By Heidi Neel
rt experts and novices alike should plan a trip to Klamath Falls this autumn. On the weekend of Sept. 27-29 more than 30 highly commended artists will showcase their work at the Favell Museum Invitational Art Show & Sale. The event will showcase contemporary representational art in oil, pastel, acrylic, water color, bronze sculpture, wood sculpture, and more.
Last year, thousands visited what American Byways magazine called “one of the three best such museums in the United States.” You’ll want to join those visitors and the hundreds of art enthusiasts and collectors who will take in the show’s diverse artwork and the museum’s beautiful natural surroundings.
Nationally acclaimed West Coast artists will show their work, including award-winning oil painter Jim McVicker, whose landscapes, portraits and still lifes have been featured in national publications. McVicker is inspired by the forests, harbors and weather-beaten towns just south of the Oregon border, and was the subject of Norwegian filmmaker Petter Granrud’s 2008 documentary, Jim McVicker: A Way of Seeing.
Also on the talent roster is Xiaogang Zhu. Zhu, who was educated in China during the Cultural Revolution, initially had no awareness of impressionism, yet his landscapes naturally evolved into that style. Arriving stateside in 1989, Zhu became a signature member of the American Watercolor Society. His awards include the High Wing Metal of American Watercolor Society and first place in landscape painting from The Artist’s Magazine Annual Art Competition. Zhu creates light-filled landscapes and beautifully illuminated waterscapes of China, Arizona, Washington State and Central Oregon.
Stefan Savides, who makes his home in the Klamath Basin along the Pacific Flyway, is one of the most talented avian sculptors and bird taxidermists in the world. Few can dedicate an entire lifetime to their talent, but after 50 years of intensely studying birds Savides is one of the very best in his field. That’s why the founders of Cabela’s Outfitters hired Savides as their personal field taxidermist, taking him on safaris around the world. Recently Bass Pro Shops and the National Wild Turkey Federation commissioned Savides to create a magnificent 7-foot-tall bronze statue of two wild turkeys to commemorate their NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. From minis to monumentals, Savides’s works are on display worldwide.
Art show planners have packed the weekend with activities. The Patron Preview Party will open at 5 p.m. Friday at the Favell Museum. Artists and patrons will have an opportunity to view the art and mingle before the opening. The show is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. Visitors will appreciate an exceptional array of art, music and Southern Oregon wines.
A variety of events will round out the three-day show, such as the plein air demonstration Saturday. French for “in the open air,” plein air painting has soared in popularity. Artists will demonstrate their techniques to onlookers along the bank of the Link River.
The Favell Museum recently celebrated 40 years of housing some of the nation’s finest contemporary western art and Indian artifacts. The art collection includes Charles M. Russell, Edgar S. Paxson, Frank McCarthy and John Clymer along with impressive displays of bronzes, sculptures, and carvings. In addition, the museum features one of the largest private collections of Native American artifacts in the country, dating as far back as 10,000 years ago.
Beginning in 1973, founder Gene Favell hosted renowned art shows. Collectors and artists from around the country attended his three-day event, including famous oil painter John Clymer.