The print. (Oregon City, Oregon) 1977-1989, May 21, 1980, Page 5, Image 5

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    Painter enjoys nature scenes
eba Owens’ wàitértolors,-
which exemplify her love
___ for nature, are currently
ón display at the College
Priced as low as $5, the
reproductions of birds, flowers,
NATURE —Reba Owens’ paintings are displayed in the landscapes, and seascapes are
College library. Photos by Elena Vancil.
on display for three more
Wings’ displayed victims feelings
|By Elena Vancil
lOfThe Print
I The campus
performance of
[Wings,” last weekend, which
pofiled the feelings of a stroke
victim, snatched the audience’s
[motions during its intense
Beginning and did not let go.
[The play centered on one
paracter, a woman in her 70s
lamed Emily Stilson. Barbara
Bragg, who portrayed Stilson,
[maintained a feeling for the
Broke victim, as she enabled
Be audience to see inside the
Bind of this fictional character.
I Arthur Kopit wrote “Wings”
Ker three years of medical
«search. Bragg, director Jack
Shields, and the rest of the cast
[so did
research. As a
lesult, the College’s cast
Banaged to convey the
[message of this highly dramatic
[lay, realistically.
I The performance induced
various audience emotions.
Regarding actual stroke vic-
jiins, viewers were faced with
fit uncomfortable possibility: Is
Ibis what they actually ex­
Because Bragg conveyed
However, the activities of doc-
Lvio ui id
common stroke symptoms
from the victim’s perspective,
this is possible.
Gayle Taylor provided
splendid support to Bragg as a
caring, compassionate,, yet
crisply professional therapist.
The script of “Wings” is not
typical, because the cast does
not take the main emphasis,
but shares it with the set and
special effects.
The climax of the perfor­
mance came at the end. The
focus remained inside Stilson’s
head, as. she accepted her
death with relief and gratitude.
"Uniquely presented, last
weekend’s performance
boosted a new play which has a
long future.
This Friday, the College cast
will perform “Wings” once
again at the Oregon Com-,
munity College
Festival. This performance will
take place at 8:15 p.m. in
Tacena Hall at Linn-Benton
Community College in Albany.
Stilson’s brain catastrophe
was conveyed with the help of
impressive special effects.
Sound engineer Chris Hartman
concocted a tape of distorted
sounds, such as a siren and
Regarding actual stroke
victims, viewers were
faced with an uncomfor­
table possibility: Is this
what they actually ex­
voices, the way that they could
sound to a semi-conscious
stroke victim. The set design
lent itself to the overall effect,
also.. After the stroke, Stilson
was enveloped in a gauzy gray
pocket of eerie lights. Inside
this pocket, the main focus was
inside of.Stilson’s mind.
Craftsmen will be on campus
IA series of three presen­
tations by master craftspersons
I®pottery, weaving and stained
Ijlass will be held at the College
lune 9-11.
The series is offered on both
I credit and non-credit basis.
|The presentations will include
[lectures and demonstrations.
I. Wally Schwab will present
Pottery techniques on June 9,
Wednesday, May 21,1980
followed by master weaver
Dodie Gannett on June 10 and
stained glass craftsman Dave
Schlicker on June 11.
The presentations will be in
the Community Center from 8
a.m. to noon. There is no ad­
mission charge for persons
taking the series on a noh-
credit basis. Those wishing
credit will continue the sessions
in the Art Center from 1p.m.
to 5 p.m. Monday through
Wednesday and from 8 a.m. to
5 p.m. on Thursday and
For more information about
the series contact the Com­
munity Services Office, 656-
2631, ext. 208. Persons
wishing to register for the class
should cohtact the counseling
department at ext. 266.
weeks in the entrance of the
College library.
Owens resides on a farm
south of Oregon City with her
husband, two teenagers and an
assortment of. animals. Daily
she works for the state as a
counselor for children’s ser­
vices . She regards painting, not
as a hobby, but as “my
moonlighting job.”
miniatures of birds and flowers,
as well as larger landscapes,
such as Mount St. Helens, in its
previous form.
regularly displayed at local
Slick distorts
her ‘Dreams’
By Mike Koller
Of The Print
Jefferson Starship has
been racking up enor­
mous sales with its
“Freedom at Point Zero”
album, Grace Slick, once
the soaring voice behind
plane/St arsh i p has
released, “Dreams,” her
first solo album since
leaving the Starship.
“Dreams” carries a
sound that is more
closely related to the old
Jefferson Airplane’s
acrobatics and dense
instrumentation than to
the new Jefferson Star­
ship’s third-rate Journey
“Dreams” would be a
beautiful album except
for the simple fact that
Slick just can’t cut it as a
lyricist or song arranger.
in the Jefferson Air-
plane/Starship, Slick’s
unlimited vocal talents
complemented the sci-fi
visions incorporated into
Paul Kanter’s songs and
the bittersweet love
songs written by Marty
Balin, but now Slick is
left on her own and the
images she is trying to
create end up confused
and distorted when tran­
sferred to vinyl.
“Seasons,” the first
single released off of the
album, failed to garner
any attention because it
is inaccessible to the
general record buying
public. Slick’s jumbled
changing of the seasons
set to music that sounds
like a hiah schnnl mar-
ching band is just not
most people’s idea of a
hit single.
Several of the songs
carry lush orchestration
which fights against
rather than comple­
ments Slick’s voice.
“Face to the Wind” and
the title track, “Dreams,”
both lose whatever
original feel and impact
they may have carried
powering orchestration.
“Angel of the Night”
uses a much simpler
format with amazing
results. Styled after old
Jefferson Airplane
rockers like “Somebody
to Love” and “Volun­
teers,” “Angel of the
Night” utilizes pounding
bass guitar and inspired
lead guitar work to drive
the song along at a siz­
zling pace. Slick’s voice
howls and whines above
the music, instead of
getting bogged down
and muddled behind the
But “Angel of the
Night” is an exception to
the rule as the rest of
“Dreams” gets lost
behind Slick’s cloud of
surrealistic writing.
Despite being disap­
pointed with “Dreams,”
there’s no doubt that
sometime in the future
Slick’s beautiful voice
will be used to her ad­
vantage,. instead of her