[OregonArts] Artwork by Martha Werhle Shown in the Governor’s Office
Christine T DARCY
Christine.T.Darcy at state.or.us
Mon Jan 7 16:31:26 PST 2008
For Immediate Release
January 8, 2008
Meagan Atiyeh, Oregon Arts Commission, (503) 986-0084
Jodi Sherwood, Office of the Governor, (503) 378-3109
Artworks by Martha Werhle Shown in the Governor’s Office
On View through February 1, 2008
A selection of mixed media artworks by Corvallis, Oregon artist Martha
Werhle is on display in the office of Governor Ted Kulongoski through
February 1, 2008.
Werhle works with natural materials, arranging colors and movement as
a painter would paint on canvas. Her works are formed of eggshells,
pebbles, ceramic tile and copper to create sculptural paintings with
rich texture and color. A longstanding art faculty member at Oregon
State University, Wehrle’s work has been exhibited throughout the
state, including the Pegasus Gallery in Covallis; the Benton County
Historical Museum in Philomath; the Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center in
Eugene; Corvallis Art Center, Coos Art Museum, and the Portland Art
Museum’s 1989 Oregon Biennial.
She holds an MFA in Painting from Pratt Institute of Art in New York.
Werhle’s work is included in the collections of the Portland Art
Museum, Oregon State University, Corvallis Public Library and Oregon’s
Percent for Art Collection.
The Art in the Governor’s Office Program honors selected Oregon
artists with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor’s
Office in the State Capitol. An exhibit in the Governor’s office is
considered a lifetime honor. Artists whose work has been shown there
include Gordon Gilkey, Yuji Hiratsuka, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour,
Henk Pander, Michele Russo and Margot Thompson.
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The Oregon Arts Commission provides leadership, funding and arts
programs through its grants, special initiatives and services. Nine
commissioners, appointed by the Governor, determine arts needs and
establish policies for public support of the arts. The Arts Commission
became part of the Economic Development Department in 1993 in
recognition of the expanding role the arts play in the broader social,
economic and educational arenas of Oregon communities. In 2003, the
Oregon Legislature moved the operations of the Oregon Cultural Trust to
the Arts Commission, streamlining operations and making use of the
Commission’s expertise in grantmaking, arts and cultural information
and community cultural development.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the
Oregon Legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the
Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.
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Oregon Arts Commission - Oregon Cultural Trust
775 Summer Street NE
Salem, Oregon 97301-1280
(503) 986-0087 direct
(503) 986-0260 fax
christine.t.darcy at state.or.us
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