GALLERY NEWS & UPDATES: JULY • 2017
John R Stahl, who passed earlier this year, was a consummate artist, advocate and mentor. We are honored to have gotten to know John and his wife Janet shortly after opening Rowboat Gallery in Pacific City, and discovering that the Stahls lived on the edge of Netarts Bay, only a short drive north over Cape Lookout.
It continues to be a wonderful privilege sharing work from John’s eclectic and prolific career with an ever-expanding circle of enthusiastic collectors and admirers–work that ranges from large, bold abstract canvases, to intimate, atmospheric watercolors; from solid, sensuous, hand-shaped Wilson River stones, to intriguingly collaged ephemera and mono prints.
Through the month of September, Rowboat Gallery will be hosting a memorial exhibit of representative work from John’s career, curated with Janet’s invaluable assistance. The opening reception will be on Saturday, September 9th, from 3 to 6:00, and will feature contributions and tributes from a number of other artists who have worked with, and been influenced by John and his art. This influence came not only directly through his role as a long-time teacher and mentor (beginning at Portland’s Museum Art School in 1973), but also as an active collaborator in a vibrant community of committed professional Northwest artists who shared John’s deep connection with Oregon’s natural environment and the importance of communicating shared values through a cohesive, organic esthetic vocabulary.
photo credit: Aaron Johanson
Painting and Glass
Opening July 8th
"Within a Stone’s Throw" features long-time Oregon Coast glass artist Kelly Howard, along with Portland painter and glass artist Angelita Surmon.
An Oregon native, Surmon has been exhibiting her work regionally and nationally since 1976, has taught numerous workshops, and is represented in major corporate and public collections throughout the country.
Surmon’s imagery creates a focused attention that draws one into the canvas with an intimate, immersive quality. Counterbalancing this focus, her impressionistic, calligraphic brushwork references the expansive play of light, movement of water, and complexity of wild plant forms–all extending outward in both time and space.
In addition to her acrylic canvases, the show will also feature a number of Surmon’s kiln formed “glass paintings.” These pieces continue her exploration of the natural landscape, using layered glass and colored glass frits, powdered glass, and glass wires to create her imagery. The separate glass elements are fused together in a kiln to produce a beautiful, translucent sculptural object.
Kelly Howard has been a major influence in establishing glass blowing as fine art on the Oregon Coast. A graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, she was instrumental in the development the Lincoln City Glass Center, where she is a co-owner. Howard’s technical mastery of the art of glass blowing meshes with a marvelous sense of understated drama and sensuous form in the luminous sculptural work she creates. Having shown at Rowboat for a number of years, her work is always compelling, and we are excited to see what she has in store for this exhibit.
The opening reception will be on Saturday, July 8, from 5 to 8:00pm, and is open to the public. The show will run from July 8 through Aug 9th.
Drawings & Prints
Opening August 5
Going strong at 92, Robert Nelson has been a cartographer, book illustrator, meatpacking plant tour guide, and a member of the US Air Force, 7th Cavalry.
As a teacher, his influence has been profound and far-reaching. He has taught at his alma mater The Art Institute of Chicago, The University of Manitoba, Winnipeg; The University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill; and Millersville University, PA, where he was confirmed Professor Emeritus.
Receiving his Doctorate from NYU, Nelson’s art is included in the permanent collections of The Museum of Modern Art, the Seattle Art Museum, Boston’s DeCordova Museum, and the Smithsonian Institution. He was the recipient of the prestigious Purchase Prize in the 31st National Exhibition of Boston Printmakers and awarded the Cezanne medal from the government of France.
Along with an enthusiastic group of her Sitka workshop students, Patricia Wheeler visited Rowboat and dropped off several beautiful new mixed media paintings on wood panels.
"Trip to Cortona" from the "West Coast Madonna Series" (detail above, 30" x 30" x 3") is an example of Wheeler's technique of building up a rich, textured surface using plaster and acrylic colors, and incorporating screen printed and collaged overlays.
New York printmaker Dan Welden, who was also teaching a Sitka workshop at the same time, joined Patricia's group, and enjoyed viewing our Frank Boyden etching and Jonnel Covault lino-cuts. We also brought out some of our recently received Robert Nelson lithographs, which surprised and delighted Dan and his students.