BETS COLE: THE POWER OF PORTRAIT
A Gathering of Uncommon Women
March 25th – 28th
Celebration/Opening: Friday, March 27, 5–8pm
Karin Clarke Gallery 760 Willamette St. Eugene, OR. 97401 541.684.7963 firstname.lastname@example.org
"I am an artist because through making art I have found a way to learn, speak, question and record my journey. I draw and paint the time, not just the moment in time. My essential concern and constant struggle is to make visible my strength, energy and passion through the use of form, color and gesture in my work.
Often my images arise from nature or from the subjects that nature provides. I have consciously chosen to live in Oregon, in the country, for it is Oregon's landscape, atmosphere and color that give me hope, inspire me and bring me calm.
The paper, the medium and the process of painting and drawing are as important to me as the subject itself. I use paint (acrylic, gouache and watercolor), pastel and pencil. Each has its own personality and quality of mark, allowing choices and combinations that often challenge and surprise me."
My pieces evolve slowly and I have learned that to succeed, I must be patient and flexible. I continually re-work my surfaces, layer upon layer, which in turn allows the piece to gain depth, a sense of history and a voice of its own.Bets Cole earned her undergraduate degree at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and her Master's of Fine Arts at the University of Oregon in Eugene, Oregon.Her work is included in the following permanent collections: M & T Investment Group, Baltimore, Maryland,Marathon Coach, Eugene, Oregon, Oregon State University, Corvallis, Oregon,University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon.
Schrager & Clarke Gallery is pleased to present a short- but-powerful exhibit of over thirty-five portraits by Eugene artist Bets Cole. Two years ago, Cole challenged herself to paint portraits of the members of the Professional Women's Network of Oregon -- a group of trailblazing women -- to which she belonged. The project was motivated by her desire to get to know the women she so admired on a more personal level through her profession, painting. She spent three hours with each subject, gathering both verbal and visual information. As the project progressed, Cole decided to include some women from the community, not involved with PWNO. Each painting emanates the personality of the individual. The paintings are not as much about capturing a likeness, but rather, conveying a story.
Join us at the gallery on Friday, March 27, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. to meet the artist and many of the women included in the portraits.
Landscape work from previous shows