(BRANDON HANSEN/Chewelah Independent)
Portland area artists featured in First Thursday Art Walk…
The year 2012 was a turning point year for the Evensons, when Stan and Tricia Evenson invited employees of their company to participate in an intracompany art project. Their design agency, Evenson Design Group, began in the 1970s and has served major companies and brands within just about every business sector out there including entertainment, education, healthcare, food and beverage, music, merchandising, to name a few.
Their client list is extensive, working for companies like Capitol Records, Disney, Nike, Honda, Apple and the NFL. What they wanted to do with their in house art assignment was to get the creative juices flowing by having their employees, and themselves, create a piece of art around a randomly assigned word in any media each person wanted.
“Some people did a painting, others used mixed media, one created a 3-dimensional piece of art, another used photography to
express the word,” Tricia Evenson said. “It was so liberating and fun as it stimulated creativity on a different level because it wasn¹t problem solving for a client.”
Problem solving for clients can be an accurate description for graphic design. While a highly creative field, you¹re making something for a company or business entity and not an expression for yourself. That project inspired Tricia and Stan to start painting which then led them to their beloved teacher, Rassouli, a master painter in the Fusionart style which ultimately set them off with a new passion for their art and a drive to keep painting.
Since then, the Evensons moved from the Los Angeles area to the great Pacific Northwest to Lake Oswego, just south of Portland, OR with the intention of reinventing themselves. With the relocation, they also shifted their lives from one of design to one of fine art and they have each found their inner voice calling.
While they’ve stepped back from the business of graphic design enormously, they still do select projects now and then when not painting in their studio. Stan Evenson creates mixed media pieces with painting and found images, while Tricia works primarily with acrylic paint on canvas.
“Our styles are very different but they compliment each other,” Tricia said.
The two added a small art studio to their home, allowing them to paint at different times, or together side by side being able to observe each other’s work with instant feedback. The two have been in several art exhibitions already since their move in 2014 and learned about Trails End Gallery through their friend and adviser Dave Anderson.
Anderson, a fellow artist and art professor and long-time friend of Chewelah’s Tim Neilson, told the Evensons about Chewelah’s First Thursdays after they had taken classes of Anderson’s at Clackamas Community College. Their show “Vanishing Acts” will include Tricia’s art of endangered species and abstract landscape environments, while Stan’s art will include vintage and retro iconography
and a series about water conservation. Sustainability and environmental awareness are things the two have taken to heart in both their art and their design business for many years.
“The word ‘vanishing’ covers a lot of territory,” Stan said, “and seemed like a fitting title for both of us.”
Between the two of them, there will be over 30 paintings on display. They¹re large and striking pieces and Stan and Tricia hope they make people both smile and inspire curiosity and bring more awareness about environmental issues and our precious animal kingdom. Vanishing Acts opens at Trails End Gallery Thursday, March 7.
They’ll host an artist’s lecture at Quartzite Brewing Company at 6:30 on March 6, then the First Thursday event will go from 5:30-9 p.m. the next day.