What a beautiful gathering for Anca Hariton’s opening reception for METAMORPHORA! Our spring artist poetically and tenderly gathered us into the fold of hora, the circle, reminding us that the blood lines of our ancestors are imprinted within us. We all stood in wonder—and perhaps even a bit in love—at the unveiling of this sensitive series on the Judeo-Christian story of Creation.
One of the patrons even remarked in great wonder: “Anca’s paintings remind me of Hilma af Klint!”, an early anthroposophist whose work is now showing at the Solomon R Guggenheim Museum in New York City. While Hilma’s works needed to wait 80 years for the appropriate temple to showcase them, Anca’s paintings have found their temporary home here in Portland. We at The Art Hall are blessed to have them on view for two months!
Anca shared that as a Waldorf teacher of Grade Three she felt she had not done justice to her subject. So inspired, she created this series while traveling and living abroad with her husband. Having fled communist Romania, Anca reveled in the heart-opening opportunity to study Rudolf Steiner openly and to manifest herself as a teacher and artist in this 100-year-old tradition.
One can clearly see the sturdiness of the architectural training Anca brought with her from Romania in the details of her work and similarly appreciate how an anthroposophical lens has deepened her study of color. With plans to publish a book of these images accompanied by her poetry in mind, we were treated to Anca’s reciting of the poem with a line corresponding to each of the paintings.
Anyone with interest can visit The Art Hall Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. when Cedarwood is in session. If you’d like to schedule a visit outside of school hours, please contact Robin at 503-222-1192 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Some original works are still available for purchase. Anca has also prepared some beautiful high quality 8X10” prints and 5X7” postcards. For those, please contact her directly at email@example.com.
We at The Art Hall are delighted to announce the opening reception for our next featured artist and Portland Waldorf School Lily Kindergarten Classroom Assistant, Anca Hariton, on Thursday evening, March 07th.
The roots of this show go deep, before my immigrating to the US. Bucharest, where I grew up, used to be known as the city of more than 200 churches, before the end of WW II. However, with the arrival of the communist revolution, worship was reserved for the Party, while traditional faiths/church attendance were discouraged, infiltrated and reported, especially in the capital. I still remember how in 4th grade, for example, our teacher admonished us, “I shall not see any of you going to church on Sunday!” Instead, families taught their children to pray secretly.
I left communist Romania for good in the mid 80’s as a trained architect. Years forward, after September 11th happened, I decided to become a teacher. I earned my credential and then my Waldorf certification. For teaching the third grade Waldorf curriculum, I had to learn from scratch what I had missed: the holy stories of the Hebrew and Christian traditions. In particular, the story of the Seven Days of Creation held many revelations for me and, in conjunction with reading Rudolf Steiner’s fascinating lectures on them, they inspired these paintings.
To be given permission for what I was not allowed to openly experience as I grew up, to learn about and teach these ancient stories felt like poetic justice. Which is why I am grateful to be able to have this series shown here, at the Cedarwood Waldorf School. Thank you!
My warm appreciation goes to all who helped this show come true: from my family and old friends (many far away) to my new Portland community and friends, including Robin Lieberman (founder and Art Hall director), Robin’s son (who designed our invitation), Christine Badura (who put us in touch), Cedarwood School (which is offering a warm/soul-filled art space), and all my friends and colleagues who encouraged this effort.
Metamorphora, the name of Anca’s show, is a neologism, a mash-up of metamorphosis and hora, a circle dance popular in the Balkans, Israel and Yiddish culture worldwide.
We welcome you to join us for Anca’s opening on Thursday, March 07th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m., with her artist’s presentation at 6:00. For more information Anca’s work or to contact her directly, please visit her website, Sacristima.
Like her art, Phyllis shows up to work:
There is the work of making art, and then there is the work that the art does when released into the world. Art work.
She began her thoughtful presentation noting that The Art Hall is a very special place—a social place where children and parents can gather and interact with art every day—so different than a commercial gallery. (Thank you for noticing, Phyllis!) Indeed, the social aspect of our everyday lives is as invaluable as the art which surrounds us.
Phyllis also spoke about artists working together; that something happens between artists—workers—that doesn’t happen when they’re alone. Phyllis is an active member of the Regional Sketch Group in Oregon, whose members exhibited their Nine Nature Sketches individually interpreted from Rudolf Steiner’s indications, on display at The Art Hall in January 2017.
Another treat available (besides our abundant hospitality table!) was Phyllis’ reading of a David Whyte poem: What to Remember When Waking. It echoed Phyllis’ artistic process as she mused “what’s waiting to come and show itself…what color or line or shape wants to come?”
