SSH Gallery exhibit “As Animals"
An exhibit of mixed-media paintings and installations “As Animals” by Oregonian Brittney West will be on display through April 5 in the South Santiam Hall Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College, 6500 Pacific Blvd. SW, Albany.
West, an artist and animal activist, has been in numerous exhibitions in the central-west region of Oregon and was named 2013 Best Visual Artist in the Willamette Valley by Top of the Valley Awards.
Graduating from the University of Oregon, West knew she wanted to pursue art since a young age. She states, “I wanted to make art that was conceptual, that got me and others thinking more deeply, that planted seeds for positive change and personal growth.”
“As Animals” features origami figures and paintings exploring the concept of a compassionate coexistence between animals, humans, and the environment.
Through her work, West “aims to encourage inner and outer dialogue about the roles we play in urgent and universal topics. . .” while believing art itself, “...serves as a conceptual statement and action towards improving ourselves and the world in which we live.”
An artist reception will be held in the Gallery Wednesday, March 15 from 12 to 1 p.m. The reception is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be provided.
West’s work can be viewed online at brittneywest.com. A portion of proceeds will be donated to Lighthouse Farm Sanctuary, an animal rescue in Scio, Oregon centered on rescuing and rehabilitation. Information at lighthousefarmsanctuary.org.
All LBCC art galleries are free and open to the public weekdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.