Mary Jo Mann presents a body of work entitled “Reflections” which offers viewers a quiet and contemplative space. The work is an expression of her time sitting by a small lake and willow tree during an artist residency in Caylus, France. The abstract paintings, done primarily with ink on canvas, speak of the human experience in nature. The medium’s fluidity and transparency expresses the mesmerizing experience of the watery environment by the lake. Complimenting her paintings is ceramic sculpture reminiscent of botanical and rock forms found in nature.
Heather McGeachy’s time spent in France was filled with a rush of productivity. Focusing on themes that have been lingering in the background for years, she was able to give over to dissecting the complicated relationship humans have with the natural world. Her show, titled “Shapeshifters”, reflects an exploration of the moments when we strive to be of the natural order and less segregated from our environments and our animal brethren.
Sunday, May 19 at 4 p.m. authors David Oates and Annie Lighthart will read poetry and prose that responds to the natural world and our increasingly paradoxical place in it. Anticipate joy...and some necessary truth telling.
David Oates writes about the creative arts, nature, and urban life. The Heron Place won the 2015 Poetry Award and publication from Swan Scythe Press (San Francisco). His previous book of poetry Peace in Exile was published by Oyster River. He has been a finalist for various prizes, including the Lascaux Prize, Inlandia Gravendyk Prize, and Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Award, as well as the 2018 Ars Poetica Prize (from Riddled WithArrows).
Annie Lighthart is a poet and teacher who started writing poetry after her first visit to an
Oregon old-growth forest. She has taught at Boston College and with writers of all ages,
teaching poetry workshops wherever and whenever she can. Poems from her books Iron
String and Lantern have been featured on The Writer’s Almanac and in various
anthologies, including Poetry of Presence: An Anthology of Mindfulness Poems and
Healing the Divide. Pax, her next book of poetry, will be out in 2020 from Salmon
Poetry. Annie’s poems have been turned into choral music, used in healing projects in
Ireland, England, and New Zealand, and have traveled farther than she has.
See the show at Gallery 114, from noon to 6 p.m. Thursday through Sunday from May 2 to May 31.
Opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. on Thursday, May 2
Artist talk with Mary Jo Mann and Heather McGeachy on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m.
Poetry reading by author David Oates at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 19.
All events take place at Gallery 114, located at 1100 NW Glisan, Portland, Oregon, and are free to the public.