Monday, February 4, 2019

Donation to Lane Community College and the Story Behind It

This painting has sold more paintings for me than any gallery or web site. A number of years ago I was the curator for OPUS6IX, one of the largest and most important galleries in the state.
One of the projects we enjoyed was hanging work in the Hilton Hotel across the street, a little payback for taking away a lot of their event rental as we gave non-profits our space for free after concerts.
We rotated a number of our largescale artists every year.
When the gallery closed, post-recession, I took on the task.
I was asked to Jury an exhibit at Coos Art Museum and with that honour, came a show.
I chose "Vessel" as the theme and painted 26 works, both large (mostly) and small (a few).

I became almost obsessed with shapes of jars, urns, and anything that held and transported as their function. 
After the show ended the crates were loaded up and I had made plans to have them dropped at my studio the following Friday, a week later.
One of the Vessels downstair at the Hilton, now the Hotel Eugene
 At 9:00 in the morning on  Friday I got a call from the museum director saying they were going to Portland and would be glad to drop the paintings off, I thanked them and began stewing about where I would put them. The phone rang, "Hello, this is Jody (Hotel Manager), we want some new work for the hotel, do you have anything?
"Why yes, I do." I said smiling.
three minutes later I got a call from Oregon Wine LAB saying their artist had backed out and did I have any work I could hang."Yes, yes I do". (I plan on doing a story on what has transpired over the last few years showing there.)
This painting was hung above the stairwell coming up from the garage where I could be seen from all over the hotel.
I hung many more large works the, selling many.
So, I am donating this painting to Lane Community Collge for Building 19, the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Management department.


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