Pamplin Media Group – Kelsey Birsa presents paintings at Stevens-Crawford house

Pamplin Media Group – Kelsey Birsa presents paintings at Stevens-Crawford house

Pamplin Media Group – Kelsey Birsa presents paintings at Stevens-Crawford house
Leah Faure, current Artwork in Oregon artist in home, also on exhibit at historic residence.

Art is alive and flourishing in Oregon Town, with Kelsey Birsa’s paintings on perspective from now by means of Sept. 17, in the Mary Elizabeth Gallery inside the historic Stevens-Crawford Property.

In addition, Leah Faure, the August artist in home, has paintings hanging in the studio area there and designs to exhibit parts in development all through the month.

The two females assistance Artwork in Oregon’s goal to “establish and maintain artwork patronage by way of pleasure in Oregon artists and pride in artwork possession,” observed AiO co-founder Tammy Jo Wilson, an Oregon Metropolis resident.

Founded in 2017, Artwork in Oregon is a statewide, visible-arts targeted nonprofit, doing work to make bridges between artists and communities.

The mission of the corporation is to create collaborative associations with the typical intention of greater visibility and access to art for all folks.

PHOTO COURTESY: LEAH FAURE - This painting of Portland's Broadway Bridge displays Leah Faure's penchant for simple things and moody patterns held together by concrete.

Mary Elizabeth Gallery

The Mary Elizabeth Gallery “is not your average white box gallery. Artwork hangs from the unique picket image rails that line the cream-coloured walls of the residence,” Wilson said.

The Stevens-Crawford Heritage Residence is an American Foursquare property developed in 1908 by Harley Stevens and his spouse, Mary Elizabeth. In 1968, Mertie Stevens, the remaining family member, handed away leaving the residence to the Clackamas County Historic Culture.

In recent yrs, Oregon Town has dropped its few other art gallery spaces, and AiO made a decision to continue to keep arts and society alive in Oregon Metropolis, Wilson claimed.

“The gallery was a pure development of the Artist Residency Program AiO has operate for the previous 3 summers,” she stated.

“We had been looking for a area to share the beautiful do the job of our artists with the group. Clackamas County Historic Modern society graciously supported us in converting what was an aged-time office environment exhibition into a modern day artwork house,” Wilson claimed.

She extra, “This changeover has brought new content material and new audiences to the dwelling.”

“When I to start with encountered her artwork, Birsa was obviously pretty qualified at depicting wonderful depth and textures through her paintings,” claimed Selena Jones, the AiO Stevens-Crawford Home Artist-in-Residency coordinator.

Jones was grateful that Birsa is sharing how she utilizes her artwork to dramatically discover the entire world she encounters.

“Viewers are transported into an immersive exhibition within just the historic property they will not find in other places,” Jones mentioned.

Exploring stress and despair

“I have been considering a whole lot over the earlier two years about indoor and outside areas as effectively as the social interactions we have in them,” Birsa mentioned, noting that she enjoys operating with oil, and not too long ago started incorporating combined media such as collage and gold leaf to her paintings.

“My paintings investigate the inner thoughts of stress and despair that the pandemic has created in myself and quite a few many others,” she stated.

A person of her paintings was encouraged by plants from the garden bordering the Stevens-Crawford Heritage Home.

“Experiencing out of doors areas with close friends and family, this kind of as the colorful back garden outdoors, has turn out to be a single of the several social interactions that felt secure and regular throughout the pandemic,” Birsa said.

She pointed out that AiO will host “Social gathering Get together,” an artist reception for her function and an casual get collectively showcasing programming at the Stevens-Crawford Heritage Dwelling from 2-6 p.m. on Sept. 17.

Leah Faure

“Faure’s artwork captures neighborhoods with an eye for architectural line and colour. Her artwork preserves times of everyday life that evoke a silent relaxed,” Wilson claimed.

She included that in the course of Faure’s time as artist in residence, she will have the chance to get the job done in the non-public next ground studio in the Stevens-Crawford Household, surrounded by the artifacts of another era.

“I was drawn to her artwork simply because of how she captures a put. She does not decide on the fanciest or largest structures, residences or gardens. She spends time capturing unassuming stillness,” Wilson added.


Faure famous that creating artwork is a solo endeavor and the system can be slow.

“Artist residencies give time to interact with the group at an artist’s speed. It is a attractive house, and it is an honor to be chosen by Art in Oregon,” Faure explained.

“I like figuring out a scene. If it has intricate sample, like bouquets in the grass or telescoping viewpoint, I am engaged and consequently distracted from the anxiousness of everyday everyday living,” Faure said, introducing that her key medium is oil paint, but she also enjoys doing work with acrylic and charcoal.

Previous buildings and properties have normally motivated her, and touring homes is anything she has completed considering the fact that childhood.

“The possibilities of previous architects to insert texture, utility and fascination to a home is fascinating, which include curved stairs, windows that push out to a box for more views, stroll-by way of spots that build a single huge area and built-out cabinets that dig out beneficial areas,” Faure claimed.

She famous that the public will be ready to see the effects of her residency during her solo display in January.

PMG PHOTO: RAYMOND RENDLEMAN - In the exhibit currently on display within the Mary Elizabeth Gallery, Kelsey Birsa 'expertly explores and celebrates the impact of domestic spaces as a fine art exhibition environment, and the results are stunning,' said Selena Jones, the Stevens-Crawford House artist-in-residency coordinator

Practical experience art

“Profitable art is a person that the viewer finds a connection with one thing that they can see element of their individual story and experience in,” Birsa mentioned.

She extra that she enjoys the feeling of residence in the gallery and in the historic house.

“It is a exceptional location for art that sparks some interesting discussions for me,’ Birsa stated, noting that her demonstrate in the gallery is entitled “Living Space,” and attributes contemporary individuals and encounters.

“Ideally, site visitors to the gallery can see some thing of their very own working experience in my paintings and consider the encounters of those who lived in the Stephens Crawford Heritage House,” she reported, including that Art in Oregon “is a superb system that promotes access and assist for artwork.”

“Art in Oregon has a talent for curating an astounding vary of art,” Faure said.

The Mary Elizabeth Gallery is “an fascinating addition to the historic neighborhoods and beautiful views of Oregon Town,” she mentioned.

Faure extra that she is hunting forward to “discovering the walks and astounding restaurants throughout my residency.”

Aid the arts!

What: Art in Oregon offers “Dwelling Home,” an exhibit of the do the job of Kelsey Birsa

When: 2-6 p.m. Wednesday-Friday and 1-5 p.m. on Sunday, now by means of Sept. 16. A special party will just take spot from 2-6 p.m. on Sept. 17.

In which: The Mary Elizabeth Gallery within the Stevens-Crawford Heritage Dwelling, 603 Sixth St., Oregon Town

Aspects: Pay a visit to to learn a lot more about Art in Oregon take a look at to see additional about Kelsey Birsa and go to to learn additional about Leah Faure.

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