December 2008 & January 2009
Corban College & Graduate School showcases originals and limited edition prints from five West Coast artists: watercolorists Susan Bourdet and Caly Garris, oil painters Chris Cummings and J. Steven Hunt, and acrylic artist Terry Isaac. Represented by Arts R Passion, the combined holiday show runs December and January in the Psalm Visual Arts Gallery, located in the Psalm Performing Arts Center on Corban’s campus. Gallery hours are 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., weekdays. Admission is free.
SUSAN BOURDET grew up in western Montana, learning early to love nature. Her luminous watercolors combine realistically detailed birds and animals with soft, impressionistic backgrounds. In 1989 her paintings were discovered in a Portland gallery by the Minnesota-based publisher, Wild Wings. She now has over sixty limited editions and her work is featured in a yearly songbirds’ calendar published by Bookmark. She is the author of Painting the Allure of Nature, published by Northlight Books, and is working on a second book for that company. Her newest instructional venture is a video entitled “Bold and Beautiful, Backyard Wildlife in Watercolor,” produced by Creative Catalyst. Susan’s paintings have been featured in shows and exhibitions all over the country, including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s “Birds in Art” and the Society of Animal Artist’s “Art and the Animal.”
CHRIS CUMMINGS has been involved with horses and art for most of her life. She grew up on a small acreage in Northern California. After attending the University of California and Humboldt State University she worked briefly as a wildlife biologist for the Bureau of Land Management in Nevada; then began a nomadic life for several years with her husband who also worked for the BLM in Colorado, Montana, and Wyoming. They finally settled down on a 100-acre Oregon farm. Her diverse background has enabled her to paint realistically of the horses and rural scenes that she loves so much. Her artwork began to appear in equine magazines and on greeting cards in the early 1980s, and she began to work with Wild Wings in 1990. Chris is one of the nation’s most published licensing artists, with visuals printed on a wide variety of products that are distributed worldwide.
CALY GARRIS pushes watercolor to the limit in creating realistic, impressionistic, and expressionistic paintings of horses, wildlife, and domestic animals. Using the beauty and physical integrity of the subjects, mixed with kaleidoscopic colors, she takes the viewer into new concepts of animal imagery. Caly’s award-winning art is seen in Oregon, Montana and California galleries along with the Ellensburg, Washington, National Art Show, the C.M. Russell Art Show in Great Falls, Montana, and the Cattlemen’s Western Art Show in Paso Robles, California. Her work is in private and corporate collections internationally. Caly’s Fine Arts degree is from California State University. She is member of both Women Artists of the West and the Oregon Watercolor Society.
J. STEVEN HUNT was raised in Montana, an influence reflected in his work through a recurring theme of expansive, open spaces. His wide variety of creative work began as a teenager and has included graphic design, painting, photography, and woodworking. He is currently an administrator at Corban College, and he continues his creative work for galleries in Salem, Sisters, and Santa Fe. He is an accomplished graphic designer and has co-published nine books of self-help artwork. In the 1970s he studied oils with Northwest artist David Ewart, and he has continued on in self-instruction and a myriad of problem-solving discussions and observations with fellow artists over the last 35 years.
TERRY ISAAC is a native Northwesterner. He paints the wildlife and landscapes of the western United States, and he’s a published author and teacher. In the last few years, Isaac has placed in 12 stamp and print competitions. He enjoys participating in these state and national fish and waterfowl stamp and print competitions because they require high standards of painting technique, design, and animal anatomy and habitat. Isaac has been selected to participate in several important art exhibitions, including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum’s prestigious “Birds in Art” exhibitions. He was also commissioned to produce 14 waterfowl drawing for the Audubon Bird Handbook, published in 1987.