Tamara English at North Portland Library!

September 02, 2015

Hello,  things are winding down here in the studio as I get ready for a 15 day trip to Mongolia. Yup.  Mongolia.  But before I leave I wanted to write about another great show happening here in Portland. Tamara English is a Portland Artist who’s work I admire and drool over!  Her show is titled “For The Bees”.  Here is the info for the show and some images:

Where & when: the Meeting Room at the North Portland Library September 1 – 30, 2015. The library is open Monday and Tuesday 12 – 6, Wednesday – Saturday 10 am – 6 pm, and Sunday 12 – 5 pm.
The central focus of the exhibition is solutions for restoring the honeybee population, especially at the local level, and the extraordinary nature of honeybees.
How Bees Know (Oregano)
How Bees Know (Oregano)
Oil on canvas
36 x 18 inches/ 91 x 46 centimeters
In June 2014 artist Tamara English heard a strange noise in her studio. The source of the noise was, it turned out, a honeybee trapped in a spider web. English freed the bee, and took long pause from her painting to consider the plight of honeybees and other pollinators. She decided to commit to two projects. The first project was to turn her yard into a pollen and nectar resource for bees. She researched the best plants and how to plant the garden to attract bees. The second project was an exhibition of a body of work focusing on helping the bees.
In her work, English focuses on themes of the personal connection to a sense of the sacred or eternal, as experienced inside each individual, and how this connection helps one connect to meaning and purpose. She investigates how awareness and shifts inside are connected to creating solutions that are practical to address immediate and long term problems. “Einstein said a problem can’t be solved from the same level that it was created, so I seek to reveal a different level,” English states.
One will not find statistics about the dwindling honeybee population among the printed support materials for the exhibition. Rather, English focuses on lists of simple actions to help bees and other pollinators flourish. “Let’s stop dwelling on what’s wrong,” she says, “and do something to makes things better. Artists are creators and can create and shape social change. Art can offer and bring attention to solutions, on small and large scales, that make a  difference with the challenges facing our communities and our world.” She adds, “you should see how busy the bees are in my yard these days.”
How Bees See (Trumpet Vine)
How Bees See (Trumpet Vine)
Oil on canvas
36 x 18 inches/ 91 x 46 centimeters

English has exhibited her paintings extensively in the US, including at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Addington Gallery in Chicago, IL, Madelyn Jordon Fine Art in Scarsdale, NY, The Bedford Art Center in Walnut Creek, CA, and in London at Turner Barnes Gallery. Upcoming exhibitions includes those at Lock Haven University, Lock Haven, PA and Autzen Gallery at Portland State University.

 

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