Cawein Gallery Exhibit: Fiber Art

Nov 20, 2012, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
2125 College Way - Forest Grove

Artists from Oregon College of Art and Craft will display cutting-edge creativity. Free admission. Artists' talk and reception scheduled for Wednesday, Nov. 7.

The Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art at Pacific University (2125 College Way - Forest Grove) will feature a special exhibit titled "Fiber Arts Now" beginning Wednesday, Oct. 31 and continuing through Nov. 20. 

Works of Jiseon Lee Isbara, Shelley Socolofsky, Judilee Fitzhugh and Helen Hiebert showcase the realm of cutting-edge creativity and mediums like contemporary fiber art. The four women are faculty members at the Oregon College of Art and Craft. 

This exhibit demonstrates the aesthetic and conceptual qualities of using various fiber media in making art, and shows that any material can be used to construct thoughtful and appealing presentations. 

Admission is free and gallery hours are 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. 

An artists' talk and reception, also free and open to the public, will take place on Wednesday, Nov. 7 from 3 to 5 p.m. 

Pacific University art historian Rebecca Twist-Schweitzer has published a special exhibit catalog for the show, and copies will be available for a small fee. 

Located at the heart of Pacific University, the Kathrin Cawein Gallery of Art is integrated into the southeast corner of Harvey W. Scott Hall (2125 College Way). 

The gallery is named in recognition of the late Kathrin Cawein of New York, who, beyond being an accomplished printmaker and contributor to Pacific University, established an endowed scholarship for students of the arts at Pacific.

The fund was established through the sale of her intaglio etchings and engravings during exhibits at Pacific, as well as from the proceeds of her estate after death in 1996.  

The gallery’s north-south directional orientation, track lighting, and textural wall surfacing contrasted with brick walls provide a wonderful space in which to view art.  

Outside window views bring natural light and a sense of warmth from the campus environment into the gallery. Adequate storage and an exterior south entrance facing the center of campus have made the gallery known as one of the best university galleries in the state of Oregon.  

Exhibits change monthly throughout the academic year and are provided at no cost to the public through the University’s Art Department. This program constitutes a service that benefits both the University community and the surrounding region.  

Receptions with exhibiting artists at the openings of their showings provide an opportunity for community enrichment and cultural growth.

At times, artist talks are also scheduled to coincide with the exhibit schedule, to give the artist a chance to share his or her creative inspirations and motivations related to the works on display. 

For more information, contact Junko Iijima (503) 352-2870.

Posted by Joe Lang ( on Oct 29, 2012 at 8:41 AM

Edited by Jenni Luckett ( on Nov 19, 2012 at 8:12 AM

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