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Exhibition at Vancouver Pointe

June 15 – August 15

Gary Vincent,  Acrylic
Sally Cantrell, Photography
Bill Bailey, Photography
Richard Laycock, Pastels
Melody Cleary, Acrylic


Vancouver Pointe
4555 N.E. 66th Avenue
Vancouver, Washington 98661

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Exhibition at Mary’s Woods

June 20 – August 31

Lilah Bennet, Photography
Jean Thomas, Acrylic Painting

Mary’s Woods
17400 Holy Names Drive
Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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Celebrating Portland!

The Geezer Gallery Presents…

Celebrating Portland!

In conjunction with
Portland Shakespeare Project: Proscenium Live
Dracula’s Father by Cynthia Whitcomb and


Artists Reception:
August 18 (Thursday) & August 20 (Saturday) 6:30 – 7:30
Exhibition July 1st through August 2016

Geezer Gallery Hours and Location: Tuesday – Sunday Noon – 6 pm
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison

Celebrating Portland!

Keeping Portland Weird – A Matter of Artistic (And Age) Interpretation!

How does a twenty-something artist capture the essence of Portland? How about an eighty-year-old? While most agree that Portland, Oregon, is one of the most beautiful cities in the country, have you ever wondered what artists of diverse ages and backgrounds see when they paint, draw or sculpt our city?

Find out at the 2016 Celebrating Portland, a lively summer exhibition featuring a group of local artists and their beautiful, interesting, and everything-in-between interpretations of Portland.

This unique art exhibit brings together an eclectic group of artists from a variety of backgrounds and ages for a dramatic, intergenerational show celebrating the many unique and wonderful facets of Portland. The talented artists showcasing their work have inspired each other, and hope to inspire visitors, at the same time leave their mark on Portland’s internationally revered art community. The work on display includes: paintings, prints, sculptures, mix media, and installations.

The Artists:

Amy Ruedinger – Metal
Beth Kerschen – Photography and Printmaking
Dennis Anderson – Painting
Eleanor Erskine – Printmaking
Micah Krock – Painting
Marilyn Woods – Painting
Natalie Mussotto – Printmaking
Paul Zegers – Painting
Wayne Chin – Painting
Peter Greaver – Painting
Katherine Lesch – Metal Sculpture
Deviation USA – Custom Ski and Snowboards

The Portland Shakespeare Project Calendar:

Proscenium Live 2016

A Four-Day Festival of New Work
August 18, 19, 20, 21 at Artists Repertory Theatre

AUGUST 18: DRACULA’S FATHER by Cynthia Whitcomb
AUGUST 20: A NEW PLAY by Amy Freed
AUGUST 21: PERICLES WET by Ellen Margolis

TICKETS: 503-241-1278

All performances are free

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Geezer Gallery Teams up with Southwest Charter School

Southwest Charter School Middle Schoolers Create Works of Art

For the past five months, Southwest Charter School 6th-8th graders had the wonderful opportunity of taking art lessons at Geezer Gallery’s nearby working studio and gallery, Art in Action, generously funded by Zidell Companies. Professional artists, Candyce Scott and Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich, guided the kids through many printmaking and collage techniques.
SW Charter School and GG student doing artwork
They learned how to make monoprints with Gelli printing plates, using the finest materials, and used these prints in a variety of ways to make to beautiful cards and 3D pieces. They then taught the kids how to present these pieces in a way that would make their art ready for sale.

Special SW Charter School and GGThanks

This has been such a great educational opportunity for these kids. We are so grateful to the Geezer Gallery for offering us these excellent classes.

We would like to extend a special thank you to Candyce and Cheryl, the teachers we worked with at Geezer, to Amy Henderson, the gallery director and to Charlene Zidell, the owner of the space. The kids have enjoyed themselves so much!

