2014 Welcome to Our Featured Artist Exhibit
Aug 22nd, 5-7 PM.
Reception Aug 22, 5-7pm for Greg Kennedy and Kym Adams, featured artists. Both will be present.
Music by Mark Beckwith: Native American Style Flute and Irish Whistles.
Kym Adams ~ Pen & Ink Drawings
KYM ADAMS - Bio
Though born in England, I spent much of my life living in other countries, first in Asia, then Europe and finally in Berlin. I left Berlin soon after the Wall went up - and returned to Kent, England. I moved to PA, USA in 1970 and OR in 2003. There has never been a time when I haven't created in some medium to continually express that which demands a voice. Art is the book which houses the history of who we are within its pages - expanding our views. We live in a psychological world that brings forth feeling and emotion often nameless, though filled with passion and energy that I express through my art. Life is unlimited and often indescribable. As is art, and that's why we create.
What I design is not what you see. You will enjoy an unparalleled view of each design, for what you discover, comes from the history of who you are. And it is that which will determine how this work speaks to you. I have nothing to do with the interpretation of this work, that is uniquely yours.
Kym Adams 2014
The River Gallery is located at 1335 Bay Street ( on the corner of Laurel and Bay St.) in Old Town Florence.
Greg Kennedy ~ Ceramics
Greg Kennedy - Bio
Greg began working with clay while apprenticing to Mike McCollum at the University of Nevada Las Vegas, UNLV, in the early 1970’s. Mike, a student of Peter Voulkos, instilled in Greg a deep appreciation of Japanese Momoyam Era Ceramics, inspiring him to visit the 7 ancient kiln sites of Japan as well as the home and studio of Shoji Hamada in Mashiko.
Other travels in Greg’s life have focused on the ceramics of Great Britain, Southeast Asia, Tibet, Egypt and Mexico. Etruscan, Cycladic, Classical Greek and Pueblo pottery of the southwest have also woven their sensibilities into his work.
For 34 years Greg has continuously worked to develop his Clay Aesthetic. During that time, he has also taught ceramics at cultural art centers, community colleges, and more recently, taught ceramics at the Idyllwild Arts Academy in California for 18 years. Greg continues to teach summer workshops in Idyllwild. Since moving to Deadwood Creek in the coast range of Oregon in 2004, the focus of his work has been on Raku and saggar firing practices. The development of each piece in this exhibit is an attempt to understand the complex mysteries inherent within these processes, while at the same time, he is trying to bring a little more beauty to our world.
“I am compelled to manifest my inner vision, to make mud stand up and take flight, to try to predict and to produce outcome from apparent chaos, and to forge form with fire to accomplish a holistic unity of surface and structure.”
- Greg Kennedy
Jan Jagoe, Photography
The River Gallery will host an Artist Reception for award winning photographer, Jan Jagoe, on Saturday, December 8th, from 1-3 P.M. Jan's photograph, "Stealth Mode" received the 2nd place photography award at this year's "Celebrate Arts" at the Florence Events Center. The photo is a close-up shot of a compound hunting bow. The photo is displayed in Gallery One at the events center and at The River Gallery in Old Town Florence.
Jan studied art and photography at San Diego State University. Several years ago she took a close-up photography class from Paul Johnson at Palomar College in San Diego. She says, "I love to share the fascinating things that I see through my camera lens."
She also studied colored pencil drawing with Sandra Angelo in Escondido, CA. Jan and her husband Brian own The River Gallery in Old Town Florence. Her work is displayed in the gallery along with the work of 20 additional local artists.
In addition to operating The River Gallery, Jan is a licensed Speech Pathologist. She worked for Peace Harbor Hospital and Regency Florence for nine years . She has recently "semi-retired" and is currently working exclusively for Regency Florence as a speech pathologist.
On Saturday, December 8th, from 1-3 P.M., there will be an artist reception for Jan. Stop by the gallery, check out some of Jan's new photographs and enjoy some coffee and donuts.
THE RIVER GALLERY
in Old Town Florence, Oregon
Featuring an exquisite collection of local artwork
Jan and Brian Jagoe
1335 Bay Street
Old Town Florence, OR 97439