An artist's reception will be held Thursday, April 10, from 6 to 9 p.m. at the gallery, 11049 SE 21st Street in Milwaukie. Gallery hours are Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and Thursday evenings.
The Palimpsest paintings are made with acrylic and powdered pigment, charcoal rubbings, surface sgraffiti and variable densities of scumbled paint. Grooves are scratched and switched into the surfaces with twigs and branches. Totem Shriver, adjunct professor of art and visual culture at Linfield, collaborated with Mills on one piece for the show.
A Palimpsest is a piece of writing material on which the original writing has been erased for other writing, but traces of the original remain. The paintings are meditations on what one reveals and conceals.
Mills, chair of the Linfield Art and Visual Culture Department, has been a member of the faculty since 1979. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of California and a master of fine art from Claremont Graduate School. He began showing his art professionally while in graduate school and has since been featured in dozens of solo and collective exhibits in several countries. He has also painted four murals, one at Linfield and three in Latin America. His work in Central America extends beyond his paintings. He has conducted ethnographic field work in Central America with Jorge Acevedo, a Costa Rican research colleague, for over 20 years. Their collection of indigenous art is on display at the Central Neotropico Sarapiquis, a Costa Rican Museum.