MAUDE KERNS ART CENTER

Bringing Art to Life

Location:
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Phone:
541.345.1571
Fax:
541.345.6248

E-mail:
[email protected]


Gallery Hours:
Monday to Friday:
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday (when exhibits are on display): 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM

Gallery Admission:
Suggested Donation
$3 per person
$5 per family

UPCOMING EXHIBIT

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS
DAY OF THE DEAD

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Maude Kerns Art Center Presents

Día de los Muertos/Day of the Dead Exhibit

Exhibit Dates:
October 14 – November 4

Fiesta Reception:
Friday, October 28, 5 – 8 pm

The Maude Kerns Art Center celebrates the 29th annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit with artwork, community altars, and a special Day of the Dead Gift Shop. The exhibit opens on Friday, October 14 and is on display through Friday, November 4.

A special Fiesta Reception with entertainment, including a performance by community group El Taller de Son Jarocho, Day of the Dead family art activities, and refreshments takes place on Friday, October 28, from 5 – 8 pm.

Nineteen artists from three states and Mexico exhibit oil and acrylic paintings, watercolors, textiles, photographs, welded metal, prints, and mixed media work. Suzanne Algara of Buganvilla Imports features authentic crafts created by Mexican artists in her Day of the Dead Gift Shop, which includes Catrina figures, Day of the Dead dogs, nichos (decorative religious altars), milagros (charms), an array of skulls, and more.

Eugene artist Susan Jerde has been a frequent exhibitor in the Art Center’s Día de los Muertos Exhibit. This year’s delicate watercolor, titled Arbor, portrays a skeleton couple who have spent a lifetime together. They are seated beneath a flowering arbor surrounded by various animal companions. Jerde says of her piece: “We will all pass on to the other side but the beauty we create can continue to lift spirits and nourish the living planet.”

Petaluma, California artist Karen Purdy exhibits Deadpan Quartet, a group of four linocuts on paper, each in a hand-painted frame. Purdy draws on the playful, light-hearted aspects of the holiday in her prints. She says of her work: “My pieces reflect my understanding of ‘living with dying’ and the absurd humor I’ve discovered as a result…. I believe laughter is better than sorrow, or anger and irony is so much better than cynicism.”

Rockville, Maryland artist Francis Schultz-DePalo displays an oil on panel painting titled Día de los Muertos, Hildalgo. Schultz-DePalo was visiting relatives in Mexico during the time of the holiday when he witnessed an intimate scene of a mother and child in a cemetery. They were cleaning and preparing a grave site, possibly for the night vigil, one of the traditional Day of the Dead activities. Touched by what he saw, he depicted “this scene of devotion amidst all the crowded stones and trees of the cemetery.”

In addition to artwork, the Día de los Muertos Exhibit includes seven altars created by individuals and community groups. The practice of creating altars is an essential part of the Día de los Muertos holiday. The altars are intended to please the spirits of the dead and remind the living of the ephemeral quality of life. Each year the Center’s Duchess Committee presents an altar in honor of the Art Center’s namesake, Maude I. Kerns.

UPCOMING EXHIBITS

October 14 – November 4 (3 weeks):
29th Annual Día de los Muertos Exhibit

November 18 – December 16 (4 weeks):
Art for All Seasons Annual Membership Show
and Club Mud Ceramics Sale

PAST EXHIBITS

2022

MAYOR'S TEEN ART SHOW & EMERALD PRINT EXCHANGE

NATURE DECONSTRUCTED & TACTIC

HOME TEAM: WORLD STAGE

DAY BY DAY

FRESH FORM

OREGON ABSTRACT

ENVIRONS & WEATHER PERMITTING

SOCIAL BEING

2021

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

HABITAT & THE MAYOR'S TEEN ART SHOW

IMAGERY OVERLOAD

BE HERE NOW

EVERYDAY INSPIRATION

TRANSCENDING BORDERS

SEEN IN OREGON

RANDOM PERFECTIONS & EMBODIED EXPERIENCE

IF NOT NOW, WHEN?

2020

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD/NEW ACQUISITIONS

NATURAL AFFINITY

INSPIRED INSTRUCTORS

A CHANGE OF SPACE

despondent

CONVERSATIONS

2019

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

#OMG THAT'S FIBER?

OREGON MADE FOR INTERIORS

CURATOR'S CHOICE: LANE FIVE

SINGING THE ANIMAL, SINGING THE EARTH

HOMAGE

2018

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

SHARED HABITAT

WEAVING WITH NATURE

THE PURSUIT OF PURE FORM

JELL-O SHOW

IN A DIFFERENT LIGHT

A CONVERGENCE OF ELEMENTS & INTERSECTIONS

2017

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

BATHERS & BOATS

OREGON MADE FOR INTERIORS

ON THE ROAD

BEYOND LANGUAGE & UNSPOKEN

SHIFTS: THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT

2016

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

EVOKING NARRATIVES

COMMITMENT TO VISION: PHOTOGRAPHY AT OREGON

OBJECT / FORM

PRINT PERSPECTIVES

MOMENTS IN TIME

2015

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

word & image

OREGON MADE FOR INTERIORS

AFRICAN ROOTS

JELL-O SHOW

IN SEARCH OF...

A COLOR RUNS THROUGH IT

2014

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

NATURAL INTERPLAY

IN THE MOMENT

MIKE VAN: A RETROSPECTIVE

JELL-O SHOW

NAKEDNESS OF THE SUBJECT

LIFE DECONSTRUCTED

2013

ART FOR ALL SEASONS

DÍA DE LOS MUERTOS

FAST FORWARD

land • scape

OREGON MADE FOR INTERIORS

PHOTOGRAPHIC JOURNEYS

JELL-O SHOW

PERSONA

CURIOUS TEMPTATIONS

CONTACT US

Location:
1910 East 15th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97403

Phone: 541.345.1571

E-mail: [email protected]

Gallery Hours:*
Monday to Friday:
10:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday: 12:00 PM - 4:00 PM
*(These hours apply when exhibits are on display. Please check our Current Exhibit dates.)

Gallery Admission:
Suggested Donation
$3 per person
$5 per family


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