Thursday, November 12, 2009
Oregon Gallery highlights Images from Weed's Living Memorial Sculpture Garden
"Greater Than One", SAGE Gallery's annual Veteran's
exhibit opened Nov. 9th with a display of photographs by
California artists Betty and Larry Depee. The exhibit pays
respect to the sacrifices others have made that allow us to
enjoy the lives we live daily.
The public is invited to a reception in
honor of our Veterans and artists on Saturday, November 14th
from 1-5 pm at SAGE Gallery, 390 First St SW, upstairs in
the Historic Coast Guard Building. The Gallery also
welcomes visitors to honor our Veterans throughout the day
on the traditional, Nov. 11th holiday.
The "Greater Than One" theme reflects the concept that
we are all intricately interwoven through our experiences,
our network of associates and the images/ items we value and
produce. Our veterans have been deeply affected by both the
circumstances and choices of their lives and those choices
in turn touch each and every one of us.
The Depees were invited to exhibt their series of
images, "Tribute" which captures both the emotion and
sense of duty depicted in the "Living Memorial Sculpture
Garden" found 13 miles North of Weed, CA. The layers of
emotion represented in the works by both Betty and Larry, as they
studied the sculptural monuments created by artist and fellow
Marine, Dennis Smith, are what caught my eye and
spurred the Gallery's invitation, said owner Anne Sobbota.
According to the Depees, the 136 acre sculpture garden
was created to honor Veterans from Vietnam, Korea, and WWII.
The sculptures, by Smith, have become a tool for healing after his own experiences in the Vietnam War. The memorial grounds have 58,000 pines that were
planted in honor of those who lost their lives in that conflict; all
were planted by volunteers.
Like Smith, Larry Depee considers his work to be a healing endeavor and is grateful
for the oppor tunity to share and inspire others.
The Gallery will be donating a portion of its proceeds
from the show to the Living Memorial Sculpture Garden.
Interested individuals may view the memorial at
Also on exhibit are photos and memorabilia brought in
by community members and paintings by local artists: Jan
LeValle, Kathleen Morey Bailey, and Francis Toon.
The public is encouraged to continue bringing items for display throughout the month.
This year the exhibit will run through Dec. 8th to honor
the memory of those who were lost during the attack on Pearl Harbor. For
information, contact SAGE Gallery (541) 329-0103.