We are pleased to announce our next show, An Artist’s Images from Her Pilgrimage on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela, by Portland artist, psychotherapist, and Art Hall curator, Robin Lieberman.
A lifelong painter and student of art, Robin majored in Art History at Skidmore College and continued her artistic pursuits while earning her Masters in Social Work at the University of Michigan. Abstract painting dominated her early work until she discovered wet-on-wet watercolor painting while her children were in grade school at Cedarwood Waldorf School, in Portland. The concept of form coming out of color was both exciting and intimidating: she was going to have to learn to paint anew–and did–with greater freedom and capacity to see.
Robin further developed her appreciation of and technique for watercolor painting through study of Liane Collot-d’Herbois’ Light, Darkness and Color in Painting Therapy and independent study with fellow painter, anthroposophic nurse, painting therapist, eventual mentor, and inaugural Art Hall artist, Jannebeth Röell. Their work began with painting studies following Rudolf Steiner’s Color lectures and eventually, coincident with Robin’s mother’s passing, evolved into a five year-long odyssey of weekly studio sessions, during which they explored the properties of color as indicated by Collot-d’Herbois.
Robin now augments her psychotherapy practice with anthroposophic painting exercises which she learned from Jannebeth and continues to study on her own. She also offers painting workshops, classes, and weekend retreats at the Oregon coast, and co-teaches a series with Shakti Sharon Hanson, Pilgrimage to the Garden of Your Heart, in which they combine their passions—painting and yoga—for truly rhythmical and grounding experience.
The current show features images inspired by Robin’s 500-mile pilgrimage while walking El Camino de Santiago de Compostela for a month over the summer of 2014. Please join us for an opening reception on Thursday, May 14th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., with an artist’s presentation on Color on the Camino at 6:00 p.m.