Friendsview Residents Site
Recently, new art has appeared on the walls at Friendsview. In the dining room hang giclee prints of a Hopper lighthouse, a Moran of the Yellowstone River, and a Lassen volcano. Downstairs you’ll see national park posters to jog memories of Many Glacier Hotel, hiking Walter’s Wiggles in Zion, or climbing the Tetons. These all appeared through the efforts of Friendsview’s newest committee — Art on the Walls— which was approved and funded by Residents’ Council a year ago. It illustrates how Friendsview welcomes and supports initiatives by residents.
Friendsview’s light-filled main lobby creates a perfect environment for artwork. Art on the Walls has hung a new exhibit there each season with works of Friendsview resident artists; a Japanese woodblock print collection; and, for the holidays, a “handmade Christmas” show of quilts, cross stitchery, and painting. Visit right now and see Frank Tuning’s fine watercolors of Idaho and western Oregon scenes. Prior to Tuning we enjoyed beautiful Japanese katazome, the rice paste resist dying method by which the blue and white cloth for both kimonos and futon beds was produced until recently. The display was the result of unpacking Eileen Turner’s stencils and fabrics she bought in Tokyo 25 years ago when her work as a nurse was paid for in yen. We greatly enjoyed turning this into a colorful art wall.
Enriching residents’ art experience means we hunt for varied subjects, styles, and techniques for art that we would like to live with and eat breakfast beside. Resident donations and loans have been a fine source, especially as most of us pare down as we move. The committee also screens prints from online companies, looking especially for color and design that hangs well (and then we wait for the cyber Monday sale). We have acquired several originals or numbered prints from craigslist, such as the Salmon Run by Northwest artist Warren Oliver, which hangs in the Terrace Room. A number of others have been purchased from the Goodwill auction site, such as the oil pastel of parrots in hibiscus flowers behind the front desk and the set of historic Oregon photographs in the hall near the library. The committee has honored our thrifty Quaker roots by recycling frames and cutting new mats in the art room.
The art impetus has provided an opportunity for committees to work together. The Photography Club selected landscape and wildlife work they’ve done. These especially remind us of Oregon’s beauty. Needlework Arts has contributed two quilts, which hang in Creekside and the Manor.
Art on the Walls has a new endeavor in mind for this year: to hang a gallery of smaller works in the health center from which residents in recovery can select art for their own rooms.
For art lovers who aren’t necessarily artists themselves, we’ve planned a group tour to the Fall Harvest Studio Tour of Chehalem Valley and visits to gallery talks and openings of shows at George Fox University. Next year, we may take the Sunday afternoon bus that goes to the Portland Symphony and spend the afternoon in the Portland Art Museum nearby. We’re always looking for artists and art lovers to join us.