Richard Evans’ NEPANTLA Opens July 10

June 22, 2021

86-year-old art provocateur Richard Evans returns with a new one-man show in the HUB Gallery, located in the Bayview Cash Store.

All sales proceeds will benefit the Goosefoot Community Fund’s presentation of student art shows during 2022. This is the first art exhibition in the Hub Gallery since the outbreak of COVID-19 in March 2020.

NEPANTLA: Not a Safe Space but a Magical Place. A Place for Transformation will be on view July 10 through August 22. Featuring primarily mixed media assemblages from found and repurposed objects, Evans’s trickster approach to art defies easy categorization or interpretation.

What you can count on in his work is irony, reflections on mortality, and indictments against capitalism and fascism. Evans’ love of the cinema and wordplay are also present and have been constants throughout his artistic career. His long history as an actor and director in the Hollywood television and film industry and as a writer and director of his own films play a significant role in his artwork.

The fundraiser will consist of a unique “silent auction” approach. Each piece will have bidding sheets attached with a minimum bid amount listed. Bidders will write down the highest amount they are willing to pay (which could be the minimum bid), provide their contact information, and place it in a lock-box nearby. When the show closes, the winning bidders for each piece will be contacted.

According to the artist, “Of all the art shows organized by Goosefoot, the student work has moved me most profoundly. Their raw talent, and the difficult subjects they’ve taken on, gives me hope for our artistic future.” The non-profit organization is grateful to Evans for his generosity. “Our young people deserve a public place to showcase their talents and put their work up for sale,” states Hub Gallery curator and Goosefoot program director Marian Myszkowski. “And we have always enjoyed exhibiting Richard’s work in the Bayview Cash Store,” she continues. “Watching visitors enjoy and puzzle over his sometimes whimsical and often thought-provoking pieces is very satisfying!”

Evans has had two previous solo exhibitions in the Hub Gallery: Near Earth Objects: A Space Museum in 2014; and No Big Dada: Asemblage & Installations in 2015. He has also participated in numerous group shows in the Gallery. His artwork has also appeared at Museo Gallery, Langley, WA; Karlson/Gray Gallery, Langley WA; Rob Schouten Gallery, Greenbank, WA; and Galerie 1529 in Glendale, CA.

The Hub Gallery is open and free to the public, Monday through Sunday, 10 am – 6 pm. It is located inside the Bayview Cash Store, 5603 Bayview Road, Langley, WA. For more information, contact 360-914-1627.

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Richard Evans began making art while pursuing a career as an actor. In his 35-year career as an actor, he played opposite Mia Farrow in the continuing role of “Paul Hanley” on Peyton Place. Major roles in shows such as Gunsmoke, Mr. Novak, Bonanza, Mod Squad, and Star Trek followed. He starred as Michael J. Pollard’s psychopathic mentor “Goldie” in film pioneer Jack L. Warner’s final movie Dirty Little Billy, played George C. Scott’s sidekick “Willy,” in Islands in the Stream and co-starred in Robert Mulligan’s crime drama The Nickel Ride.

Acting in films, theatre and television led Evans to writing, producing, and directing a number of feature films including The Mystery of Howard Hangar, Harry Monument, Shadow of Rain and Shuffle & Cut (A Question for Godard). His directorial credits for theater include Wings of the Termite, Sliding Dog, Cats in the L.A. River, Angel City, Glengarry Glen Ross, American Buffalo, True West, Crime X 2, Club Ded, Orphans, and his one-person show Off the Wall–An Evening with Richard Evans. His most recent directorial credit for theater was Frost/Nixon at the Whidbey Island Center for the Arts.

Goosefoot Community Fund—a non-profit organization—works together with the South Whidbey community to create essential solutions. They preserve great places, address community needs, grow local businesses, and connect neighbors. www.goosefoot.org