Sandy Brown Jensen

Viz City Host

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.

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rabbit picture
By permission of the Karin Clarke Gallery

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. This is the time to put the upcoming August 6th First Friday Artwalk on your calendar. We went so long without them that some of us don’t realize they are back and need people to come out and enjoy them. 

Calm Waters
By permission of the Lincoln City Cultural Art Center

 

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abstract
By permission of The High Desert Museum

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. When the heat started to come on last week, we were kayaking for a few days up on Paulina Lake. We took a day trip to visit the High Desert Museum on Highway 97 between Bend and La Pine.

church
By permission of the gallery.

  

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Watercolor is NOT an easy medium to master, so when an artist is able to put together a themed show of forty outstanding paintings, I know to stand up and pay close attention. 

 

  

mural
By permission of the gallery.

 

 

 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. It is definitely the right time to find yourself walking up the steps of the Corvallis Arts Center.

  

ink drawing
By permission of the artist.

 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. Maybe it’s because my mom just turned a fragile 96, but I have been filled with an awareness of the transience of people and things, a feeling the Japanese have a special term for, “mono no aware,” and that you can always feel as an undercurrent at the City of Eugene’s annual Asian Celebration.

Sea fog
By permission of the artist

 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen for Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

painting of dune grass
By permission of the gallery

 

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

I just got back from several glorious days at the beach. One of those days, high winds kept us off the beaches, so we did what everyone likes to do at the beach--we went gallery hopping.

painting of the coast
By permission of the gallery

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This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

In my last broadcast, I talked about how to look at abstract art through the eyes of dream and responses of the heart. Today, I’m looking at Margaret Prentice’s fine new show at the White Lotus Gallery at 767 Willamette in Eugene.

courtesy of Maude Kerns Art Center

 


  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s art review program.

How do we look at and appreciate abstract art?

Ugandan woman holding a sledgehammer
By permission of the gallery

 


  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. You only have two more days to catch a pretty special exhibit at the Emerald Art Center, and I hope you do. Sponsored by Photography at Oregon, it’s called “HeadStrong: The Women of Rural Uganda” by photographer Dan Nelken.

painting of boat
Courtesy of the Karin Clarke Gallery

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. There is so much art going on everywhere in the KLCC listening area. 

Bright painting of a goddess.
MKAC

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. Eugeneans know Tim Boyden as the owner of the popular Out on a Limb art gallery.

Emerald Art Center

 

  


  Happy New Year, Art Lovers Everywhere! This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program! The arts communities of the KLCC listening area are in a jubilant New Year mood, and wherever you are, something exciting is happening for you to take in online or real time.

Sandy Brown Jensen / KLCC

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

Lane Arts Council

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program! We are currently still COVID lockdown through Dec. 4, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t virtual art fun to be had. I turn your attention to Eugene ArtSpark 2020. ArtSpark funds arts education in schools.

painting of a woman in a hotel window
By permission of the Karin Clarke Gallery

Woman's face in hula hoop
ArtCity Facebook

 


  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review Program.

Welcome to COVID October 2020! Our listening area is bursting at the seams with fun things to do while wearing a mask.

Beach painting with dog.
White Lotus Gallery.

 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. I’m getting in on the tail end of the Mike Van show at the White Lotus Gallery, but it’s still up through October 3rd. If you can find a moment to take it in, the art itself will reward you.

 

sunlight through trees
Gary Braasch

 

Sculpture of a woman on a bench holding a shell
Gallery photo by permission

 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. Labor Day is shaping up to be a blazing hot one here in the Valley, so I know a lot of you will be heading to the coast to cool off. If you’re headed to the less crowded South Coast, please stop in Port Orford to see the bright and cheerful art at the Hawthorne Gallery. It’s right there on Battle beach--if you’re eating at the Crazy  Norwegian or the Redfish Cafe, you can’t miss it--it’s pretty big.

 

 

Courtesy of Karin Clarke Gallery

  

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program. It’s August in Eugene where it’s all about the Mayor’s Art Show and the Eugene Biennial.

 

Painting of a woman stirring a bowl
By permission of The Arts Center


  Hot August days, and everybody is going somewhere else for their mini-vacations. Corvallis the Cute is a popular destination for people out wine touring, hiking, biking, river sporting, and doing the art thing, too, I’d like to add. 

colorful image of three tall orange hollyhocks
Gallery photo by permission of MKAC, Sandy Brown Jensen

 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program. Have you ever been walking through one of Oregon’s beautiful forests and been amazed by an old log patterned with bark beetle tunnels? Everyone always exclaims about how much those elaborate squiggles look like some kind of writing--Viking runes, maybe, or Eygptian hieroglyphs.  Artist Jim Frazer thinks so, too, and you can see his large patinated copper leaf on wood wall sculptures based on these shapes at the current show at Maude Kerns Art Center in Eugene. 

Oil Painting of desert hills
By permission of the Karin Clarke Gallery

 

 

We’ve had a cool opening to summer, and a cool opening is what you’ll experience this month at the Karin Clarke Gallery, where Eugene artist Ken O’Connell has a one-person show.

Art piece of Frida Kahlo
By permission of MKAC

 


 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC”s Arts Review Program. Ernest Hemingway once famously defined courage as “grace under pressure.”If there’s a “Grace Under Pressure” award, I want to hand it to Maude Kerns Art Center for the explosively inventive way their creative team has risen to the COVID 2020 challenge.

painting of a clown in bed talking to a saint
By permission of the artist

 


This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s Arts Review program. As we have moved into Phase 1 and 2, a number of galleries and arts businesses within the KLCC listening area have started to open their doors again. 

Rich Bergeman

A World Worth Looking at: Photography at Oregon Online Show and Auction 2020

 

This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

As of this week, Oregon public spaces are cautiously opening up. People are putting their heads cautiously out their doors, still not trusting the quarantine is over, and maybe it is, and maybe it isn’t.

Portrait of artist Sarkis Antikajian
Artist Portrait by Sandy Brown Jensen

 

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program.

 

The emergency relief fund called Artist Relief has released the results from a new survey assessing how artists are impacted by COVID-19.

 

Man standing in driveway surrounded by colorful paintings
Sandy Brown Jensen

  This is Sandy Brown Jensen, and you’re listening to Viz City, KLCC’s arts review program! I’m happy to report that so many creative people I’ve talked to have changed up the terms “home alone” and  “social isolation” to “Artist in Residence.”

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