Young artists share visions at new exhibit
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What: "2020 Vision," the latest Gresham Arts Committee show
When: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays Monday, Feb. 10 through Thursday, April 9
Where: City of Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, Public Safety & Schools Building, 1331 N.W. Eastman Parkway.
Artist reception and talk: 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20
More information: visit, greshamoregon.gov/Gresham-Art-Committee/
Grant Hendrickson's initial attraction to painting had a practical as well as artistic element to it.
"I started painting about four years ago," the "almost" 11-year-old said. "My favorite thing about painting is that it's easy to fix mistakes and get the correct kind of picture you want."
His creation, "The Lake," depicting Mount Hood from the perspective of Trillium Lake to the south, is among the contributions to "2020 Vision," the Gresham Art Committee's latest presentation. Featuring 37 pieces, the show opens the morning of Monday, Feb. 10, in the Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, outside City Council Chambers at 1333 N.W. Eastman Parkway.
The artist reception will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 20, followed by an artist talk by Mel Lindsay, a professional artist, art teacher and Gresham Arts Committee member, on "How Have Artists Envisioned and Interpreted 'Future' Throughout History?"
While Barbara Solomon, chairwoman of the Gresham Arts Committee, described "Myth & Magic," the gallery's previous installation, as "definitely about a feeling or sense of mystery or the occult," she sees this show "to be all about marching forward with a sense of purpose or mission. And while some pieces are like this, there are others that are reflective or pondering, which is OK, too.
"Since we are beginning a new century," she added, "we thought that would be a good idea for early in the year. We always try to keep the themes broad to be able to capture as many visions as there are artists."
Hendrickson, a Lewis & Clark Montessori Charter School student, called "The Lake" an attempt "at a learning experience."
"I was coming to the end of my art classes and I was hoping to learn how to do a reflection painting," he said.
Painting Mount Hood, a favorite place for him and his family to visit, came naturally.
"I love snow, and these last few years there has been snow in abundance, but this year there was one day of snow at our house," he explained. "So instead we traveled up Mt Hood to go snow tubing."
Tiel Morgan, an 11-year-old fifth grader at Butler Creek Elementary, described her show entry — a striking color drawing called "The Eye" — as a "window to a world of beautiful color.
"I drew it with colored pencil when I was 8 years old. I love the colors in it," she said.
Morgan, who has been painting, drawing and going to art classes since she was "at least 6," has a particular affinity for drawing.
"I like drawing because it's less messy than painting," she said, admitting she likes to "be creative and express my feelings through art of all types."
With 2020 Vision marking her third show at the Visual Arts Gallery, Morgan is pleased to share her visions with a wider audience.
"I feel good that people can admire my art and see the beauty in it," she said. "I would like to thank my mom, my art teachers and my friends for supporting me."
Hendrickson, whose works have been displayed in two previous Gresham Arts Committee shows, remains blown away by the recognition and visibility of his art.
"I am honored to have my work displayed," he said, giving kudos to his art teacher, "Lori, without whom almost all my paintings would not be possible."
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