Hanson Howard Gallery is a woman owned business and one of the Pacific Northwest’s longest established galleries since 1979. Our artists include some of the strongest regional painters, sculptors, and printmakers and our mission is to support the arts by connecting artists to art lovers. Whether you’re an avid collector or new to the idea of purchasing art, you will always feel welcome here. Exhibitions are featured monthly and change throughout the year.
June Exhibition :: Jon Jay Cruson & Sara Swink
June 2 – July 4
First Friday Art Walk & Opening Reception:
June 2, 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday – Saturday, 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Appointments are available too.
About the Exhibition:
Beginning in the 1970’s as a lithographer, Jon Jay Cruson shifted to painting and has never looked back. His stylized shapes, patterns, and colors are the result of much time spent studying the landscapes of the Pacific Northwest. While remaining representational, Jon’s paintings tend toward the abstract, a double pull that is one source of the creative tension in his work. Planes and perspectives shift in impossible ways, while colors and patterns add a playful layer of complexity. Jon’s work is included in countless permanent collections including the Portland Art Museum, University of Oregon Museum of Art, and The Victoria Albert Museum in London.
Sara Swink creates self possessed colorful figures embedded with clues that they exist in a playfully subconscious world. Whether they are human or creature, there are often elements of dreaminess or bizarness in their gestures, expressions, and adornments. For Sara, art and dream worlds are interconnected. Both invite the unconscious to become conscious, both rely on a language of symbols open to interpretation, and both contain clues about psychological patterns. Most often, she builds using gritty sculpture clay, adding color with layered oxides, underglazes and glazes, and then fires everything in midrange temperatures giving a matte quality to her saturated colors.