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November 2011

Heather grew up in a small town in western New York where I learned to paint and draw from my grandmother. I have worked in various media: watercolor, pencil, charcoal, pen and ink. I studied art and architecture in school and earned a Bachelor of Architecture degree. I have been exploring encaustic painting, the ancient medium of manipulating pigmented beeswax on panels. Egyptians used the technique for realistic portraits to attach to their mummies, but it also leads itself to more abstract compositions, such as works of Jasper Johns.

The medium’s luminosity and depth have lead me through a series of studies of abstract compositions built with strong graphical relationships and layered with rich colors. I was intrigued by encaustics because of the ability to layer compositions of rich, luminous color suspended in wax. My work is restrained, yet complex; inspired by nature, but abstracted in its use of forms. Encaustic painting has allowed me a way to open my artwork to a new level of abstraction while still maintaining my connection to the natural world.

On view through the month of November.
3356 Belmont Street – Portland, Oregon

Violet Aveline studied painting and printmaking at the Herron School of Art in Indianapolis, Indiana where she was also a member of the artist’s studio Ghastly Cave. She moved to Detroit, Michigan where she lived at Cranbrook Academy of Art and shared a studio with artist Mike Little. She moved to Portland, Oregon in 2007 to continue painting and printing as a member of Pow Wow Print and The Royal Record-O-Cone Guild. Her work combines American Indian and Classical mythology into a surrealistic mapping of contemporary narratives.

Artist Reception Tuesday, November 29th, 2011.
There will be live music at 5pm.

4525 SE Division Street
Portland, Oregon


On view November 2nd – November 29th, 2011
Artist reception First Thursday November 3rd, 6pm – 8pm

Amy Bernstein’s abstractions are formal experimentations.  Stemming from art history and language, Bernstein attempts to find new meaning in form.  Minimal but sensuous, Bernstein’s paintings pay homage to the tradition of painting while searching for ways to upend the general mode of picture making.  She endeavors to ask the viewer what intention or inference can be gleaned from shapes that have not yet become precise symbols.  How can a form act dually as both a record of a moment and as new language?  How can an abstract shape be stereotypical?  How have we accepted a prescribed visual subset almost unknowingly?  Where is the beauty in the things we cannot name? The paintings in New Games attempt to work outside the realm of the named and the nameable in order to describe a more accurate, visceral experience.

Amy Bernstein was born and raised in Atlanta, Georgia and studied painting at RISD in Providence, R.I.  After living in various locales such as Austin, TX and Berlin, Germany, Bernstein makes Portland, OR her home where she works as artist and critic.

This exhibition is dedicated to the memory of Eunah Kim, artist, visionary, and teacher (06/21/1973-11/05/2010).