Artists seldom collaborate on a single piece of work. But when Lake Oswego mixed-media artist Shannon Passon got an opportunity to team up with David Marquoit, she jumped at the chance.
Marquoit isn’t a well-known artist, but he is one of the most prolific at Art from the Heart, a combination art school, studio and gallery for adults with developmental disabilities in Northeast Portland. The abstract artwork completed by Passon and Marquoit is one of 13 pieces that will be auctioned off at the gallery during its “Creative Imagination Collaboration” event on September 19.
“Everybody can be an artist, and the art they’re making at Art from the Heart is really valuable,” says Passon, who had previously purchased a piece from the gallery as a gift. “I thought it would be an exciting challenge just to collaborate with anyone, but I especially want to support what they’re trying to do.”
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Art from the Heart is an 18-year-old program of Albertina Kerr, which provides services to children and adults with developmental disabilities and mental health challenges. The auction is the brainchild of Bridget Larrabee, an art consultant who connects Portland-area artists with local buyers, and who has helped sell and showcase art from Art from the Heart participants.
Program Manager Emily Conradson says Larrabee’s idea intrigued her because it offered a novel opportunity for her artists to bring “more relevance” to the broader art community. “Any time we can connect with other artists, it really validates what we do and inspires the artists who we’re supporting,” says Conradson.
This past spring, a dozen professional artists chose an already-completed painting by one of five Art from the Heart contributors, including Marquoit.
Although it is difficult for Marquoit to express himself verbally, Passon said she could sense his enthusiasm for the work's colors and patterns. "I really wanted to get a sense of who he was as an artist," she says. "It’s very hard to collaborate with another artist if you don’t know who they are."
Conradson says Marquoit spends most days at the Art from the Heart studio, drawing and painting works she describes as “pretty abstract.” She helped him cut up several of his works into 2-inch squares and reassemble them into a patchwork that caught Passon’s eye. “It was a really exciting color palette and it was really geometric, which is something I respond to in my own work,” says Passon.
Passon, whose primary work is encaustics, or hot wax painting, says she found inheriting a piece of art to work on “a little bit sacrilegious.”
“You want to preserve and value what this artist has created, but at the same time put your own vision into it,” she says. After much consideration, she says she decided to add amorphous land masses and flowing water, “blending the idea of geometric with more fluid shapes.”
Marquoit finds it difficult to express himself in words, Conradson says, but was interested in meeting with Passon and examining the finished product. Passon says his enthusiasm shone through in their interactions. “His pure joy for art reminded me of why I’m an artist to begin with.”
Bids at the September 19 auction will start at $200. Half of the proceeds will be split between the Art from the Heart artist and the program; the other half will be split between the professional artist and Larrabee. Other prints will be available for purchase, and Larrabee hopes to set up a painting station where attendees can put their own mark on a work by an Art from the Heart artist.
The auction is right around the corner, Sept 19th 6-8 pm at Art from the Heart 3505 NE Broadway St, and I am so excited to share with Shea what we created, I hope she likes it...
So the painting is done! It was really tough and I really sympathize with all my artists and the process of getting your idea from your brain to the canvas... Now I know for sure I could never be a fine art artists. The self doubt and the problem solving involving made me want to go back to the selling of the art and run away from the making of art. So hug an artist today and let them know how much you appreciate the beauty they provide for us all. Now time for the mounting.
Here is a photo of the second part of the collaboration of Shea and I. The execution has begone! The concept is to take Shea's Sunset painting and paint a skeleton on plexiglass that will be mounted on top of her painting and hopefully give the effect of a heart shining through the bones. Wish me luck.
Please join us for a live auction of collaborative works
September 19, 2013 6-8 pm
At Art from the Heart
3505 NE Broadway St. Portland, OR 97232
This is a community art project that pairs adult artists with developmental disabilities and professional artists in the community to complete one body of work. The result being 12 unique pieces of art that are both uninhibited and tamed, polished and raw.
Art from the Heart a gallery and studio space that gives adults with disabilities an environment that fosters their creative growth, build positive relationships within our community, and promote an awareness of the cultural contributions from people of all abilities.
Art Scout a small business that works as an advocate for over 300 fine art artists and helps procure local art for businesses and collectors. Owned and operated by Art Consultant, Bridget Larrabee
It promises to be a lively event with food, wine, a chance to meet the artists and the possibility of walking home with a one of a kind painting.
In related news:
Shea and Bridget's collaboration
David and Shannon's collaboration
This is Shea, she is one of the talented artists at Art from the Heart. Shea painted this gorgeous painting title Sunset when she first started coming to Art from the Heart a year ago.
I have the pleasure of being her partner for the Creative Imagination Collaboration.
Shea is a sweet creative lady who loves to paint, loves the color pink, cats and her family. When I told her my idea to paint a skeleton rib cage over the sun so it looked like it is shining through she said "Cool, Bridget, that's really cool". I am very excited to watch the processes unfold and share it with all of you.
Below is a photo I took of the planning process. I am working up the courage to get started.
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