Since beginning professional oil painting in 1963, Alfred Dolezal has completed over 250 works. “I have always questioned the reason for living - I was never convinced that we are just born, make a living and die,” says Dolezal. “Even as a child, I started searching for answers and today I know that our lives are governed by the law of cause and effect. We have gotten used to putting our mind on cruise control and have abandoned our dreams and our intuition.”
Through the years, his paintings have often displayed cubistic tendencies and vibrant colors. He has cultivated a vivid imagination that reveals his mischievous, humorous side and his love for the unexpected. In 1989, he began a series of evocative, symbolic paintings examining the deeper meaning of life.
These eclectic, contemporary, realistic works tell a human interest story, his choice of colors dramatizing their mood and positive theme. Violet and yellow are used in most of his paintings, hues which are outlets for his spiritual expression. Predominant in his paintings are rounded horizons, globes, circular images - all emphasizing his underlying belief in the presence of a loving, immanent force present in everything and in an existence we create for ourselves as a result of our thoughts and actions. “I like to think of my paintings as puzzle pieces that fit together and show you the bigger picture yet.”
Mind Games illustrates this principle beautifully. We all strive for a pleasant life, but occasionally find ourselves lost and tormented in the dark side of our own creation. How did we get there? The first way is the direct way: using a habitual speech and repetitive thought pattern of hating this and that and expecting the worst. The second way is the indirect way: judging with contempt someone who confidently inhabits the upper level and is free to enjoy all of life’s pleasures and rewards. The third way is the paradoxical way: believing you can never fall into this unpleasant state because you are too highly enlightened.
A few people spend most of their time in this lower level; the longer they are there, the more they begin to identify with their fears, worries and dislikes. Their negativity feeds off itself to such an extent that it charges its own source of power, like the blue-glowing creature, bottom center of the painting. Yet, light shines into this underground world and the stairway leading out is always present.
Silhouettes of the creatures below are integrated into the peaceful landscape above. They are reminders of the negative thoughts and emotions that are always present just below the surface and prompt us to be alert and not to fall back into the unconscious mind trap. In order to balance life’s challenges and stay on the upper level, you have to raise the problem to the level where it does not exist: remove yourself from the situation, change it or accept it totally.
Dolezal’s visionary art explores the universal laws of nature and the tools for enlightenment. His goal is to elevate and enlighten the human consciousness through thought-provoking imagery and storytelling. Combining evocative symbolism and mystical surrealism with psychology, history, philosophy, mythology, physics and metaphysics, his paintings offer a blueprint to the human reality, connecting its challenges and rewards to a self-empowered and justly ordered existence. “There are no coincidences and we are not victims in an unjust and chaotic world.” More significantly he questions, “What if our human existence is only like the root of a flower?”
The artwork of Alfred Dolezal invites you to venture beyond that which you think you know- to explore another realm of possibilities where art is much more than just a painting!
The Redmond High School (RHS) theatre group, The Panther Theatrical Company, announces its Winter musical, the high energy dance production Footloose The Musical, with music by Tom Snow and lyrics by Dean Pitchford, stage adaptation by Walter Bobbie and Dean Pitchford, based on the the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford with additional music by Eric Carmen, Sammy Hagaar, Kenny Loggins and Jim Steinman.
The play and runs through Saturday, March 8. Enjoy the rock’n, rhythm of the Oscar and Tony-nominated top 40 score, augmented with dynamic new songs for the stage musical. Based on the original movie, Footloose The Musical tells the story of the lively city boy, Ren, who moves from Chicago to a small town where dancing has been banned by an anxious Reverend. After the culture shock sets in, Ren tries to gain support from his friends to overturn the extreme ban.
When the reverend’s rebellious daughter, Ariel, sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren’s reputation, with many of the locals willing to believe the worst about the new kid. Footloose The Musical celebrates the wisdom of listening to young people, guiding them with a warm heart and an open mind. The incredible pop/rock score features such hits as Let’s Hear It for the Boy, Almost Paradise, Holding Out for a Hero and the hit title song by Kenny Loggins that will bring audiences to their feet – Footloose.
The Panther Theatre Company, which is the RHS after school drama club, welcomes students from RHS and Redmond Proficiency Acadamy (RPA). This cast features Clayton Roy (RHS junior) as Ren, and Katie Bullock (RPA, freshman) as Ariel. Also appearing will be Teddy Tsai (RHS, senior) as Reverend Moore, Courtney Mansell (RHS, senior) as Vi Moore, Una Wagner (RPA, junior) as Rusty, Erik McGinnis (RPA, freshman) as Willard and Juan Retano (RHS, junior) as Chuck. Several RHS staff members will make cameo appearances.
Directed and produced by Hilda Beltran Wagner, the creative team also includes Russ Seaton as vocal director, Rachel Sarrett as assistant director and producer and Jeanne Bullock as choreographer.
