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Sarkis Antikajian: Maude Kerns Members Show 2017

Sarkis Antikajian in his painting studio in Cheshire, Oregon
Sandy Brown Jensen
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SARKIS ANTIKAJIAN AND THE MAUDE KERNS ART CENTER ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP SHOW

Viz City interviewed SarkisAntikajian (pronounced “ANTI-CAGE-IAN”) on Thur. Nov. 16, 2017 for broadcast on Wed. Nov. 22, 2017

RE: Maude Kerns Art Center Presents, “Art for All Seasons: Annual Membership Show & Club Mud Ceramics Sale”

Exhibit Dates: November 17 - December 15

His father drove military vehicles for the Ottoman Turks from Turkey to Palestine. He married a woman from Jerusalem, and our hero artist was born in Jordan. Ladies and Gentlemen, Sarkis Antikajian:

"I met my wife in a speech class--so then we got married after we graduated--and we have been married 55...54 years. Then we moved to Oregon...this was in 1966."

Even though Sarkis was a pharmacist for 35 years, he always wanted to be an artist, so he found Maude Kerns Art Center right away in the 1960s.

"So I found Maude Kerns, and I stayed with them for so many many years. They had a very small gallery in the corner and Candy Moffat was taking care of it, so she asked me to put my paintings over there, and I did. "

Sarkis is one of the longest standing members of Maude Kerns Art Center, and all of them are currently in the  “Art for All Seasons: Annual Membership Show.”

"I have seen so many things change, but it has been wonderful for me. It’s just like home, you know."

When you take in the Members Show, look for Sarkis Antikajian’s colorful, joyous impressionistic oil paintings.

"You know, the best compliment I get is when people after 10-15 years, let’s say they bought a painting from me, they say, “Oh, it make me so happy,” oh I tell you, that’s IT! That’s what makes me feel great!"

The Maude Kern’s Members Show will make you feel great, too. Take it in before December 15. Viz City is co-produced by Terry Way and Sandy Brown Jensen. Learn more on the Viz City blog on KLCC.org slash vizcity.

Sarkis Antikajian has this showroom on the ground floor of his gallery building and his painting studio upstairs.
Credit Sandy Brown Jensen
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Sarkis Antikajian has this showroom on the ground floor of his gallery building and his painting studio upstairs.

RESOURCES

Sarkis Antikajian's website 

Maude Kerns Art Center website

Terry Way has been hosting Viz City, KLCC's visual arts review program, since 2000. Terry hosts the show with Sandy Brown Jensen.
Sandy Brown Jensen has an MFA in Poetry and is a retired writing instructor from Lane Community College. She is an artist and a photographer with a lifetime interest in looking at and talking about art. Sandy hosts KLCC's long-running arts review program Viz City.