Distinct Visions Curated By Emerald Art Center

Distinct Visions Curated By Emerald Art Center

DISTINCT VISIONS

Curated by Emerald Art Center

Jo Dunnick
Demetra Kalams
Patti McNutt
Uten-Thi Nguyen
Kathy Paskey
Rayne Pelham
Karen Pidgeon
January 6 — February 29 2024
About the Artists  —  Press Release

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Artwork is listed by artist surname in alphabetical order. Available for purchase online through February 29. We will contact you to coordinate a pickup in late February.

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Jo Dunnick, Sadness in his Eyes, 2018, Don Dexter Gallery

Jo Dunnick

Sadness In His Eyes, 2018

Watercolor on Yupo

Artwork: 20 x 14 in

Framed: 27 x 21 in

$595

Jo Dunnick, Sun Above The Horizon, 2021, Don Dexter Gallery

Jo Dunnick

Sun Above The Horizon, 2021

Watercolor on Yupo

Artwork: 17 x 25 in

Framed: 25 x 31 in

$395

Jo Dunnick, Winter Council, 2022, Don Dexter Gallery

Jo Dunnick

Winter Council, 2022

Watercolor on paper

Artwork: 16 x 8 1/2 in

Framed: 25 x 17 in

$325

Demetra Kalamas, Cinque Terre

Demetra Kalams

Cinque Terre, 2023

Oil on canvas

40 x 30 in

$800

Demetra Kalams, Drifting Among the Reeds, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Demetra Kalams

Drifting Among the Reeds, 2023

Oil on canvas

28 1/2 x 22 1/2 in

$595

Demetra Kalams, View of Sarver's Winery, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Demetra Kalams

View of Sarver’s Winery, 2023

Oil on canvas

36 x 36 in

$1095

Demetra Kalams, What Dreams Are Made of, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Demetra Kalams

What Dreams Are Made Of, 2023

Oil on canvas

36 x 36 in

$1195

Patti McNutt, Delta Ponds Life, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Patti McNutt

Delta Ponds Life, 2023

Oil on canvas

Artwork: 18 x 24 in

Framed: 23 x 29 in

$400

Patti McNutt, Lazy Hazy Tahkenitch Day

Patti McNutt

Lazy Hazy Tahkenitch Day, 2023

Oil on board

Artwork: 11 x 14 in

Framed: 15 x 18 in

$275

Patti McNutt, Morning on Salmon Harbor Road, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Patti McNutt

Morning on Salmon Harbor Road, 2023

Oil on linen

Artwork: 16 x 20 in

Framed: 20 x 24 in

$350

Patti McNutt, Winchester Dock Scene, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Patti McNutt

Winchester Dock Scene, 2023

Oil on canvas

Artwork: 12 x 20 in

Framed: 16 x 22 in

$300

Uyen-Thi Nguyen, Storgē, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Uyen-Thi Nguyen

Storgē, 2023

Oil on canvas

36 x 36 x 2 in

$2500

Uyen-Thi Nguyen, The Truth About Adults, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Uyen-Thi Nguyen

The Truth About Adults, 2023

Oil on canvas

Artwork: 36 x 48 x 1 in

Framed: 38 x 50 x 2 in

$3000

Kathy Paskey, Checker Mallow, 2022, Don Dexter Gallery

Kathy Paskey

Checker Mallow, 2023

Oil on canvas

Artwork: 10 x 8 in

Framed: 15 x 13 in

$150

Kathy Paskey, Golden Gardens, 2022, Don Dexter Gallery

Kathy Paskey

Golden Gardens, 2022

Oil on canvas

Artwork: 10 x 8 in

Framed: 16 x 14 in

$200

Kathy Paskey, Clearwater Landing, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Kathy Paskey

Clearwater Landing, 2023

Oil on canvas

Artwork: 8 x 10 in

Framed: 10 x 12 in

$150

Kathy Paskey, Westward Ho, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Kathy Paskey

Westward Ho, 2023

Oil on canvas

Artwork: 6 x 12 in

Framed: 7 x 13 in

$150

Rayne Pelham, Family

Rayne Pelham

Family, 2018

Beadwork on canvas

Artwork: 18 x 24 in

Framed: 19 3/4 x 25 3/4 x 2 in

$5000

Rayne Pelham, Balanced Medicine, 2021, Don Dexter Gallery

Rayne Pelham

Balanced Medicine, 2021

Beadwork and acrylic paint on canvas

20 x 16 in

$1100

Rayne Pelham, Horseback Rider, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Rayne Pelham

