By Joseph Gallivan
BONNIE HULL: IMAGINATIVE LANDSCAPE
Salem on the Edge Art Gallery, Salem. Jun 2 – 26
Bonnie Hull’s nature-inspired paintings on wood and panel, with their bold graphics and square format, owe a lot to her love of gardening and quilting. Hull has been a Salem resident since 1971 and is a good choice to showcase at this one-year-old gallery that is helping to revive Salem’s downtown. Also on tap: Benjamin Mah’s photos of local musicians. Salem on the Edge features the first annual Plein Air Invitational August 4 – 28.
ASTORIA OPEN STUDIOS TOUR 2021
Astoria. Jul 24 – 25, 11am – 5 pm
Happening in the flesh again in 2021, the Astoria Open Studios Tour promises the smell of oils, acrylic and clay, the sight of light flooding into studios, and live chitchat with up to 50 artists as they show o their work and methods. Block out your weekend for this self-guided free tour. It’s great to have it back. Organizers promise, “If COVID is still rearing its ugly head in July, we will adapt to ensure a safe event.”
INGEBORG GERDES: OUT WEST
Blue Sky Gallery, Portland. Aug 5 – 29
German-educated economist Ingeborg Gerdes was trained at the San Francisco Art Institute, going from a casual cross-country tourist to a keen-eyed documentary photographer. She loved crowd scenes, blue-collar environments and, because of her weak left eye, wide-angle shots. Photographing the rural West became her long-term project from 1982. This show comes from Carmel, California, where she taught photography for two decades at UC Santa Cruz. Gerdes died in 2020, at age 81.