For the month of July the Russo Lee Gallery is pleased to present “Mid-Century Viewpoints,” a group show from private collections featuring the work of Charles Heaney. Born in Wisconsin in 1897, Heaney moved to Portland in 1913 and spent the next sixty-seven years here, creating a body of work that moved through landscape, architecture, town and country, with and without the figure, in a variety of styles and emotional states. As both a friend and contemporary of C. S. Price, he documented Oregon from the coast to the desert and paid special attention to small towns and Portland. This exhibition includes one of his noteworthy “demolition” pieces, in which Heaney painted the ruins of ordinary places, touching upon themes relevant today.
This exhibition also brings together the works by other important artists of the region, including Carl and Hilda Morris, Louis Bunce, William H. Givler, A. C. Runquist, Arthur Runquist, Jefferson Tester, Amanda Snyder, Frederick Heidel, Sally Haley, David McCosh and Mr. Otis.