(Artwork shown above is “Weary of the Chaos” by Rebecca Mannheimer)
By Randi Bjornstad
Five Eugene-area women artists will come together in a month-long show at the Maude Kerns Art Center that opens Feb. 24.
The art divides into two parts. “Beyond Language” features abstract works by Zoë Cohen, Suma Elan and Rebecca Mannheimer, who use layering techniques in their painting that allows for the incorporation of unexpected and unplanned, intuitive results.
The approach allows for “expression beyond words,” as Mannheimer puts it, revealing “a kind of storytelling and sense of history.”
On the “Unspoken” side of the exhibit, Soasey and Robinson collaborate to produce a show made up of found objects displayed via collage that tells — or at least implies — a variety of possible stories for viewers to interpret within them.
About the artists
Zoë Cohen — Cohen earned a bachelor’s of fine arts from the University of Oregon and has shown her work locally at Oregon Art Supply, the now-closed Jacobs Gallery, the Maude Kerns Art Center, the UO’s Erb Memorial Union and Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, as well as galleries and museums in Portland, Philomath and out of state. She teaches at Oregon Art Supply.
Suma Elan — The artist uses art therapy in her private psychotherapy practice and has exhibited her own work throughout the Eugene-Springfield area, including solo exhibits at DIVA and the Eugene Public Library. Her work also has been included in shows on the Oregon Coast and in Corvallis.
Rebecca Mannheimer — In addition to earning a bachelor’s of fine arts in painting from Pacific Northwest College of Art, Mannheimer has studied ceramics and graphic design at the UO. Her work was represented by the Blackfish Gallery in Portland in the mid-1980s and has been shown in many galleries in Eugene, including the Mayor’s Art Show, and throughout Portland.
Beth Robinson — Book arts was Robinson’s emphasis in her bachelor’s of fine arts from the Oregon College of Art and Craft, and she also has an associate’s degree in specialized technology and visual communications from the Art Institute of Philadelphia. She has worked for years as a picture framer and paper restorer. The focus of her art is an examination of the process of bereavement. She has shown her work locally, throughout Oregon and in national shows, including a solo show at the Piacentini Studio and Gallery in Bend.
Beverly Soasey — Soasey studied graphic design at Lane Community College and fine arts at the UO and specializes in mixed media and assemblage with a focus on texture, pattern and color. Her work has been shown extensively, throughout Oregon as well as in New Jersey and New York. Soasey’s most recent show was at the Karin Clarke Gallery in downtown Eugene.
“Beyond Language” and “Unspoken”
When: Feb. 24 to March 24, with an opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Feb. 24 and an Artists’ Talk featuring all five artists from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on March 16
Where: Maude Kerns Art Center, 1910 E. 15th Ave., Eugene
Gallery Hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday during exhibits
Information: 541-345-1571 or online at mkartcenter.org/