REBECCA REED SENTGEORGE
Rebecca Reed Sentgeorge is an artist and a teacher. Strangers would describe her as a woman who smiles a lot, with out of control hair. She is pretty good at listening, surprisingly good at teaching and giving art critiques, and very bad at recognizing faces. She and her husband moved to Redmond, Oregon, a year ago after spending the last 9 years living in Asia.
Her interest in art began in elementary school. “My mother would buy huge end rolls of paper from the newspaper publisher and the five of us siblings could roll it out the length of the patio to have a virtually unlimited space to create art”, she said.
At 21, she graduated with high honors from San Jose State University, majoring in Art with a ceramics concentration. After a year of graduate school, she earned her teaching certificate in art education, leading her to a 40-year career as an artist and an art educator. Rebecca has taught art at every level from elementary to technical college, with the majority of her time spent at the high school level. Rebecca’s teaching career has taken her to Australia, Oregon, China, and Japan. She has also taught artist workshops in Thailand, California, and China. For the past nine years, Asia has been the focus of her personal art.
Rebecca began her career as a professional artist in the medium of pottery but made an about face. For the last 30 years painting has been her passion, primarily working in watercolors. After a two-week residency at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Rebecca expanded into using polymer-based papers and acrylics on canvas with mixed media. Always fascinated with printmaking she set up a press in her studio. Her pieces employ multi-layered monoprinting, dry point etching combined with chine colle, and solar plate printing. A few years ago, after a weeklong solar plate workshop in Santa Barbara she brought that technique to Japan, teaching her students and four other artists the technique.
Now that Rebecca has made Central Oregon her home, the subject matter of her artwork will reflect her new home while still retaining a fascination with light, cast shadows, reflected light and occasionally a hint of whimsy. She especially enjoys the challenge in portraying visual subjects that have a feeling of complexity or chaos due to their inherent pattern or texture requiring her to work to create harmony in the painting through layering and simplification of the subject.
San Jose State University
BA Art, High honors, Grad School, Teaching Certificate Art
School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Teacher Institute of Contemporary Art
National Consortium for Teaching About Asia
Studied with Royal Nebeker, Zoltan Zabo, and Duane Light
Fulbright Memorial Fund Participant, Fulbright Memorial Fund (A study trip to Japan with a proposal to keep a visual diary shared with the public in the show “Japan Diary” at the RiverSea Gallery)
2 Person Show, Japan, a Collaborative View, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR (This was special; my first show with my daughter who is a fellow artist and fellow art educator.)
Solo Exhbition, The Middle Kingdom: Off the Beaten Path in China, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR
Solo Exhibition, Sayonara Japan, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR
Solo Exhibition, Japan Diary, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR (The result of my Fulbright Memorial Fund Trip to Japan)
Juried Exhibition, Annual All Juried Exhibit, Cannon Beach Gallery - Cannon Beach, OR
National Juried Exhibition, Journey’s End National Art Exhibition, Heritage Museum - Astoria, OR (Stanley Wanless, juror, Held in conjunction with the Lewis and Clark Bicentennial)
Group Show, Looking Back at Lewis and Clark- a Regional Perspective, RiverSea Gallery - Astoria, OR
Various Juried, Unjuried Exhibitions and Group Shows, Various locations - Oregon Coast and Australia (Many small opportunities, the most unusual was the Warana Caltex Exhibition at the Brisbane Botanical Gardens in 1977)