(Hillsboro, Ore.) — The City of Hillsboro Cultural Arts Division is pleased to announce an exhibition of works by artist Barbara Mason, curated by Cultural Arts staff. The show, featuring a collection of 2D Solarplate Intaglio prints transformed into 3D forms, will be on display through the months of September and October in the Hillsboro Civic Center’s Shirley Huffman Auditorium and the adjacent gallery wall. The Civic Center is located at 150 E. Main St. in Hillsboro, and is open to the public Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.
A lifelong artist, Mason began studying printmaking in the early 1980s and was immediately enamored with the medium. She made viscosity monotypes almost exclusively for 20 years until she discovered Solarplate etching. Mason has been an enthusiast of this process since 2001 and has taught this method in workshops since 2002. Mason notes she has been experimenting with turning these 2D prints into 3D forms for the last several years. This current collection of abstract work experiments with the use of line, shapes, and negative space, as well as the unification of paper and wood to form Mason’s 3D compositions.
As a non-objective artist, Mason expects the viewer to experience her work on their own, foreseeing an interpretation that is different for each person. “Line is important in my work,” she says, “it represents our collective tenacity and ability to move along. Solid shapes seem to represent strength of character and ideas.”
Mason has been a member of various art studios in Hillsboro through the years. She is currently the owner of newly established Golden Road Art Studios in Hillsboro, where she and four other artists have taken up work spaces in a renovated house. She welcomes the public to come by 5459 SE Golden Rd, Hillsboro to see their work in process.
Cultural Arts is a division of the City of Hillsboro’s Parks & Recreation Department. For more information about Cultural Arts, visit Hillsboro-Oregon.gov/CulturalArts.
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