Sarah Anderson
Education Coordinator
Southwest Charter School

Southwest Charter School Student Artwork

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Through Women’s Eyes

Geezer Gallery Presents…

Through Women’s Eyes

In conjunction with Artists Repertory Theatre’s

Grand Concourse & The Skin of Our Teeth

Artists Reception:
May 11, Wednesday: 6:30 – 7:30
June 1,Wednesday: 6:30 – 7:30

Special extension of Diane Flack and Cheryl Rogers-Tadevich
exhibition in the Producer’s Lounge: 
Exhibition through June 20th, 2016

Geezer Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday Noon -6pm
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison

Through Women’s Eyes

An installation featuring seven women artists who embarked on an adventure of imagination, interpretation and creation. In the fall of 2015, the scripts of Grand Concourse and The Skin of our Teeth were given to these women and they personally challenged themselves to each create a body of work that visually represents the complex themes and illuminations of these plays through their eyes and chosen medium.

We envision the combination of performing and visual art will breathe life into the respective mediums and transform your experience into a place of active looking and listening. We believe each art form enables one to see that work from different perspectives and think about it in new ways. Come share the experience!

Through  acrylic, monotype, woodblock printing and mixed media these art forms have influenced the artists and are celebrated through their work.

About the Artists

Ruth Ross on The Skin of Our Teeth

The history of mankind roars through Wilder’s antic and compassionate take on the human race.  The stage set is flimsy and changeable, as are the characters. Sabina, for example, is alternately a maid and a strumpet, and ultimately the arbiter of the ending of The Skin of Our Teeth, when she steps out of her character and tells the audience: go home, “the end of this play isn’t written yet.”

Thornton Wilder’s play is filled enormous historical and biblical events: floods, the ice age, Noah’s ark, and the Atlantic City boardwalk. One colossal crisis after the other signals the End of Time, and yet, through Wilder’s extraordinary imagination, we see how the human race keeps on reinventing itself.

When I started this project I was taken with the humor and charm of the 1943 production.  I started out by wanting to illustrate it; but as I inevitably started to apply more intimate imagery it became more personal: the apocalypse, yes, but perhaps my own apocalypse, grown out of the age of the atomic weapons, which finally brought it’s terror to the world in 1945, two years after the play was written, two years after my birth.

I have chosen to represent the stage set as a landscape.  Upon each landscape I have added people, dinosaurs, even a wooly mammoth; and yes, the apocalyptic holocausts of our times: Hiroshima and the death camps of WWII. Can I combine both humor and horror on these landscapes as Wilder has done in his marvelous play? I hope so, and in that way honor his brilliant document of endurance.

Dianne Jean Erickson on The Skin of Our Teeth

These monotypes (some with the addition of chine collé) were created to coincide with the play The Skin of Our Teeth. Apron, Slingshot One and Slingshot Two, and Wheel refer to characters in the play who ‘invented’ these items. The Mammoth in the Room and Two by Two will become referential as the play progresses. The monotypes were done with AKUA water based ink on Arches 88 printmaking paper.

Mary Jo Mann on Grand Concourse

The characters in Heidi Schreck’s play Grand Concourse sunk their teeth into my psyche.  The play captures human frailties and struggles, even of those who are not the “clients” of the soup kitchen.  My attention was drawn to the juxtaposition of Shelley and Emma.  The women came from different places, and life experiences, but both were in a sense trying to “find themselves”.  Shelley’s character is a quiet force; her hard work and determination keeps the soup kitchen on track.  Emma is a colorful, disturbing force that wreaks havoc on the people and place.

Shelley’s paintings are entitled “I Shalt Not”, and “I Will”.  I attempt to show the transformation she makes as she tries to stay true to a vow she made as a young person to a more joyful, powerful place where she chooses to be true to herself.

Emma’s paintings entitled, “I Want” and “I Should” show her struggles to find happiness and some sense of self.  She evolves from colorful loose cannon desperate for attention, to a more responsible person trying to do what she thinks she “SHOULD” do.

Lynn Maritch on Grand Concourse

As I read the script for “Grand Concourse,” I was struck by how each of the characters struggled to be their true selves. Each felt that they had to be what others wanted them to be in order to be accepted, included, and loved. A familiar conflict for all of us; who are we truly? And how to do we find out what that is? Should we reflect back what othersseem want us to be?, And what is that, exactly? Can we be brave enough to own our uniqueness and let that be “enough”?

We are layered. We have multiples faces that we keep for different people or situations. My work is about these layers and about how we sift through these layers in order to distill who we are and allow it finally float to the top.

