Wednesday, July 31, 2002
The Hood River office of American Family Insurance presents the edgy and eclectic artwork of local artist, Ellen Nippolt. The show opens on Friday, upstairs at 202 Oak St., Suite 209.
Ellen Nippolt would be the first to admit she is highly entertained by her own artwork. She takes devilish delight in exposing the playful frivolity of ordinary things. “I like it when they are on the verge of not working.”
Recently, Nippolt went on two “middle class” vacations to Mexico and Hawaii. As a veteran bohemian traveler she found the more comfortable approach boring and yet intriguing. As she puts it, “Domestic life doesn’t stop while on vacation.” So, she naturally fused her artistic view of the places and people she visited with the context of family and function.
The result is a masterful collection of sketches, decoupage and furniture featuring everyday life with a tropical and playful bent.
Nippolt’s family has lived in the Columbia River Gorge for 30 years. She is one of five girls and has four children of her own. She studied architecture in Ireland for ten years before moving back home to raise her family.
Also on exhibit in the gallery are works by member artists: Sorcha Meek, Regina Ciarfella, Kathy Watne, Rose Szapszewicz, Allan Hickenbottom, Gigi, and Eternity Ironworks.
Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, or by appointment.
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