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Outrageous Acts at Catalyst Ashland Art Gallery in March



Outrageous Acts
An Exhibition of Paintings and Poetry confronting violence against women

Art at Catalyst Ashland Art Gallery begins on First Friday, March 3rd. Viewable through March 31st.

Outrageous Paintings by Shoshanah Dubiner & Outrageous Poetry by Louise Paré.

Friday, March 3rd, 4:00PM to 7:00PM, Opening of Paintings Exhibit. Artist’s talk at 4:30PM. Music follows artist’s talk, after 5PM from Rogue World Music Festival.

Saturday, March 11th, 3:00PM, Performance of Poetry and Paintings

Special Note about the Art: The artist has indicated that this art does cover violence, violence against women and that the imagery may be sensitive for younger viewers, parental discretion is recommended for more mature audiences.


About the artist:


Artist and designer, Dubiner earned a BA and an MA in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Berkeley, and Harvard University, respectively, and an MFA in Theatre Design from Brandeis University.  From 1969 through 1971, she worked as a costume designer in Rome, Italy, where she became an active feminist in the women’s movement there. Returning to the States, she worked as a designer of costumes, museum exhibitions, graphics, and interactive educational games in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

In 2000, at age 57, she discovered process painting and studied with teacher Barbara Kaufman at the Center for Creative Exploration in San Francisco. There she found her “true voice” and was able to paint free from self-doubt and self-criticism. The paintings in this exhibit, Outrageous Acts, created almost 20 years ago, have been shown together only once. They represent an outpouring of emotions and thoughts—conscious and unconscious—of grief and anger over the mistreatment of women under patriarchy. The “Outrageous Acts Paintings” are examples of how painting can be used to help us heal our damaged psyches and bodies.

In 2004 Shoshanah moved to Ashland, married Craig Comstock and enrolled in a course on cell biology at Southern Oregon University. She fell in love with the microscopic world and to this day focuses much of her artwork on the world of the very tiny in which “Nature seems disquieting, strange, wonderful and beyond all comprehension.” (Aldous Huxley).


Art is viewable in our Gallery, Monday through Saturday after March 3rd, 11AM-5PM. Music will be broadcasted on our Youtube channel:

Location: Catalyst Ashland, 357 E Main St, Ashland, OR 97520. Contact: 541-625-6565 or