‘Ghost Stories’ painter to discuss work today in Port Angeles

PORT ANGELES — These “Ghost Stories,” with their white mists and deep-blue water, are mysterious. So Erik Sandgren, their painter, will shed some light on the subject in two talks today.

Sandgren’s “Stories” art exhibition includes 36 paintings, prints and drawings at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd., on display through Saturday.

Sandgren’s first discussion of “Ghost Stories” will begin at 12:35 p.m. in the Little Theater at Peninsula College, 1502 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

Part of the college’s Studium Generale series, the lecture is free to the public.

Second lecture at 7:30 p.m.

The artist will then return to the fine arts center for a second, free talk at 7:30 p.m.

The artist’s recurrent subject is “a swirl of earth, water and sky,” said Jake Seniuk, the center’s executive director.

“Mythic figures loom and fade,” he said, so in paintings of places such as Neah Bay and the Haida Gwaii islands of Canada, the viewer sees past and present melt together.

Sandgren grew up in Corvallis, Ore., the son of Nelson Sandgren, a noted painter and art professor at Oregon State University.

Sandgren earned art degrees on the East Coast at Yale and Cornell, then returned, salmonlike, to his native Northwest. He moved to Aberdeen in 1989, to teach art at Grays Harbor College.

To learn more about the center and its activities, visit www.PAFAC.org or phone 360-457-3532.


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-417-3550 or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

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