CCC Presents Art Exhibit “Empathies and Energies”

 “Empathies and Energies,” an exhibit of ceramics, prints and photographs by three Oregon artists, will be shown at the Royal Nebeker Gallery on the campus of Clatsop Community College in Astoria from April 2 to May 10, 2018.

The exhibit features ceramics and prints by internationally acclaimed artist Frank Boyden of Otis; infrared photographs by Rich Bergeman of Corvallis; and ceramics and sculpture by Renee McKitterick, chair of the Art Department at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany.

A public reception for the artists will be held on Thursday, April 5, at 6 p.m. in the gallery.

“Empathies and Energies” takes its name from the co-mingling of Boyden's dry-point etchings of anguished faces with the fire and light that McKitterick and Bergeman use to create their ceramics and infrared photographs.


Anchoring the show is Boyden's “Empathies,” a suite of 96 intimate dry-point psychological portraits that he presents in four large grids of 24 prints each. The series was undertaken in response to the artist's disillusionment with the depravity of humanity and evolved into one of empathy and personal introspection. His book by the same name has won praise as a “profound and haunting personal journey.”

Boyden is also showing a selection of other recent prints and ceramic work in the Clatsop exhibit. An active artist for several decades, Boyden has exhibited in museums and galleries throughout the U.S., Canada and Europe, and has executed public commissions of cast bronze sculptures that can be seen at the Oregon Coast Aquarium in Newport, Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, and elsewhere.

McKitterick is a native of Ohio who studied and taught in New Mexico before relocating to Oregon to join the art faculty at LBCC in Albany. She is a sculptor, painter, designer and potter whose work has been shown nationally and internationally.

She describes the new work she is showing in the Clatsop exhibit as “fundamentally feminine, made by a female.” Her interest is in exploring how form can convey a visual narrative, and how “shapes can move the viewer through, around, and back into its space.”

Bergeman, also a native of Ohio, is a retired journalism and photography instructor who has enjoyed a double life as a fine art photographer for the past 30 years. His black-and-white images of the vanishing traces of Northwest history have been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the region.

Bergeman said he began using infrared photography in recent years because of its “eerie, surreal quality. It feels uniquely compatible with the kind of photographic projects I most enjoy--following in the footsteps of the pioneers, photographing on the trail of ghosts, so to speak.” He has since discovered other fertile ground where infrared light can transform a scene, such as the seacoast at extreme low tide, where a landscape teeming with life in dull browns and dark greens comes alive when viewed in infrared illumination.

The Royal Nebeker Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Ave. and is open Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

"Woodland Meadow"-Rich Bergeman

"Vessel 1"-Renee McKitterick

"Democracy"- Frank Boyden

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Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Library Suite 110, Phone (503) 338-2421 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Please send special needs and accommodations requests HERE. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.

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Ayuda a personas discapacitadas

En cuanto a las personas discapacitadas, se les pide que se comuniquen con JoAnn Zahn, la Vice Presidente de Finanzas y Operaciones en Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Library Suite 110, número teléfonico (503) 338-2421 o a TDD (503) 338-2468. Haga el favor de noticar a la oficina para que se le pueda proporcionar apoyo. La comunicación debe tomar lugar por lo menos dos días de trabajo antes del evento por el cual se requiera tal ayuda.

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