Artist Explores ‘Zen of Jazz’ at Monthly MHCC Art Show
The monthly art show at Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Fireplace Gallery will feature the work of R. Samuel Santi.
The exhibit, titled “The Zen of Jazz,” will run Jan. 4 - 27 in the Fireplace Gallery, located in the College Center on the Gresham campus, 26000 SE Stark St. The gallery is open Monday - Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Admission is free. The public is invited to a reception with the artist, Jan. 11, 5 – 6:30 p.m.
Santi began creating abstract paintings, sculptures and constructions 40 years ago, from New York, to Los Angeles, and now here in Oregon. His early work consisted of painted bent guitars and banjos for staging areas of the late 50s coffeehouses.
“I’ve always been attracted to wood – especially grains, textures and knot holes,” says Santi. “Of late, I have been using found wood and incorporating the as-is splits, textures and knot holes into abstract land and mountainscapes and then finding the right color palette to make each piece work.”
Santi’s latest series, “The Zen of Jazz,” was inspired by the music he listened to on 89.1 KMHD, a radio station operated by Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) in partnership with MHCC. “The music allowed me to let go and allow the ebb and flow of jazz to pass from paint through brush and onto the canvass at that moment,” he says.
Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability may contact the MHCC Disability Services Office at 503-491-6923 or 503-491-7670 (TDD). Please call at least two weeks prior to the event to ensure availability.