|sketch of Henk Pander 3.4.11|
I had a great day today. A day of fun and laughter and art and energy. I drove down to Salem for the Henk Pander retrospective at the Hallie Ford Art Museum.
It was a surprise and a delight to discover that a class of Linn-Benton art students with their professor Gary Westford were at the show. Even better, Henk Pander was there to give an impromptu talk about his work and art. I couldn't take photographs of the artwork, but nothing stopped me from sketching Pander while he talked.
|Listening to Henk Pander's talk|
The crowd was very attentive to Pander's description of living in Nazi-occupied Holland during WWII and the effects of that experience on his work. All around us were huge murals of bright color and conflict. My notes in my sketchbook: "gruesome oils of disaster and mayhem."
My favorite painting was a quiet portrait of his father.
If you can get there before its close March 29, I highly recommend this show. You can find details of this exhibit and the schedule here.
|Left: portrait of Mayor John Kitzhaber by Henk Pander in the Capitol Building|
|Looking straight up to the rotunda in the Capitol Building|