By Justin Much
The Oregon Arts Commission announced today an exhibition of paintings by Monmouth artist Dan Cannon is on display in the Governor’s Office in the State Capitol through September 20.
The exhibition, “Then and Now,” reportedly represents Cannon’s artistic career of more than 50 years, including 22 years as a professor of art and chair of Western Oregon University’s art department. Cannon is also part of the Riverview Gallery conglomerate of Independence.
The commission said Then and Now crosses a variety of mediums, techniques and themes, each capturing a distinct moment in Cannon’s life, an approach that the artist feels is integral to his process of painting what others often take for granted.
“I capture the stillness of a mother at rest, the activity of a beautiful day on the waterfront. … I absorb the emotion of what I see. I see the promise in the world around me. I am a student of life and a teacher of students,” Cannon said.
Art in the Governor’s Office showcases the work of living Oregon artists.
The Arts Commission is supported with general funds appropriated by the Oregon legislature, federal funds from the National Endowment for the Arts and funds from the Oregon Cultural Trust.