The West Linn Public Library will host an exhibit featuring the work of Joanne Kollman  during the month of December. The exhibit will run December 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. An artist's reception will be held on Sunday, December 8, 1-4pm.
Joanne Kollman is a painter whose work has ranged from commercial illustration to fine etchings and oil paintings. She works out of a studio in the historic Troy Laundry building in southeast Portland. Joanne has a lyrical style and unique eye for design. Joanne has worked as a teaching artist for over fifteen years working with grade school art literacy programs and a variety of art projects and arts education. A native Oregonian, Joanne resides in Portland with her two sons.
My work combines both figurative and abstract elements. The figures in my paintings are bending, sitting, standing or engaged in simple tasks. I am concerned with the portrayal of the body language that speaks to the energy of the individual. My figures represent the young and the old, mothers and fathers, friends, strangers and acquaintances. Even though my paintings break away from traditional portraiture they share a romantic and idealized perspective with the past. They are not posed figures in their Sunday best; my paintings have more to do with representing the dignity and wisdom of ordinary people caught in a state of reverie. I want to represent people in the authentic, casual moments of their lives.