Sunday, December 19, 2010

Video of K. Ikeda's "Face Fruits and Leaves and Branches of the Tree Exhibition"

Kanetaka Ikeda "Face Fruits and Leaves and Branches of the Tree of Life" sculpture art installation at Blackfish Gallery, December 2010.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Small works group show, Dec 2010

In the back room space of Blackfish

Installation views, Dec 2010

Installation & panoramic views, Dec 2010
Kanetaka Ikeda - Face Fruits and Leaves and Branches of the Tree of Life
Mario Caoile - Recent paintings

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Monday, June 7, 2010

Exhibit announcement

a poetics of place

Each painting a place,
And painting a way
Toward a mute poetics
Of Earth. Light. Water. Wind.

An exhibit of oil paintings by
JoEllyn Loehr

June 21 - July 31, 2010
Rotunda Gallery - Barber Library
Central Oregon Community College, Bend OR

Opening reception: 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. Thursday, June 24
(ADA parking in front, visitor parking immediately west of library)
Summer library hours vary; please check COCC website:

My work is a blend of painting and drawing.
Paint is used as a drawing medium.
Each painting consists of layers upon layers of drawings, creating a world out of paint itself, becoming more complex over time.

The goal is to make a gestural, intuitive drawing with the lush, sensuous, physical qualities of paint.

Often people see landscapes in the paintings. Though I don’t set out to paint landscapes, I do enjoy back-country walking and looking at aerial photos and maps - especially old ordnance surveys and topographic maps. So having landforms show up in the paintings is not surprising.

Abstract visual art is unmediated experience.

"Any awareness is an increment to consciousness,
an added light, a reinforcement of psychic coherence . . .
There is a growth of being in every instance of awareness."
Gaston Bachelard
Poetics of Reverie

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Susan Rothenberg, in an interview, says that she spends 90% of her time in the studio reading. Back when I was neck-deep in my thesis project, a friend recommended the P.J. O'Brien series of 20-some novels, which carried me through that process.

So I'm curious. Are there other Blackfishers who read as part of your art-making project - either for relaxation/escape or as part of your source material? And what do you read?

I'm drawn to long novels or series that I can get totally immersed in. I've read the O'Brien series twice and will probably do it again in a couple of years. Dickens is good, and Austen too. Lately I've begun the Your Face Tomorrow trilogy, but it is much slower-going.

Sometimes poetry is like a welcome blast of cold air clearing out the cobwebs, as effective as a run around the block - Christian Wiman, William Stafford, William Meredith, Mary Oliver. Lately I've started Wiman's book, Ambition and Survival - On Becoming a Poet. Reading about someone else's creative process is usually pretty instructive, and writers are better at describing it than visual artists are.

If you have favorite books and authors, please - share!

Saturday, April 24, 2010


Blog test!! After much e-angst in getting set up (thank you, Mario, for your patience and perseverance), perhaps I'm blogging at Blackfish?

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Welcome JoEllyn to the Blackfish Blog

I hope the two of us can start an art dialog that others at the gallery will join. We as out of town members miss the impromptu visits to the gallery. Because of this I think we miss the chance to interact with other artists other than at the monthly meetings.

Perhaps the blog can be used as a platform of what's going on in our studios, what we are thinking about as we work, and what goals we set for ourselves. I'm not sure how we could handle a studio critique, but maybe we could post an image and invite comments.

These past couple of weeks, I who am a oil/brush purist, discovered the small rollers at the hardware store. I have been rolling on layers upon layers of color on about 8 canvases. I'm not sure where this will lead, but the Colorfield experience has, so far, been quite satisfying.

Sunday, March 7, 2010

Paul Missal & friends again, March 2010

Paul Missal with William Owen & Nancy Lindburg. More info.
Backroom: Palmarin Merges & Julie McNiel
Fishbowl 1: Palmarin Merges
Fishbowl 2: Ann Christenson 'Fling'

Opening slideshow

Steve Tilden, February 2010

Steve Tilden 'Migrating Messages' collaboration with composer Tomas Svoboda and writer Paul Merchant. More info.

'Kindle' window installation by Jim Neidhardt & Kerry Davis
'Urban Aquarium' window installation by Sayuri Sasaki Hemann

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Kanetaka Ikeda sculpture & drawings

Kanetaka Ikeda talks about his show of mixed media sculpture and drawings
"Everyday Scenes from Leaves and Branches of the Tree of Life"
January 2010

Friday, January 8, 2010

Drawings group show and Kanetaka Ikeda focus show opening

Opening reception of group show 'Drawings' by Blackfish artists and Kanetaka Ikeda new member focus show at Blackfish Gallery, January 7, 2010. Photos by Helen Koba.