The opening reception of Clatsop Community College’s fourteenth annual juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century was held Thursday, February 20th, 2020, in the CCC Royal Nebeker Art Gallery. Juror Henk Pander, originally from the Netherlands and an internationally recognized artist who is based in Portland, OR, selected 43 works of art from over 500 submitted images. Works on exhibit represent 32 artists from across 14 states plus Canada.
15 of the selected artists were present for the reception. Juror Henk Pander gave a gallery talk, followed by the announcement of cash prizes, purchase awards, and workshop awards. Awards for the Au Naturel exhibit are supported by submission fees paid by all artists who enter the competition.
This year’s Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display through March 12th in the CCC Royal Nebeker Art Gallery and is free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria. The gallery hours are Monday-Friday, 8am-5pm and Saturday, 11am-4pm; Sundays and holidays by appointment only. All visitors are invited to cast a vote for the People’s Choice Award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition.
Ghislaine Fremeax, from Lubbock, TX, won first place for her larger-than-life pastel and resin on paper piece entitled Winona. Second place went to Pat McCallum of Saltspring Island, BC, for his charcoal drawing entitled Oct. 10, 1941. Maya Sokolow of Santa Monica, CA, won third place for her acrylic finger painting on newsprint called Blind Justice II, and Drea Frost of Cannon Beach was awarded Honorable Mention for her acrylic painting entitled Finding a way through fear. All of the artists selected to participate in the 2020 exhibit were invited to submit proposals for the special exhibit and workshop awards, which were reviewed by the art faculty.
From among these submissions, Chris Sheridan of Seattle, Washington was selected for the solo show award that will kick off the 2020-20201 academic season. He will be exhibiting landscapes that he created during a two-month art residency in Korpo, Finland. The theme for his show is “Rediscovering Silence,” primarily featuring medium to large-scale oil paintings, but he will also be including a number of gouache paintings on paper. Sheridan explains that the work in the show will “focus on my journeys and adventures all over the archipelago, and the environment that surrounded me: the dense forest, churning seas, and endless procession of storms creating an erratic array of skies that ranged from peaceful and inviting, to nothing less than threatening.”
Paul Rutz of Portland, OR and Richard Motchman of Victoria, BC, were chosen for a special two-person award show that will open in November and will run through mid-January of 2021. Both artists will be exhibiting work that is participatory in different ways. Rutz will be exhibiting paintings from a body of work he calls Into a Study, a hybrid exhibit that watches its own viewers, a collaborative project that he developed together with neuroscientist Amanda Hampton Wray (U Pittsburgh). Rutz believes that “science and art need to experiment together if our culture is going to successfully navigate the profound shifts already underway in the early 21st Century.” He will also be leading a special workshop in conjunction with the show entitled Drawing Gods among Us in which participants will explore how artist and model can work together to depict a character. Motchman will be exhibiting paintings with interactive three-dimensional moveable parts that he describes as “paintings that the viewer physically interacts with to alter the painting’s imagery, so that the viewer becomes my collaborator.”
Patrick Deshaye of Hillsboro, OR, was selected to lead a workshop entitled Common Figure Drawing Errors and How to Make Them. Tom Jensen of Everett, WA, led a special workshop for the CCC life drawing class the day after the reception. Two etchings were chosen for the purchase awards: Tom Jensen’s print called The Runner, and Paul Rutz’s print called Autoretrato in Ceramolle.
Thanks to the Bridgewater Bistro, the Fort George Brewery & Public House, and The Inferno for their support.
To view images of the award-winning artwork, plus all the work in this year’s exhibit as well as prior exhibits, please visit the gallery page of the Au Naturel website at: aunaturelart.com.
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