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Collaboration and community propel Art for Everyone exhibit


A sample of the works on display in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery. Photo by Saul Rodriguez

A sample of the works on display in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery. Photo by Saul Rodriguez

By: Matthew Skog

The Chemeketa Press’s Art for Everyone textbook was a community effort.

Without the hard work and dedication of numerous Chemeketa faculty members, administrators, students, and local artists, the Art for Everyone textbook would of never come to fruition.

To celebrate the success of the textbook and the community that helped create it, a new exhibit is on display in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery that includes many of the original works featured in the textbook.

“The idea behind this show is really to celebrate and to say thank you to all the people who helped contribute to this textbook,” Kay Bunnenberg Boehmer, the gallery coordinator, said. This exhibit “is one of those things that really deals with the idea of collaboration.”

The exhibit features the works of more than 30 artists.

Brian Mosher, the production editor of the Chemeketa Press, explained to the crowd how the textbook came to be.

“This was the first major project that the Chemeketa Press worked on,” he said. “We started in 2015. I started on this book in April of 2015, and it was on bookshelves here at the college in September.

“This is one of the things I am most proud of in my life. This is incredible – I never thought I’d have a chance to write about art and here we are.”

The Art for Everyone textbook, which costs $28 and replaced a book that cost students more than $200,  was a team effort to create.

“There was writing, there was art – there was a whole lot of behind the scenes stuff happening, but most of what was happening behind the scenes was done by Visual Communications students from Chemeketa,” Mosher said. “Every step of the way they were involved with making the book look as good as it does and it looks like a commercial textbook. It’s not playing around. They took the raw materials and made them into a finished product.

“Everybody who’s on the faculty who touched this book made a huge difference and we could not be more grateful for their involvement.

“Working on this project was a real treat,” he said. “The savings to students who may of never bought the book because it was too expensive and now can… it’s an amazing opportunity and we’re very proud of it.”

Tim Rogers, the college’s associate vice president of college support services, oversees the Chemeketa Press and serves as its publisher.

“I was really inspired watching the art faculty, the students in VC, our publishing group – everybody who worked on this book,” Rogers said. “Just watching them in action was great, because the book is really more than just a textbook. I think it’s a reflection of our community.”

Rogers thanked everyone involved with the project for their dedication.

Laura Mack, a Chemeketa instructor who was involved with the project, said that the Art for Everyone textbook and exhibit demonstrate that collaboration and community can produce wonderful things.

“Art isn’t something that’s dead,” she said. “It isn’t something that’s way back in past history. Art is alive and it’s thriving and it’s present in Salem Oregon.

“This couldn’t of been done without the artists that allowed us to put their work in the textbook. We needed you, badly, and you came to our rescue. Thank you so much.”

The Art for Everyone exhibit will be on display until Dec. 2 in the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in Bldg. 3.