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marty levin and tom klein: our dynamic duo

We at The Art Hall are pleased to present a joint exhibit of geometric string and metal art by Tom Klein and Marty Levin, long-time anthroposophists whose lifelong passions for experimenting with dynamic form and space have drawn them together in recent friendship and artistic collaboration.

Please join us this coming Thursday, March 08th, for the opening of their show titled String and Metal; Movement in Space. Doors open at 5:00 and we’ll enjoy a talk by the artists at 6:00 p.m.

Marty and Judy Levin’s second stop when exploring Portland as a possible new home was the opening reception for MJ Davison at The Art Hall in January 2016 after a welcoming dinner with Jannebeth Röell and James Lee. Since then, the Martins have become regular attendees providing invaluable support at events at The Art Hall and others in Portland’s anthroposophic community. In addition, last Fall Marty had a stunning exhibit of his geometric sculptures at the Multnomah Art Center. Warm and gentle by nature, he has had a rich and rewarding career as a mathematician and Waldorf teacher.

From Marty:

After receiving my Ph.D. in mathematics from Johns Hopkins University, I met Georg Unger in 1970 in Dornach, Switzerland. He introduced me to mathematical work based on indications from Rudolf Steiner, in particular the geometrical work of George Adams. Dr. Unger also suggested the Platonic solids as forms worthy of contemplation. I spent most of my career teaching mathematics in Waldorf high schools, where the students’ ability to visualize forms and the movement of forms was developed through geometric drawings and models. After retiring, I further perfected my techniques for making the geometric models, exhibiting them in math conferences and art galleries.

The ancient Greeks found that there are exactly five convex regular polyhedra, called the Platonic solids.  In modern times we have found that these same forms represent all possible types of finite three-dimensional symmetry, thereby showing once again that they are fundamental to the nature of space.  The geometric sculptures, exhibited here, show some of the geometric relationships between the different Platonic solids, and are designed to suggest planes and lines coming in from the infinitely distant periphery. They are made with a minimal amount of physical material; what’s important is not what is there, but what is not there, which the viewer sees with their inner eye.  When viewing a piece, if you close one eye and move slightly, you will find positions in which various lines suddenly coincide, giving startlingly beautiful and different views.

Tom Klein, together with his dear wife, Ruthi, have been pillars in our Portland anthroposophic community for over 40 years. At the helm of the start of the Portland Waldorf School, manager of the former Steiner Storehouse, Cedarwood School’s first administrator, anthroposophic library keeper, board member of PCCI (a local Camphill-inspired initiative)…the list goes on. We at The Art Hall can always count on Tom (and Ruthi!) to pitch in, take the lead, sell books, set up, man the registration table…yes, that list goes on, too.

As a twelve-year graduate of the Rudolf Steiner School in NYC, Tom has been building and creating his entire life. Many of the chairs, tables and play stands in the local Waldorf schools have come from Tom’s workshop. And he does beautiful custom orders for dining tables and outdoor furniture. Your home may already be graced by Tom’s extraordinary string art which he clearly elevates to new levels: large or small in scale, colorful and intense, these creations are beautiful and mesmerizing. Tom has been a guest teacher locally, sharing his process and forms with young student-artists as part of their Waldorf school geometry blocks. Having worked for 28 years at Head Start, Tom’s dedication and love for children and their well-being is contagious.

From Tom:

I first met string art in sixth grade geometry and again in eighth grade when studying conic sections. I have actively pursued this interest for the last 50 years. In elementary school I worked with circles with 12-points. In the 1960’s I worked with 48-point circles and in the 1970’s started working with 96-point circles. I also developed and worked with spirals. In the conic sections work, which also began in the 60’s, I worked in lines consisting of…points placed as close as possible.

When invited to exhibit together there was no hesitation from either of these two new friends. They began meeting to collaborate on how they would share the space in the hall with great joy and excitement: a match made in heaven…and manifesting here, for us!

Again, please join us this Thursday, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m., for the opening, with a talk by the artists at 6:00 p.m.

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a special event: the question of consciousness today

paper, shepherd's wool, steel, wood

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The public is in need of experiences that are not just voyeuristic. Our society is in a mess of losing its spiritual center…Artists should be the oxygen of society. The function of the artist in a disturbed society is to give awareness of the universe, to ask the right questions, to open consciousness and elevate the mind.

