Noted Oregon painter Henk Pander will visit Newport to talk about his “Times of Our Lives” exhibit this Saturday, Aug. 11.
The exhibit, on display at the Newport Visual Arts Center, features large-scale watercolors and works from Pander’s recent series, “War Memories, Liberty Ships and the Climate Refugees of Vanport.”
Pander, a Dutch-born artist trained at the Rijksacademie in Amsterdam, arrived in Portland in 1965, and except for brief periods, has lived in Oregon ever since. He taught painting and drawing at the Museum Art School (now the Pacific Northwest Museum of Art) from 1965 to ’67 but otherwise has supported himself and his family as a working artist. He is known for creating works that challenge the status quo of modern art in the Pacific Northwest.
He is the recipient of the Oregon Governor’s Award for the Arts (2015), a Master Fellowship in painting from the Oregon Arts Commission (1991), a Visual Arts Fellowship from the Regional Arts and Culture Council (2006), and a Prix de Rome Silver Medal from the Netherlands (1961), among many other awards.
Pander’s works are in many collections, including those of the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, the City of Portland, the Portland Art Museum, Frye Art Museum in Seattle, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art in Eugene and the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, where a 50-year retrospective exhibition of his work was shown in 2011. His public commissions include works at Oregon State University, the Oregon Public Safety Academy in Salem, the Portland Center for the Visual Arts and other locations.
Saturday’s talk, hosted by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will start at 4 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.
• “Times of Our Lives” is on display through September 2, available to view from 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday through Sunday in the center’s Runyan Gallery.