Paintings, maquettes on exhibit at Sheehan

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WALLA WALLA — Sheehan Gallery will open two new exhibits to run through Dec. 7. The gallery is located on Olin Hall on the Whitman College campus, 345 Boyer Ave.

“EGRESS: The Paintings of Mary Iverson” presents an environmental dialogue.

Some of the background images in her works are cut directly from environmental magazines; some are copied painstakingly from historically important paintings; and others are excerpted from her own sketches and digital photographs then painted in the style of the Hudson River School.

She paints in the dramatic light of luminist painter Albert Bierstadt, then defiles it with perspective lines and by inserting stacks of shipping containers into images of her pristine landscapes.

Iverson received a master of fine arts in painting from the University of Washington and a bachelor of fine arts in design from Cornish College of the Arts.

Iverson will talk about her art at 5:30 p.m. Oct. 19 in Olin 130.

An opening celebration will follow in the Sheehan Gallery.

The “Maquette to Monument” exhibition was coordinated in collaboration with the Sheehan Gallery, Walla Walla Foundry owner Mark Anderson and Matthew Reynolds, assistant professor of art history and visual culture studies at Whitman College.

Maquette is the French term for scale model, usually a small wax or clay model used as in the preliminary process for a piece of sculpture or presentation to a client.

Pieces in the exhibition represent different artistic approaches to the use of the model in helping to fabricate the large-scale sculptural projects produced at Walla Walla Foundry.

Among the projects featured will be the work of nationally and internationally renowned artists, including Terry Allen, Lynda Benglis, Deborah Butterfield, Jim Dine, Keith Edmier, Ming Fay, Chuck Ginnever, Marilyn Lysohir, and Marie Watt.

Anderson will give a curator talk at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 9 in Olin 130, with a reception to follow.

For further information, call 509-540-2577.

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