The Art Center Gallery at Clatsop Community College hosts an exhibition of assemblages, drawings and prints by Portland artist Marie Watt May 3-21, with an opening reception at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 4.
Watt will also be conducting a printmaking workshop in conjunction with Royal Nebeker's print class at 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 19 in the Art Department's Print Shop.
Watt is widely recognized throughout the Northwest for her painting, drawing, printmaking and three-dimensional work. She has been a participant of two Art Center Gallery group exhibits in the past, "18 Women" in 2003 and "PDX at CCC" in 2001. This will be her first solo exhibit at the college. Watt will also be the guest juror for the annual Student Exhibition, which opens at the end of May.
Watt has a reputation for finding meaning and purpose in the mundane, sometimes combining it with what might be conceived as precious. In her three-dimensional work, she has utilized cast-off blankets and thrift shop finds along with cornhusks, a hint to her ancestral heritage. She often uses silk thread to connect or weave her materials into allegory. In Watt's paintings and drawings, she has also been known to use the unlikely for medium, such as alabaster dust and walnut ink, always applied with meticulous thought and precision. Watt's most current series is textile in nature as she focuses on well-worn blankets as the vehicle for her concepts.