Marina Abramovic, performance artist

Dormant most of the summer, The Art Hall at Cedarwood Waldorf School came alive once again with art submitted by member artists attending a special conference here, August 28 – 30, 2015, featuring Virginia Sease from the Goetheanum on The Question of Consciousness Today.

During the Friday evening public lecture, Virginia spoke about the necessity of relating one’s inner experience to the outer world. We’d like to note that the day was the anniversary of Goethe’s birth, who had emphasized the same process and principle in illuminating his color theory. Indeed, this is what the creative process, inherent in our humanity, invites us to do—whether one is an artist or not!

The artists were invited to answer the question, “What does the question of consciousness today mean to you and how is it reflected in your work?” Six artists were available to participate in this exhibit that accompanied the Conference and imbued the hall with qualities of soul. The artists were introduced to the audience and their answers recited. Then everyone entered the hall to experience the works with this in mind.

Art is eternal yet its forms change. And if you realize that art always has a relation to spirit you will understand that both in creating it and appreciating it art is something through which one enters the spiritual world.

Rudolf Steiner, in Spirit and Non Spirit in Painting, from the Color Lectures

Carrie Gibbons. Carrie is an active member of The Visual Arts Section, School of Spiritual Science in North America and most recently organized the section’s annual meeting here in Portland. She is a prolific artist with a keen interest in the social aspects of art and is currently a doctoral student in Transpersonal Psychology, focusing on recognizing and improving the spirituality of our speech. Her displayed work, The Listening Bowl Series, offers each participant an instrument and process to creatively explore encounters with others. The series were available to view for a week after the Conference and then traveled along with Carrie to participate in community development for Camphill communities. You can email Carrie to learn more about the Listening Bowls.

Acknowledging the sanctity within the encounter with another creates the space to both gift attentiveness, and to receive wisdom of the unseen forces weaving through every dialogue; this represents an essential element in the process of awakening.

Robin Lieberman. Robin is the founder and curator of The Art Hall as well as a psychotherapist and painting therapist. Seven pastel paintings of the Manzanita sunset are on view.

Every moment is an opportunity to see and experience with all our senses what is novel; like gazing at the stars, or painting a coastal sunset form the same physical space over and over again-there is always the wonder and awe that inspires me to soften my edges, breathe freshness and compassion into (my) life and work.

Patricia Lynch. Patricia just completed 30 years of teaching and leadership at the Portland Waldorf School, most recently as the High School Fine Arts Teacher. At the Art Section Annual meeting last month in Portland she and Carrie presented their impressions of the Portland anthroposophic artistic community after conducting dozens of interviews. Two of her oil landscape paintings hang in the exhibit.

Out of my wakefulness, I move towards or am interested in something. I make a choice out of myself. My choice is working with color expressing my interest in nature.

Cheri Munske. Cheri is an anthroposophic art therapist and master puppeteer.

For me, the question of consciousness today begins with movement towards, a striving to cultivate interest in, warmth for the other. In the case of the artistic process, being awake to the colors, movement, [and] gesture can bring a certain consciousness, which can lead to an experience of something deeper wanting to shine forth. (more…)


laura summer: art dispersal and workshop update

Free Columbia Art Course | Portland Art Dispersal

The Art Hall is alive with color!

We received Laura Summer‘s unstretched canvas paintings in mid December and unrolled the thirty or more pieces to rest after their long journey from New York. We hung the show this past Sunday and the groupings of these special works have created a magnificent exhibit which we are excited to share with you.

Laura’s opening event on Friday, January 17th, will be an opportunity to experience an art exhibit of extraordinary innovation, to include Laura’s presentation on her perspective on the relationship between art and money and a slide show on her creative process. We invite you to take in this rare opportunity to explore a progressive way to think about the role of money in art and art in life.

Please see our previous post for more details and check Laura’s site, Free Columbia, for a sampling of some of the work on exhibit. The weekend workshop has only a few spaces left, so please contact Robin right away if you are still interested in participating.

We are again delighted that Corey Averill’s Cello Ensemble will entertain us. We will also be keeping up with our usual custom of providing a full table of refreshments and an art room for younger, school-aged children. We hope to see you there!