Colorful art walk brightens up downtown
On Thursday, March 5, the Madras Downtown Association held its monthly First Thursday Art Walk, with artist Jana Charl featured at Art Adventure Gallery and beadworker Calley Begay at the Fifth Street Co-op.
Begay, owner of Rugged Wildflower, first got into working with seed beads while beading her kids' regalia several years back.
Now she takes the detailed, meticulous craft and applies it to small bags, earrings and lanyards, selling them locally.
She said that the projects, depending on what they are, can take anywhere from an hour to a whole day, but Begay enjoys it.
At Art Adventure Gallery, Charl shared the background on her installment, 'Sunrise, Sunshine."
The panels, heavy in primary colors, were originally a large print of a canvas painting, printed on outdoor canvas to hang on the side of a building back east. When that came down, Charl said she wanted the panels back.
She then added flowers of different textures to the panels, turning them into something new.
"Wildflowers are a new focus in my artwork both as a motif and a metaphor. Oregon Sunshine is the first wildflower I noticed blooming on Hay Creek Ranch which, along with the sunrises there, creates a mood of optimism," Charl said in an artist statement. "In times of great political division, as well as local and global worries, I sought a topic that could bring people together. My answer is the universal appreciation of the beauty of nature."
"After a pipe broke at the gallery and damaged the floor, I was inspired to create a site-specific installation, Wash Your Worries Away. Utilizing items I found at the Hay Creek Ranch dumpsite, including a wood palette, tin pail, broken pipe, rebar and nails, I built an outdoor shower. In addition, I sewed wildflowers of plastic mesh produce bags and crocheted string onto a shower curtain," she said. "I ended the day by crocheting the final few circles to complete the wildflowers, which I sewed on in the following days."
At the opening of the exhibit, Charl had guests write their worries on pieces of paper and crumple them up and toss them into the shower, as an interactive installation.
The exhibit, featuring many other pieces, will be up throughout the month of March at the gallery.
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