For the second year in a row, Panther Theatre Company is proud to offer support to the Mr. RHS/NICU fundraiser by offering featured performance opportunities for select Mr. RHS candidates, as well as special “Bomont-for-Babies” ticket pricing for audience members who wish to support both programs at once. There will also be a silent auction with proceeds shared by Panther Theatre Company and the Mr. RHS candidates who are members of the cast.
Redmond artist Cameron Kaseberg has been pushing, playing with and refining the art of solvent transfer since his college days. It has been an exploration of the process brought to prominence in the 1950s by Robert Rauschenberg. For Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) it was a unique process and story that aired January 30 on OPB’s Oregon Art Beat.
For Cameron, the Oregon Art Beat story began at the very first Art in the High Desert festival (Bend’s nationally ranked fine art festival) and the first art festival he had ever done. There, Cameron met artists who had been featured on Oregon Art Beat. “I was in awe,” he said. “It is a rare Oregon artist whom does not dream of being featured on Oregon Art Beat, and at that festival it became mine, too.”
Oregon Art Beat is an Emmy award-winning weekly television series produced by OPB. It profiles artists of all genres, and suggests upcoming events in the Oregon community.
The reality of Cameron’s dream began unfolding in May 2013 with an unexpected call from Katrina Sarson, a producer for Oregon Art Beat. Sarson had seen Cameron’s work on the Art in the High Desert website and was intrigued by the process. Within two weeks Sarson and the Oregon Art Beat crew arrived in Redmond to begin filming Cameron’s story.
“I was a nervous wreck,” he said, “but the moment they walked in the door all of my trepidation vanished. They were amazing.”
Filming took place in Cameron’s home where he works, with a trip to Smith Rock State Park where he sometimes hikes and photographs material for his art. “In one day we shot elements of every step in the process of making one of my pieces,” Cameron explained. “From photographing at Smith Rock all the way through editing images and putting the final piece together. The last bits of filming were shot as I was setting up for Art in the High Desert to sell my work.”
Jennifer is a renown international artist best known for her folk art paintings. She composes a scene of Redmond during winter featuring all of the new developments in downtown Redmond including Centennial Park and the revitalized Main Street. She also incorporated Redmond’s holiday traditions into the painting including the Starlight Parade, Festival of Trees, Holiday Village Market and Ice Skating Rink.
This painting has been donated to the Redmond Commission for Art in Public Places (RCAPP) to help raise funds for Redmond’s public art program. And limited edition prints will be available as well. RCAPP will sell the original painting for $5,000 and prints for $50. The original painting is 30” x 40.”
Jennifer has also agreed to paint a second piece for Redmond depicting Redmond in the summer and featuring Redmond’s status as a Flag City, USA. This painting will be unveiled at the Fourth of July parade and will be available for sale with proceeds being donated to Redmond’s public art program.
Jennifer is donating these pieces to RCAPP because she feels that, “A community that supports the “Fine Arts” creates an environment for its citizens like no other . . . . an uniqueness just like the surrounding landscape.”
“We have worked so hard to build a public art program here in Redmond primarily through private fund-raising efforts such as this,” Linda Hill, chair for RCAPP added. “We are very grateful to Jennifer for her generous donations. This is an opportunity for people to own a beautiful new print by Jennifer Lake showcasing all of the beautiful changes in Redmond over the past couple of years at reduced costs while supporting our public art program. It is a win-win situation for everyone.”
Jennifer Lake’s work is cherished by collectors internationally and in the United States, Canada and Japan. Many of her print series have completely sold out. There are over 400 paintings in the collection and more than one million prints have been sold, making her the most collected artist in the Northwest. Her work has been featured in numerous newspaper articles, magazines and television programs here and abroad; the most exciting of which was her tour in Japan.
Jennifer began her professional painting career over 30 years ago. With a love of American history, nature and the west, she created a series for New York, Oregon, Washington and Canada. Her work is a feast of color and minute detail that captivates the eye.
Jackie Abslag at 541-923-7763 to order a signed print.
Redmond School of Dance presents its annual High Desert Nutcracker on December 7, 7pm and December 8, 2pm at Ridgeview High School Theatre. Along with more than 50 ballet students from the school, Act I features adults drawn from the community to play the parts of Uncle Drosselmeyer, Mr. and Mrs. Stahlbaum, the Maid and various characters who attend the Christmas Party at the Stahlbaum’s house.
This updated ballet, danced to the familiar Tchaikovsky score, features a slightly dysfunctional family in Act I. Farmers and Rock Chucks dance in the famous battle between the Nutcracker prince and Rock Chuck King. After rollerblading through a Central Oregon snowstorm, Clara and her prince enter the magic land of Central Oregon, full of fishermen, golfers, cowgirls, skiers and mariposa lilies, all presided over by the beautiful juniper berry fairy.
Tickets are $10 Adults and $5 Children under 10, available at www.redmondschoolofdance.com. $12 and $7 at the door.