East of Steens 2016.8: 22x30 hand colored black and white photograph

East of Steens 2016.8 : 22×30 hand colored black and white photograph

Thirty-three works* by thirty-one artists have been selected out of 240 submitted by regional artists for the first Eugene Biennial juried show, which opens August 3 and runs through August 27 at the Karin Clarke Gallery, 760 Willamette Street.

And, yes, one of the chosen pieces is by me — this hand colored landscape photograph from eastern Oregon’s Harney County.

The Biennial was conceived to take the place of the now-defunct annual Mayor’s Art Show, which had been run for years by the now-defunct Jacobs Gallery. The non-profit Jacobs closed earlier this year after losing its annual subsidy from the city.

I entered the Mayor’s Art Show exactly once, many years ago, with a terrible pastel painting I made from a photograph. In those days, the Mayor’s Show required artists to submit the actual work for jurying, which meant that on the day the winners were announced, the losers, including me, had to show up at the Hult Center and pick up their rejected work. This was a bracingly humbling experience for a beginner, let’s just say, and yet I’ve always thought it was a good idea even though the practice of jurying actual art works inevitably gave way to the ease and practicality of jurying from digital images.

Clarke’s new show was juried — from digital images — by a panel that included her, art collector Roger Saydack and painter Jon Jay Cruson.

The artists accepted into the show, according to the gallery website, are Alexander Krajkowski, Beverly Soasey, Bob Keefer, Carol Arian, Dale Karstetter, Edward Teague, Germaine Bennett, Heather L Halpern, Ivan Leontyuk, Janine Etherington, Jody Sibert, Joel Haffner, John Holdway, Judith M. Sander, Judy Ness, Julie Reisner, Karen Russo, Lynda Lanker, Margaret Leutzinger, Martha Snyder, Mavelle Featherstone, Michael Whitenack, Mona Goguen, Rebecca Mannheimer, Sarah Ciampa, Sarah Peterman, Satoko Motouji, Stephanie Ames, Suma Elan, Susan Jane Applegate and Zoe Cohen.

  • An earlier version of this story said 31 works would be in the show.