Wendy Given 092718

Wendy Given, You, Darkness

Tuesday, September 18, 5 - 7pm, 6pm talk (calendar)

1953 NW Kearney Street (Guild Mortgage Building)
Exhibitions are in the gallery inside the Guild Mortgage Bldg.
Thursday 9/6, Tuesday 9/11, Thursday 9/27, 1 - 5pm

Contact MaryAnn Deffenbaugh for an appointment
971-277-4118, vernissagefineart.com

For this exhibition, Wendy Given presents vivid, uncanny photographs and sculptures resonating in the dark, unstable ground between consciousness and collective memories of the nocturnal, the nonhuman, and the wildness that resides in each of us.

Given's practice stems from a profound interest guided by the natural world, folklore, myth and magic—magic as a term meant to conjure the notion of the interconnectedness of all life forces. Nature is prescribed as a foundation of verity, power, and mystery in her work—both intelligible and arcane. While Given’s subject matter dwells on primeval belief systems, the resulting work is distinctively contemporary—reflective of modern culture’s mode of assimilating and processing myth. Her visual craft conveys an intense yearning to honor and utilize our inherent awareness—to regain the unspoken understanding of the fact that we are all, and always will be (as humans), integral to and dependent on the natural world.

Vernissage Fine Art curates the gallery space inside the Guild Mortgage Building, formerly the Oregon Jewish Museum. Viewings of exhibitions are at monthly evening receptions, special viewing hours and by appointment. September afternoon viewing hours are:

Wendy Given is an artist living and working in Portland, Oregon. She studied fine art and was trained in painting, printmaking, photography, and sculpture during her BFA undergraduate work at Atlanta College of Art in Atlanta, Georgia. She received her MFA from Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, California. Given has exhibited nationally and internationally and is represented by Whitespace Gallery in Atlanta, Georgia, and Vernissage Fine Art in Portland, Oregon. She is also the PDX Art Program Coordinator/Curator for the Port of Portland and a wilderness guide with Portland’s Signal Fire Artist Residency.


LightBox Portfolios 10/10/18

The Portfolios

September 8th - October 10th, 2018
Artists’ Reception: Saturday, September 8th, 5-8pm (calendar)

LightBox Photographic Gallery
1045 Marine Dr.
Astoria, OR 97103
(503) 468-0238

LightBox Photographic Gallery will host the artists’ opening reception for “The Portfolios” on Saturday, September 8th, from 5-8 pm. The Portfolios presents the work of 15 Photographers who were selected for the uniqueness and excellence of their submitted portfolios. The exhibit intends to reward the photographers for their photographic effort and to open the opportunity to share their vision with the public via the gallery walls. Each of the fifteen photographers will present 4 works on the walls of the gallery.

Congratulations to the Photographers of The Portfolios

Kim Adams • Norm Arnold • Rich Bergeman
Jason Biehner • Annette Burke • Rory Earnshaw
Jim Fitzgerald • Ryan Gillespie • Eleanor Gorman
Thea Martin • Ralph Mercer • Conrad Pressma
Robert Potts • Charlotte Watts • Patrick Whitaker

The Portfolios will be on display in the gallery through October 10th. Please visit the gallery during the month to see the collection of work. Complete show info is on the LightBox website at http://lightbox-photographic.com/shows/. LightBox memberships are a way to become part of the community that helps to further the mission of the gallery. Contact LightBox at 503-468-0238 or info@lightboxphotographic.com. LightBox is located at 1045 Marine Drive in Astoria, hours are Tuesday – Saturday, 11 - 5:30.