Stipends Presented at Opening of January Show
The January Show at the Columbia Art Gallery entitled “Insight: New Year, New Work” opened on January 11 with the presentation of stipends meant to recognize and encourage the exceptional art of two artists.
One stipend of $1,000 was presented to C.J. Rench of Hood River for his monumental sculpture entitled “Caught Up.”
According to Ted James, the curator of the show: “Rench’s works are fun, technically sophisticated, and reflect a conceptual continuity with sculptural traditions of Eduardo Chillida, Isamu Noguchi, Andrew Goldsworthy, and Henry Moore. In his work, idea and scale are matched, and concept dominates over technology.”
Another stipend of $500 was given to David Sherburn of Trout Lake for his sculptural work “5 Stories, Remembering Spring.”
In making the presentation, James remarked that: “Sherburn’s work calls to mind the themes and forms of Auguste Rodin and Georgio De Chirico, the palette of Henry Magritte, and the playfulness of Alexander Calder. The work uses totems to draw out memories, inviting us to both invent stories about each of the five elements, and to strive to experience the coherence of the overall work.”