Lake Oswego artist Libby Hoagland will open her solo art exhbition at Buckley Art Center at the University of Portland Feb. 12. Don't miss the exhibit.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - This art piece by Libby Hoagland is titled Bluebirds. It is one of the many pieces on exhibit at Buckley Art Center at the University of Portland Feb. 12 through March 8.

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Buckley Art Center at the University of Portland will exhibit Lake Oswego artist Libby Hoagland's art Feb. 12 through March 8.

The exhibit, titled Imaginary Portraits: Icons for a Sustainable World, contains fantastical portraits of women deeply intertwined with wild animals and plants in colorful natural settings.

One woman grows wild plants from her head; another dons a nest and is the habitat for bluebirds.

When viewed together Hoagland's paintings offer a fable of a vivid world in which mythical heroines engage in the devotional practice of caring for the Earth and its creatures.

An opening celebration will be held at the gallery from 1 to 3 p.m. Feb. 17, with an artist's talk taking place at 11 a.m. Feb. 24.

Hoagland points out that our culture is full of heroic stories wherein the typical hero battles and vanquishes some form of evil.

"My work expands the notion of heroism to include stories of nurturing, conserving and sustaining — all ecological imperatives — and attempts to infuse these acts with nobility and grace," she says.

Hoagland's paintings favor the aesthetics and techniques of folk art. In this collection she has borrowed from the style of early Byzantine icons and has used gold metallic leaf, textured wood panels and simple portraits of women.

"I offer these works as visual meditations for the challenges of our time," she says. "I offer them as icons for a sustainable world."

Buckley Center Art Gallery is located on the UP campus, 5000 N. Willamette Blvd., in Portland. The gallery is open from 8:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.

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