THE PATRICIA CLARK STUDIO
ABOUT THE PATRICIA CLARK STUDIO:
We are deeply saddened by the passing of our friend, founding Board member, and driving force behind Scalehouse. She was more than a master printmaker, professor and arts advocate – she pushed us to learn, to grow and most of all, to believe in ourselves. And, she will be deeply missed.
We were fortunate to present this initiative to Pat before her passing, The Patricia Clark Studio. The Studio will honor Pat’s legacy and her original vision of Scalehouse by providing free studio space to working artists, a space for arts education programming, and a place to remember Pat. She gifted Scalehouse her collection of sketchbooks and selected arts which are housed at the Studio, and available to view or rent.
The Patricia Clark Studio is located next door to the Scalehouse Gallery in the Franklin Crossing Building, in the Tin Pan Alley. Scalehouse Gallery is the home to the contemporary art space presenting bold, new work by artists representing a broad range of identities and perspectives which might not otherwise be seen in Bend. The Patricia Clark Studio and Scalehouse Gallery will connect audiences to boundary-pushing ideas, the creative practice, experiences, and expressions through direct access to artists.
We are excited to introduce the Patricia Clark Artist in Residence: June Park and Jake Kenobi!
With generous support from:
After a celebrated career as Chair of the Art Department at California State University, Long Beach, Clark retired and brought her passion and advocacy to Bend. The master printmaker founded Atelier 6000 in 2007, a center for printmaking and book arts, and Bend Art Center. Clark quickly endeared herself to the arts community as she continued her work in uniting and building support for the community.
June expresses in their art the energy between the natural world and their identities as a Korean, American, immigrant, non-binary femme, and lover of outdoor/rural life. They hope their flavor of "just being" encourages others to acknowledge and celebrate the multitude of identities we each hold. None of us wants to be boxed into stereotypes that don't fit.
Their family immigrated to Moscow, Idaho from Seoul, South Korea when June was an infant. June ran wild outdoors throughout their childhood, and now continues to run wild in Central Oregon. As a life-long creator, artist, and writer, most of the inspiration for their art is drawn from the rhythm and energy of the natural world, and the perspective they've gained moving through this world as a queer person of color who grew up in rural America.
Harnessing energy for their creativity also means making sure to give back to the communities and landscapes that inspire their art. Growing up in a small town and being raised with Korean values have given them a strong sense of respect and love for the outdoors and communities that take care of each other. They commit to always give a portion of their revenue to supporting the local communities and preservation efforts in the places that inspire them.
They currently live in Bend, OR with their husband Chris and rambunctious rescue dog Leche. The trio can be found wandering around the trails, lakes, and rivers in the surrounding area. Learn more about June at www.junelparkart.com.
Jake Kenobi, working under the moniker Spring Break Jake, is on a mission to make the world more fun than he found it without shying away from the many issues facing us today. He creates illustrative abstract art with a message, putting a special focus on challenging our notions of patriarchal masculinity and reducing the stigmas around vulnerability when it comes to mental health. Best summarized by simple skulls & palm trees, he uses the juxtaposition of darker, macabre imagery with bright, tropical iconography & color palettes to encourage the viewer to embrace the good & the bad, as well as our inner & outer worlds, in the hopes of making the heavier parts of life feel conquerable. Learn more about Jake at www.springbreakjake.com.