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Jorge Umanzor

Gallery Showing: May 6 - July 1, 2011

Artist's Bio

My interest and love for photography started long ago back in my country of origin, El Salvador, in Central America. I was hired by the government to work with the Department of Educational TV. I was assigned to travel up and down every place in El Salvador to take pictures of colonial style buildings (mainly catholic churches). This collection of photos was shown in the National Museum of History. This assignment gave me the opportunity to practice, learn, and get familiar with all kinds and formats of photographic equipment, and also gave me the chance of shooting different interesting things, places, people, traditions, which in time allowed me to have three more photo shows before I moved to the United States. 

Artist's Statement

“Photography is interesting, entertaining and sometimes challenging. You have to look at whatever you want to shoot before you aim with the camera and before you look through the viewfinder. Are all the elements in balance? Do you need to zoom in or zoom out? Would it be better if you changed the angle?

Other times there is no such thing as waiting and analyzing, you have to aim and shoot, otherwise you will not be able to capture the moving object, the flying bird, or the running creature in your photo.

Photography sometimes gives you the opportunity to experiment with the different elements: light, colors, shades, shapes, background, foreground. Then you have to ask yourself if the final product is going to be not only beautiful but interesting.”   

                                          

 

Jorge Umanzor
Photography

Gru1195@comcast.net
(503)789-5787

     

 


Sharon Geraci

Gallery Showing: March 10 - May 5, 2011
Artist Reception: Thursday, March 17, 2011  1:00-5:00PM

Artist's Bio

Sharon is a Portland, Oregon artist specializing in mixed-media collage and acrylic painting. Sharon’s early interest in the design of the man-made environment led her to pursue a master’s degree in Urban Design and Community Development from M.I.T. While working in the urban transit and planning field for over 25 years, Sharon engaged in a parallel pursuit of art, and became a full-time artist in 1999. She has served as project coordinator for the Indian Art Market and for Indian Art Northwest in 2002, has managed all aspects of the multi-media installation art for the City of Hillsboro Civic Center complex, has served as the President of the Oregon Watercolor Society and as Curator for the Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Fine Arts and Crafts Faire. Sharon also teaches classes in abstract collage at the Multnomah Art Center in Portland, in her own studio, and as a guest instructor.

 

Artist's Statement

“The primary inspiration for my art is expressing what is both unique to me and common to others,” Sharon said. “Creating art makes me think more carefully about how to express sentiments and elicit response from viewers. A piece of art has its own voice, and speaks to each person in a different way, long after the artist is no longer there to articulate his or her vision.” Most of Sharon’s pieces have a specific socio-cultural reference that may include symbols, patterns, motifs or other elements relating to particular cultures. These are usually set against an abstract background, symbolizing the modern world. “None of us can claim to be “pure” anything,” Sharon said. ”We are all the most recent version of a long lineage of mixing, matching, moving, migrating, absorbing and adapting, physically and culturally.” 

Sharon said she approaches each piece differently – sometimes with a specific idea or subject, other times as an experiment in texture, color and design. ”I find that collage provides the opportunity for endless combinations of materials that allows me to construct my own contemporary interpretation of timeless themes and inject my personal style,” Sharon said. “I am consistently attracted to color and texture because I believe these elements reflect the richness of the fabric of life. I find great joy in creating art and sharing it with others.”                                               

 


 

Sharon Geraci
Mixed Media

www.geraciart.com   
sharon.geraci@comcast.net

(503) 449-0803

         

 


Amber Hempen

Gallery Showing: January 25 - March 9, 2011
Artist Reception: Saturday, February 19, 2011

Artist's Bio

My passion for photography began as a senior in high school, and really flourished after I graduated from Portland State University in 2008.  With a degree in communications and a Nikon on my back, I began Amber Hempen

Photography. I typically shoot in a more photojournalistic style, to capture the true emotion of the moment.  This translates beautifully to weddings and other celebratory moments.  Lately, I have begun to grow my portfolio with posed model shoots, band promos, and portraits. What I love about photography is seeing beauty in the smallest of details. I also love to make people happy, and capturing happy memories is a true joy and easily the best part of what I do.

Artist's Statement

Beauty is everywhere, it’s just being able to capture it that is the challenge!

My work often captures people and places in natural settings as I believe the naturalness of life is what makes it real! I love to just take my camera and try to let the image find me!

