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The Many Faces of Africa

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IMG_0840The Many Faces of Africa – A cultural art exhibit.  – Sandy Harris, EDN

The Giustina Art Gallery and Pegasus Gallery both of Corvallis, Oregon and Kevin Clark Studios of Roseburg, Oregon came together once again to create the 4th annual cultural art exhibit – This years theme: The Many Faces of Africa.

The Giusitina Gallery is located on campus of Oregon State University, situated next to Reser Stadium in the LaSelles Stewart Center.  Upon entering the center, you are greeted by the vastness of the gallery.  With over 190 linear feet of display space, the gallery is quite immense, the ambiance making one feel quite comfortable.

This years cultural art exhibit is most definitely the biggest exhibit thus far in the Giustina cultural art exhibit history.  Over 60 artists from the Northwest entered into and were accepted into the juried exhibit featuring over 160 pieces, ranging in all mediums of artwork, such as textiles, oils, silk, water color, photography and block print.

IMG_0836From the Pegasus Gallery, on display and for sale are 20 pieces of authentic African artifacts from the Jim Garah collection.  The pieces have been collected from Zaire, Camaroon, Nigeria, Ethiopia and Mali over a 30 year period.  Some of the artwork you will see include carved masks, authentic furniture and beautiful regalia.  In addition to the pieces at the Giustina Gallery, Pegasus Gallery is showcasing another 10 or more pieces as an extention of the exhibit.

Also on exhibit at the Faces of Africa are the impressive African artifact collections of Mitzi Goheen and David Gilmour.  These are priceless collections and are for exhibit purposes only.

“This show is taking shape in such an amazing way.  I like having the variety of the authentic pieces mixed with the original artwork.”  Kevin Clark of Clark Studios.

Clark also notes that this exhibit is one of the biggest participating shows offered to the public, featuring artwork that may not have otherwise been seen.

This exhibit will transport you, giving you the sense of the culture, and beauty of Africa.  The array of talent throughout the gallery is amazing.

“I think that this Faces of Africa exhibit is meaningful in so IMG_0847many directions: It evokes questions as to the origins and aesthetics of past and present artistic endeavors from this expansive and influential continent.  I say “from” because we’re looking into multi cultural sources in an ever changing Africa, but its art work has affected many other arts movements around the world throughout history.” Bill Shumway of Pegasus Gallery

“It is a great vehicle to not only invite contemporary artists to offer their artistic interpretations regarding the exhibit topic but invite commentary from visitors to the gallery arena.  Parts of the exhibit are from regional contemporary artists in a juried format.  The remainders of the art works are indigenous pieces from three collections.”  Shumway states.

The LaSells Stewart Center is a 40,000 square foot state of the art facility, serving OSU and the community as it’s premier performing arts, meeting and conference center holding approximately 500 events per year, which include 12 art exhibits within the gallery.  The center has two auditoriums, seating 1200 and a 200 seat conference center for smaller venues.  Averaging 150,000 visitors each year through the building, the gallery offers artwork for the publics viewing pleasure year round.

“This is a good opportunity for the Giustina Gallery and in turn Oregon State University to showcase our commitment to diversity.  By hosting an exhibit for the community, we successfully promote culturally diverse discussions, as well as create an opportunity for artists to express themselves.”  Tina Green-Price, curator for the Giustina Gallery.

IMG_0841The entire process began three months in advance.  Once a theme is decided upon, Michelle Maller, Reservations Coordinator of the LaSells Stewart Center is set to begin her tasks; from contacting artists on their distribution list, creating public announcements to creating spreadsheets to ensure the process comes together smoothly.  This “to do” list is quite extensive and is not an easy task to pull together, especially an exhibit of this size and special recognition goes out to Michelle.  Working closely with the artists, Maller offers support and encouragement. 

“For this particular show (and previous ones) I become so familiar with the art and the artist associated with each piece that I can remember people as they come in to drop off their work.  I think this show is really special because it has artists from so many different areas” Maller states.

There are 3 prize awards each from Kevin Clark Studio and Pegasus Gallery and 1 Curators choice from Guistina Gallery.

There will be a one night reception March 8th from 6:30 to 9:00 p.m.  With a short program beginning at 7:30.  Complimentary Hors d’oeuvres will be available, as well as a cash bar.

The exhibit continues through March 28th 2013.  For more information regarding the exhibit or future events, please contact Tina Green-Price at (541) 737-3116 or visit their website at 100 LaSells Stewart Center 875 SW 26th Street. Corvallis, Or.


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