Marissa Solini: The Apron Wearers
(Corrine Woodman Gallery I)
Lauren Sharpton: The Exquisite Corvallis
(Corrine Woodman Gallery II)

Sept 6 – October 7, 2017

  • Conversation from the Corrine Woodman Gallery (artist discussion), Sept 7, noon
  • Closing reception Thursday, Oct 5, 5:30 – 7:30

Marissa Soloni and Lauren Sharpton are both interested the concept of “community as a phenomenon,” but there stops the comparison between the two. Soloni’s work is about a specific community, and Sharpton’s work is with the community.

Marissa Soloni’s work is about a specific community: women of her (grand) mother’s generation, from a time when women’s work was never done, but always performed with an apron on.  In The Apron Wearers Soloni intends to honor women and their valuable (and often unrecognized) roles in society. She uses the aprons as a metaphor of the unspoken legacy of the women who wore these aprons.

Most of the aprons are vintage; the fabric patterns transport us to times gone by. Soloni has become a serious collector: she currently owns 85 aprons, some newer and some weathered and old as witnesses of the hard work done by their previous owners.

Soloni works in oil and watercolor. The oil paintings are life size “portraits” of aprons as they hand from a hook on the wall. Her watercolors are a further exploration of the apron as a keepsake, a precious memento. The community Soloni’s work reflects is that of women of her Grandmother’s and Mother’s generation; a time when women’s work was never done, and the standard uniform of the day included an apron. In The Apron Wearers Soloni intends to honor women and their valuable, often unrecognized roles in society. She uses the aprons as a metaphor of the unspoken legacy of the women who wore these aprons.

Soloni has become a serious collector: she currently owns 85 aprons, many weathered and old as witnesses of the hard work done by their previous owners. The fabric patterns in the vintage  aprons transport us to times gone by.


Lauran Sharpton creates her work with the community, her concept The Exquisite Corvallis is literally created by the Corvallis community. Sharpton’s work is locally known from the Birkenstock window project, and the work in Microbiome, To See the Unseen exhibit. Her goal is to involve the community in the art making process, to encourage people to make marks and so create a final artwork together.

A stark and seemingly empty space will fill up over time as viewers choose to interact, participate, and develop an art installation. The Exquisite Corvallis is about engaging the community, all while creating a space ripe for collaboration, conversation, and connection. The art project expands on the foundation of the Exquisite Corpse and asks the community of Corvallis to create their own hidden masterpiece each person and section at a time. Three blank rolls of paper will be installed separately along the gallery walls.

Three blank rolls of paper will be installed separately along the gallery walls. Visitors/participants will be prompted to participate and continue a drawing where the last person stopped. Only a few lines will be available for inspiration. That participant will be asked to roll up the paper so that only a few lines of their drawing shows to the next person. A week prior to the exhibition’s closing the three artworks will be revealed and exhibited to the community that helped create it.

Lauran Sharpton’s work is locally known from the Birkenstock window project, and the Microbiome:To See the Unseen exhibit. Her goal is to involve the community in the art-making process – to encourage people to make marks, creating a final piece of artwork together.

The Exquisite Corvallis project/exhibit is based on the “Exquiste Corpse” method (google it!), encouraging collaboration, conversation, and connection. It asks the community of Corvallis to create their own hidden masterpiece one person and one section at a time. A stark and seemingly empty space will fill up over time as viewers choose to interact, participate, and develop an art installation.