It started with this: Three artists paint prayers for the strength of another…
Three artists- Bill Shumway, Paige Shumway and I in a group at Pegasus Art Gallery, April 2016. My pieces are the two tall totem like ones, and the green one below the portrait Bill did of fellow artist Rick Bartow.
Our sketches at Bartows Memorial in May, 2016 at the Newport Performing arts center. Mine is the bottom one, the Eagle Person.
The collaborative potential was there, so we set a date and laid out some paint up at my studio downtown. Sometimes we worked all together in a few hours, and other pieces we took home and worked on individually, taking turns with each one until we felt they were complete. Below are some shots of the work.
There is really nothing like collaborative painting. There is a certain energy, a meeting of the minds…a dance…. For the first piece, our only guideline was to work from the sketches we’d all done at the memorial. We gave eachother permission to paint over one anothers work, unless we stated otherwise. If you want to learn yourself really quick- do a collab- it will clear up who you are immediatly. We worked well together – with ease and delight.
Currently, most of these pieces are on display at OSU, Along with many other collaborations and some of our individual work:
A Plethora of Crows II
Bill Shumway and Don Ferguson with Raymond Hunter, Edith Wolfe, Kevin Clark, Paige Shumway, Rachel Urista, and Brizz Meddings
The show is up until the end of December 28th at the Center for Humanities OSU, Autzen House Gallery from 4-6. The gallery is at 811 SW Jefferson Avenue is free and open to the public weekdays from 9 to 4. This show will carry on to the Benton Historical Socitey in January, 2017.