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Au Naturel Award Winners Kerry Conboy and Don Copper to Exhibit Artwork at CCC in Show Entitled "Lifelines"

The Art Center Gallery at Clatsop Community College will open its 2012-2013 exhibition season with a two-person exhibit featuring the artwork of fine artist and graphic designer Kerry Conboy of Monterey, CA and fine artist and architect Don Copper of Chicago, IL.  A reception welcoming both artists will be held on Thursday, October 4that 6:00 p.m. in the CCC Art Center Gallery, and the artwork will remain on display through October 25th.  The gallery reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. 

Both artists were selected to exhibit in the 2012 Au Naturel international juried exhibit by juror Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson, the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum.  This year, for the first time in the history of the competition, the art department faculty elected to offer a two-person show award to Mr. Conboy and Mr. Copper due to the strength and compatibility of both artists’ work.  The show brings together two artists who use gesture drawing as a base to explore the concept of freedom.


Don Copper, Untitled

“Untitled”, by Don Copper

Mr. Copper’s drawings are energetic and expansive. His gestures create swirling, dreamlike spaces. The lines cross and collide, drift in and out of focus, and compose harmonies and rhythms that make the pieces seem to be in constant motion. The spaces they create are free and timeless, the universe reduced to its basic components: existence and energy.


Jump, by Kerry Conboy

“Jump”, by Kerry Conboy

Where Mr. Coppers’ work is free and open, Mr. Conboy’s assemblages are tense and compressed. His pieces aren’t about achieving freedom; they’re about pursuing it. His characters dance and ponder, pose and struggle. They’re embedded in time, surrounded with the stuff of everyday. They populate and punctuate the space created by Mr. Copper. They are us, reduced to our basic components: consciousness and energy.


Mr. Copper will be sharing his liberating approach to artmaking in a workshop scheduled for Friday, October 5th from 10:00 to 3:00 p.m. with a one hour lunch break.  The group will meet in Room 101 of the CCC Art Center.  The artist will guide participants through experimental exercises exploring the automatic drawing process, described by the Surrealists as a spontaneous, improvisational approach to mark-making without objective goals or intent. By beginning with random gesture and drawing only in spontaneous response to marks made on the paper, one can learn to create from a more subconscious source. The process is intended to free creative energy from the intellectual demands of accurate reproduction and purely technical drafting skills, focusing rather on imagination and visceral response to the unexpected.  All materials will be provided.  There will be a $5 fee for students enrolled in credit classes and a $15 fee for the general public. Space is limited, so please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472 by October 3rd to reserve a seat.


Don Copper is a self-taught, lifelong visual artist. His work includes painting, drawing, screen printing, collage and sculpture. A Chicago-based architect, Mr. Copper is principal of GREC Architects, which has executed work throughout the United States and in the Arabian Gulf region.


Kerry Conboy comes from a family of artists and grew up drawing and painting. He works in paper and plaster. Mr. Conboy is a principal of LPKC Communication Design in Monterey, California, a consulting company specializing in medical, science, and education communications.


The CCC Art Center Gallery is ADA accessible and located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends and holidays by appointment only. For more information, please contact Kristin Shauck at 503-338-2472.


Please direct inquiries to: Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472 or [email protected].


Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. Persons having questions about or a request for special needs and accommodation should contact JoAnn Zahn, Vice President of Finance and Operations, at Clatsop Community College, 1651 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, Oregon 97103, Phone (503) 338-2421 or TDD (503) 338-2468. Email special needs and accommodation request to [email protected]. Contact should be made at least two business days in advance of the event.


Attached Images:

  1. Artist Kerry Conboy; Untitled, mixed media assemblage on paper; 18”x24”.
  2. Artist Don Copper; Untitled Black 03; charcoal, graphite, pastel, correction fluid on paper; 30”x22”.












Patricia J. Warren

CCC Director  of Advancement/CCC Foundation Executive Director

Clatsop Community College – Towler 104C

1651 Lexington Ave.

Astoria, OR 97103





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