Kay Myers on Grand Concourse

As I read Grand Concourse, I focused on the characters and their interweaving struggles with identity, responsibility and morality.  I started thinking about the humans outside of the soup kitchen, the homeless. I live in inner city Portland and walk two and a half miles to my studio several times a week.  My walk takes me through areas of the city where there are many homeless people camping, literally, on the sidewalks. These people became the background to my own play as I moved through the city and through my life.

I have created a series of monotypes depicting the many faces inspired by these walks.  Each monotype is made by inking a Plexiglas plate and wiping away ink to create the image. Working the plate is a dance of balance between the light and the dark in order to capture a meaningful image. The plate is then run once through the press creating a one-of-a-kind print.  I hope to capture the fierce beauty, dignity, hope and despair of these people.

Jo Ann Michaelis on Grand Concourse

Magic realism is the genre used in my paintings and their companion pieces to represent the main characters in Grand Concourse by Heidi Schreck.  In using the doll and doll clothing motif, my intention is to convey visual narratives reflecting Schreck’s development of the characters Shelly and Emma.

The geisha in Absent With Consequences portrays the conflicts experienced by the protagonist, Shelly, who struggles with a life changing decision.

The rag doll in Face Value represents the antagonist’s,Emma’s, desire for a persona and image to cover her emptiness.  The mechanical wind-up doll in Shadows depicts Emma’s mercurial and desperate efforts to keep herself the center of everyone’s attention.
Illustrating Shelly and Emma’s characters using doll imagery let me express my love of visual storytelling.

Eva MacLowry on The Skin of Our Teeth 

As an artist I hope to keep alive some of the rituals of life. Society and people leave their marks on civilization. These provide a legacy of images, symbols and monuments that can speak to other societies, civilizations and communities. In the play The Skin of Our Teeth, Mr. Antrobus invented the wheel and the alphabet. However ancient, they remain universal concepts and images with which we are all familiar.

Looking at art through the ages, we see that the first artists made images in an effort to communicate with the forces that had power over their lives. Perhaps their imagery was a talisman or prayer of sorts to ease their journey through life, helping them deal with their joys and life struggles; perhaps it was a way to better understand their environment; perhaps it was a way of remembering important experiences; perhaps it was a response to the trials and tribulations that life brings; or perhaps it was an attempt to make meaning from the seemingly random order of events.

I used two mediums for my images in this exhibit. One is collage and mixed water media, and the other is cold wax and oil paint. The image chose the medium. Both use consecutive layers of color and textures, scraping or rubbing away to reveal what is underneath. Some pieces relate directly to the play – “Lexicon” and “Wheel of Fortune”: for example, while others are more conceptual and abstract-such as “Energy Released” and “Ancient Surfaces Whisper”. This work is a response to my own life experiences in an abstract fashion through color, texture, form and medium. I hope my work conveys a sense of connectivity, a flow of past to present and back and intertwines with Thornton Wilder’s vision of the continuity of human existence.

The play ends as it begins. Sabina says,”This is where you came in. We have to go on for ages and ages yet” “The end of this play isn’t written yet.” The play speaks to the cycle of life—a continuum between the past-the present – the future- yesterday-today-tomorrow.


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Grand Concourse

By Heidi Schreck
Directed by JoAnn Johnson
May 3, 2016 – June 5, 2016
Morrison Stage
In an industrial soup kitchen in the Bronx, Shelley is a nun struggling to pray and questioning her life’s work. Her world in service to the needy, alongside a Dominican immigrant security guard and joke-writing “regular,” is rocked when a rainbow-haired college drop-out comes to volunteer. The girl’s enthusiasm and erratic behavior will change the course of their lives. With touching humor this motley group unravels the intricacies of need, the vagaries of compassion and limits of forgiveness.

The Skin of Our Teeth

By Thornton Wilder
Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez
May 17, 2016 – June 12, 2016
Alder Stage
This comedic masterpiece spans the entirety of history, with one ordinary American family who lives through it all. Dad’s just invented the wheel, Cain is throwing rocks at the neighbor kid, mammoths and dinosaurs lounge in the family room and mom frets about how to get all those animals on the boat two by two. Through Ice Ages, biblical floods and political conventions, the Antrobus family of Excelsior, New Jersey perseveres. With a giant cast and time-set across the ages, this theatrical allegory captures the human spirit – of brilliance, idiocy and ultimately sweet survival.


