SITEPAINTERS     imagine/the e-zine

the art of place – vision, color & form

magine, a word that invites us to sense, to see what is not yet visible. Imagination is the space of inner freedom. In the quietness of our hearts and minds new impulses arise with a will to be.

"Every creative act involves...a new innocence of perception, liberated from the cataract of excepted belief."
Arthur Koestler

magine invites you to stay in touch. We believe art, architecture, interior design and the living of everyday life belong together. Site Painters is dedicated to an evolving, collaborative art of place making. Please subscribe here and we’ll include you in occasional updates from the “imagination’s chamber.”

Penn State Children's Heart Clinic

The remodel of this clinic included a full scale art component. In consultation with staff, Site Painters proposed and produced art for the waiting room, exam rooms, and corridors. Murals, paintings on wood panels, stenciling, and prints on dibond panels now give the clinic a refreshing and welcoming ambience.

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Kentucky Healthcare

University of Kentucky Healthcare has purchased four paintings by Laura Bender for their public art collection of over four hundred works. Her paintings have been installed in the UK Children's Hospital, Lexington.
While not age-specific in their appeal, the paintings invite a playful but restful state of mind.

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Airport Commission

For the ongoing expansion of their airport, Salt Lake City embarked on a project of commissioning 24 large scale art walls. Laura's design, Worlds Apart, was chosen to enliven one of the 9' x 32' sites. Construction is scheduled for completion in 2020.

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Art in the Studio

Continuing with studies of the finite and the infinite...form leading color and color leading form...a dance which never ends.


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Laura Bender
studio art

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Still on fire

Since Dec 2014 my personal studio work has been engulfed in the subject of fire. Notebooks of pen drawings - simple, complex, decorative or naturalistic. Single and double sheet collage and color pencil images followed.

I am starting the New Year with a box of 25 sheets of drawing paper from Fabriano, Italy. I'm planning to pin up 18 sheets together on the studio wall, the ground for a mural-sized drawing. Favorite elements from the sketchbook drawings will be projected at various scales overlapping and accumulating lines and shapes. Color and values will be improvised with what the drawing suggests to me.

Stay tuned to Studio Flashes for outcomes.


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John Early
studio art

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Anthony Howe, sculptor

We first caught a glimpse of this artist’s work along a rural road, in a meadow we were going past on the way to a BB on Orcas Island. We were surprised, delighted, almost as though it was a unicorn or flaming phoenix we had discovered. Absent knowledge of the artist and his international reputation, we were able to experience them as beautiful phenomena, a special act of nature.

These works are all about movement, multiple simultaneous movements that expand and contract at the same time. High above the ground atop their poles, they perform dances of life.

"Kinetic sculpture resides at the intersection of artistic inspiration and mechanical complexity. The making of one of my pieces relies on creative expression, metal fabrication, and a slow design process in equal parts.
It aims to alter one’s experience of time and space when witnessed. It also needs to weather winds of 90 mph and still move in a one mile per hour breeze and do so for hundreds of years.
Anthony Howe

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Stay in touch, Stay in tune

State of Wonder, Oregon's new arts radio program broadcast by OPB (91.5FM), Saturday, 12noon. Host April Baer is the bright, versatile, and inquisitive host throughout the show's content-packed hour.

The reporting is well-informed and substantive enough to engage the interest of culturally-experienced listeners. Most interviews are in-depth and nuanced with wit. The program is a great way to broaden your understanding of the ever-changing creative economy of Oregon.

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