Rooted in Art: Helen Lessick Exhibit

  • Location:Bend, Pence Pinckney Gallery
  • Date/Time:Monday through Friday starting 10/5/2017 through 10/30/2017 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Pence Pinckney Gallery launches its fall art series with an indoor-outdoor, tree-inspired installation entitled, “Canopy,” the work of Los Angeles-based conceptual artist Helen Lessick, Oct. 5-30, with an opening event and forest-related panel talk on Thursday, Oct. 5, from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at the gallery.

Lessick, who works in sculpture and public art, has created tree projects across the American West that help comprise this exhibit; the show coincides with the 30th
anniversary of “House for Summer,” the house-shaped tree sculpture she planted at Portland’s Hoyt Arboretum. Kicking off the exhibit at 4:30 p.m., on Oct. 5, immediately outside the gallery, is “The Arbor Ballet”—trees-as-dancers accompanied by a live cello performance—which calls attention to the college’s approximately 80-species arboretum. The artist will then speak on a panel about art and forest resources with COCC Forest Resources professor Rebecca Franklin and retired City of Portland forest manager Fred Nilsen, beginning at 5 p.m.

“This is required viewing for audiences interested in art and ecology,” said Bill Hoppe, COCC art professor. Lessick, a recipient of the Oregon Community Foundation’s Bonnie Bronson Fellowship, among other awards, has created public art commissions in Portland, Seattle, Los Angeles and Nairobi. Her solo shows include the Bellevue Art Museum, Tacoma Art Museum and the Nevada Art Museum.

The Pence Pinckney Gallery is open Monday-Friday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the last Saturday of the month, noon to 5 p.m. For more information, contact Bill Hoppe at or 541-383-7514.

In advance of college events, persons needing accommodation or transportation because of a physical or mobility disability, contact Joe Viola: 541-383-7775. For accommodation due to other disability, such as hearing impairment, contact the Office of Disability Services: 541-383-7743.