WHEN: THURS 11/21 5PM – 8PM

WHERE: Crag Law Center
3141 E. Burnside St., Portland

Join us for a reception and art opening for painter Carl Annala, who painted the mural on the east side of Crag’s building. A collection of Carl’s paintings will be on display at Crag through the end of January, and a portion of proceeds from sales of his paintings will be donated to Crag.

Carl Annala is an Oregon native, growing up in McMinnville then moving to Portland to attend Pacific Northwest College of Art. Earning a BFA in Drawing and later an MFA in painting from PSU, Annala has exhibited his art at independent galleries, art fairs and nightclubs since the mid 1980’s. He also is a musician and performance artist, gracing the stage with various acts over the last 30 years, both locally and internationally. An all around arts professional, Annala has years of experience in visual arts teaching and administration. His wife of 26 years is also a teacher and Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioner. The couple and their cats enjoy a bungalow on the east side of Mt. Tabor in the quaint Montavilla neighborhood of Portland. Get to know more about Carl by reading our Supporter Spotlight, and check out his website here.

Artist statement:
My art seeks to express my personality through color and mark making. My imagery comes from nature. It’s not the grandiose vista that I seek. I find beauty in the chaos of the woods, the patterns of the leaves or the bark and the power of large stones that attract me. Root balls of upturned trees and mushrooms are what I find beautiful. I’m interested in patterns and pixilation, often my work will appear photographic at a distance but break down into patterns up close. I am a studio painter, relying on my own photography for reference material.