Friday, January 19 at 6:00pm to 8:00pm
Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art (JSMA)
1430 Johnson Lane, Eugene, OR, 97403
Join us for the opening of our exhibition "Keith Achepohl: Vision of Nature/Vessel of Beauty."
In 2011, Eugene-based artist Keith Achepohl (American, born 1934) spent three weeks at the Morris Graves Foundation Artist Residency, “The Lake,” in Loleta, California. That period of uninterrupted work, followed by a second stay in 2016, profoundly affected both the artist’s subject matter and his media. Thus far, Achepohl has created nine distinct yet interrelated explorations of the plants and trees that he observed at Morris Graves's final home, which are presented here for the first time. Although the finished pieces are wholly of nature, they are, according to the artist, neither landscapes nor botanical studies. Rather, he describes them as “more fantasy than reality, an intensely personal language of nature that developed from careful observation to mnemonic response.” Achepohl’s virtuosity across media is evident in these sensitively rendered, metaphorically rich portraits of The Lake’s natural splendor.