Horseback Rider, 2023

Beadwork and acrylic paint on canvas

20 x 24 in

$1200

Karen Pidgeon, Wolves at Play, 2020, Don Dexter Gallery

Karen Pidgeon

Wolves at Play, 2020

Museum print

Artwork: 7 x 10 1/2 in

Framed: 12  1/2 x 15 1/2 in

$295

Karen Pidgeon, Ferruginous Hawk, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Karen Pidgeon

Ferruginous Hawk, 2023

Museum print of original mixed media

Artwork: 7 x 7 1/4 in

Framed: 13 1/2 x 13 1/2 in

$285

Karen Pidgeon, Pumphouse Door, 2023, Don Dexter Gallery

Karen Pidgeon

Pumphouse Door, 2023

Museum print of original gouache painting

Artwork: 10 x 6 1/4 in

Framed: 17 1/2 x 14 1/2 in

$250

Seven Artists, Emerald Art Center

Distinct Visions curated by Emerald Art Center comprises 23 artworks across different mediums from Jo Dunnick, Demetra Kalams, Patti McNutt, Uyen-Thi Nguyen, Kathy Paskey, Rayne Pelham, and Karen Pidgeon. 

Artists were selected by local non-profit Emerald Art Center, whose mission is to provide an opportunity for all who desire to create art and exhibit their work by cultivating a vibrant art community through education, outreach and partnerships. Artwork displayed includes oil paintings, watercolors, beadwork, and mixed media.

“We chose them by looking at artists that were most mature in their vision and successful in their professional careers. When you look at their work, you know who the artist is by their consistent technique. They represent the Emerald Art Center well and we invite viewers to visit the Emerald Art Center to view our monthly changing shows.” 

— Guy Weese, Emerald Art Center
1 Jo Dunnick

Jo Dunnick has always been drawn to watercolor. After retiring from a 30-years as a physical educator and coach, Dunnick started exploring watercolors. The event that “blew the doors off” watercolor painting for her was taking a workshop from Val Persoon in 2003. Since then, Dunnick has been exploring and teaching workshops. She is loving the journey. Always in awe of what can be created with a little water, some paper, and watercolors.

2 Demetra Kalams

Demetra Kalams has been painting in watercolors for over 25 years and oil for the last 5 years. Many of her paintings reflect Oregon landscapes, florals, and figures in a contemporary, impressionistic style. She has shown in many galleries and venues in Oregon. Her award-winning paintings adorn book and album covers. Kalams is affiliated with Emerald Art Gallery in Springfield, OR.

3 Patti McNutt

Born in Ohio, Patti McNutt has lived in Oregon since 1985. She and her husband Mike raised their two boys (the “World’s Cheapest Models”) in Eugene. Traveling, hiking, and plein air painting are significant parts of her life. Painting and teaching artist workshops around the United States and Canada has been her full-time dream job for sixteen years. McNutt hopes to expand her workshops to other countries and offers small group workshops in her Eugene studio.

4 Uyen-Thi Nguyen

Uyen-Thi (T) Nguyen is an Oregon-based oil painter living in Cottage Grove, which inspired her recent book and series of 40+ portraits entitled “Garden of People, A Portrait of Cottage Grove,” currently on exhibit at Portland International Airport. She is a recipient of several grants and awards, including the Award of Excellence and People’s Choice Award at the 2023 National Juried Spring Exhibition at Emerald Art Center, the Oregon Arts Commission Artist Resiliency Grant, and the Lane Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. Her work has been shown in New York City and Portland, Oregon, as well as in small cities throughout the state and U.S. Nguyen teaches and coordinates arts instruction at Emerald Art Center, volunteers on the Springfield Arts Commission, is a member of the Plein Air Painters of Lane County, the New Zone Gallery Artists Collective, and Eugene Figurative Arts Group. Figure drawing is at the heart of her practice.

5 Kathy Paskey

Kathy Paskey has been painting for about 20 years. Though she has always maintained an interest in art, she never took herself seriously until the past few years. Despite no formal art training, she pursued improving her skills through mentorships, classes, and workshops. Paskey has become increasingly interested in plein air painting, alla prima still-life, and studio portraits. She prefers using oils to render her subjects. She loves their blending capacity and the boldness that can be achieved through palette knife application. Paskey is an active member of the Emerald Art Center in Springfield and the Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene. She is also an active member of the Plein Air Painters of Lane County.

6 Rayne Pelham

Oregon native and an indigenous descendant of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and White Earth Band of Chippewa, Rayne Pelham’s art often includes some aspect of those details. Her works often focus on subjects of her life, like the Pacific Northwest, her native culture, or her love for animals. Pelham enjoys exploring mediums, including jewelry, but her most impressive works often include some element of, if not entirely, beadwork. It’s time-consuming and requires attention to detail to hand-stitch these tiny size eleven seed beads to each canvas, but the results speak for themselves.

