This month, the Bank Left Gallery will feature the oil paintings of WSU faculty member Tamara Helm and the glass sculptures of Pullman resident Mike O'Connor. Tamara Helm's exhibit will include over two decades of paintings ranging from landscapes to portraits. Mike O'Connor has been working with glass for over 7 years and his main inspirations are the organic forms of nature.

The exhibit will run from March 3rd through March 31st

The opening reception with the artists will be on March 3rd from 1:00pm - 5:00pm.
There will be a musical performance by Palouse Composer Paul Smith.

Tamara Helm has shown in solo exhibitions and group shows throughout the Northwest and Southwest. She has been represented by Meyerson-Nowinski Gallery in Seattle, Washington, Hooks-Epstein Gallery in Houston, Texas and Esther Claypool Gallery in Seattle, Washington.

She has been in newspapers, magazines, and books and her paintings are in art collections in America and Europe. She teaches drawing, painting and Women's Art History at Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.

"For over two decades, I have been working figuratively using the imagery of dolls. Since dolls are figurative but not human, they represent humanity in an abstract way (as effigies, statues, and pretend-figures). Piero della Francesca painted humans uniquely by making them appear like statues of real people "frozen" in time and space. The Egyptians did the same with profile-figures they "froze" paper doll-like in an endless line of humanity. I am endeavoring to "freeze" dolls in attitudes and gestures that speak of what it is to be human."

"Using the doll as metaphor, I have purposely chosen to give them distance and "removal" in order to suggest humanness. Recently, I have been painting "personae" (mainly heads and faces) of the famous, "infamous", and ordinary people; as well as landscapes, still lifes, and bird-like people".

- Tamara Helm

The Bank Left Gallery -- 100 South Bridge Street, Palouse, WA 99161

Gallery Hours: Wednesday - Saturday 10:00am - 5:00pm, or by appointment
Nelson Duran and Pamela Duran, 509.878.8425