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November 6 - 29, 2014


Gregory Grenon: Truth is a Lie and Anger Follows
Margaret Shirley: Nature and Process

First Thursday November 6, 2014
First Thursday Hours, 5-8pm

Gregory Grenon

Gregory Grenon
Description of the Face
2014, oil on glass
23.75 x 30 inches

Gregory Grenon
’s new work is featured in his show Truth is a Lie and Anger Follows. One of the most recognized artists in the Northwest, Grenon continues his work as a colorist exploring the dynamic and expressive qualities of the people he paints. In reflecting on his latest show, Grenon has found a quote by writer David Schonauer to be particularly apt, “The portrait in art comes with social, cultural and psychological underpinnings that are complex and endlessly fascinating to contemplate.” Grenon’s portrait-like images, frequently of women in a range of expressive moments, are strong, haunting and frank. He paints directly on the reverse side of glass, a technique he discovered on his own, but which is also steeped in Russian folk tradition.

Gregory Grenon grew up in Detroit where he studied at the Center for Creative Studies. After a stint in Chicago, where he furthered his printmaking skills at Landfall Press, he moved to the Pacific Northwest. Throughout his career, he has had one-person exhibitions throughout the region as well as in New York, Chicago, Boston and New Orleans. He has received fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Oregon Arts Commission. His work is in numerous private and public collections including the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University, Salem, OR; the Portland Art Museum; the Seattle Art Museum; the Tacoma Art Museum; the Boise Art Museum; and New York Public Library.

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Margaret Shirley

Margaret Shirley
Red Moment
2014, feathers, ink, acrylic on panel
16 x 12.25 inches

Margaret Shirley is best known for her process paintings that combine muted or brilliant colors with texture and patterns observed in the natural world, including flora of all kinds. Much of Shirley's practice has been to build up the painting surfaces with repetitive patterns using graphite, ink and tempera, or sometimes letting the patterns of her found material speak for themselves. More recently, in the years since her retirement from teaching, Shirley has been drawn to the use of found materials, as well as references to the figure. She has begun to incorporate human forms and manmade content into her compositions. This exhibition will feature a range of her work from the 1980s through the present, showing the breadth of her techniques and aesthetic interests of the past 40 years.

Margaret Shirley studied at Yale University in Connecticut and Reed College in Portland. She received her MFA from Portland State University where she taught. She has also served on the faculty of Mt. Hood Community College, Reed College, and Marylhurst University in Oregon. She has exhibited at the Laura Russo Gallery regularly since 1989. Other one-person exhibitions include shows at the Oregon Health Sciences University in Portland, the Governor’s Office, Salem, OR, Del Mar College in Texas, Columbia College in Missouri, the University of Wisconsin, and the Oklahoma Art Center in Oklahoma City. A major retrospective exhibition of her work was held at the Feldenheimer Gallery at Reed College, Portland, OR in 2011. Her work is part of several collections including the Tacoma Art Museum, Tacoma, WA; the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, and Reed College, and Portland State University in Portland, Oregon.

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Upcoming 2014 Exhibitions

December 4 - 24, 2014
Tom Fawkes - New Work
Samantha Wall - New Works on Paper

January 8 - 31st, 2015
Michele Russo
Sally Haley

February 5 - 28, 2015
Jo Hamilton- New Work
Joe Macca - Guest Artist, Recent Paintings