The West Linn Public Library will host an exhibit featuring the prints of Bente Brown 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, and always open on Sundays, noon – 5:00 p.m. You can call ahead (503-656-7853) to make sure the gallery will be open.
Originally from Thailand, Brown has lived and worked in Portland for the last four years. His formal artistic training was at the Kasetsart University, where he graduated with a BA in Textile Design. A short stint as a designer at one of the major textile industrialists in Bangkok was enough for him to realize this was not his career path. After exploring some other avenues (including teaching himself CADCAM jewelry design), he started to paint. In that art form he found meaning and satisfaction.
Brown likes to have nature be a part of his work. He uses plexiglass to play with light and uses paper for the texture, wrinkles and the curls. He has also recently started to use wood grain. Sometimes these elements work with each other; sometimes they help create a new perspective.