Robert Schlegel is well-known in the region for expressive depictions of Northwest subjects that reflect his ongoing interest in the contrast between man-made structures and the landscape. Many of his subjects are drawn from rural environments, animals and architectural forms. With a moody sense of color and light, Schlegel’s familiar imagery reflects a strong sense of place, while some of his more painterly canvases possess a bold palette and brush-stoke creating a tension between the realism and abstraction.
Jacquline Hurlbert is also a popular Oregon artist who creates psychologically charged ceramic sculptures. Her colorful work utilizes imaginary figures with emotional faces and costuming to ask larger questions about one’s self. Hurlbert’s sculptures are a result of the ongoing investigation of personality, the inevitable change that happens to each one of us everyday, and the silent conversation that happens within.
New artist Darcie Leighty use bold blocky forms and a vivid color palette to evoke and emotional remembrance of place. Her landscape based works are depicted in rich hues of oranges, green and blues often capturing scenes of rural fields, docked boats and birds on power lines.
Barry McAlister creates contemporary functional ceramics. The former dancer / choreographer is inspired by elegant lines and graceful movements which she translates into sculptural vessels and elusive vase-like forms.