8/26/2008 Pardue show to open Linfield gallery schedule
McMINNVILLE – "Anomaly," an exhibit designed specifically for the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery by Portland artist Eugenia Pardue, will kick off the fall schedule at the college. The exhibit will run Sept. 3 through Oct. 4 in the gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. An opening reception will be held Wednesday, Sept. 3, at 6 p.m. and an artist’s talk will be held Wednesday, Sept. 24, at 4 p.m., both in the gallery. Pardue’s paintings, which often reference flowers, vines, trees and other vegetative motifs, are “almost sculptural,” according to Cris Moss, Linfield gallery director. Pardue uses tools to braid, mold and weave paint into shapes that are sometimes soft and graceful, sometimes spiky and dynamic. After the shapes are created and positioned, Pardue envelopes them in sheets of acrylic paint. "She is designing this show specifically to fit the gallery space," Moss said. "Her paintings will be coming off of the canvases and into the physical space with the viewers." Pardue has been involved with the arts and the arts community for over 16 years in cities such as Boston, New Orleans, Miami and Portland. She earned her B.F.A. from Florida International University and an M.F.A. from Clemson University. Pardue has had numerous solo and group shows, including international exhibitions. She has developed her artistry through residencies in Hungary, Hawaii, British Columbia and the Czech Republic. She also participated in the “Paintings Edge” 2004 Idyllwild Arts Workshop. The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive in south McMinnville. The art gallery is located in Building B. For a campus map, go to www.linfield.edu/admission/visit/map.php. Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56. For more information, call 503-883-2804 or visit www.linfield.edu/art/gallery.php.