Animals—wild, domestic, exotic, or tame—have appeared in the history of art since the beginnings of time. The cave paintings we study today are among the earliest and most evocative works of art we know about, made hundreds of thousands of years before our human ancestors attempted to make likenesses of themselves.
The eight artists whose drawings you see in this exhibition are, like those very early artists, fascinated by the dignity and beauty of animals. And, in a sense, they are also exploring the elemental mysteries that both separate us from and bind us to these other creatures whose worlds we share. The works in this exhibition have been selected for their power, for their keen observations, and for their lack of sentimentality. In an era awash in “cute” and “cartoon” animals, these direct and moving images serve as a sort of corrective, revealing a truer and more eloquent picture of creatures great and small.
Please join us at the Helzer Art Gallery at 2:30 on Friday, September 28 for an artists' reception followed by a panel discussion.
The Rock Creek gallery is open Monday- Friday 10:00 am-4:00 pm and Saturday 9:00am-6:00pm. The gallery is located in Building 3 of the Rock Creek Campus of Portland Community College at 17705 NW Springville Road, Portland.
For more information contact Prudence Roberts at
Director, Helzer Art Gallery