 


Amber Hempen,
Photographer


amberhempen.com   

amberhempenphoto
@bctonline.com

         

Sandra Wood

Gallery Showing: November 30, 2010 - January 24, 2011
Artist Reception: Friday, December 3, 2010  |  10:00AM - 3:00PM

Artist's Bio

I began painting when my children were young as an adult diversion. For many years I painted with pastels only, but more recently have focused on watercolors. I like the vividness of color that I can achieve with watercolor. I have been juried into the Watercolor Society of Oregon, Oregon Society of Artists and a number of my watercolors have won awards in juried shows. I paint any subject that catches my eye, and most are based on places I have visited.

Artist's Statement

My paintings frequently are of Asian style -- geishas, kimonos, and landscapes. I became interested in this style after a visit east. My kimonos are whimsical, replacing traditional designs with my own fantasies. The arrangement of water lilies and calla lilies portray stylized ideas based on plants I have seen. These were fun to paint because I could play with color and experiment with the use of gold paint in my pictures.

Besides Asian style paintings, I currently enjoy painting Greek architectural scenes, where I can re-create the vividness of colors produced by the bright Mediterranean sunshine. In this watercolor, I have created texture by using gesso applied under the paint.

My architectural abstract works often are based on features in buildings and/or combinations of objects with the features rotated or mixed with different buildings or scenes.


Sandra Wood
Painter and Printmaker
sandrapwood.com
503-203-1359
spwood@comcast.net

       

Bernard Kliks

Gallery Showing: October 4 - November 29, 2010
Artist Reception: Thursday, October 21, 2010  |  12:30 - 1:30PM

Artist's Bio

Much of Bernard Kliks’ artistic inspiration comes from his large garden with several water features, bamboo, and a wide variety of plants. Using these forms from nature, Bernard creates abstract images that are transferred onto a monotype

Artist's Statement

Bernard refers to monotype as “The Unique Print” or “The Painterly Print” because a monotype is a one-of-kind print created by applying inks (water-based or oil) to a plate (Plexiglas, metal, or wood) and then transferring the image to paper by means of pressure. The majority of the works Bernard chose for the Life’s Crossing Gallery are monotypes mounted on square boxes with a two-inch cradle.

“I believe this (mounting) gives the viewer a sense of intimacy not felt when the print is surrounded by a mat, frame, and glass,” Bernard said. The surface of the print is then sealed with a durable waterproof matte finish.


Bernard Kliks
Painter and Printmaker

sbkliks@frontier.com 
503-643-3463

     

Christina Weber

Gallery Showing: August 4 - October 1, 2010
Artist Reception: Thursday, September 16, 2010  |  11:00AM - 1:00PM

Artist's Bio

Christina Weber is a Portland-based candid photographer with an instinct for artistic snapshots and freestyle portraiture.

Artist's Statement

Believing that everyone and everything has something to say, she embraces the task of capturing and conveying their stories with the depth and range of color and black and white film. Christina believes the best photographic moments happen during everyday events, and through her work, she shares the sights and scenes of the people and places she experiences.


Christina Weber
Photographer
christina@christinaweber.com
www.christinaweber.com
503-234-4682

         

Todd K Leen

Gallery Showing: June 8 - August 3, 2010
Artist Reception: Monday, July 19, 2010 | 4:00PM-6:00PM

Artist's Bio

Todd Leen moved to the Portland area from New England in 1987. With cultural variety in the metropolitan area, and the Columbia River Gorge, the Pacific Ocean, and mountains and desert within short drives, he found the area instantly enchanting.

Artist's Statement

Site, Structure, Light and Shadow

The images I chose for the Life’s Crossing Gallery are architectural, or evoke architectural reference to my eye. My photographic interest in these subjects is sustained by the way site, structure, and daily and seasonal changes in light play together to evoke shifting moods.

When it is working best, the photographic process is meditative for me, producing a relaxed visual attentiveness. Photography involves two stages --- capture and printing --- that can be widely separated in time. Printing recalls the moment of capture, and I’m often surprised at the continuity of feeling even when weeks or months pass between the two stages.

I work with traditional medium-format, film cameras with enlargement onto fiber-base, gelatin-silver emulsions. Prints are selenium-treated to enhance tonal range and insure image permanence, and dry-mounted on archival museum board. Matted prints in the sizes displayed are available for sale, contact me directly.


Todd K Leen
503-332-5897 (p)


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