Klausmeier Room Feb 1 - 14:
"Council of Hope"
"I have been thinking about this installation lately. It is a collection of the earths clay from around this crazy planet i began to gather in the seventies. I was protesting the war and frustrating lack of justice for non whites i saw happening in my own country feeling helpless! My schools history had lied to me. My knowledge of native Americans, the treatment of black friends and the death notices of the boys I went to school with was heartbreaking. i was an American I can change my government. I could vote demand change for peace and human equality only to learn how wrong i was. At the time i was learning how to find clay while hiking and fire clay without electricity. I began to notice how the hue and energy was different from different parts of the country. I started learning how to raku and to build pit fires and learning about art history. I slowly gathered earth and formed these small hand held figures in honor of the early earth loving cultures. In the mid eighties I started showing these in a circle ⭕️. Called “The Council of Hope Amongst Chaos“.
"I would bring this piece to earth day events hoping others would feel the power in the earth I gathered! Then folks started bringing me clay and earth from their travels for the council and it grew and grew! I hope to show this again soon. I am looking to find the perfect place for the “Council of Hope“ to be permanently installed."
Klausmeier Room Feb 15 - 27:
Oregon or Bust 1980: A little over forty years ago, Cliff and Allison Coles left El Paso and moved to Eugene, Oregon. Allison brought her musical voice and Cliff brought his “people, places and things”photography. Mainly his people photography. Over the years, Cliff has photographed many artists in music, theatre, business and yes, politics. One of his subjects, James (Izzy) Whetstine wanted an image for the Oregon Voter's Pamphlet while running for Mayor of Eugene. He wanted to show what a real Mayor looks like. Alas, the Voter's Pamphlet wouldn't use the one of him wearing a hat.
The opening celebration for Cliff’s Show will be held on Saturday, February 20th 2-5pm.