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Bandon Library Art in 2015 - displays in the lobby gallery and cases. Click here for background and contact information.

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 December 2015 at the Bandon Library Art Gallery
The show runs from December 1st to 31st.
 Photo is "Sunflowers" by Diana Lloyd.

In December, the Bandon Library Art Gallery has been taken over by members of the Art by the Sea Gallery!

The co-op of artists in Old Town Bandon is preparing to celebrate its 4th anniversary early next year. More than a dozen artists are showing paintings, photographs, carved gourds and eggs, jewelry and more, in the cases and on the walls.

There will be reception on Friday, December 11 from 3-5 pm in the Sprague Room.

November 2015 at the Bandon Library Art Gallery
The show runs from November 1st to 31st.

  "Essence Energy in Oils."

Kathleen Morey Bailey experiments with direct, intuitive painting in these fields of gentle color and swirling pattern, evoking both form and feeling as she works without plan or design. Starting with a simple meditation, she opens herself to whatever comes, allowing the paintings to grow organically and freely. And of course, the experiment continues with the viewer's unfettered response to them.
 Joan Le Cain's necklaces are a celebration of the treasures that inspire them. They are collages of semi-precious stones, glass and metals, beads, shells, and driftwood

October 2015 at the Bandon Library Art Gallery:

“Sketches of Japan” – Paintings by Victoria Tierney


With their assured yet delicate lines, the Japanese brushwork-inspired watercolors of Victoria Tierney document her recent journey throughout that island nation. While visiting her granddaughter, she captured the moments and places of Angelica's life and loved-ones, with particular emphasis on the gardens and waterways she is surrounded by.

These lovely little scenes reflect Victoria's affection for both the land and her granddaughter, as well as the artistic traditions of Japan.

The show runs from October 1st through the 31st; there will be a reception in the Sprague Room on October 10th from 2 – 5 pm.

 September 2015 at the Bandon Library Art Gallery

Self-referential, socially conscious, powerfully expressive, the art by Oregon's state prisoners is a fascinating glimpse into the lives of the incarcerated and newly paroled. The men whose work is on display see and comment on the society as well as their own condition, and find a way to communicate with the outside world through their work. Beautiful and tough, complex, challenging and referencing a wide variety of styles and themes, their paintings and drawings are voices from a place most of us never see.

Guest curated by Victoria Tierney, “Inside/Outside: Oregon State Prison Artists” runs from September 1st - 30th at the Bandon Library Art Gallery.

There will be a reception in the Sprague Room on September 3rd 5-8 pm; music by Mark Tierney and Pete Radabaugh.

August 2015 at the Bandon Library Art Gallery
The show runs from August 1st – 31st.

“Ekebergparken #1” by David Reynolds


Bandon Library Art Gallery presents “Busking Oslo,” an exhibit of black & white photographs by David Reynolds.

Mourning a personal loss, David sold everything he owned except his camera, and went to Europe alone. Previously, he had photographed landscapes and abandoned towns, but in Oslo and the surrounding area, he began to see in a new way. He was still moved to shoot architectural ruins and the idiosyncrasies of place, but people began to show up in his photographs, intriguingly framed in melancholy isolation. Meticulously composed, David's images of Oslo, the UK, and New Mexico are quiet moments of clarity and depth. They reveal the mystery latent in the most ordinary scene when viewed with fresh eyes.

Decorated Skull by Barbara Tyndall


Also on display are decorated animal skulls by Barbara Tyndall. Inspired by the collection of jeweled skulls of the Hapsburg's, Barbara conceived of decorating animal skulls with beads and other found objects, to both humorous and serious end. She was also inspired by the cutouts made by Henri Mattisse in his later years.

 JULY 2015
 “Cascade: Brian Bloss's Oregon”

 An hour spent with the drawings, paintings, and collages of Brian Bloss is an hour's immersion into the beauty of Oregon. Brian is an artist of rare responsiveness; an afternoon's walk ends in the gathering of a few pieces of wood which, by the end of the day, have become “canvases” for burned in drawings. The Native American myths that are so woven into the fabric of the Oregonian's consciousness and imagination are beautifully realized in pen and ink, while oil paintings and mixed-media collages capture the colors and textures of the landscape in which he lives. And nothing is wasted—old paintings and pieces of paintings, as well as leaves, seeds, and other plant materials become the raw paper for new collages. But he is not a realist—there are abstract studies of shadow and color to ponder, and he sees, in the corner of his eye, the shifting light and blurred edges that make an apple tree a thing of mystery, ultimately indefinable. In short, he is an artist. His Oregon is both a real place and a realm of the imagination, made richer for its qualities of both. And he is unfettered by notions of seriousness: the delight of these mustachioed mountains and bicycle-riding birds is not confined to children. They charm us all.

