Celebrate 50 Years of Frank Lloyd Wright in Oregon
Wright Angles . . . home is where the art is Art Exhibition & Sale by Larry Kassell August 3 through September 1, $5 Artist's Reception on August 9, everyone invited Jazz by The Micah Kassell Trio Wine & Beer by St. Josef's Winery
Larry Kassell will present a beguiling exhibition and sale of his original oil paintings, caricatures, and cartoons in the Gordon House Living Room Gallery for the month of August. Contemporary realism with the occasional humorous touch makes his work one-of-a-kind. The show can be viewed for $5 from 12 noon to 3 p.m. every day except Tuesday.
Artist Kassell will discuss his work at a public reception on Saturday, August 9 starting at 5 p.m. Jazz by The Micah Kassell Trio will begin at 6 p.m. Wine and beer will be hosted by St. Josef’s Winery with light refreshments adding to the merriment. Kassell will make a special presentation at 7 p.m. to tell his story of a boy and his art. Admission to the reception is free. Daily viewing is $5.
About the Art Larry Kassell paints derelict homes and barns plus rusty trucks and tractors. To him these subjects of his art are much more than relinquished relics, these artifacts evoke memories of ages and simpler times past. Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House also evokes memories of times past.
So, Larry Kassell and the Gordon House have something in common . . . they both call Silverton home. It’s fitting then, that Kassell’s show and sale, “Wright Angles ... home Is where the art Is”, will be on display the entire month of August through Labor Day in the Gordon House on The Oregon Garden grounds in Silverton. More then two dozen original contemporary realistic oil paintings will be displayed throughout the house.
Recently Kassell commented, “I’ve read many philosophical statements on what forethought and agony goes in to photography and painting. It’s really not that hard. A good, reliable camera is a must for photography. Then one has to have it nearby when God presents us ‘gifts’ — some we look upward for, others are at our feet. Several photo opportunities have been spotted by my wife, Julia, where she implores: ‘Quick, get your camera!’ A tolerant, encouraging spouse is helpful.
“I followed in the footsteps of Ansel Adams when I attended his week-long Yosemite Workshop in 1971. I spent a day with Mr. Adams in the front seat in his Ford LTD discussing photography as we scoped out scenic’s in Mariposa County, California.”
During his graphic design career, Kassell has enjoyed humorous illustration in the form of cartooning, because humor often drives home a point that realism won’t. Kassell’s cartoons have appeared several times in the Silverton Appeal-Tribune, he’s won awards in Silverton’s Homer Davenport Cartoon Contest, and he was included in “The Best Editorial Cartoons of the Year” books, 2008 and 2009 editions.
“Although my income was from photography and design, I never lost my enthusiasm for oil painting. Now with our six kids out of the nest, and with my wife Julia’s blessing, I paint, paint, paint — producing about one oil painting every two weeks,” Kassell says. “I learned a great deal from visiting accomplished artists like Bernie Fuchs, James C. Christensen, and Don Weller who were kind enough to share their time and painting tips and techniques.”
“I’m now focused on painting barns and sheds along with rusty tractors and trucks . . . which elicit smiles and nods from those who view them. Ah, the memories!”
About the Artist After graduating from North Salem High School in Oregon with three years of art classes, Kassell enlisted in the United States Air Force and was made an Illustrator for his four-year commitment which concluded at Osan Air Base in South Korea. Base Exchange cameras were inexpensive and he had access to a darkroom, so Kassell pursued his new-found interest in photography full-steam-ahead. He admired the crisp landscape work of Ansel Adams, struck up a mail correspondence with him, and purchased one of his noted photos — “Aspens, New Mexico”.
After four years of service, Kassell worked for the State of Oregon Education Division as a graphic artist, the Salem Statesman-Journal newspaper advertising department as an ad designer, the Silverton Appeal-Tribune as advertising manager, the State of Oregon Employment graphic designer, and as a designer at a graphics design firm in Salem. He then launched his own design, commercial photography, publication design, and humorous illustration studio in 1976. “We pretty much have to do-it-all to stay in business in a town the size of Silverton,” Kassell says. April 2014 marks his 38th year as Kassell Concepts.
