“Shades of Black” by Kevin Stephenson

Sequential Art Gallery presents “Shades of Black”, a collection of both new and old work by multifaceted artist, Kevin Stephenson. The exhibit opens this Thursday, March 7th, with the artist’s reception from 6pm to 10pm.

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With “Shades of Black”, Stephenson combines two collections that focus heavily on the art of storytelling. The first is “Counting Corvids”, an illustrated interpretation of the old world practice of divination by counting crows or ravens.

The second collection is “The Derelict and The Wanted Men”, Stephenson’s take on the poem-turned-song “The Derelict”, more commonly known as “Fifteen Men on a Dead Man’s Chest” from Robert Louis Stevenson’s “Treasure Island”. Stephenson treats “The Derelict” as “pirate CSI”, adding a series of pirate wanted posters, fleshing out the tale.

Stephenson is an accomplished illustrator, painter, and printmaker. He utilizes his expertise in woodworking, leathercraft, and metalcraft for Forge & Thistle, a small business that Stephenson co-owns, which specializes in quality hand-made products.

Stephenson is also a proud and esteemed member of PDX Yar!, Portland’s premier pirate-themed performance group. As part of the First Thursday reception, his fellow privateers from PDX Yar! will be on deck, singing, carousing, and general merry-making. (www.pdxyar.org)

“Shades of Black” will be on display throughout the month of March, with gallery hours on Thursdays from 3pm-7pm, Saturdays from 11am-5pm, and by appointment.”Shades of Black” will close at the end of business on Saturday, March 30th.