The Art Center Gallery at Clatsop Community College exhibits the drawings and paintings of Tim Peitsch and photographs by Mark Tyler Oct. 10 to Nov. 4. An opening reception for the artists is 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 11, at the Art Center Gallery.
Peitsch, born and raised in Clatsop County, brings to the Art Center Gallery his carefully rendered drawings and paintings. His subject matter reflects what is important to him, handling each subject with an air of importance and dignity. Peitsch meticulously portrays his subject matter with a sensitivity that can only come from study and understanding. Peitsch states, "My purpose in creating this body of work is to explore the beautiful forms in which nature manifests itself. Even my monochromatic or gradations of color are intended to focus the viewer on the individual characteristics of each animal. This is not necessarily intended to be a series of work, where the group carries the theme of the show. My intent is that each of these pieces can evoke its own individual idea within the viewer."
After graduating from Knappa High School, Peitsch attended an art school in New York. He returned to the Northwest to study sculpture at Washington State University before attending Clatsop Community College, where he studied painting with Royal Nebeker. He went on to travel the United States and found his way into the small artistic community of Mystic, Conn., where he furthered his studies independently. He currently resides in Astoria with his wife and two children.
Tyler graduated with a degree in photography from Webster University in St. Louis, Mo. His color photographs have been exhibited and collected widely, including a group exhibition of new artists at the Milwaukee Art Museum, as well as inclusion in the permanent collection of the Portland Art Museum. With his move to the Long Beach Peninsula three years ago and return trips to the Midwest, Tyler has begun to explore the black and white image, turning his camera to both manmade and natural subjects.
Drawing from the lessons of photographers such as Minor White and Aaron Siskind, Tyler has used a quiet eye to transform the crumbling walls, torn metal and peeling paint of St. Louis' industrial neighborhoods into abstract beauty in the foggy straits and the dense forests of the Olympic Peninsula. Most recently, Tyler has returned to color to create mysterious, jewel-like images of the mosses and algae that transform the concrete walls of the coastal areas. Throughout his work Tyler returns to the essential message of time - change.