Mirra's son Jarrett will be in attendance to speak about his Mother's work

Mirra Meyer
Hillside
batik

6 3/4" x 12 3/4"

Mirra Meyer
Breakthrough, 1982
batik

12 1/2" x 10 1/2"

Mirra Meyer
untitled - Figures, 1982
batik

11 1/4" x 12 1/4"

Opening Reception & Gallery Talk:

Saturday, July 27 1:30-3:00pm



Batik as Modern Art

Mirra Meyer
Suntrap, 1983
batik

13 1/2" x 9"

Mirra In The Studio

Mirra Meyer
White Totem
batik

50" x 27"

Mirra Batiking

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Mirra Meyer
untitled - Abstract Blues, 1981
batik

15 1/2" x 9"

(1942-2019)

July 17 - August 31

Mirra Meyer
untitled - Tree#6
batik

34 1/2" x 16 1/4"

Mirra Meyer
untitled - Trees, 1976
batik

8 5/8" x 12 1/4"

Mirra's son Jarrett will be in attendance to speak about his Mother's work

Mirra Meyer
Totem, 1982
batik

12 1/2" x 9"

Mirra Meyer
Rising Moon
batik

12" x 7 1/4"

We are pleased to showcase the highly original, modernist Batiks of Oregon artist, Mirra Meyer (1942-2019). Meyer was a successful, multi-faceted artist active in the 1970s and 80s, who adapted the batik medium to create dramatic abstracts and landscapes, in particular the depiction of trees, as representations of life. Batik, or resist-dye involves applying design in wax before dyeing fabric. The wax resists the dye while the dye process can be repeated to create multiple shades of color.

Raised on farms in Iowa and Missouri, Meyer received her BS in Art Education in 1963 from NE Missouri State College. In 1969 she moved to Portland where she continued to study art and arts management at varying institutions throughout her life. Travels in the 1990s to Australia, and the study of the unusual shapes of the eucalyptus tree, and its relationship to the human form, informed her interest in the tree form.

In addition to her artistic career, Mirra was a leading arts advocate and arts manager, helping to found the Oregon Designer-Craftsmen's Guild and serving on the board of the Oregon Advocates for the Arts and Oregon Artists' Equity. She also held numerous arts management positions over the years. As Community Development Director for the Arizona Arts Commission (1985-89), she helped communities all over the state with local arts projects and arts elements of infrastructure.  She later served as Executive Director of Portland's downtown art festival Artquake (1991-92), and as the director of the Historic Cemeteries program for the Oregon State Historic Preservation Office. Meyer’s batiks have been exhibited at major galleries nationally, as well as throughout Oregon. This exhibition includes a selection of Meyer’s batiks along with a series etchings.

Meyer's work has been an interesting discovery for us, and we find it to be beautiful.  We hope that you will come to feel this way as well.

Reception & Gallery Talk:

Saturday, August 24 1:30-3:00pm



Mirra Meyer
untitled - Totem
batik

36 1/2" x 15 1/4"

Mirra Meyer