Byline: The Register-Guard
Maude Kerns gallery to host letterpress exhibit
"The Illustrated Word: An Exhibit of Letterpress Broadsides," opens with a reception at 6 p.m. Friday at Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave., and runs through Feb. 8.
The juried exhibit showcases the work of 21 artists from around the country.
Letterpress is a form of relief printing that requires type to be set by hand, and broadsides are a mixture of text and images.
Featured in the center's exhibit are limited edition broadsides, created in collaboration between letterpress printers, visual artists, poets and writers.
Jurors for "The Illustrated Word" were John Carmin, special collections and rare books librarian at the Multnomah County Library; Kim Stafford, director of the Northwest Writing Institute and the William Stafford Center at Lewis & Clark College; and Sandy Tilcock, proprietor of lone goose press and director of the University of Oregon Knight Library Press.
Five area artists win grants from state commission
Dexter fiber artist Wendy Huhn, Dexter sculptor Kate Ali, Eugene jeweler Anya Kivarkis, Eugene sculptor Amanda Wojick and Eugene media artist Colin Ives are among 13 artists statewide who will receive $3,000 fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission.
This year, the program was open to visual artists. In alternate years, artists involved in performing and literary arts may apply.
Ali was raised in Oregon by parents who were craftspeople.
In her installation "Dining Dynamics," a number of diners attempt to eat as each person's fork is connected by a cable under the table to another diner's.
A graduate of California College of the Arts, Ali recently returned to rural Lane County where she joined the Integrated Arts Learning program at Lane Community College, connecting teaching artists with public schools.
Huhn works in textiles and mixed media, layering imagery on both large canvases and smaller textile collages with hand embroidery.
Huhn layers imagery from children's books, other collage material and cultural ephemera onto fabric using multiple transfer and printing processes.
Her next body of work will incorporate headstone rubbings from Oregon pioneer cemeteries, transferring the images to cloth.
Kivarkis' metal work challenges the traditions of jewelry, which she explains as "a signifier of luxury, and excessive embellishment signaling wealth and civility. …