Show: Viz City
Subject: Margaret Prentice and “Wetlands”
Date of Interview: Friday, April 14, 2017
Date of Broadcast: Wed. April 19, 2017
Script: Sandy Brown Jensen
Sound: Terry Way
INTRO: Delicate reflections, a heron visits Delta Ponds--you are listening to Viz City and you are adrift in the watery world of oil painter Margaret Prentice in a new show called “Wetlands” at the White Lotus Gallery.
<<PRENTICE: 19:23-19:33>> Water really is important to me. It is what I have discovered since living here.
NARRATOR: It’s hard to believe from these ethereal paintings that Prentice was best known as a printmaker when she was teaching at the University of Oregon. A debilitating illness made it impossible for her to stand at the presses three hours a day.
<<PRENTICE: 1:562:03-->> I basically couldn’t go outdoors, I couldn’t stand up longer than fifteen minutes. I have an identical twin sister, she came out to take care of me.
<<Jump to 2:23>> So one day--my sister is a painter--she was out in my printmaking studio standing at a little portable easel painting. One day she came in when I was probably in the living room watching TV or something, and she said, “Well, you can’t just sit around the house all day doing nothing."
She said, “You can sit at the kitchen table and paint!”
NARRATOR: And so Prentice began a second artistic career as a painter, inspired by her palette of light and color.
<<4:54 And so it was this HUGE color experience and I was absolutely sold, right then and there.>>
NARRATOR: As Margaret continued her healing journey, she was drawn to paint huge clouds and weather.
<<14:47--15:02 >> I’d go out into a storm all around here and take photographs--in the wind, in the rain, sometimes in the rain and come back to my studio and paint.
<<15:04>> I discovered that I really loved the process of taking a lot of photographs in an area--you know in the middle of a storm, the clouds are blowing, so every second you have a different cloud formation.
NARRATOR: Margaret Prentice’s obsession with storm clouds and wetlands can be seen at her fine show currently at the White Lotus Gallery at 767 Willamette. Locals will enjoy seeing their favorite viewpoints of Finley Wildlife Refuge and Delta Ponds reflected in this “Wetlands” series.
This has been Viz City, co-produced by Sandy Brown Jensen and Terry Way.