Ron Shufflebarger, a Bahá’í who recently moved to Eugene with his wife, Le, will be exhibiting a collection of his photographs from June 20 through July 30 at Scan Design Furniture at 856 Willamette Street. He will also be one of the featured artists in Eugene’s Last Friday ArtWalk on June 28 and July 26.
Ron was a self-employed furniture designer and builder who needed a hobby to get him out into the fresh air. So he took up photography. It wasn’t long before Ron’s bold themes, with their juxtaposition, humor, emotion and mix of design elements caught the eye of art lovers in his former hometown of Winfield, Kansas, who offered him exhibit space in their galleries and coffee shops. Soon after, architects and general contractors who knew him as a furniture maker asked him to photograph their building projects, and Ron’s work began to appear on both their real and their virtual walls.
Ron and Le have been members of the Bahá’í Faith since 1981. “One of the main factors that led me to become a member was the strong emphasis Abdul-Baha placed upon the crafts and the arts and the need to treat that sector fairly,” Ron said.
I rejoice to hear that thou takest pains with thine art, for in this wonderful new age art is worship. The more thou strivest to perfect it, the closer will thou come to God. What bestowal greater than this, that one's art should be even as worshipping the lord? That is to say, when thy fingers grasp the paint brush, it is as if thou wert at prayer in the temple.--- Abdu’l-Bahá
[Abdu’l-Bahá is the son of Bahá’u’lláh, founder of the Bahá’í Faith]