Photo of man with beard and hat at the top of a mountain in the Cascades, Oregon

Vince Zettler’s Rambling Ruminations

Howland Community OPEN 2021 Special Membership Award

November 23, 2021 – January 9, 2022

Corrine Woodman Galleries

Lunch Reception and Artist Talk:  Thursday, December 9, 12 pm

Where: CORRINE WOODMAN GALLERY, The Arts Center (700 SW Madison Ave, Corvallis), HOURS: Tuesday-Saturday, 12-5 pm.

Vince Zettler was The Arts Center’s first preparator/curator, and thus a fitting winner of the First Howland Community OPEN Membership Award to curate an exhibition in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. Zettler shows his signature weaving collages inspired by Northwest Native American basketry and pencil drawings based on hikes around Western and Central Oregon.

“ I am honored to have my work in a gallery named after my dear friend, Corrine.”

Vince Zettler

Zettler is largely known for his transparent gauze weavings, woven with large open areas. He developed this method of gauze weavings based on village embroidery techniques he observed in India, when serving in the Peace Corps. To help understand the process, Zettler shows the original cartoon and the actual weaving Redwing Blackbirds and Cattails at Finley Refuge.

The Rambling Ruminations series are pencil drawings based on sketches and ideas from hikes he took around Western and Central Oregon. They are often very detailed and fine textures of nature and are done from nature, not from a photograph. Zettler at time combines different elements to come to his aspired composition.

Zettler also makes paper out of locally sourced materials. He extensively studied Northwest Native American basketry and used these techniques to produce collages made of his own handmade paper and other collage elements:  beads, shells, metallics, leaves, and basketry elements. These collage works are also based on Zettler’s experiences in nature. Some may contain photographic elements that were taken on his hikes and can be called “photo collages”.

Matted giclee prints of his works can be purchased in The Arts Center’s ArtShop, or can be purchased framed with glass from this exhibit.