  • Rare and epic revival of the 1943 Pulitzer Prize winner


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Cultural Fusion

In conjunction with Artists Repertory Theatre’s

We Are Proud to Present

Artists Reception: Wednesday, March 16th 6:30 – 7:30
Exhibition through April 3rd, 2016
Geezer Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday Noon -6pm
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison

Cultural Fusion

This exquisite exhibition provides an intercultural exchange and understanding of a world whose cultural traditions have been diminished and often lost through colonization, gentrification and globalization. The diverse works are a way to immortalize these indigenous peoples and traditions through art.Each artist has been transformed through unique experiences having traveled the globe. Their works celebrate the people, customs, traditions and way of life of world nations whose cultural history and contributions are stunning, vibrant and reflects the richness and diversity of Indigenous cultures and the distinct differences between nations, languages, and geographic landscapes.

The story of the way these art forms are produced runs parallel to the history and experiences of the artists themselves. It reflects customary trading patterns, a struggle for survival and the influence of governments and churches.

Through textiles, stone, acrylic, basket weaving, fiber arts, woodblock printing, batik, and mixed media these indigenous art forms have influenced the artists and are celebrated through their work.

About the Artists

Paula Benjaminson – Fabric Artist
I am a newly retired and have spent the last several decades as a US Diplomat. During an earlier assignment in Namibia, I became fascinated with the hand-carved wooden printing blocks of Oshiwa Designs.  As a result, I’ve specialized in making fiber art pieces with my hand-stamped fabrics for the past several years.  The traditional Oshivambo designs that inspire the carvers resonate with African fabrics I bought in the street markets and my own painted and printed fabrics. The resultant work is my personal homage to indigenous African craftsmanship melded with new surface design techniques and lots of thread work.

Diane Flack – Woodblock Printing
I am interested in realistic scenes of people working, charming old cars, interesting traditional kimonos, and celebrations of life and different cultures. While studying block printing with Denis Cunningham, I also fell head over heels for patterns, negative space and all aspects of block printing. The process is very labor intensive but the result is always a surprise, not always a good one. Block printing is exciting because it is a lesson in simplicity. Taking an image down to the most simple lines is often rewarding, often misleading. Being able to read a print the first time around is my goal.

Cheryl Rogers – Tadevich – Mixed Media & Textile
Before beginning my work in Creative Aging in Portland, I lived in Argentina, Malaysia, Siberia, Indonesia, Africa and Pakistan. As an innovative batik and mixed media artist, I have worked with some of the great traditional artists/craft-masters of the world. Everyday, I am inspired by the rich cultural traditions and artistic methods I had the opportunity to learn from my many years overseas.
My art is not only a celebration of these ancient art traditions but to pay homage the people of these nations. I continue to create artistically today experimenting with paper, printmaking and mixed media in multi-dimensional pieces.

Leroy Elie – Acrylic
At 70 yrs. of age, I am currently a senior student at Portland State University, painting major in art practices. Prior I was a consulting Printed Circuit Board Designer with extensive history in engineering training for my electronic design industry. My career led me to all corners of the world and it is there I encountered people, places, traditions, rituals that inspire my work.

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By Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Kevin Jones
March 8, 2016 – April 3, 2016

Morrison StageA multiracial cast of six idealistic actors sets out to improvise a story about the first colonial genocide of the 20th Century in Africa, but get lost in the reality of their undertaking. The unusual presentation, humor and inevitable discomfort of this provocative new play gripped theatre hubs like New York, Chicago, London, Washington D.C. and Seattle with its unique theatrical investigation of prejudice, power and perspective. “90 minutes of original, enlightening, pulse-pounding theater… It’s absolutely thrilling … it is visceral, fiercely intelligent and entertaining.“

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Hope, Dreams and Passion

The Geezer Gallery Presents
Hopes, Dreams & Passion

In conjunction with Artists Repertory Theatre’s
The Miracle Worker

Artists Reception: December 16th 6:30 – 7:30

Geezer Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday Noon -6pm
Artists Repertory Theatre
1515 SW Morrison

Hope, Dreams & Passions

Embrace Your Passions, Dream a New Dream, Never Stop Believing, Hope. Never give up, you can do anything you want as long as you stick to it. This wonderful gallery of art expresses just that, hopes, dreams and the passion to never give up believing for what a heart desires, it’s like a dream come true.

