I recently saw the current retrospective of Richard Elliot’s work. There was an article about it in the Oregonian a few weeks ago, and it described in particular the work that he made with reflectors. When the article also stated that flashlights would be available to view the show, I knew that I had to go. I was not disappointed, and, in fact, the experience far exceeded my expectations. His aesthetic was consistent: bright colors, elaborate geometric patterns, and lots of visual glitter (sometimes literally!). The work evokes all types of genres: stained glass, indigenous art, op art, folk art, ……. And when the light from a hand-held flashlight bounced off of those reflectors, the result was pure magic. I saw the show with my friend Deb Spanton, and we both walked out with smiles on our faces. The exhibit includes a wonderful, short filmed interview with him and his artist wife Jane Orleman, and the happiness in his life comes through in his work. The show will be up until July 20, 2014. Go and see it!