Portland-based artist to lead slideshow today

Posted: Tuesday, November 09, 2010

The Canvas Community Art Studio and Gallery will host a lunch-time slideshow today led by visiting artist Christine Bourdette. The slideshow, "Clues to the Riddle of Human Experience," will feature images of Bourdette's multi-media sculptures and drawings, and will run from 12:15-1 p.m. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own lunch.

Courtesy Of Christine Bourdette
Courtesy Of Christine Bourdette

Bourdette, based in Portland, Ore., has been in town for the past week, working with artists who experience disabilities through The Canvas' day habilitation program at REACH. Program Developer MK MacNaughton said she got in touch with Bourdette after seeing her work online, and was thrilled when she agreed to come to town for a week-long artist-in-residency program at The Canvas.

"I had a sense from looking at Christine's work that she would appreciate our program," MacNaughton said. "It is a wonderful gift to have an artist of her caliber share her expertise and brainstorm with us."

While she was here, Bourdette led REACH artists in creating small individual sculptural pieces that can be pieced together to form a group sculpture. She also introduced "treasure balls," crepe-paper wrapped found objects that the artists reassembled into sculptural pieces with plaster.

"The unwrapping was the most fabulous introduction of art materials I've ever experienced," MacNaughton said.

Bourdette has been commissioned to install public art in Oregon, Washington and several other states. MacNaughton hopes to work with her in creating a sculptural piece that includes the participation of all the artists in the day habilitation program.

For more about Bourdette, visit www.christinebourdette.com. For more on The Canvas, visit www.canvasarts.org.

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