Stirring Embers: Ray Grimm and a Life of Making opens at Ash Street Project
The Ash Street Project, in conjunction with the Ray Grimm Legacy Project, is thrilled to be the host of Stirring Embers: Ray Grimm and a Life of Making.
The Ray Grimm Legacy Project honors the life, work, influence and legacy of Raymond Grimm, a pioneer in the vibrant crafts movement in the Pacific Northwest through the second half of the twentieth century.
The exhibition illuminates the connection between the ethos of today's makers and the life of the artist as modeled and lived by Ray Grimm. Grimm saw the connections between a caravanning bike trip to the coast and a recycled glass bottle, and taught his students to see the roots, branches and webs which connect makers and thinkers to the object.
Curated by Nicole Nathan, Executive Director of the Arts Council of Lake Oswego and former Deputy Director and Curator of Collections at Museum of Contemporary Craft, Portland, the exhibition presents a collection of objects, images, drawings, and sketches produced by Grimm as well as those who he influenced--from former students Ginny Adelsheim and Dale Rawls to contemporary makers Lilith Rockett and Dana Lynn Louis.
Nathan emphasizes that, "each of us can begin to glimpse the way Ray viewed the world and see he practiced what he preached. Instead of the individual object or person, idea or singular material, we see a layered and expansive and holistic ethos".
Related events in conjunction with the exhibition:
First Friday reception: November 4th, 5-8, Ash Street Project 524 SE Ash
Roundtable Conversation: Live Teaching moderated by curator Nicole Nathan with participating artists and educators Daniel Duford and Thomas Orr.
Friday, November 18, 7-9 Ash Street Project 524 SE Ash
Book Launch: Stirring Embers: A workbook for a Life of Making. This stunning full color compilation, created by artists Tracy Schlapp and Daniel Duford, represents a cross-pollination of art, life, and teaching as inspired by Ray Grimm and his work. Available at the Ash Street Project. $20
For more information on the Ray Grimm Legacy Project, please click here.