Larry Kassell has written, illustrated and self-published several books, Silverton Sampler (1971) and Silverton Sampler II (2003), photo essays of the Silverton Country, “Inacchronisms™” (2011), a collection of oil paintings, pastiches, parodies and visual puns. Kassell recently photographed and designed the Silverton Mural Society book in 2013.
Salem Chamber Orchestra Soiree Presented by the Salem Chamber Orchestra & Willamette University on August 22, 2014, Friday evening, 7:30 p.m. in the Gordon House living room, 869 West Main Street, Silverton.More information about this event is coming soon, but mark your calendars because the date and place are set! Rest assured, you will enjoy the idyllic setting of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Gordon House nestled in an ancient white oak grove on The Oregon Garden Property in Silverton. You can expect exquisite entertainment with beautiful acoustics in the living room while all the floor to ceiling doors surrounding the room are opened to the terraces and gardens to fill the space with sweet August air. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at Travel Salem on line or 503.581.4325. Complimentary refreshments will be provided for you. This event benefits the Salem Chamber Orchestra.
Thank you 2014 sponsors!
We appreciate your generosity:
SmithCFI Office Design Eastbank Contractor Appliances The Ralph Coleman Family KPFF Consulting Engineers GBD Architects Schwabe Williamson & Wyatt Citizens Bank in Silverton Safeway Foundation Marion County Cultural Trust
M.J. Murdock Charitable Foundation
Thank you all for your support! You make all of our public education and preservation projects successful!!
A Taste of Frank Lloyd Wright
Annual Gordon House Benefit Friday, September 19, 5 - 8 p.m. Buy tickets below; $40 before September 14 Hosted by Eastbank Contractor Appliances Live Kitchens, Chefs Demonstrations, Wine& Beer Tasting Silent & Live Auctions & Drawings
Wright’s only Oregon architectural offering is a landmark that resides ‘Wright’ in your own backyard. It is part of that which adds to the uniqueness and pride of excellence that surrounds us. The Gordon House is our Wright legacy.
Our 12th Annual Fundraiser celebrating 50 years of Wright in Oregon will be hosted by Eastbank Contractor Appliances Showroom at 800 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland.. Live kitchens featuring appliance demonstrations by regional Oregon chefs and wineries and brewers will delight your palate with northwest cuisine. Taste and taste again to try it all.
“A Taste of Frank Lloyd Wright” is always a gathering of friends and fans to honor the Gordon House, showcase Usonia, and celebrate Wright's design for Oregon. Live and silent auctions and drawings to benefit the house restoration and preservation. Stop by after work to start your weekend the Wright way.
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More Special Events -- Mark your calendars now! Houses, Landscapes, Flowers & Dreams: The Poetic Art of CJ Hurley
Roycrofter Artisan, CJ Hurley, has been working on a collection of paintings paired with poetry with the hope they will bring individuals to a new sense of awe and respect for nature and our place in it. “We as a people are consumed by our daily lives which makes it difficult for us to keep nature at the forefront of mind. We are prone to two actions: shaping the world to fit us instead of shaping ourselves to fit the world, and unwittingly ignoring nature and the impact we have on it,” states CJ.
C.J. of C.J, Hurley Century Arts will present his work in the Gordon House Living Room Gallery from September 6 through 28. The exhibition will be the perfect partnership of Frank Lloyd Wright's organic architecture and Hurley's art and poetry that are meant to make people aware of these actions that connect us with nature and influence change. Join the artist at his reception on Saturday, September 16, begining at 4 p.m.
Garden Club Day at the Gordon House Join other Garden Club friends from Oregon and the Pacific Northwest at the Gordon House on Monday, October 20. Meet at 11 a.m. to hear the latest Gordon House native garden news and dedicate the first garden interpretive sign made possible by the Oregon State Federation of Garden Clubs Ellen Ambuhl Conservation Award and the Oregon Roadside Council.
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