Byline: The Register-Guard
Photographer shows work at White Lotus
A new show of work by Eugene photographer Gary Tepfer opens today at the White Lotus Gallery, 767 Willamette St.
The photographs were drawn from all periods of Tepfer's career. They represent his early work in British Columbia and his later work in the American Southwest and Northwest, in the Russian and Mongolian Altai, in St. Petersburg (Russia) and in the old Siberian cities of Tomsk and Biysk.
Many of the photographs included here have not been exhibited previously. All were printed by Tepfer on Ilfochrome paper from Ektachrome slides.
The exhibition's curator - and the photographer's wife and collaborator - is Esther Jacobson-Tepfer, a retired professor of Asian art history at the University of Oregon. She and Tepfer worked together for many years in the Altai Mountains of Mongolia.
The selection of a limited number of prints has been unexpectedly difficult, she says, but intensely rewarding.
It has forced her to think about the specific elements that make her husband's photography compelling: the quality of light, color, line and texture in his images, the way in which he can take old river pilings, a forest stream or a herder's weathered face, modest grasses or the remains of a bird on the beach and draw from each of these a composition of beauty and balance.
Shared experiences in unusual places certainly influenced her choices, Jacobson-Tepfer adds, because those subjective experiences are the way in which art becomes deepened.
But more important, she insists, was to select images that seemed to distill Tepfer's vision of the inherent beauty of the natural world in order that their experiences could be shared with others.
The exhibition runs through June 12.
Reception set for new Clarke Gallery show
An exhibit of new paintings by Banks artist Robert Schlegel opens with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and runs through May at Karin Clarke Gallery, in the Art Annex at 749 Willamette St.
The new work continues to mine Schlegel's familiar territory: houses, landscapes, street-scapes, all done in a smaller format, no larger than 7 inches by 9 inches.
Most of the paintings are acrylic or mixed media on paper.
Regular gallery hours are from noon to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.
Artists to be toasted at Emerald Art Center
SPRINGFIELD - The Emerald Art Center's juried 2012 Spring Exhibition is open through June 1 in the gallery at 500 Main St.
An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Saturday. It will feature hors d'oeuvres, confections and a toast to the artists and arts advocates in the community.
The juror for the show was Dawn Emerson. She will give a gallery talk at 3:30 p.m. Friday about the exhibit; a $5 donation is asked.
Emerson earned her bachelor's degree in English and art from Brown University in 1977. She worked as a graphic designer for 10 years and began to teach art to children in public and private schools in 1987.
After moving to Oregon in 1991, she became a full-time artist- in-residence for schools throughout Central Oregon, teaching multicultural arts, design and drawing.
While teaching, she began to study pastels. She is a signature member of the Pastel Society of America, the Pastel Society of the West Coast and the Association of Equine Artists, and is an associate member of the Society for Animal Artists. …