BLOCK PLAY

Reduction Linocuts by Connie Mueller
& Wood Sculptures by Dale Mueller

Exhibition Dates: October 9 – November 14, 2020

Connie and Dale Mueller are familiar names to many in the Eugene arts community. Raised in Eugene, Connie makes prints that exude an unrestrained joy in the natural beauty of her hometown and the varied landscapes of Oregon. She is a master at evoking a sense of place. From the limitless blue sky of Harney Valley to the still reflective waters of Kirk Pond in the winter, the atmosphere in her work is palpable. Like the artist herself, there is a warmth, grace, and subtlety to her work, which is all the more impressive considering the challenging nature of her medium. Reduction linocut printmaking requires one to cut and print successively from one block, a method that requires an astonishing level of concentration and imagination.

For almost 20 years, Dale has been creating art with wood and metal. He draws inspiration from his life experiences and what he finds aesthetically pleasing. Some sculptures are similar to organic forms, and others resemble architectural details. All are formed with carved and chiseled redwood or cedar and then sheathed with copper. Once they are copper-clad, a patina is applied, resulting in a richly colored green/blue or brown form. The methods used in creating these pieces allow the sculptures to be installed in either indoor or outdoor settings. Long term exposure to the elements enriches the patina. In addition to his creative endeavors, Dale holds and has held board positions with Lane Arts Council, Jacobs Gallery, Maude Kerns Art Center, Oregon Mozart Players, and the Arts and Business Alliance.

Click HERE for the Eugene Weekly exhibition review by Bob Keefer.

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