MHCC Launches First Thursday Series and Renews Monthly Art Exhibits
Posted: October 27, 2011
Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will launch a First Thursday series in November to celebrate the student body’s rich cultural heritage.
The inaugural event on Nov. 3 will feature students from Chemawa, a Native American boarding school in Salem, Ore. The school’s Apache Crown Dancers will perform noon – 1 p.m. in the College Center on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The dancers have a goal of healing the land and educating the public about tribal diversification.
Chemawa students typically come from reservations in White Mountain and San Carlos, Ariz. They embrace the native culture of regalia making, bead making, basketry and native ceremonies.
November’s First Thursday performance will provide a preview of the eighth annual Kanawakasooma Powow, which will take place noon –10 p.m., Nov. 8, in the MHCC gym. Chako Kum Tux, the student Native American Club at MHCC, is planning the Powow and will be signing up volunteers to help with the event. MHCC will celebrate Native American Month during November.
Scrooge Lives – Nov. 30 and Dec. 1
December’s First Thursday will coincide with another MHCC event, the 42nd annual Scrooge Lives craft sale. MHCC student Shawn Schlogel will play a variety of holiday tunes on the piano, noon – 1 p.m., Nov. 30 and Dec. 1 in the College Center.
In addition to the new First Thursday series, the Fireplace Gallery and Visual Arts Gallery will again host monthly art exhibits during fall, winter and spring academic terms.
The November show in the Fireplace Gallery (located in the College Center) will feature “A House Divided Across 150 Aprils,” by Allen Schmertzler, which reflects the 150th anniversary of the Civil War. “My paintings focus on hot political and social issues that have been divisively and painfully debated over the past presidential cycle,” notes the artist.
The exhibit will run through November, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., Friday. A public reception will be held Nov. 10, 4 – 7 p.m. in the gallery.
Visual Arts Gallery: Dan Alley
The Visual Arts Gallery will present the works of artists Dan Alley and Sarah Davis, Oct. 31 through Nov. 21 in a show titled “Writhe and Twist.” The exhibit will be displayed weekdays, 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Alley describes his sculptures as a manipulation of various materials exploring concepts of what is “strong, weak, old and new” and he likes to “juxtapose basic elements such as wood, steel, copper, stone, ceramic and glass to accent their inherent qualities and reveal their shortcomings.”
Alley says his enjoyment comes from “the creating of the object, the techniques, problem-solving, manipulation and logistics that culminate into something tangible.”
Visual Arts Gallery: Sarah Davis
The unique style of Davis’ ceramic works is the result of years of experimentation with a variety of construction and firing techniques. She says her newest body of work “explores the wealth of creative possibilities in combining bottomless thrown pieces with slabs to create soft, intimate forms.” She also says some of her works are decorated with “delicately carved freehand brushwork, infused with energy and movement.” Other pieces are given over to “the unpredictable environment of wood- or soda-fired kilns,” leaving marks that “chronicle a moment that will never be repeated.”
Parking on the Gresham Campus
All of the above events are free and open to the public. Parking permits are required on the Gresham Campus and may be purchased for $3 at ticket kiosks located by the flagpoles and gym.
Individuals requiring accommodations due to a disability should 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.