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Bev Soasey

"I've always loved art," says Bev Soasey, director of the Jacobs Gallery at the Hult Center. "When I was five, I thought I would be a cartoonist." Soasey came to Eugene in the early 70s, after high school in Rogue River and a hitchhiking adventure in Europe. "Being in school was psychedelic," she says. "I experimented with psychology, sociology, and anthropology, as well as art." She also got married, raised two sons, and began exhibiting fiber art at the Opus 5 Gallery. When her marriage ended in '87, Soasey studied graphic design at LCC. She interned at Funk and Associates, got hired, and stayed on for 18 years. "I was ready for a change," she says of her current two-year tenure at the Jacobs Gallery, a half-time job most of the year, but full-time for the last month, leading up to the Mayor's Art Show. For 20 years, Soasey has traveled to art workshops in foreign locales, gathering inspiration and materials for her unique mixed-media assemblages. An exhibit of brand-new work opens at the Opus 6ix Gallery this Friday, September 12, and runs through October 26.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 11 September 2008

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