“Women, Notorious and Otherwise: An exhibit by the South Coast Button Club”


During the years of the Great Depression button collecting, along with coin and stamp collecting, became a popular national pastime. Today the hobby thrives regionally, nationally and internationally as new collectors find inspiration in the design and craftsmanship represented in these miniature works of art. The members of the South Coast Button Club study the history, manufacture, and material of vintage and antique sewing buttons. July's exhibit will focus on buttons depicting women, worn on both men and women's clothing in the 19th and early 20th century, as well as various women's accessories, such as compact cases, hats, and gloves. On July 18th at 12.00 pm, Anne Morgan, a local collector, will give a PowerPoint presentation on notorious women represented on sewing buttons, starting with a woman from the 14000s and ending with a prominent 20th century woman. There will be door prizes, including a 7-foot, 700-button friendship string. The public is invited to this free event.

JUNE 2015

Wish Upon A Star by Kory Dollar

MOSAIC: Dreaming in Glass & Stone
, Bandon's first all-mosaic art exhibit, begins on the 1st of June 2015 and runs through the 30th, at the Bandon Library Art Gallery. The show features the work of 12 artists from Bandon, the South Coast, and beyond, working in a wide range of styles and materials.

The public is invited to a reception in the Sprague Room at the library on June 1st at 7 pm.

Artisans have been creating mosaics for more than 5,000 years; designs made of stone and shell have been found in Mesopotamian temples. For most of that time, mosaics were made as permanent fixtures in the walls of churches, mosques, and other buildings, but recently they have come off the wall, with artists transforming mosaic into a fine art, made to be hung in galleries, homes, and gardens. Like painters, these artists are working without stylistic limits: you will find portraits and landscapes, abstracts and conceptual pieces. The work is expressionistic, pictorial, prosaic, poetic.

There are more mosaic artists making fine art pieces than ever before, and they are using an extraordinary variety of materials in their work: glass in its many forms, including smalti and mosaic gold; beads, precious and semi-precious stones; natural stone, metal, wood, broken china, shells, ceramic and other kinds of tiles. Their mosaics may be grouted, or not; on wood, Wedi board, or another piece of glass. Like manic crows, mosaic artists gather piles of gorgeous bits and pieces from everywhere (break a plate in front of one and watch her eyes start to glitter), then put those bits together in unlikely ways to make something entirely new and unique. A mosaic may be made of almost anything and, as you can see from the lists of ingredients in each of the pieces displayed here, they usually are. There are artists working entirely with up- and re-cycled materials, including rusty hardware and auto parts, while others work exclusively with smalti and mosaic gold in traditional methods.

Mosaic exists in a unique space somewhere between painting and sculpture and reflects elements of both. And yet, it is a medium so thoroughly subject to the dictates and characteristics of its materials that it really cannot be compared to any other, and for all its choice in that regard, once selected those materials require a rigor and impose a discipline that is perhaps unmatched in art. It can be spare or extravagant; its lines may be strictly geometric or flowing in a song of ecstatic andamento. It's hard to imagine a form of greater potential and range with as much room for self-expression, or, frankly, more fun. Bandon Library Art Gallery's first group mosaic show,Dreaming in Glass & Stone, is just a glimpse into this vibrant, endlessly creative world.
Tracy Hodson, Curator

"Multnomah Falls" by Patricia Gallagher 

"Purple Sunset" by Vera Melnyk

The artists in this year's show are:
Patricia Gallagher, McMinnville OR
Tina Shoys, Florence OR
Kory Dollar, Vancouver WA
Janie Van Domelen, Hillsboro OR
Casey Shelley, Federal Way WA
Karen Neal, Grand Marais MN
Vera Melnyk, Medford OR
Candace Kreitlow, Bandon OR
Karel J.H. Murphy, Newport OR
Donn Klewitz, Bandon OR
Tammy Rutherford, Bandon OR
Tracy Hodson, Bandon OR

MAY 2015

In May the Bandon Library Art Gallery is holding over for a second month “Daydreams: The Paintings of David Black,” while also featuring handmade mixed-media books by J. Madden. There will be a reception for the artists on May 2nd at 2 pm.

