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8/30/2002 Local artists to display paintings, sculptures at Linfield

McMINNVILLE ? Paintings and sculptures by Sheridan artists Jo and Jim Hockenhull will be on display at the Linfield Fine Art Gallery Aug. 30 to Sept. 27.

An opening reception will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the gallery located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.

Approximately 30 pieces of art created in the last two years will be displayed. The paintings are all acrylic on canvas and many include images of birds, which Jo Hockenhull said she uses as a metaphor for nature and everyday objects that are taken for granted. Nearly 20 wall-hanging sculptures by Jim Hockenhull will also be on exhibit. All are cast in Forton, a resin-modified gypsum designed for exterior architectural ornamentation.

Jim Hockenhull received his BFA in sculpture from the University of Illinois and his MFA in sculpture from the University of Iowa. His work has appeared in shows in Oregon, California, Washington, Colorado, Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and New York, as well as in Canada. He is a long-time performer of American roots music, playing fiddle, banjo and guitar. He is a member of the Oregon Old-Time Fiddlers and is active in the local acoustic-music scene.

Jim?s work references archaeology, paleontology and museology along with song lyrics, poetry and occult symbolism.

?When working, I try to maintain a balance between intent and surprise,? said Jim, a self-described hopeless romantic. ?My materials and methods act as collaborators feeding me new ideas. I want the results to surprise and delight me.?

Jo Mannino Hockenhull is a painter and printmaker who completed undergraduate work at Knox College and the University of Munich, and her graduate work at the University of Iowa. Her artwork has been exhibited nationally and internationally and is in the permanent collections of Intel, American Oil Company, the Seattle Art Museum and the Gilkey Center for Graphic Arts at the Portland Art Museum, among others. Her work is featured in ?Contemporary Printmaking in the Northwest? by Lois Allan. She has completed commissions for Columbia Records, Washington State Arts Commission, and created illustrations for Women and the Journey and River Earth. She is the author of two books, has curated several exhibitions and has served on numerous panels at national conferences on the arts, education and women's studies.

Her present interest in China and Chinese women artists grew out of her participation in the NGO Forum on Women in China in 1995. Since then, she conceived and organized with Ann Christenson "China/U.S. Artists' Exchange: Reflections on Two Landscapes," which is centered around joint residencies in China and the U.S. and focuses on the creative responses of Chinese and American artists to natural landscapes on opposite sides of the earth.

Jo said she attempts to understand the physical, behavioral and psychological characteristics of the natural world around her and is fascinated by the similarities between humans and animals.

?As the world becomes bewilderingly complex, I make art to reinforce my connections with these non-human beings?to celebrate our joint existence on this earth,? she said.

The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W turn on Keck Drive across from Roth's IGA in south McMinnville. Follow the drive to the main parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2275.