April 2017 — "It Makes Us Happy," works by Chrissie Forbes and Reid Trevarthan
March 3 - April 1 2017 – Impressions: 32 NW Printmakers
Print Arts Northwest (PAN) provided work from printmakers located throughout the Northwestern United States. Printmakers make “hand-pulled” prints: etchings, wood and linoleum blocks, lithography stones, screen prints and various methods of monotype and collagraph. A print is technically any image that is transferred from a matrix to a substrate, usually paper. Hand pulled means that the image on the matrix (metal plate, stone, wood) was made by the artist. Images range from intriguing abstracts to more traditional representational images. Some prefer to work in black and white, while others specialize in color prints which require a different matrix for each color, or what are known as suicide prints. The latter being the use of one block, but cutting away different areas for each color and overprinting, light to dark, as it progresses. When the edition is completed there is not much of the image left on the block.
“PEOPLE PEOPLE” a two person contemporary art show, featuring works by Selena Jones and Dave MacGougan.
The work of artist pals Jones and MacGougan shares a common theme: people. Their explorations are simultaneously inward and outward seeking; they are people, they’re down with other people, and in the solitude of their studios, they draft new people. They also love animals. They’re totally into bodies. Their work is complimentary in both subject and aesthetic, as they are each inveterate drawers who enjoy a physical, hands-on approach to their artmaking. This co-presentation of their individually produced work is a culmination of years of productive conversations between these two similarly-intentioned people.
an exhibit of student work, presented by Columbia River High School. This was the third year North Bank has collaborated with Columbia River High School to showcase talented student work. We had remarkable turn-outs for the opening night and these shows provided a positive art experience for new generations of young artists, their families and friends.
Collaborators were Jason Phelps, art instructor at Columbia River High School, Kaite Thompson Chase, curator, North Bank member and Board President and Andy Berhow, video instructor from the Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, and Kitty Hibbs, Sales and Marketing Associate at North Bank.
The art students were from of Jason’s IB Art class, mostly juniors and seniors (and some lucky sophomores). The assignment was to study the concept of 'innocence'. Students were encouraged to look introspectively, locally, and internationally while investigating both historical and contemporary inspirations. Lastly, students were instructed to create a question about innocence that guided their process and pursue a visual representation of their findings.
Middle school documentary students from the VSAA filmed interviews with 3 student artists, Jason and Kaite. Visitors were able to scan a QR code and watch short videos on their smartphones. Video creations were accessible throughout the month, even on days the gallery was not open via QR codes posted in the gallery and on the front window. North Bank was thrilled to offer this unique way to meet the talented people who create and bring art experiences, art opportunities and art education to the community.
Click the links below to view past year's shows and events.