained Bowman Museum Executive Director Sandy Cohen.
The show, featuring three local established contemporary artists, opens in the Bowman Museum Community Center Friday, Nov. 30 and concludes Sunday, Dec. 2. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day.
A Meet the Artists event is set for 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and will include opportunities for visitors to talk with the artists about their work. Cohen said they will serve hot cider, coffee and cookies, and it will be a relaxed atmosphere.
"It's really good art, a good show, and plus a fundraiser for the museum, so what could be bad? It's a win-win," Cohen said. "They selected works of art that fit in with a particular theme, which is scenes of Central Oregon, and so the paintings that they chose are ones that really reflected that."
Each of the three artists has relocated to live in Prineville within the last four years. In October, all three exhibited their work in Oregon State University's 150th Land Grant Celebration Art Show in Corvallis.
Claflin was introduced to oil painting during a year's study in Norwegian, Russian and German Rosemaling at age 30. She moved to painting on canvas the following year when introduced to master painter Delbert Gish, who taught the traditional Russian style of painting at the academy in Kiev, Russia. Claflin studied with him for several years and taught workshops.
She worked as a graphic artist for five years and then moved to Bend, where she founded and operated Mockingbird Gallery from 1989 to 2007.
Since selling the gallery, Claflin dedicates her time to full-time painting. Her goal is to preserve scenes for nature — its inhabitants, buildings, flora and fauna — for the public to behold and enjoy.
She was recently juried into the High Desert Museum's Art in the West and the Wallowa Arts Festival shows.
The second artist, Laurel Buchanan, spent much of her Southern California youth outdoors with her family at the coast, in the mountains and at the family ranch in the foothills of the Sierras. Since 2001, she has made her home in Oregon, where she has focused on landscape oil painting.
Her style of art is based on observation of nature and is painterly and impressionistic. She has a chromatic palette, influenced by the early California impressionists, and she paints with an amply loaded brush, creating a subtle texture in her impasto paintings.
She has a degree in art from the California State University of Long Beach, has numerous awards and honors, and was juried into the 2018 American Impressionist Society national show.
The final artist, Eric Jacobsen, was born and raised in New England. He studied fine art at the Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut, from 1991 to 1995, where he received training in the tradition of drawing and painting from life.
He is inspired by the beauty that he sees in nature in both landscapes and still lifes. He completes painting in plein air, on location, and in his studio. He looks for strong composition in nature to portray accurately with as little detail as possible to maintain the strength of the piece as a whole and capture mood.
Jacobsen has won numerous awards and has shown in galleries and painting events nationwide. He is a master teacher and conducts workshops in several states. He was juried into the 2018 American Impressionist Society and Oil Painters of America national shows.
The three artists will display 60 or more works of art during the Bowman Museum show and sale.
"This is very good art. These are all established artists, and of course, it's a fundraiser for the museum," Cohen said, noting that the prices range from a few hundred to a few thousand dollars, and the contemporary paintings are a variety of sizes.
Cohen encourages those who are in the market for artwork to attend the show and sale, however, it is also open to those who appreciate good art.
"We haven't really had an art exhibit that I'm aware of, so even if it were just an art show with nothing for sale, that would have been good enough for me," Cohen pointed out. "But since they're selling it and splitting the proceeds with the museum, the museum always needs funding, to me it was just great."
Proceeds will most likely be used for future exhibits and education programs.
"The art is very reflective thematically for what the individuals in this part of Oregon would really, really enjoy," Cohen said. "This aspect of their work and the individuals that I think will come to see this work is a perfect match."
Bowman Museum Fine Art Show and Sale
Dates: 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Friday-Sunday, Nov. 30-Dec. 2
Meet the Artists: 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1
Place: Bowman Museum Community Center, 246 N. Main St.