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June 24 – July 19, 2019

Reception Date Change!
Wednesday, July 10th, 6:00 – 8:00PM

White Gallery is proud to present AN IRIS STANDS TALL, a solo exhibition of mixed media drawings by Annette Sabater which defined her creative life in fine art and writing for three years. Curated by Thién Mùi Easland. Funding has been made possible by Regional Arts and Culture Council and Puffin Foundation Ltd.


An Iris Stands Tall
a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

Artist Statement 2019

An Iris Stands Tall: a mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition, started as an internal dialogue regarding my child’s transition from a young boy to an adult female. It evolved over three years into the present exhibit and was completed in 2017. The original exhibit was 46 pieces of art and has since been scaled back to 42 with the option of smaller exhibit formats. The art pieces range in size from 12.5X16.5 inches to 22X31 inches unframed and are rendered in oil pastel, graphite, charcoal or combination on paper. A narrative of my experience, research, and observations during my journey to acceptance forms an essential complement to the art pieces. The subjects of this show are derived from live models and photos. Some subjects are based directly from family photos, others from various photos I adapted according to the message of the piece. This show represents both the transgender woman’s and man’s experience although is more representational of a transgender woman. This is shared within these themes: Gender Identity, Cultural Expectation, Early Years, Alone, Sadness, Two Spirit Culture, Judgments, Facing the Fear, Transition, Acceptance, Legal Processes and Joy of Existence.

An Iris Stands Tall received 2017 grant support both from the Regional Arts Culture Council in Portland, Oregon, and the Puffin Foundation in Teaneck, New Jersey. Its first exhibit was at Cerimon House, Portland Oregon, in April 2017 followed by Multnomah Arts Center, Portland Oregon, in 2018 and The Arts Center, Corvallis, Oregon in 2019.

The White Gallery exhibition includes seventeen art pieces with
narrative which reflects the more personal aspects of my journey.


Annette Sabater