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BANDON -- The Southern Coos Hospital & Health Center is hosting a show of artworks created reflecting upon the theme of “Home.” The show features art from local and regional artists responding to the theme and what home means to them.

"Home: a Place, a Feeling, a State of Mind" highlights the work of three local and regional artists: Judith Ginsburg, Sharon Jensen and Pat Snyder. These artists work in a variety of visual media, including watercolor, collage, and layered and sanded acrylics. Each of the three artists offer a distinct approach to the show’s theme, mining personal history, the ruggedness of the local landscape, and an abstract vision to produce unique artwork.

The show will remain on display through June. The public is welcome to view it during regular hours at the hospital.

For more information, contact Scott McEachern at 541-329-1040 or smceachern@southerncoos.org.

Artist bios

Judith Ginsburg

Judith Ginsburg is a painter, printmaker, and mixed media artist who divides her time between Bandon and Ashland, Oregon. While in Bandon, she interacts with an active artist community by participating in workshops, painting outdoors, and showing work locally. In Ashland, she paints, makes prints, gardens, and spends time with her adult children and grandchildren. These experiences influence her genre using metaphor and abstraction—landscapes, family memories, and nature.

After graduating from California State University at Los Angeles, she taught art in the public schools for almost 20 years. In 1990 she left public school teaching to begin a new career teaching art education and art history at Southern Oregon University. During this period, she received a PhD from the University of Oregon. Her dissertation research examined “pattern language,” developed by architect Christopher Alexander, and its application to new buildings on campus. Her research informed her interest in “place-making” and “sense of place.” Through her research, she was instrumental in helping the department of art at Southern Oregon University build a new art facility, the Center for the Visual Arts, and helped launch the new library. She earned recognition for outstanding teaching in higher education, became chair of the art department, and associate provost for academic affairs before retiring as professor emeritus in 2004. 

Pat Snyder

Pat Snyder works with painting, drawing, and printmaking while exploring the essence of the Oregon South Coast, where he has lived for more than 40 years. Through his work, Snyder strives to find the organic energy and beauty of the area by interpreting nature’s surfaces, light, and layering. His views will go from the distant landscape to the undergrowth and the rusting and weathering of artificial surfaces — which are all a part of the Oregon landscape.

Snyder is a former art teacher at Marshfield High School in Coos Bay where his career began in 1967. In addition to teaching high school, Snyder taught college-level art classes at Southwest Oregon Community College. Currently Snyder is a working artist and volunteer at the Coos Art Museum.

Sharon Jensen

Sharon Jensen served in state and local government for about 30 years. She began painting in earnest about 15 years ago, starting with representational watercolor. Jensen now works primarily in poured watercolors and layered and sanded acrylics. She has been a part of the local art community for many years, having been a member of the South Coast Collage Collective here in Bandon. She and her husband live at Floras Lake by Langlois.

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