The White Salmon Arts Council is thrilled to announce the return of Art Chat, with artist Christopher Pothier, January 27th 5:30-7:30 at Le Doubblé Troubblé Wine Co. in downtown White Salmon. Art Chat provides the Gorge community a unique opportunity to converse with northwest artists amidst a curated selection of their work in a casual and intimate setting.
Christopher Pothier’s vivid oil paintings draw as equally from the cultural zeitgeist as they do the Baroque Period. Pothier’s most recent compositions contrast landscape and figuration to summon an ominous reflection of contemporary society. Point Break, set in vast rural expanse, depicts an encounter between two women on horseback and a band of humans in hazmat suits. The composition conjures a foreboding stillness. One of the women points to the orange men, but the gesture’s meaning is never revealed. Similar encounters occur throughout Pothier’s most recent series American Apocolyptic which invite viewers to project their own narrative conclusions. Pothier avoids an overt political stance by instead embracing the role of a cultural spectator, to act as a “lens, mirror or filter” of our current historical moment.
Pothier’s multi-pronged artistic approach also encompasses portraiture, murals and decorative finishes. Despite their varied scales and outcomes, all of Pothier’s work employs a classical approach to painting and composition. His work has been exhibited throughout the U.S. and Europe and he has been awarded numerous prizes including his most recent prize from the Circle Foundation in Lyon, France, for an outstanding work created during the Covid 19 pandemic. Pothier lives and works in The Dalles, OR.
Established in 2006, the White Salmon Arts Council promotes area artists and the arts through educational opportunities and art-inspired programs and events, with the support of our members, our sponsors, and the local business community.
The White Salmon Arts Council is incorporated as a Non-Profit Corporation in the State of Washington and is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Federal EIN: 06-178127.