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Mo Bowen

On Friday, May 27, artist and gallery owner Mo Bowen celebrates the first anniversary of her Voyeur Gallery with an opening reception for her own exhibit of photographs, paintings, mixed media, and scanography. "I just recently heard the name 'scanography,'" she says. "But I've been doing scanner art since I was a kid, on the Xerox machine in my dad's print shop in Chicago." Bowen earned degrees in photography and psychology from Dominican U in her home town, then moved west and spent a year rock-climbing in the Sierras before joining her sister in Eugene in 2004. She continued to photograph and have exhibits while working various jobs until early last year, when her boyfriend noticed a recently-vacated small storefront at 547 Blair. After three months of carpentry and painting, Voyeur Gallery opened on May 28, 2010. "Every month we have a new show. We do an artist discussion and an audience critique," she says. "Those are great nights to engage the community and challenge the artist." Bowen's 6pm opening coincides with other Whiteaker-area gallery receptions on the Last Friday Art Walk. She will offer a free gallery talk at 7pm on June 9 and a $30 scanography workshop at 7pm on June 16.

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photograph and story by Paul Neevel

Eugene Weekly / 26 May 2011

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