Witherrite featured at ‘Hard Luck Seven’

photo This larger-than-life visage is among 20 works by Lyle Witherrite exhibited this month at the Josephy Center.

JOSEPH — An opening reception for the “Hard Luck Seven Art Show,” a month-long exhibit showcasing works by Imnaha artist Lyle Witherrite, is scheduled Friday, Sept. 4 at 7 p.m. at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture.

This special art exhibit is a collection of eclectic ideas from Witherrite, whose work encapsulates an otherwise unknowable world through enormous three-dimensional metal artwork, larger-than-life drawings, and fantastical multi-media works. Each piece extends and challenges the boundaries of “normal” by size, appearance and subject matter.

Enter Lyle’s world. It will be like no other art exhibit that has been seen at the Josephy Center. On Thursday, Sept. 24 at 7 p.m., Lyle will speak at the “Live and Up Front” at the Center. He will talk about self-taught process and the ideas that lay behind the artwork.

This is Witherrite’s first solo exhibition. He has been working as an apprentice for Chuck Frasier’s Ironworks. He has trained under Frasier as a blacksmith and welder but he’s largely a self-taught artist. Witherrite will be presenting over 20 works that range from paper to metal. The exhibit, which runs through Oct. 2, is supported by a grant from the Oregon Cultural Trust.

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