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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.“