Our Gallery is closed indefinitely

No Future Shows are planned

For the foreseeable future we will have work by myself and my wife on the walls. There may be other work on the wall, but we will have no formal openings due to the limited space available for social distancing.

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Info on Ann Gardner's show is below.  The online version will remain on this site.

Mori Hana Studio
Ann Sugiyama-Gardner, Artist

anngardnerartpdx@gmail.com

          Portland artist and photographer, Ann Sugiyama-Gardner of Mori Hana Studio, will be presenting 2 series of current works, “Family of Origin” and “Imperfect Beauty”.  The show will graciously be presented at the O’Brien Gallery, 2833 Willamette Street, Suite B, Eugene, Oregon.

          In her series “Family of Origin” Ann reflects on her experiences as a third generation Japanese-American and what happened to Japanese immigrants during the 1940’s.  Through that lens, she calls attention to the Latino and Muslim immigrants’ struggles today.
Many immigrants start with nothing but honest, hard work, to gain a foothold on the ladder of success in America.  For her family, December 7, 1941 was the extinction of that day-to-day struggle. Mass incarceration soon followed without due process of the laws of the United States.  “What damage was caused to individuals and what are the lasting effects on the family by imprisonment?  On me and my family.”
          This question lead to a road trip to Poston, Arizona and Manzanar, California, two of the ten “camps” hastily built to incarcerate over 125,000 Japanese/Americans from 1942-1946.  The artist’s mother’s family was sent to Poston, Arizona for incarceration.  Her grandfather died in prison for, at this time, unknown reasons.
          On the flip-side, Ann will present a second series of prints that celebrate color, texture, and light inspired by the practice of Buddhist Mindfulness and the Japanese aesthetic of Wabi Sabi.  
She was moved to the practice of Contemplative Photography first by studying Edward Weston’s work then reading Michael Wood’s book specifically about the subject.  “Imperfect Beauty” is the ongoing photography project that responds to the act of being present.  “Intuitively working this way, my mind is open to whatever images present themselves and quiet my critique brain.”

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“Family of Origin” and “Imperfect Beauty” runs from March 17 through May 7, 2020.


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From the "Family of Origin"  Series

“Poston to Manzanar” 2019
13”x19”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300

“Red Kimono” 2020
12.1”x16.1”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300

“Footsteps” 2020
13”x16.5”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300

“Crane and Shadow” 2020
11”x14.5”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300

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From the "Imperfect Beauty" Series

“Hawthorne Bike” 2017
12”x12”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300

“NW 23rd Door” 2017
12”x12”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300

“Recruit, Astoria” 2016
16”x12.5”
on Canon Premium Matte
$300

“Betty A, Astoria” 2016
16”x12.5”
on Canon Premium Matte
$300

“Adrift” 2017
12”x12”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300

“Astoria Coffee” 2016
12”x12”
on Moab Entrada Rag Natural
$300


Opening reception for the Platinum/Palladium Student Clothesline Show of 2019

These are photos by students from several years of classes.

Showing works by students: Susan Starr, Ron Dobrowski, Guy Weese, Sandi O'Brien, Susie Morrill, Pam Farmer, Sarah Grew, Don Prey, Rachel Villanueva, Jack Meade, Gene Tonry plus work by other printers Rich Bergeman, Harry Houchins, and my teacher Doris Potter.


Photos of the recent show by Walt and Sandi

November 2019 - January 2020

Sandi


Walt


Bryan Andresen's Show March - May 2019


John Coggins' Show in January 2019

John passed away in December of 2019.

Photo by Herman Krieger


Previous Shows

Michael T. Williams, May 2013

Herman Krieger, April 2013

Don Lown - August 2014

Greg Giesy - May 2014

Jerry Jump - July 2014

Teresa Meir November 2014

Tom Barkin - June 2014 (top right)

Dennis Galloway explains grain elevators

Grain Elevators

Patrick Plaia (r) explains the sepia process


 

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