PMR artists featured in Pendleton show

 

Last updated 7/5/2022 at Noon

Dylan J. Beck.

“Lake of Fire”

When imagining the creation of contemporary art, a working ranch is usually not the first thing that comes to mind. But far from universities, gallery spaces, and artists’ studios, Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture (PMRCAA) is fostering the creation of new work by artists, ecological scientists, and scholars. An exhibit of work by PMRCAA residents will be on view at the Pendleton Center for the Arts July 7-30 in the East Oregonian Gallery.

Pine Meadow Ranch Center for Arts & Agriculture is a 260-acre working ranch just outside Sisters, operated by The Roundhouse Foundation.

They connect sustainable agricultural practices, conservation, and the traditional skills integral to ranching life with the arts, sciences, and contemporary crafts.

The exhibit in Pendleton features work by 28 artists who have spent time at PMRCAA in two to four-week visits over the past four years.

It illustrates the wide range of media that the residency supports, including poetry and writing, photography, painting, drawing, book arts, ceramics, sculpture, printmaking, textiles, and music.

Residencies are an important facet of support for an artist or scholar. They provide time and space to work, away from the distractions and obligations of day-to-day life. The PMRCAA provides not only an opportunity to live and work outside an artist’s usual environment, invited guests learn about the work involved in growing food, raising livestock, and being the stewards of a gorgeous piece of land looked down upon by the Three Sisters, Broken Top and Black Butte. Whychus Creek runs through the middle of the property. Artists work in historic buildings all over the ranch with names like the Dairy Barn, the Pickle Room, and the Old Shop.

Occasionally artists arrive at the Ranch with a project in mind, but more often they leave themselves open to responding to the place itself, which is rich in open space, beautiful scenery, and materials for art-making. Residents are asked to contribute to the ranch by taking on jobs like collecting eggs or tending gardens and often present workshops or artist’s talks in the community.

Artists featured include Loo Bain, Dylan J. Beck, Michael Boonstra, Renee Couture, Shelby Davis, Poppy Dully, Bean Gilsdorf, Patricia L. Giraud, Anne Greenwood, Alex Hirsch, Harvey L. Hix, Donna Cooper Hurt, Anna Ialeggio, Diane Jacobs, Joe Kowalczyk, Roberta Lavadour, Jeanne Medina Le, Elissa Levy, Kelda Martensen, Hirona Matsuda, Andy Myers, Stan Peterson, Elizabeth Quinn, Jean Rohe, Christopher St. John, Annie Varnot, Leah Wilson, and Laura Winter.

The exhibit in Pendleton marks the first time that residents from the program have shown their work as a group. The event kicks off with an Opening Reception Thursday, July 7 from 5:30 to 7 p.m., which is free and open to the public.

“Even though we designed the residency to be highly competitive, I’m blown away by the body of work that the program has inspired and facilitated since we started in 2018,” said The Roundhouse Founder Kathy Deggendorfer. “I can’t wait to see it celebrated in the gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts.”

More information is available by calling 541-278-9201 or visiting www.PendletonArts.org.

 

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