Charles E. Heaney 1897-1981 Art Exhibition November 2 through 30
$3 Self-guided Tours; 12 noon-3 p.m.; Reservations Needed Art Reception & Book Signing; November 9; 4-7 p.m.
You will see Evelyn Gordon's own Heaney painting, "Alkali Lake", just as she displayed it at the Gordon home designed for her by Frank Lloyd Wright.
Don't miss this special opportunity! Hallie Ford Museum of Art collaborates with the Gordon House Conservancy to present s unique display of original Charles E. Heaney prints and paintings from their collections. Show Curators are James Shull and Roger Hull and is presented in honor of the Evelyn Gordon Art Collection at the Gordon House in Silverton. Hull wrote THE book on Heaney and will be available at the art reception to sign your copy.
Charles Edward Heaney and Frank Lloyd Wright lived their creative lives in entirely different ways, but several parallels between the two men may enrich our experience of viewing Heaney’s paintings in a house designed by Wright.
Heaney was born in 1897 in Oconto Falls, Wisconsin, some five counties northeast of Spring Green, where Wright began to build his hillside home called Taliesen in 1911. Three years later, Heaney and his mother left Wisconsin, traveling across the country by train to Portland, Oregon, where Heaney spent the rest of his life. Wright, too, ventured west, building his winter home, Taliesen West, in Scottsdale, Arizona, beginning in 1937.
Both Heaney and Wright came to appreciate the inner American west. As this exhibition helps make clear, Heaney had an innate appreciation for western terrain – as spacious landscape and as a setting for buildings and settlements. His train trip to Oregon as a teenager introduced him to scenery that would interest him for a lifetime: the mountains, endless highways, abandoned mines, and isolated trees interspersed with picturesque houses, sheds, and storefronts. Like Wright, he was interested in the interplay of architecture and nature. But in architecture he savored the decrepit, accidental, and time-worn – the miscellany of vernacular settlements and sites, while Wright’s mission was to replace the haphazard with coherency, efficiency, and organic unity between the built and the natural.
If related though divergent ideas loosely link Heaney and Wright, their shared patron in the person of Evelyn Gordon brings their stories into closer alignment. Evelyn Gordon was drawn to the ideas and philosophy of Frank Lloyd Wright, and in 1956 she and her husband Conrad commissioned the architect, then eighty-eight, to design one of his last Usonian houses. Following Wright’s death the house was constructed beside the Willamette River near Wilsonville.
Meanwhile, Evelyn Gordon, a weaver interested in all the arts, had begun building a collection of paintings and prints. In consultation with Barbara McLarty, who with her husband, the painter Jack McLarty, owned the Image Gallery in Portland, Mrs. Gordon assembled a choice collection of works by Northwest artists. Charles Heaney was one of her favorites.
Although Heaney and Wright never met one another, Evelyn Gordon introduced them both into her aesthetic and life style. The work of the two men resided together in artful counterpoint in a combination of architecture and artwork that, in the final analysis, was the creation of Evelyn Gordon. This exhibition honors her creative juxtaposition of the work of two twentieth-century American artists who in different ways responded to the fundamental realities of land and shelter, hearth and home, and the dignity of home places, all matters of importance to Evelyn Gordon.
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A Taste of Frank Lloyd Wright Hope you were with us on August 10 at the Gordon House in Historic Silverton. We all had such a great time at our annual benefit to raise money to complete the restoration projects and continue preservation and public education at the Gordon House designed by Wright for Oregon.
There is always something special and unique about Frank Lloyd Wright. He is special to Oregonians too.
Wright’s only Oregon architectural offering is a landmark that resides ‘Wright’ in our 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 11th Annual Fundraiser celebrated the beginning of a second decade of the Frank Lloyd Wright designed Gordon House in Silverton. We have hosted over 100,000 visitors to our wonderful example of Wright's architectural legacy. Our motto is “Mid-Century Modern Meets the 21st Century” to feature Wright’s original design genius and our preservation efforts that promise a sustainable future.
“A Taste of Frank Lloyd Wright” is always a summertime gathering of friends and fans held at the Gordon House to showcase Oregon’s mid-valley wine, northwest cuisine, and of course a taste of Wright’s Usonia. Imaginative silent and live auctions serenaded by live music were lots of fun again this year.
We enjoyed a perfect sunset and all agreed that it was a down-“Wright” fun way to spend a summer afternoon.
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