Shared Landscape

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Philomath, Ore. – Shared Landscape is an exhibition at Benton County Historical Museum featuring three artists, from two Oregon counties, sharing one fantastic cultural landscape. Paintings by Tom Allen, Carolee Clark and Sue Harrell will be shown, and offered for sale, from May 15 – June 27, 2015.

You are cordially invited to attend an opening reception for the artists on Friday, May 15, 2015 from 5 to 7pm in the Moreland Auditorium at 1101 Main St., Philomath.

This will be Tom Allen’s last big Oregon exhibition before he moves residence from Oregon to Washington. Tom Allen has taught drawing, watercolor, and acrylic painting at Linn Benton Community College for over thirty years. He served as president of the Corvallis Art Guild, Corvallis Arts Center and the Watercolor Society of Oregon. Now retired and a winter visitor of Green Valley, Arizona, he teaches workshops and participates in plein aire painting with the Santa Rita Art League.

Carolee Clark’s paintings seem to be of common places – homes, landscapes, cars, or even the steps of a coffee shop – but the color and vibrancy of her work invite the viewer to look closer and experience the wonder of these seemingly ordinary places. Philomath’s Carolee Clark shares insight about her artwork: “Although I have several ways that I start and complete a painting, my message always remains the same. I am interested in painting joy.” She continues “I arrange the landscape, figure or other subject matter not as it is, but as I want to see it on my canvas. While I move trees, stretch bodies or use creative color while focusing on pleasing shapes and design, the essence of the scene remains recognizable.

Sue Harrell, of Eugene, is a dedicated, daily painter. “My passion is to capture feelings, expressions, moments in time, using color, light, and form to give my work my personal interpretation” says Harrell. The subject matter of her oil paintings focuses on animal portraits, landscapes and floral work.

Enjoy a visit to Oregon’s past AND present! The museum is open Tuesday through Saturday, 10:00 – 4:30. Admission is always free!

Located six miles west of Corvallis on Hwy 20/34, at 1101 Main Street, Philomath, Oregon, the Benton County Historical Society operates the Museum facilities for the preservation of history and culture. Its goal is to preserve the material culture of Benton County, Oregon. It strives to enrich people’s lives through interesting exhibitions and educational programs.

Please call (541) 929-6230 or visit www.bentoncountymuseum.org for more information.

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