7 Karen Pidgeon

Residing in a small, rural town nestled between the mountain and coastal ranges of Western Oregon, Karen Pidgeon finds the rivers, woodlands, and wildlife inspirational to her work. She has been creating and selling her art since the late ’70s. Pidgeon views the forests as the “real world,” and it rewards her with endless wildlife and nature experiences. Her inspiration also lies from the plains of Africa, the woodlands of Alaska, the ruins of Mexico, the beauty of Hawaii, and extensive travel throughout North America.

Press Release

Don Dexter Gallery is pleased to present Distinct Visions curated by Emerald Art Center, a satellite exhibition of 23 works from seven Emerald Art Center artists who have displayed mature vision and consistent technique: Jo Dunnick, Demetra Kalams, Patti McNutt, Uyen-Thi Nguyen, Kathy Paskey, Rayne Pelham, and Karen Pidgeon. The exhibition includes beadwork, mixed media, and paintings. All works were selected by the artists from works that have received acclaim or represent their growth and recent success as artists. On view at Don Dexter Gallery in Eugene at 2911 Tennyson Ave #202 from January 6 through February 29. An opening reception will be held on Saturday, January 6, from 1 to 4 PM.

Jo Dunnick’s selected artworks represent her journey as a watercolor painter. Inspired by a workshop with Val Persoon in 2003, she has been exploring and teaching workshops for the past two decades. She often finds herself in awe of what can be created with just a little water, paper and watercolors. Dunnick’s works on display are Sadness In His Eyes (2018), Sun Above The Horizon (2021), and Winter Council (2022).

The paintings of Demetra Kalams often reflect Oregon landscapes, florals, and figures in a contemporary, impressionistic style. She has been painting in watercolors for over 25 years and oil for the last 5 years and has shown in numerous galleries and venues throughout Oregon. Kalams’ oil paintings on display are Cinque Terre (2023), Drifting Among the Reeds (2023), View of Sarver’s Winery(2023) and What Dreams Are Made of (2023).

Patti McNutt has been fulfilling her dream, painting and teaching artist workshops around the United States and Canada for over sixteen years. She currently offers small workshops in her Eugene studio while seeking to expand her teaching to other countries. McNutt is displaying her recent oil paintings Delta Ponds Life (2023), Lazy Hazy Tahkenitch Day (2023), Morning on Salmon Harbor Road (2023), and Winchester Dock Scene (2023).

Cottage Grove-based oil painter Uyen-Thi (T) Nguyen is a recipient of the Award of Excellence and People’s Choice Award at the 2023 National Juried Spring Exhibition at Emerald Art Center, the Oregon Arts Commission Artist Resiliency Grant, and the Lane Arts Council Individual Artist Grant. Nguyen teaches and coordinates arts instruction at Emerald Art Center and volunteers on the Springfield Arts Commission. Figure drawing is at the heart of her practice, and she has selected to display her oil paintings Storgē (2023) and The Truth About Adults (2023).

For nearly twenty years, Kathy Paskey has been painting and dedicating herself to improving through mentorships, classes, and workshops. Paskey has become increasingly interested in plein air painting, alla prima still-life, and studio portraits and prefers using oils to render her subjects. She is an active member of Emerald Art Center, Maude Kerns Art Center, and the Plein Air Painters of Lane County. Paskey’s recent oil paintings on display are Checker Mallow (2022), Golden Gardens (2022), Clearwater Landing (2023), and Westward Ho (2023).

Oregon native and an Indigenous descendant of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and White Earth Band of Chippewa, Rayne Pelham’s art often includes some aspect of those details. Her works often focus on subjects of her life, like the Pacific Northwest, her native culture, or her love for animals. Pelham enjoys exploring mediums, including jewelry, but her most impressive works often include some element of, if not entirely, beadwork. Pelham has chosen to display her beadwork Family (2018) and beadwork and acrylic paint works Balanced Medicine (2021) and Horseback Rider (2023).

Residing in a small, rural town nestled between the mountain and coastal ranges of Western Oregon, Karen Pidgeon finds the rivers, woodlands, and wildlife inspirational to her work. She has been an artist since the late ’70s and believes the real world of the forests rewards her with endless wildlife and nature experiences. She also draws inspiration from the plains of Africa, the woodlands of Alaska, the ruins of Mexico, the beauty of Hawaii, and extensive travel throughout North America. Pidgeon is displaying framed museum prints of her works Wolves at Play (2020), Ferruginous Hawk (2023), and Pumphouse Door (2023).

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