Where: Fine Art Gallery, James F. Miller Fine Arts Center
900 SE Baker St.
McMinnville, OR 97128
When: Sept. 8 ? Oct. 3
Gallery Hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Contact: Elizabeth Obert, gallery director
McMINNVILLE ? Recent ceramic work by McMinnville artist Jack Walsh will be featured in the first exhibit of the fall season at the Fine Art Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College.
The exhibit will run Sept. 8 through Oct. 3. An opening reception and slide lecture will be held Thursday, Sept. 11, at 7 p.m. in the gallery. The exhibit is free and open to the public.
Walsh, an adjunct professor of art at Linfield, will display approximately 30 ceramic objects referred to as quada ketls, stack pots and statues, all fired in anagama wood burning kilns.
Walsh said his stack pots, which resemble covered jars that cannot store items, are an example of deconstructive attitudes and challenge traditional notions of design.
?The vessel is there, but it prefers to be accessed through the spiritual realm, thus the imagination,? he said. ?I?m decoding the viewer?s access to the traditional concept of only using the physical senses to decode what one thinks the functional vessel should be. This work is not what it is. They?re very beautiful to look at and might even be perplexing.?
The exhibit will include representatives from three separate bodies of work Walsh created in the past three years primarily focusing on quada ketls.
?My primary impulse in life is to become aware of the life forces that inspire art,? added Walsh, who has been making art since age 11. ?I?ve always tried to work as little as possible at other jobs to maintain my artistic direction.?
Walsh has been an adjunct professor of art at Linfield for four years, teaching classes in two-dimensional design, photography and ceramics. He holds a B.S. in education from the University of Maine and resided in Homer, Alaska, for 23 years where he retired from teaching art.
The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Linfield Avenue and then right onto Lever Street. Follow the street to Keck Drive and the main parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2275.