Art Exhibit: John Allgood

The West Linn Public Library will host an exhibit featuring the work of John Allgood during the month of June. The exhibit will run June 2-29 in the library's Community Room which is open to the public when not in use. You can call ahead (503-656-7853) to make sure the gallery will be open.

By the time John graduated from high school he was already committed to a life that would be closely tied to the arts. After graduating from Cal Berkeley with a major in Art, he began his art teaching career in Sydney, Australia, where he spent two years teaching art and history to middle and high school aged students. He later taught art in California, Germany, and finally, Oregon.

Artist's Statement: I am not really sure what art is. I have spent a good deal of time wrestling with questions concerning the nature of art, reasons for creating art, and the creative process. I am convinced, however, that real art requires a voice, and vision. I am very interested in the emotional side of the creative process, and how the artist communicates with the viewer. I am impressed by the way visual art always creates mood, and I am astonished by how an artist can present very small amounts of visual information that take on real meaning for the viewer. My art subject matter choices typically center around the temporary nature of things. I am especially interested in vernacular architecture, and the sense of loss that is present in these buildings. My fear is that the local flavor that we experience from these buildings will soon vanish, replaced by big box architecture that is utterly without individuality.