SUE ALLEN is a printmaker, with a focus on screen printing. Artistic directions range from nature and organic order, to abstraction and geometry, and veers repeatedly toward the Japanese aesthetic and beauty. Other interests include photography and book arts. Her cards, original limited-edition screen prints, photographs, and book arts, are distinguished, refined, elegant, and unusual. Over the years she has exhibited widely, has done many shows and festivals, and has her work in numerous galleries and shops.
Sue comes from a family of architects, and received her Bachelor of Architecture degree from The Cooper Union in New York City, where she grew up. She spent 12 years at summer camp in New Hampshire, has traveled overland from Europe to Nepal to trek, and lived in Stowe VT in the early 1970s, where she first learned printmaking. Since 1981 she has made the forest foothills of Mount Hood home, where she enjoys nature in all her seasons, and can be creative and productive.
Some of her other interests include yoga (with a leaning toward Iyengar approach), being outside (whether it is managing her 'back 40', taking a walk in the woods, or hiking/snowshoeing in the Mount Hood area, and beyond), and she volunteers with her local CERT team (Hoodland Community Emergency Response Team).
Throughout her career, Sue has also had her hand in the displaying of art, whether her own or others. From 2005-2017 she worked for the Clackamas County Arts Alliance, becoming the Artist Exhibit Program Coordinator. Working from home, and doing the installations, she managed 19 galleries that rotated artwork every three or four months, including calls to artists and orientation.
SCREEN PRINTING is a stencil process where ink is squeezed through a porous screen that is partially blocked out, with only open areas printing. Each layer is "pulled" separately, and transparent inks can produce the illusion of another. Creating an original print goes from ideas, mockups, and final prep drawings, to making positives and screens and printing, to doing followup steps.
SHOPS & GALLERIES THAT CARRY SUE ALLEN ART:
Bedouin. Sisters OR
Columbia Center for the Arts. Hood River OR
Dalles Art Center. The Dalles OR
Govy General. Government Camp OR
Pendleton Center for the Arts. Pendleton OR
Rental Sales Gallery of the Portland Art Museum. Portland OR
Welches Mountain Building Supply. Welches OR