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Wall Paper by Addie DeLong

September 10 - October 23, 2021

Art Center East presents Wall Paper, an exhibit featuring work from Bend-based artist Addie DeLong. Excerpts of her past are displayed as soft pinks and pastels that resemble the walls of generations past, more specifically, her grandparents’ home. Upon her final visits, emotions flooded as she realized these spaces were an important piece of her childhood. DeLong uses acrylic paint and paper to depict her nostalgic memories involving color, time, and family. 

For the safety of our community, all in-person receptions have been cancelled until further notice. However, we will still be open during regular business hours, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm on the opening Friday, September 10.

Wall Paper’s closing reception is scheduled for Friday, October 8 time TBD.

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Addie DeLong grew up in Hillsboro, Oregon and took every art class she could. She received her B.S. in Fine Art and Business from Eastern Oregon University in 2014. DeLong’s work explores themes of memory, the passing of time, nostalgia, and motherhood. She lives in Bend, Oregon with her husband, Travis who she met in Color Theory class at EOU, her one year old daughter Harper, and their dog Maverick. Baby #2 is due in February 2022.

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Artist Statement

I am drawn to

the slow erosion of time
the quick energy of a moment

rock stratum imprinting a story long since told
flowers dying in a vase on my kitchen table

the fading layers of dreams and memories we leave behind
that never fully lift their marks on us

the impossible desire to both freeze people and time,
while knowing moving forward is the only way

I am trying to understand my heartache about time passing  and my fragmented understanding of it. Inspired by a mix of memento mori and ala prima marks of the moment, I am exploring the energy and joy of the present, the layers and memories of our past, and a reminder that it is all fragile and temporary. We are grasses in the field, here one day and gone the next. As J.R.R Tolkien says so well - “All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

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Fire Stories by John F. Marshall

September 10 - October 23, 2021

Art Center East presents Fire Stories, an exhibit featuring photographs from John F. Marshall. Fire Stories looks back in time through pairings of panoramic images taken from forest fire lookouts; comparing those of today to ones from the mid-1930s. U.S. Forest Service Research Scientist and UW professor Dr. Paul Hessburg has guided Marshall in telling a complex story of importance. Narrated photographs take the viewer through the maze of history, fire ecology, fire behavior, and land management.

For the safety of our community, all in-person receptions have been cancelled until further notice. However, we will still be open during regular business hours, 12:00 pm - 5:00 pm on the opening Friday, September 10.

Fire Stories’ closing reception is scheduled for Friday, October 8 time TBD.

Art Center East exhibits are free and open to the public, and kid-friendly. Current COVID restrictions apply: please social distance and wear masks when entering the building.

Partial proceeds donated will go toward Wallowa Resources and the Wildland Firefighter Association. Donate today with a memo of “Fire Stories.”

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John F Marshall melds art with science and history. Marshall was born in 1951 to an outdoor oriented family, descended from Oregon Trail pioneers. As a child he lived on Malheur National Wildlife Refuge for five years where his father was a biologist. He was introduced both to serious photographers and to photography equipment at a very early age—learning on film cameras with no automatic features.

John took his formal education from Oregon State University- Fisheries 1974, and University of Idaho- Wildlife 1984. Marshall briefly worked for Weyerhaeuser, and spent three summers working for the U.S. Forest Service doing stream inventories and spotted owl surveys. Whenever he had a chance Marshall was out exploring wildlands and photographing. A chance meeting with a writer working for National Geographic Magazine, just happened to line up with his knowledge of the back country around Mt. St. Helens, giving him a foot in the door with that magazine. The end result was extensive coverage of the 1980 eruption and early response of plants and animals, and many published photographs. Given the chance to be self-employed Marshall made a career of photography- publishing several large format books and numerous calendars through Graphic Arts Center Publishing Company in Portland, Oregon. A central Washington resident, Marshall was intrigued by the surrounding orchards and the tree fruit industry. That curiosity was satisfied by a book titled Washington Apple Country.

Marshall’s photography is inspired by a deep appreciation of nature and an insatiable curiosity. Photography is both an artistic expression and an inquiry.

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Fire Stories is a distillation of nearly thirty years of work by John F Marshall, starting in the early 1990s melded with historic photography from the 1930s. Art, Science, and History converge around a topic that matters to all who live in the American West. Whether by flame or smoke from distant fires we are all affected. Celebrating the beauty of nature through photography is satisfying by itself, but the conservation of nature requires more than appreciation. Landscapes change over time, and forests cannot be understood at a glance. Fire, as the great destroyer, can also bring about new beauty and life. Much has to do with scale and intensity.

In the wake of large wildfires on the Wenatchee National Forest in 1994, Marshall began documenting landscapes through photo points – a project later joined by the U.S. Forest Service. The photo points work led to working with the Osborne Panoramas; 120-degree large format photographs taken in the 1930s from fire lookout towers. Marshall has replicated panoramas from more than 75 sites spread over ten National Forests, in Oregon and Washington. From the many pairings of panoramas, twelve to fifteen will be put on display, along with other images of the broader fire ecology story.

Marshall’s first wildfire exhibit was shown in 2015 at Wenatchee Valley Museum, under the title of Wildfires and Us. Since that time, with the sponsorship of Wallowa Resources, Marshall expanded his repertoire into the Blue and Wallowa Mountains region and with the help of Dr. Hessburg formulated Fire Stories first shown at Whitman College’s Sheehan Gallery in 2019. The exhibit has since been shown at the Josephy Art Center in Joseph, Oregon.

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