‘Boots and Cane,’ by Sherry LudwigArt show offers works inspired by ‘Mother of Oregon’ book posted on 04/01/2019
Beth Verheyden, an art teacher with a studio in Boring, has
been a part in the Lake Oswego Reads Artist Exhibition events and saw an
opportunity to bring something similar to Sandy.
And last year, Verheyden put the challenge forward to her
students: read “This Road We Traveled,” by Jane Kirkpatrick, and create a piece
of art inspired by it.
This month, the results will be on display with a show at
the Sandy Public Library, 38980 Proctor Blvd. in Sandy, on Friday, April 12,
which will include an appearance by the authors and the opportunity for
visitors to get a book signed.
“It’s been one of my greatest challenges and greatest
rewards as an artist,” Verheyden said about the process of creating art from a
book she’s read.
The book offers the story of Tabitha (Tabby) Brown and her
family’s journey in 1845 over the Oregon Trail from Missouri. Tabby became the
founder of Pacific University in Forest Grove and was also named as the “Mother
of Oregon” by the Oregon Legislature.
Approximately half of Verheyden’s students took up the
challenge, resulting in 25 original paintings that will be on exhibit at the
AntFarm Cafe in Sandy, 39140 Proctor Blvd. from April 12-29.
Welches artist Steve Ludeman, a student of Verheyden’s,
noted the book was based on the journals and other writings of Brown, and that
it came across more as a modern tome.
“The book is very contemporary,” he said. “Even though it
talks about early pioneers on the trail, (it’s) centered around a real person.
This Tabitha Brown is quite a character.”
Ludeman added that the book is a timely one as it deals with
women in leadership roles, a theme currently in the news.
The author presentation and book signing, which will also
include Stafford Hazelett, author of “Wagons to the Willamette” and descendant
of Tabby Brown, will take place between 4-5:30 p.m. on Friday, April 12 at the
library, while the artists’ reception and another book sale and signing will be
held after, from 6-8 p.m. at the AntFarm Cafe, which will include catering by
AntFarm and live music by Michael Swanson on Oboe and David Blanchard on guitar.
Verheyden noted that her students are very excited for the
event and that it could be the start of a regular program in Sandy similar to
the one in Lake Oswego.
“It’s been so positive and good for (my students),” she
said. “I think that the community is ready for it. The Ant Farm is so
supportive of the arts, the library is so supportive of the arts.”
All works of art will be for sale, with part of the proceeds
benefiting AntFarm’s youth programs.
By Garth Guibord/MT