Lavadour has been widely recognized for his captivating abstract landscapes, often interpreted from and inspired by the geography of his lifelong home on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. Self-educated in art, he has described the process of recognizing the gestures of painting and art as their own acts of nature, similar to those that formed the landscapes his work represents. Lavadour is also the founder of Crow's Shadow Institute of the Arts, a reservation-based nonprofit organization since 1992.
Spectrum: Embracing Life
Students from the ART200 Advanced Painting Seminar endeavored to fill the space with a compelling work of art that also illustrated statistics of incidences of mental illness in America. This project was born out of the idea that we do not talk about mental health, even though almost half the population is diagnosed with one or more mental health issues. Spectrum took mental health's secrets and formed them into a bold, colorful design, creating beauty from where beauty is often not seen. The installation invited viewer participation, allowing the public to help construct the evolving form by tying on pieces of colored gauze representing personal connections to various mental health conditions.
Student Art Exhibit
May 13-June 12, 2015
Featuring work by WVC student artists.
Justin Gibbens: Sepulchre
April 3-May 8, 2015
Using his signature brand of subversive natural history, Sepulchre explores life-cycle themes of death and renewal. Spring is the time of year when humans look to nature as a harbinger of rebirth and resurrection. Throughout the ages, these themes have manifested in a multitude of ways, one being the spontaneous proliferation of bees. Gibbens presents his own take on this phenomenon inside the MAC gallery.
Cynthia Neely: Flight Path
March 6-20, 2015
Cynthia Neely is an artist, poet, and frequent student in writing and painting courses at WVC. The exhibition "Flight Path" springs from the imagery of the poems in her book of the same title. Her written and rendered works are intertwined, receiving their push from the imagery that speaks to her from nature. She constructs her works to lift and soar, yet to be clearly grounded in the human experience as well as the natural world.
Howard and Lorraine Barlow: XOXO
Jan. 5-Feb. 13, 2015
Ellensburg artists Howard and Lorraine Barlow anticipate and acknowledge one another's impending deaths by creating sculptural works examining oath, love, loss, ritual and tradition. This poignant installation invites viewers' participation and engages emotional responses to the materials, forms and concepts.
Adele Caemmerer: The Morning Watch
Nov. 7-Dec. 11, 2014
Adele Caemmerer began to notice and document the patterns of traffic in her neighborhood in New Delhi, India. She developed a code and assigned a color to each data point. She then translated the code into compositions.
WVC Teaching Artists' Exhibition
Sept. 22-Oct. 31, 2014
This exhibition puts on display the multi-faceted professional practices of WVC Art faculty members Ruth Allan, Scott Bailey, Vicki DeRooy Lance Dooley, Natalie Dotzauer, Arius Elvikis, David Hampton, Marlin Peterson, and Majka Sadel.
This work displays the professional activity that makes our art faculty members who they are—they are artists, first and foremost. They teach with authority from a perspective of knowledge and experience, having developed and refined their various crafts over decades. They truly practice what they preach.
WVC Student Art Exhibit
May 2-June 14, 2014
The WVC Art Department is proud to acknowledge the contributions of many local artists to our programs. This invitational show highlighted and honored the range of excellent exhibiting local artists and art educators who take art classes at WVC. Their presence in our courses enriches the atmosphere and enhances the experiences of our more traditional students. As known and respected exhibiting artists who are engaged with WVC, they also help us to connect in meaningful ways to the valley's burgeoning arts community.
The exhibition included works by Adele Little-Caemmerer, Cynthia Neely, Dan McConnell, Don Collins, Karen Dawn Dean, Lindsay Breidenthal, Michael McClun and Niki Stewart.
Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer: Romanced
March 7-28, 2014
Once and future WVC sculpture instructor Natalie Schmidt Dotzauer displayed recent work reminiscent of a bygone era. The installation engages viewer participation in a multi-sensory experience, and evokes a down-home feel, but with a witty and ironic edge.
Scott Bailey: Instant Landscape
Feb. 7-28, 2014
In this immersive installation, WVC Art Department Director Scott Bailey tries to do much with little. His experimental project transforms the entire MAC Gallery into a panoramic virtual terrain of rolling hills using only a few surprising materials.
Majka Sadel: Seasons
Jan. 3-31, 2014
WVC art instructor Majka Sadel displays richly layered oil paintings of remembered and imagined landscapes. Colorful rhythms, semi-patterns and vague forms come together to beautifully express Sadel's inner- and outer reality.
Cynthia Camlin and Elise Richman: Each Form Overflows its Present
Cynthia Camlin and Elise Richman are professors of painting at Western Washington University and the University of Puget Sound (respectively). While taking dramatically different approaches, both of their works display a strong sensitivity to the history and material qualities of the medium of painting, along with a conceptual framework that refers to contemporary ecological concerns.
Both artists engage in painterly processes that evoke water, ice, and geological processes. In each artist's work, the material potential of paint acts as a metaphor for distinct aspects of the material world.
