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Clatsop Community College Invites Dutch American Painter Henk Pander To Exhibit At Gallery

From: Richard Rowland
To: Media
Date: 12/14/09
Subject: Henk Pander, Dutch American Painter, Exhibits At CCC PR

Clatsop Community College
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 12/14/09
Contact: Richard Rowland 503-338-2449
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Clatsop Community College Invites Dutch American Painter Henk Pander To Exhibit At Gallery

Internationally recognized Dutch American artist Henk Pander will exhibit his paintings at Clatsop Community College (CCC) from Thursday, January 14th to Friday, February 19th, 2010. An opening reception and lecture will take place as part of the exhibit. The opening reception will be Thursday, January 14th, at 6:00 p.m. at the CCC Art Center Gallery (located at 1653 Jerome Ave., Astoria) where visitors will have a chance to meet Pander and view selected works. On Friday, January 15th, Pander will follow up the opening reception with a lecture at the CCC Performing Arts Center (located at 16th St. and Franklin St., Astoria) at 7:00 p.m. Portland Artist and Didgeridoo player Ed Drury will open up the evening with his music. The opening reception, exhibit, and lecture are free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery and Performing Arts Center are ADA Accessible.

In collaboration with CCC, Pander will also show his paintings at the Columbia River Maritime Museum (located at 1792 Marine Dr., Astoria) from Thursday, January 14th to Friday, February 19th, 2010. An opening reception with complimentary wine bar will be held at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 14th, 2010 immediately following the CCC Art Center Gallery opening. Pander will be attending. Admittance to Pander’s exhibit at the museum is free that evening only. Thereafter, access to Pander’s exhibit is included with the cost of regular museum admission. The Columbia River Maritime Museum is ADA Accessible.

Additionally, The Daily Astorian Editor Steve Forrester will interview Pander during the KMUN-FM Radio 91.9 live broadcast show “After Deadline” on Friday, January 15th, 2010 from 9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.

Born in Haarlem, the Netherlands, Pander's art is marked with images drawn from real life experiences. Henk grew up with his nine brothers and sisters, more than half becoming artists themselves -- like their father, a bible illustrator. His early childhood was spent enduring the traumatic hardship of a German occupation during WWII. He was educated at the Rijksacademie van Beeldende Kunsten in Amsterdam.

Pander is the recipient of many prestigious awards, including: the Regional Arts and Cultural Council Visual Arts Fellowship in 2006-07; the State of Oregon Governor's Award for the Arts in 2005; the Oregon Arts Commission Master Fellowship for Painting in 1991; and two awards in national competitions in the Netherlands in 1961 -- the Silver Medal in the Prix de Rome and the Talens Prize.

At present, Pander resides in Portland, Oregon with his wife, Delores.

“I have always been inspired by Mr. Pander’s paintings. His extraordinary technical and classical craftsmanship, his intimate use of color and light give his mythical vision a compelling and historical "moment” that speaks of time and place,” says CCC Sculpture and Ceramics Instructor Richard Rowland. “I wanted to bring to my community and especially the students of Clatsop Community College an artist with genuine vision and technical mastery that’s rare.”

As a working artist, many of Pander's works are the result of public commissions: In the late 1980s NASA commissioned him to document the construction, testing and launch of the Galileo Spacecraft which took him first to Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, where he made on-site studies, then to Cape Canaveral in Florida for the launch. This resulted in a body of work; one painting and seven watercolors are in the NASA art collection. In 2002 he was commissioned to make a painting for the headquarters of the Oregon Department of Forestry in Tillamook. The Oregon Capitol Foundation commissioned the formal portrait of Governor Tom McCall, signer of the 1967 Beach Bill, and most recently a portrait of Governor John Kitzhaber -- both portraits hang in the State Capitol. Other commissions have included a yearlong residency in 2004 with the Portland Fire Bureau, where he rode along with the firefighters witnessing and documenting the fragility of humans in their moments of tragedy. Another commission in 2005 for the Oregon Department of Public Safety, Standards and Training took him across the state, also doing ride-alongs as research for a painting in the newly constructed training center in Salem.

When terrorists felled the Twin Towers in 2001, Pander was compelled to travel to New York in November to witness first hand and document the aftermath of the catastrophe. Working very close to ground zero, he drew and photographed the rescue workers as they labored in the rubble. This resulted in a unique and powerful series of paintings and drawings. On a lighter note, he has traveled throughout the western United States over the years making plein air watercolors and drawings of landscapes, sometimes littered with the remnants of discarded technology. He spent two weeks watching the puzzling clean-up of the New Carissa disaster, and with the material collected he created a series of paintings later showcased at the Portland Art Museum. One of these works is in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum; the Oregon Historical Society owns another. Last year he spent time in Astoria painting a series of watercolors, some of which will be in this exhibition.

Pander's work has been widely exhibited in numerous solo and group exhibitions in galleries and museums throughout the United States and in Europe. The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam has collected a large number of his works on paper for their permanent collection.

Henk Pander is a brilliant painter who has played a critical role in Portland's artistic community over a span of more than forty years, including his 25-year-long work as a set designer for theater and dance and his creation and participation in art programs that foster the making and promotion of art.

His exploration of color crosses the entire spectrum, adding depth and immense texture to his paintings. His life experiences have impinged upon his artistic inheritance and his articulation of fabric through the use of color and light are striking. His dark mood hinted with reality make his paintings significant. While people don't always feel comfortable viewing his pieces, possibly a little creeped out by his honest approach to humanity -- the vibrancy of his shocking portrayal of tragedy is just charismatic enough to keep you staring.

Long-time Astoria resident and Warrenton grade school teacher Michael Zametkin has known Pander for nearly half a century. He says, “I met Henk Pander in Portland, Oregon over forty years ago where I was a young art student and he was a Dutch artist whose ubiquitous paintings, posters and ink drawings depicted the spirit of those times. Henk was a role model for younger artists because he was totally committed to his life and his art. Henk’s brilliant technical skills reveal a profound personal vision. I was fortunate to have Henk Pander as a friend during my twenty-year career as a studio potter; Henk’s encouragement and critical insight was invaluable.

Although we are no longer potters, Henk and Delores are still close friends. We visit several times each year in Portland and in Astoria. Last fall, Henk spent a week with us. Daily, he ventured into Astoria and returned in the evening with a monumental watercolor of a local scene. He reminded me of a fisherman who leaves in the morning and returns with a trophy fish.

Future generations will look upon Henk Pander’s work to gain a deeper understanding of our lives and our times. They will see masterful portraits, breathtaking watercolors, topical public murals and social commentary. I am inspired by my friend’s talent and thankful for an enduring friendship,” says Zametkin.

For a listing of Henk Pander’s selected awards, solo exhibitions, group exhibitions, commissions & purchases, collections, theater and dance, publications, lectures & slide presentations, and community service, download here. (.pdf)

Images Attached:

painting of dead fish
Leviathan

ship on fire
New Carissa, Radar Road

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