The Hoffman Gallery at Oregon College of Art & Craft presents:

2007 Craft Biennial
Featuring fine handmade work of the Pacific Northwest, including the paper mosaics of Portland Open Studios artists Mary Wells

August 2 – September 27, 2007
Oregon College of Art & Craft
Hoffman Gallery
8245 SW Barnes Road
Portland, OR 97225

Please also join Mary and other OCAC alumni at the Century Celebration
Art show & sale, live entertainment, free food & beverage
Oregon College of Art & Craft campus
11am – 4pm, Saturday, September 22, 2007

Mary Wells has been exhibiting widely in the past few years and receiving recognition for her work. She has garnered an impressive list of awards:

2007 Merit Award, 2007 Craft Biennial
Hoffman Gallery, Oregon College of Art & Craft, Portland, Oregon
2007 Popular Opinion Artist’s Award, Oregon Visions
ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon
2006 Curator’s Choice Award, Parts and Pieces
ArtCentric, Corvallis, Oregon
2006 First Place Mixed Media, Visual Arts Showcase
Beaverton, Oregon

Mary works her paper magic in a light filled main floor studio cum gallery space. Although she’s best known for her paper mosaics — which she has been making since she was a late teen — she’s a versatile artist, trained in both painting and book arts from the Oregon College of Art & Craft. Her studio is well organized to accommodate her many talents, and is a reflection of what is apparent in Mary’s work — fine craftsmanship and elegant simplicity.

To create her award winning mosaics, Mary starts with a well composed image. This can be a photograph, an historic image, or something that she conjures up from her imagination. From there, she prepares her ‘medium’ — searching through discarded paintings, calendars, or magazines (Architectural Digest being a favorite, for the fine quality paper and printing) for the right colors, textures, and imagery for the particular piece.

A long horizontal scroll that hangs in her studio depicts an abstract slice of the American landscape from coast to coast, based on her memories of her many cross country journeys. It was created from Mary’s discarded paintings. The scroll was part of her thesis project that also included painting and artist’s books.

studio view

Above, a portion of the scroll, paintings, and artist’s books from Mary’s thesis project.

A small copy of an historic image of Haystack sits on her desk, next to some small brushes, a bottle of glue, and a pair of scissors, all tools of her craft. An old Ansel Adams calendar will soon be cut into pieces about 1/8″ high and 1/3″ wide, and from this confetti, the haystack image will be reconstructed.

Below, Mary’s work table, all set up to work on her new mosaic.

mary’s work table

Mary’s work has been impressing jurors and audiences through out Oregon. When you visit, don’t forget to bring your glasses!

For more information about Oregon College of Art & Craft, please go to http://ocac.edu/.

To see more of Mary’s work, please go to http://marywells.net/.

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