Gallery Opening Reception For "Intersection: Paper + Art"

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Gallery Opening Reception For "Intersection: Paper + Art" says
“Intersection: Paper + Art,” an exhibit of paper artwork by Jo Siddens, Sine Morse and Theresa Weil, will be on view at Multnomah Arts Center Gallery beginning June 3. An opening reception will be held in the gallery Friday, June 3, 7-9pm. The show may be seen through June 28.

Jo Siddens uses flax plant fibers from Belgium which she processes into paper pulp and adds aqueous dispersed pigments to make a palette of colors to create paintings that are colorful and durable. Travel and research have been very influential upon her images with references to literature, ancient artifacts and monuments. These images are concerned with understanding human cultural and behavioral patterns with ancient origins, repeated from generation to generation and still found in modern day existence. Always conscious of exploiting pictorially the relationship between anatomy and energy, Siddens strives for a balance between the visually abstract and the concrete, between plasticity and personal symbol in order to construct a drama that is played eternally.

Sine Morse uses acrylic paints, a thick water color paper and scissors to create her paper artwork. She draws from nature with amazing colors and details that flora and fauna offer as inspiration. The paper scenes are cut free hand with scissors. Each piece of paper is painted with acrylics and then glued together. To give dimension, the paper is rolled and built up. As Morse explains, “The building of a scene is the most satisfying part of the process for me because I get to arrange and give each detailed piece of paper a place.” Her whimsical style stems from a need to create art that is fun and “happy.”

Theresa Weil’s art takes inspiration from her great aunts, first-generation Italian-Americans whose creative spirit could be seen in the beautiful garments they created using salvaged materials from their life’s work as seamstresses and tailors in New York City’s burgeoning garment district. Like them she takes pride in creating work with her hands while giving meaning, purpose and beauty to reclaimed materials. Using a cut-paper collage technique she developed, her work spontaneously and harmoniously brings vibrancy to any subject as she explores fractions of light, texture and color.

"Baker and Spice" cover art of Facebook event by Theresa Weil
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By: Multnomah Arts Center - Portland Parks & Recreation

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