Yesterday, in the cold and rain, Bryan, Sabrina (my marketing person) and I drove all the way to another state to catch Current Photography: New Directions at the Archer Galley, Clark College in Vancouver, WA. Okay so maybe that other state is closer to my home than downtown Portland, but its still another state and I still get dedication points for making the trip. The exhibition featured eight artists, all from the Northwest with work that ranged from updated modernism (Tamara Lischka) to elaborately staged tableaux by Quality Pictures artist Holly Andres (QP artist Mark Hooper is also in the show). As with most group shows, there are a few stars and the rest seem to be more of a supporting cast; this show was no different.
Andres' color photos were a real show stealer and I was thrilled to be able to meet Miss Fiona Brunning, the central figure in many of the works and certainly a contributing factor to their success. There is much more about the work on Holly's site.
There seems to be a growing tide of interest in new photography in the Northwest and I'm looking forward to seeing all that the region has to offer. Up next, a trip down to catch the Pearl's First Thursday on a particularly cold and nasty night. We'll see how much the turnout drops when the weather is icky. When it's nice, thousands come out for the monthly art event. When it's not...we'll see.