Art In The Valley Gallery
209 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis Oregon 97333
Tuesday - Saturday
10:00am - 5:30pm
Jana R. Johnson
Linda M. Ohlson
Excerpt from Hurricane by Mary Oliver
But listen now to what happened to the actual trees; toward the end of that summer they pushed new leaves from their stubbed limbs. It was the wrong season, yes, but they couldn’t stop. They looked like telephone poles and didn’t care. And after the leaves came blossoms. For some things there are no wrong seasons. Which is what I dream of for me.
March 2019 - Artist of the Month Show
New mixed media collage paintings
Artist Jennifer Lommers shows her latest series of paintings – an examination of the complexity and simplicity of nature. Reception at the Gallery during Corvallis Arts Walk on Thursday March 21st with wines from Wineopolis.
Nature has inspired Jennifer Lommers for as long as she can remember. As a child hiking the Cascade Range to her adult explorations of Oregon forests, landscapes, and beaches - her connection to nature is what she chooses to express most as an artist.
Using acrylics as her primary medium, she paints her conjured impressions of forests, flowers, and fauna. Influenced by fabric design and printmaking, she uses layers of paint, hand carved stamps, as well as image transfers of original drawings to create organic complexities while maintaining an overall simplicity of form, hopefully sharing her passion for nature in the process.
For her latest series, Transformations, she pushed each painting even further, dissecting and reassembling each piece as she found new ways to experience paint, process, imagery, and the ever continuous passage of time. The series is especially representative of her passion for playing with materials, colors, shapes, and patterns - always looking for new ways to see the world around her. Inspired by the changing seasons and the passage of time, surrounded by a cacophony of rhythms and patterns - in the textures, shapes, colors, music, poetry, and sensations around her, she is exploring how these threads weave together and are formed, destroyed, re-formed, and shaped in new and beautiful ways using nature as her grounding force. These paintings are the beginning of what she feels is a much longer journey.