Date: Tuesday, March 3, 5 to 8pm, show continues through April 3rd.
Location: Sequoia Gallery + Studios; 136 SE Third Ave., Hillsboro, Oregon (503-693-0401)
Gallery Hours: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. Tue. – Sat.
Contact: www.sequoiagallerystudios.org, (503)693-0401
Sequoia Gallery + Studio’s March show will feature the acrylic paintings by new member, Jim Brinkmeyer. Jim’s work is influenced by the symbolism of the Pacific Northwest Native Americans and eastern art and imagery. Also on view: new artwork by Sequoia’s member artists. Thirteen working artists’ studios are open for visiting by the public.
A number of different channels inspire Jim Brinkmeyer’s work. First there is the Northwest Indian channel which he has been absorbing over the last four decades. He says ‘There is something in this mythology and its simplicity which appeals to my artistic core, Thunderbird and the Raven trickster, Bear and Frog, fascinating stories which reflect the culture of the early inhabitants of the Pacific Northwest’. Another channel is surrealism and the symbolist precursors; Jim says he has been drawn to these artists and their explorations since he was exposed to them in his younger years. Still another influence is his meditation practice which he says ‘regulates and stirs together all these voices into the alchemy which evolves into his art’.
Jim’s art is largely self-taught while he has pursued an eclectic mix of art education over the years as time permitted with a full-time job. Beginning in high school in Wheaton, Illinois and continuing with college in New Mexico, where he helped manage a student gallery. Jim has always been an artist and having recently retired from large electrical utility where he primarily wrote code for the engineering department, he is now spending his time re-energizing his art career.