Crossroads Carnegie Art Center’s featured exhibit for July 2016 will kick off during First Friday Art Walk when Oregon State University’s College of Agriculture Sciences brings its 34th annual Art About Agriculture touring show to Crossroad’s Carnegie Art Center from Friday July 1 through July 30. The show will open during First Friday Art Walk in beautiful Downtown Historic Baker City, Oregon. Sponsored by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the exhibit celebrates the beauty and heritage of the agrarian landscape, with 11 artists from three western states who work in a variety of two and three dimensional media. These artists were invited because of their choice of subject matter and use of materials resonate strongly with this year’s theme: “Agriculture of the American Landscape”.
“Our goal with the 2016 show is to inspire audiences with the heritage and evolution of American agriculture, including agriculture practiced by Native Americans for centuries,” explained Shelly Curtis, director of Art About Agriculture. “Their influences, and the influences of early colonists and immigrant settlers, evolved into practices and sciences of our country’s modern agriculture.”
Montana photographer Amanda Brietbach said her work deals with the history of people on the land where she grew up. “My most recent project investigates the decline of family farming and the emotional and spiritual issues that underlay the human relationship to land,” she said. By telling her family’s story through her art, Brietbach hopes to make “larger, universal relationships visible.
Oregon painter Sue-Del McCulloch said she finds most of her subjects within 25 miles of her home on a small acreage near Salem. “The landscape as shaped by agriculture has become my work,” she said. “The landforms that lie under the sky are undulating swells that have been used to our various needs for a long time: ditched and rolled and sprayed and plowed and planted and cut and carved and crossed with roads and fences. All such activity leaves its mark and visually alters the land.”
Portland textile artist Kyla Mucci is concerned with using natural fibers in her creations. “The materials I use range from wool, linen and cotton, and vegetable dyes.’ She said. “Using materials as my vocabulary, I aspire produce works of art that tell engaging stories.”
Besides Breitbach, McCulloch and Mucci, the other eight artists in the show are:
Christopher Rehwalt, Sara Siestreem and Mark Rupert of Portand, Or.; Lance Morrison of Yamhill, Or.; Neal Philpott of Oregon City; Dudley Dana and Stephanie Frostad of Missoula, MT; and Donna B. Trent of Gig Harbo, Wa.
This show generously sponsored by Sharron Bannister
Opening Night Reception: First Friday Art Walk, July 1, from 5:30 to 8pm
Light Refreshments provided: Friends of Crossroads
The exhibition: Art About Agriculture Celebrates the Agrarian Landscape in its 34th annual touring exhibit will be on display through Saturday, July 28, 2016
This is a free event open to the public