The exhibit “Anything Goes,” takes place at the Fairweather Gallery, 612 Broadway, Aug. 1-31. An opening will be held Aug. 1, 5-7 p.m. The show features Patricia Clark-Finley, Agnes Field and Zifen Qian, with music by Kristin Qian and a lecture by Neal Maine.
“Anything Goes” refers to the use of materials and methods used to make art, described as anything to stretch the boundaries of understanding and meaning of the work.
Patricia Clark Finley currently works from her studio in Ocean Park, Wash., and holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the San Francisco Art Institute. She has spent time at the San Francisco Center for the Book, Carl Jung Institute, and Crown Point Press and been included in many juried regional and national exhibitions.
Astoria-based artist Agnes Field uses a “matter of fact” approach to painting and making objects by improvising and reusing found materials along with the paint to amplify the intended meaning. Field has a master’s degree in studio fine art from New York University and is currently acting president of the nonprofit Astoria Visual Arts and Visual Arts Curator@KALA exhibition space and has been included in many juried exhibits and residencies.
A graduate of Shanghai Normal University and a master of fine arts degree from Portland State University in 1989, Zifen Qian calls himself a painter who paints modern romanticism that combines eastern and western culture. The artist has been included in many national and international exhibits and collections.
The youngest scholarship member of the Princeton University Orchestra, Kristin Qian is praised as an “omnibus” prodigy for her multiple talents across a wide spectrum of areas including music, science, languages, and painting.
After a 30-year career as an award winning biology teacher at Seaside High School, Neal Maine became the first executive director of North Coast Land Conservancy, which he co-founded in 1986. Since his retirement from the land trust in 2010, he has pursued his passion for nature photography through PacificLight Images, a partnership with Michael Wing, dedicated to raising awareness of coastal ecology and the wildlife of the region’s estuaries, freshwater wetlands and forests.
Their photography centers around coastal and Columbia River landscape, ecology and the rich estuary habitat with the surrounding wetlands and forest systems. Photography proceeds to benefit North Coast Land Conservancy.