It is with sincere appreciation from our sponsor Vital Life Foundation with support from Artists Repertory Theater that the Geezer Gallery is privileged to bring to you to enjoy and be inspired by, the art of Samuel Doney and Bill Stevens.

This program is supported by Vital Life Foundation

Wish of a Lifetime mission:
Wishes connect seniors to people, purpose, and passions to eliminate feelings of isolation and help them live vibrant, purposeful lives. A true Wish of a Lifetime achieved makes other goals seem possible, and encourages our Wish recipients to keep dreaming and pursuing their passions.

Bill Stevens

 Samuel Doney

Oregon Inspirations

by Jean Thomas
Acrylic & Oil
Artists Repertory Theatre’s Producer’s Lounge

Jean’s style is impressionistic with strong design, vigorous brush work and luminous color. The work celebrates the desert spaces, coastlines and mountains she regularly visits. She shows her work in galleries in several western states. Besides successful one-woman shows, she had had her art published and has won numerous prestigious awards in juried shows. She is represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and England.

Jean W. Thomas, Oregon Inspirations Jean W. Thomas, Oregon Inspirations


Directed by Dámaso Rodriguez
December 8 – January 3

Alder Stage One of the most triumphant stories of the human spirit ever told, the soul-stirring The Miracle Worker evokes hope and inspiration for the entire family. With dignity, perseverance and respect in the face of seemingly insurmountable challenges, a child, a teacher and a family learn to communicate. A play based on the lives of Helen Keller, who became DeafBlind as an infant, and her teacher, Anne Sullivan, who enabled her to become one of the most influential women of the 20th Century.

  • 1960 Tony Winner for Best Play
  • 1962 Academy Award-winning classic film
  • Uplifting Family Classic

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Geezer Gallery and Artist’s Repertory Theatre’s New Season

The Geezer Gallery Presents
Working in the White Space
In conjunction with Artists Repertory Theatre’s Broomstick

Working in the White Space
Dianne Erickson
Encaustic Paintings

Artist Statement
I am a painter and printmaker. I allow myself the freedom of indecisions, improvisations, and impulsiveness in my work, which leads to exciting discoveries. I have worked extensively in acrylics and oils, but my most recent medium is encaustic and its very different technique of painting with wax and heat. This medium has given me a new way to explore my art.  I am interested in line, color and how movement is portrayed in a two dimensional space. Process is an important part of the work. I make my own medium and pigmented wax, and the texture and translucency possible with this medium has allowed me new explorations. While working on the substrate and exploring color and design, a conversation begins to form between myself and the creative act as it happens in real time. Images form and transform as I work, sometimes figurative, sometimes non-objective or abstract. When the piece is done, hopefully the conversation has led to a work of art that is both personal and universal in nature.

Geezer Gallery Hours: Tuesday – Sunday Noon -6pm
Artists Repertory Theatre, 1515 SW Morrison

Jean Thomas
Artists Repertory Theatre’s Producer’s Lounge

Oregon Inspirations
Acrylic & Oil
Jean’s style is impressionistic with strong design, vigorous brush work and luminous color. The work celebrates the desert spaces, coastlines and mountains she regularly visits. She shows her work in galleries in several western states. Besides successful one-woman shows, she has had her art published and has won numerous prestigious awards in juried shows. She is represented in private and corporate collections in the United States, Canada, and England.

By John Biguenet
Directed by Gemma Whelan
October 27 – November 22
Morrison Stage

A fairytale twisted yarn of delightful humor and spine-tingling suspense conjures a spooky seasonal experience unlike any other. With Vana O’Brien in a tour-de-force solo performance, an Appalachian witch tells a heartfelt and poetic tale of her long life from first love, to heartache, to the hair-raising vengeance she wreaks upon those who’ve crossed her.

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