Local artist Hayley Barker‘s first show at the Charles A. Hartman Fine Art Gallery was two years ago when she showcased “Chimeras,” a series of paintings very well received by local publications. Today, she’s back at the gallery presenting “Cathedrals,” a new series of illuminating and beautifully ethereal works inspired by sites in the young poet Opal Whiteley’s diary.
Go See It!
Hayley Barker: Cathedrals
- Charles A. Hartman Fine Art Gallery, 134 NW 8th Avenue, Portland
- Exhibit runs through June 30
- First Thursday Reception - June 2, 5-8pm
- Artist Talk - June 18, 2pm
Opal Whiteley is a mystery to many Oregon historians. She grew up in Oregon’s logging camps in the early 1900s and gained international fame when she published a diary she said she had written when she was 6 years old. The beautiful and sometimes haunting writings in her diary caused some people to consider her a genius and others to perceive her as a fraud. However, it’s clear that for Hayley Barker, Opal Whiteley has been an incredible source of inspiration.
“I just kept seeing these images of nature and thought, ‘I want to see this, I want to visualize this somehow.’ And that is what I really tried to do with this work,” says Barker.
Her paintings are currently on display at the Charles A. Hartman Fine Art Gallery through June 30.
More to Explore
To learn more about the young naturalist and poet Opal Whiteley, visit the Oregon Experience website.