Camlin captures ice's crystalline structure and the primordial depths of ice shelves. Her frozen landscapes explore relationships between abstract and naturalistic visual languages while conveying environmental concerns. Layering opaque and transparent color, solid and liquid form, the paintings rely on correlatives for temperature and material processes that we observe in the world or our own bodies. If it is a world in these paintings, that world is in pieces, loosening and shifting.
Richman's process driven work similarly represents perceptual phenomena to communicate ecological content. She depicts water and references the local marine environment in order to express interconnectedness as well as accelerated states of flux. Relative drying times and levels of fluidity versus viscosity create different surfaces that reflect the tactile, physicality of the material world. Her paintings represent and embody the fluid nature of boundaries, reflecting phenomena that operate on visual, physical, environmental, and social levels.
Remembering Rae Dana
The WVC Art Department remembered artist and instructor Rae Dana with a collection of paintings, prints and drawings that showed the broad range of her talents and expression. Her abstract works are rich and lyrical, drawing inspiration especially from the landscape. The exhibition featured a written statement by WVC English faculty Derek Sheffield.
Bryan Miller: Reassemble
May 3-31, 2013
Artist Statement: I begin as I always have, and where my work always seems to end: with materials. I am fascinated by the intersection of the way we view the world around us and the physicality of the material world. The physical world and its forms determine how and what we are capable of thinking and seeing. It is with this in mind that I build abstract and concrete structures to live and interact with. By disassembling and reassembling materials, I find significance in form. By placing these objects in a space, I learn how those forms affect our function.
This exhibit demonstrates the creative process.
Karen Dawn Dean and Niki Stewart: ART 220
April 5-30, 2013
WVC art students Niki Stewart and Karen Dawn Dean filled the MAC Gallery with paintings, installation, and performance. Collectively, their works showed evidence of transformation: from figuration to abstraction, from craft to fine art, and from object to experience.
The genesis of the exhibition arose when the artists found themselves together in an Advanced Painting class and conceived of a show that challenged themselves and a lifetime of their own artistic conventions. This work provides examples of the kind of mature exploration occurring in WVC's advanced art classes.
Scott Bailey: Topometry, Topology, Topography
March 1-29, 2013
Scott Bailey, WVC Art Department Director, takes a hard look at the local landscape, exploring form and color through new materials and processes. Three-dimensional paintings result from a combination of contemporary technologies, non-traditional materials, painting sensibilities and gravity.
Majka Sadel, Talking Orchid
Feb. 1-28, 2013
Majka Sadel's exhibit includes ink and mixed media works on paper.
Majka currently teaches Art History and Art Appreciation courses at Wenatchee Valley College. She is an active, practicing studio artist with a master's in fine arts from painting, and she has classical academic art training from Poland, where she was born and raised.
Majka uses ink and non-traditional media to explore a variety of expressive and lyrical responses to her potted companions.
Vicki DeRooy: My Life in Prismacolor
Jan. 4-28, 2013
In my most recent work, I am attempting to put down on paper a story of my life, an introspective recognition of SELF, myself. I use Prismacolor colored pencil and a smooth black acid-free paper as the tools to express this idea. I look for balance in the pieces, just as I struggle for balance in myself and in my life. I use a few familiar images as symbols, but what these symbols represent can change from one drawing to the next. There are, however, some common themes, having to do in some way with my desire for a pragmatic approach to my life. Some prevalent themes found in the work are life and death, spirituality, reality vs. non-reality, and memories that have in some ways dissolved or changed beyond accurate recollection.
Color plays a significant role in the life of my work. I love the intensity and the luminosity of colors. I also love to play with light and shadow, working together to represent something tangible, reachable, yet indefinable. The play of pattern is another commonly used element in my work. Pattern has a language and a structure that I feel helps to carry my voice and define the content of the drawings.
Art Fac.ul.ty Exhibition
This show included works by WVC instructors David Hampton, Kristofor Zehm, Scott Bailey, Arius Elvikis, Majka Sadel, Bryan Miller, Lance Dooley, Vicki DeRooy and Ruth Allan.
Joe Feddersen, Transitions
Sept. 24 - Nov. 2, 2012
The grand opening of the MAC Gallery in September 2012 featured the exhibition "Transitions" by renowned artist and WVC graduate Joe Feddersen.
Feddersen was a student at WVC during the 1970s, studying printmaking with Robert Graves in the ascendant art department. After receiving degrees from the University of Washington and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, he taught for two decades at The Evergreen State College in Olympia, exhibiting his work in major museums and galleries throughout the world. He recently retired from Evergreen and returned to his hometown of Omak, where he continues to ambitiously produce and exhibit work.
"Transitions" included wall-hung pieces utilizing a variety of printmaking techniques, as well as sculptural vessels of blown glass, all mixing elements that blur the lines between Feddersen's traditional culture and contemporary imagery. The exhibition features a six-foot by 12-foot, multi-paneled print piece titled "Okanogan 1," and delicate, new mirrored glass works.
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