Shane Michael Kohfield in The Calapooia Gallery
February through March 2015
"Many Races United Under One Flag"
Shane Michael Kohfield, former Marine and current student at LBCC, has donated one of his extroidinary paintings to the Linn-Benton Community College permanent collection. Kohfield, with a remarkable life story, recently discovered his artistic talents last summer. Through his own unique process, he creates artwork by layering colors of spray paint, then removing much of it by scrapping it off using a chemical process.
The result is an amazing blaze of color, with layers of visual interest. The content of his work is many times humanitarian. In "Many Races United Under One Flag" Kohfield's explains his intent: "The purpose was to emphasize the need to see past an individual’s skin color, sexual preference, political party, religion, etc. and see the quality of their heart before we pass judgment. Kindness, compassion, empathy and understanding are all hallmark traits of one simple thing– love. It is imperative for the survival of our nation that we put superficial differences aside and unite under the flag of the United States of America, to realize that we are all Americans and that in the end, that is all that really matters."
Kohfield has recently been interviewed by Fox News and Channel 8 news for his artwork affiliation with Pegasus Gallery, LBCC, and the content of his message behind his artwork.
Kohfield is showing other work in The Calapooia Gallery. One of these paintings is the initial work that inspired his unique style and a statement about it may be found in the gallery there.
Kohfield also intends to donate a smaller piece of his artwork to an upcoming LBCC Art Gallery Fundraiser. In addition, he will offer a "painting lesson" to the silent auction bidder who wishes to learn one of his "unique painting techniques." The lesson will be one of many art pieces shown in the silent auction. The fundraising event is planned for April 27th through May 7th in South Santiam Hall Gallery. The silent auction bids will be finalized on Thursday, May 7th from 12:30 to 1:30 in an art reception in SSH. The public is welcome to view and bid on any of the artworks. Join us in this fundraiser to keep art relevant on the LBCC campus.
The South Santiam Hall Gallery is open Monday through Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.