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Kristin Shauck Into the Vastness of the Unknown (detail) 40" x 40" Acrylic and ink on upholstery fabric

“Fire and Light” Art Exhibit Illuminates the Royal Nebeker Art Gallery

“Fire and Light” Art Exhibit Illuminates the CCC Gallery

The Clatsop Community College Royal Nebeker Art Gallery is delighted to announce: Fire and Light: Five + Four, a group art exhibition showcasing the remarkable talents of Clatsop Community College faculty, as well as a selection of invited local artists.

Beginning February 3, 2022, this collection of Five + Four will highlight the work of Clatsop Community College faculty Richard Rowland (Ceramics), Kristin Shauck (Painting, Drawing, Design), David Homer (Photography), Ben Rosenberg (Printmaking), and Lucien Swerdloff (Graphic Design). We are also pleased to feature Annie Eskelin, Glen Herman, Peter Korchnak and Randy McClelland from Astoria, Oregon.

This collection features works of art captured in a moment, in flashes of light. Some created in the passage of time, with earth and fire. Some explore the iridescence of color, memory, and how our imaginations soar or sink in response to what we observe. Each artist draws from their own heritage, memory and life to reflect their own unique interpretation of Fire and Light.  

In the deep hollows of Oregon’s coastal forest, a tiny chamber of heat and flame. A 2,400 degree fire burns in the belly of a dragon. Clatsop Community College ceramics professor Richard Rowland leads a group of dedicated volunteers that hold vigil over the week-long firing of the anagsama style kiln. The treasures inside are formed by the hands of the community, stacked within the kiln slowly, with painstaking care, so that each piece is graced by the whims of the final collaborator: fire. Richard Rowland and Randy McClelland share with us their pieces from the recent firings of Ahikaaroa, Astoria’s anagama style kiln.

Annie Eskelin conjures fire also, in the precise, blinding beam of an electric arc. She uses the energy to melt steel into a delicate representation of nature, deceased, unearthed, remembered and cherished.

Clatsop Community College professor Kristin Shauck collects her wisdom from years of teaching observational drawing; our personal experience can vastly alter our vantage of reality. Much like full spectrum sunlight, the viewer colors their perception, some absorbed, some reflected. Kristin shares her luminous creations in pigments and polymers as she reflects on the balance between our personal interpretations of reality, and the interconnected experience we share. 

Peter Korchnak employs pointed blades, needles and thread, to weave together voices of old into stories anew, casting illumination on memories of state lines, split and stitched into history.

Ben Rosenberg, Printmaking instructor at Clatsop Community College, shares:

“I’ve always been pulled to the unintended irony in life and try to capture that in my work. It’s what lies underneath that lends humor and sometimes depth to a subject I’m after. I’m influenced by my surroundings, mass media, and politics. Animals show up often in my work, sometimes behaving like people. I work primarily in drawing, painting, ceramics, and assemblages.”

A retired engineer is now an artist, and has an appreciation for technical challenges. Glen Hermanis grew up on a small farm, and credits this heritage for the mechanical dexterity and technical curiosity he brings to his “Maker Lights.” By incorporating deliberate challenges within his designs, Glen develops artful solutions mixing light with science and function.

Lucien Swerdloff teaches Graphic Design, Historic Preservation and Computer-Aided Design at Clatsop Community College. He offers a series of images inviting reflection on destruction and creation, natural and artificial, reality and abstraction, fire and light.

The work of these artists and others are on display from February 3st through May 6th. A reception for Fire and Light: Five + Four is scheduled for Thursday, February 17th at 6:00 p.m. Please join us for an evening celebrating Fire and Light, and support the work of our extraordinary local artists.

The gallery reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.

The CCC Royal Nebeker Gallery is dedicated to enriching the cultural life of the campus, the local community, and the North Coast region. Please join CCC in its mission to sustain and promote contemporary art and visual culture through professional exhibitions and programming.

The CCC Royal Nebeker Gallery, located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria, is ADA accessible. The gallery hours are from 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and on weekends and holidays by appointment only. For more information, please contact Kristin Shauck by phone (503-338-2472) or e-mail 

All employees, students, and visitors at Clatsop Community College are required to comply with the CCC COVID-19 Response Plan, which includes the requirement to wear face coverings when inside buildings on CCC campuses, regardless of vaccination status. The COVID-19 Response Plan may be viewed on the CCC website on the Campus Safety page.

Non-Discrimination Declaration

It is the policy of Clatsop Community College that there will be no discrimination or harassment on the grounds of race, color, sex, gender, marital status, religion, national origin, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or disability in any educational programs, activities, or employment. Questions or complaints should be directed to Greg Dorcheus, Affirmative Action/Gender Equity (Title IX) Officer, Lower Library, Suite 103, (503) 338-2406; TDD : Oregon Relay- Dial 711. For Student Access Services, contact Faith Forster, Columbia Hall, Room 111, (503) 338-2313.  


Students having questions about or a request for classroom accommodations should contact Faith Forster, Columbia Hall, Room 111, (503) 338-2313.   Community members having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact Greg Dorcheus, Lower Library, Suite 103, (503) 338-2406; TDD: Oregon Relay- Dial 711. Please send special needs and accommodations requests here. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.

Declaración de no-discriminación

Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, sexo, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Greg Dorcheus, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizada en la biblioteca, oficina número 103 , número de teléfono (503) 338-2406, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) marcar 711 en su teléfono. Para servicios de acceso para estudiantes, comuníquese con Faith Forster localizada en Columbia Hall , oficina número 111, (503) 338-2313. 

Ayuda a personas discapacitadas

Estudiantes que tengan preguntas o una requieran solicitud de adaptaciones en el aula deben comunicarse con Faith Forster, localizada en Columbia Hall , oficina número 111, (503) 338-2313. En cuanto a los miembros de la comunidad, se les pide que se comuniquen con Greg Dorcheus, localizada en la biblioteca, oficina número 103 , gdorcheus2@clatsopcc.edunúmero de teléfono (503) 338-2406, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) marcar 711 en su teléfono. Haga el favor de notificar 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. Para más información, vea la página Web de Clatsop Community College bajo Información en Español.


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