LINCOLN CITY- If it’s the second Friday, it’s time for an art reception at the Chessman Gallery in the Lincoln City Cultural Center. On Friday, November 11th from 5 -7 pm enjoy the new show along with complimentary refreshments, wine and an artist’s talk at 6 pm. This month features an unusual and innovative joint exhibition by glass artist Kate Saunders and poet Ger Killeen. This show, entitled “Little Houses”, will run from November 11 through December 5.
It has been said that in dreams, a house represents one’s self. Using this metaphor, Kate Saunders has created small abodes of fused glass and textural mixed media, symbolizing particular people or groups of people. In his part of this exhibition Ger Killeen has transformed original poems into a multimedia experience which emphasizes both the visual materiality of his texts and their contexts, and complicates the process of reading, seeing, and hearing them. Many of his text-image poems relate directly to Kate Saunders’ glass houses, while some stand in a more oblique relationship to the glass art. By using web-connected codes readable by smart devices the walls of the gallery are “opened up” beyond their physical confines to allow the viewer/reader/listener to encounter the work in new ways.
Be sure to bring your iPad or smartphone to get the full experience!
Ger Killeen is originally from Limerick, Ireland and now lives in Oregon, where he teaches at Marylhurst University. He has won numerous awards and published 5 books of poetry, three of which include A Wren (Bluestem Press), Lia A Léimfidh Thar Tonnta/A Stone That Will Leap Over the Waves (Trask House), and Signs Following (Parlor Press).
Kate Saunders lives on the Oregon coast and has been doing fused glass for many years. She originally started to fuse glass to use it in mixed media sculpture, but it didn’t take long for glass to become her main focus.
“I always like to say that I’ve wanted to fuse glass since the first time I saw a melted Coke bottle at a carnival when I was a kid, but got waylaid by ceramics in college.” Says Kate.
She has work in the Touchstone Gallery in Yachats. www.touchstone-gallery.com
And you can see even more of her work on her own website www.lewiscreekglassworks.com