The impulse and structure for this current exhibit followed from Phyllis’ blog artworking, a collection of paintings and associated reflections through the seasons. In the aftermath of the 2016 US presidential election, Phyllis was new to social media and felt inspired to do something: like artists throughout history, she turned towards creating in the face of cultural distress as a bold and necessary act. “Putting it out there, connecting human to human, is part of the art working. I was shocked and delighted to receive worldwide responses.”
Phyllis “encourage(s) each of us to make art and to feel the life of it as we’re creating it and appreciating it…(even) while I brush my teeth, I’m looking at a piece of art and letting it speak to me.”
Eight of these beautiful twenty-two paintings sold the night of the opening! As Phyllis wants her art to do their work in the world, if you should want to purchase a piece and find the listed gallery price out of your range, then please feel free to contact Robin at 503-222-1192 or firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss other possibilities.
The Art Hall is pleased to begin its sixth year (!) exhibiting art created by artists working out of the spiritual impulse of anthroposophy, with Phyllis Helland, from Eugene, Oregon, joining our roster of locally, nationally and internationally recognized artists at her opening reception on Thursday, January 17th.
A YEAR OF ART IN THE LIFE OF PHYLLIS HELLAND
“Our lives are an art. To live in a creative way nurtures our souls and improves our lives.
It’s a daily practice. Each new day given to us is a blessing and a chance to try again.”
~ from Jennifer Thomson, one of my teachers ~
In my practice I find drawing helps me to see and understand what I am looking at, and what is looking back at me. I carry a sketchbook with me most of the time.
Painting is a dialogue with color. Sometimes I paint purely to explore color and mood and watch for a motif to reveal itself. When I paint outdoors, en plein air, the natural world reveals colors that are not readily seen, but are there, nonetheless. The more I work with color, the more color I see in nature, and the more color reveals to me.
Some of these are pieces I made in the past year, others earlier. However, in the past year I have put all these pieces “to work” in various exhibits, study groups, and on social media. Whenever a piece of art engages with a viewer, something happens that is entirely between the viewer and the piece itself.
There is the work of making art, and then there is the work that the art does when released into the world. Art work.
Please join us for Phyllis’ opening reception Thursday, January 17th, 5:30 – 8:00 p.m. and hear Phyllis share her unique perspective on growing art in the world at 6:00.
Intricate and complex, Tom’s Klein’s string art on our walls and Marty Levin’s geometric sculptures hanging from the ceiling complemented one another and the Art Hall space beautifully at their opening on Thursday, March 08th. Shadowed patterns on the walls beckoned the viewer to look more deeply into the beauty of the mathematics.
Marty and his wife, Judy, spent at least ten hours installing the cables and then hanging all the sculptures one long Saturday. Tom was more fortunate that our hanging system, already in place on the walls, completely supported his string art mounted on heavy wood—a much simpler installation.
At their opening both artists passionately shared their research and process that went into creating these marvelous scientific and artistic pieces to a warm, receptive and inquisitive audience. We are very grateful to Tom and Marty for their effort and generosity in exhibiting this unique work. They have both agreed to keep the exhibit on display through May.
If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about geometry in relation to this exhibit both artists are available to teach. The string art pieces are for sale or available to order. Please contact Robin Lieberman for any inquiries at 503-222-1192 or email@example.com.
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.
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.
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.
Well, we did it! We managed our Dispersal of Laura Summer’s vibrant paintings even though Laura couldn’t be present. Luckily, Laura sent a lovely YouTube video in which she spoke about Dispersal and the joy of painting for us.
An intimate group enjoyed the grand, evening opportunity to socialize surrounded by healing, colorful paintings. About half the 30 pieces were dispersed, so the opportunity to become a steward of an original Laura Summer artwork still awaits you!
Anytime you want to view the work during school hours just ring the bell at Cedarwood and someone will show you to The Art Hall. Otherwise, feel free to make an appointment with Robin, our director, and she will gladly work with you. Laura’s wish is for all the paintings to be dispersed so they can do their healing work in their new homes.
We also introduced Ryley Wheeler, Cedarwood student and Robin’s mentee for his 8th grade project, a significant part of which involves creating the fliers announcing the exhibits. Almost five years ago Ryley won the school-wide naming contest for our gallery, so he had an early hand helping The Art Hall come into being!
Two of our former gallery artists were instrumental in installing the exhibit: Jannebeth Röell and Patricia Lynch. Robin is indebted for their open willingness to help! (And this is really an exceptionally well displayed exhibit!) Also, a big thank you to regulars, Ruthi Klein and Judy Levin, for graciously tending to the Dispersal and Donation tables.
Please look for another update to follow, as the Gospel of St John two-day workshop was also a grand event! We will install work from ten of the participants soon in The Art Hall with another soft opening: an opportunity to consider becoming a steward of one or more of the remaining works—Dispersal Portland 2018 Two!