 Henry’s Confusion, by David Black

 An explorer of surrealism and fantasy, painter David Black constructs complex, imaginative worlds using both the fantastical and the ordinary elements of life. With their vivid colors, deep focus, and rich detail, his paintings play with the laws of nature while maintaining a profound sense of order. The logic of these images is the logic of dreams; they hint at stories that may go anywhere. They invite us to participate, and to weave our own.
J. Madden came to art late in life, but clearly finds it a source of joy. Her handmade mixed-media books reveal a limitless wonder at the beauty and variety of the natural world. Composed of leaves, shells, fabric, leather, paper, metal, found objects, and impressionistic snatches of text, these inventively assembled and beautifully bound collages are an expression of the pure need to create.

APRIL 2015

From April 1st through the 30th, the Bandon Library Art Gallery will feature three artists. Please join us on April 4th at 1pm in the Sprague Community Room for a reception for the artist.

("Hanging by a Thread" by David Black) 
 “Daydreams: the paintings of David Black.” An explorer of surrealism and fantasy, David Black constructs complex, imaginative worlds using both the fantastical and the ordinary elements of life. With their vivid colors, deep focus, and rich detail, his paintings play with the laws of nature while maintaining a profound sense of order. The logic of these images is the logic of dreams; they hint at stories that may go anywhere. They invite us to participate, and to weave our own.

(Carved gourd by Sunny Kudo)
 Sunny Kudo evokes the “red ware” pottery of Crete and other ancient vessels with her exquisitely carved and painted hard-shell gourds, or wittily renders whales and other sea creatures who swim across their polished surfaces. She cleans, preps, carves, and paints each gourd to make a one-of-a-kind treasure.


(Decorated gourd by Mattie Lane)
 Chronic insomnia and the need to quiet an overactive mind became the instigators of Mattie Lane's elaborately decorated gourds, whose delicate lines and geometric shapes are a testament to the power of art as a healing, as well as a creative force. Using pens, pencils, compass, and a ruler, her gourds are both art and Zen meditations made concrete.

MARCH 2015

("Celebration" by Jeanette Entwisle)

In March 2015 the Bandon Library Art Gallery presents an exhibit of fine art alongside community craft. In “Affinities Within Spatial Abstraction,” painter Jeanette Entwisle uses expressionistic strokes and symbolic marks to make her paintings, building abstract visual narratives in illusionary space. The visual energies and symbolic forms which manifest themselves are familiar yet unrecognizable, in a world of their own.

Kelly Oney of The Wool Company and local knitters and crocheters are participants in the “Hats for Sailors” project, part of an international effort to provide US Navy and Coast Guard sailors with winter warmth while stationed at sea. They will display a collection of hats made in the Bandon area.

The show runs from March 1st through the 31st. There will be a reception for the artists in the Sprague Room at the Library on March 6 from 5pm – 6.30 pm.

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PAULA REIS Photographer

February 1 – 28 2015
Reception February 8, 11am – 1pm in the Sprague Room

In January, we feature one artist in both the hall and the cases.
Tom Aiken was born and raised in Colorado Springs, Colorado and grew up doodling and drawing. In the eighth grade he painted a watercolor that was awarded an 'Honorable Mention' in a nationwide contest. To celebrate, an aunt and uncle gave him a new oil painting kit and brushes. Oils were not taught in school, so Tom began a long journey of self-instruction.

Through the years, he bought instructional books and studied the French Impressionists, Dutch Masters and American painters like Russell, Remington, Bierstadt and Rockwell. He has had no formal art instruction. In recent years, he has experimented with acrylics, using them to establish hue and values which he then finishes with oils. This has culminated in a vivid but realistic style.

Tom has won several awards and a couple of 'Best of Shows' along the way. He strives to put a feeling of motion or animation with a deft use of light, shadow and color; something that tells a story, be it gulls in flight or cowboys charging on horseback with guns blazing.

January's show at the Library focuses on Tom's scenes of the American West; it runs from the 2nd through the 31st.