It’s a feast for the eyes at the White Lotus Gallery’s new show of some of its represented artists (Handmade scarves by Barbara Pickett and Michael Tadao Pickett)

By Randi Bjornstad

The new show that opened recently at the White Lotus Gallery in downtown Eugene is titled simply, “New Work by Gallery Artists,” but it might just as well be called “Feast for the Eyes.”

Jamie Newton is one of the artists in the White Lotus show. In 2016, he painted a picture a day
Jamie Newton is one of the artists in the White Lotus show. In 2016, he painted a picture a day

The exhibit offers some of the latest creations of nine artists represented by the gallery — Jon Jay Cruson, Helen Liu, Satoko Motouji, Connie Mueller, Jamie Newton, Nancy Pobanz, Gary Tepfer, Li Tie and Mike Van — as well as work by several other area artists, in the form of handmade scarves, jewelry and ceramics.

The breadth of the offerings is astounding, especially for a gallery that has built its reputation during the past 25 years specializing in Chinese and Japanese prints and paintings.

Helen Liu's stunning collages are made from materials that often end up in landfills
Helen Liu’s stunning collages are made from materials that often end up in landfills

The show ranges from delicate watercolors by Nancy Pobanz, who makes her own pigments from soils, minerals and other natural objects that she collects on her travels throughout remote parts of Oregon, to Helen Liu’s vibrant abstract collages made from found and discarded objects such as paper and plastic bags, sanded and painted and stitched together in works that have ranged in size from a few inches square to an entire wall.

The show includes one of the paintings from Mike Van's series of chef portraits
The show includes one of the whimsical paintings from Mike Van’s series of chef portraits

In between are colorful abstracts, paintings of birds, brilliant landscapes and even a piece or two of whimsy.

“Usually once a year we do this show of our represented artists,” gallery co-owner Hue-Ping Lin said. “But this year we are planning another one in the summer when we celebrate our 25th anniversary in June.”

It’s a sizable show, with several pieces provided by each of the artists. It will be on display through February.

 

New Work by Gallery Artists

When: Ends Feb. 28

Where: White Lotus Gallery, 760 Willamette St. in downtown Eugene

Gallery hours: 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday

Information: 541-345-3276, Lin@wlotus.com or wlotus.com/

Randi Bjornstad

Has more than 30 years' journalism experience after a previous stint as a land-use planner. Got first rejection slip at age 11, but the editor wrote an encouraging note. Lives in Eugene, Ore., with husband-and-photographer Paul Carter, adorable dog Tallulah and quirky cats Pearl, Audrey, Garbo, Harry and Ozma.

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