Gold and Light: Paintings Inspired by the Art of Iconography
June 7, 2019-June 29, 2019
“Gold and Light - Paintings Inspired by the Art of Iconography,” a mother & daughter art show by Jennifer Godwin and Abbey Prevot will be on exhibition June 7 through June 29 at Baker City's Crossroads Carnegie Art Center.
The artist reception for Prevot and Godwin will be Friday, June 7, 5:30 - 8pm. Join us for First Friday at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center in downtown Baker City and enter a drawing to win a $25 gift certificate to the Eagle Cap Grill while enjoying the piano talents of Garwood Allen. Gold & Light is made possible through the generous support of Britt Sand & Gravel.
Godwin and Prevot have both attended the Iconographic Arts Institute in Mt. Angel, Oregon, where they had learned the ancient Eastern Orthodox style of painting icons. In the process of making their own gesso and egg tempera paints from scratch and gold leaf as well as acrylic; paintings of landscapes and non-objective calligraphic meditations will be on display and for sale.
Jennifer Godwin was raised in Eureka, California, and early on was encouraged to draw and paint by her teachers. She attended Mills College in Oakland, California for two years from 1965-67, and then graduated with a BA in Art from Humboldt State College in 1970. She obtained her California Teaching Certificate as a Secondary Art teacher in 1975 at Chico State University. After her husband, Ron and she moved to Oregon, Jennifer taught for nearly twenty years at Pine Eagle High School, taking time off to be at home with their children. Godwin employs a non objective, calligraphic style, tracing a personal spiritual pilgrimage. A quote by Tolstoy that “it is not whether one is a great river or just a small rivulet, it matters that one feeds the lake,” became a guiding principle in her creative life.
Abbey Prevot has been a lifelong resident of the Pacific Northwest, having been raised in Eastern Oregon, and now resides in the Beaverton, Oregon area. Enjoying life with her husband and children, Abbey endeavors to balance life with her art, as it is her way to seek, find, and express God's beauty that is hidden in everyday life. "I'm inspired by the beautiful expansive landscapes of Oregon, where one feels the presence of God through His creation. Using egg tempera and gold leaf, I hope to create the luminosity, which is present in landscapes, therefore elevating the artwork toward a heavenly dimension." She studied art as an undergraduate at George Fox University, where not only oils and acrylics became her media of choice, but watercolors became a newfound passion. Concentrating mostly on painting landscapes, cityscapes, and portraits, Abbey continued to paint and show her work, mostly in Eastern Oregon, where she returned to continue her education at Eastern Oregon University for her Masters in Education and then taught high school art for five years in the area. Since then, Abbey has enjoyed learning the prayerful practice of icon writing, along with using egg tempera in her regular artwork.