Steel Door Gallery and Shaffer Fine Art will present “Volke: A Retrospective”
Featured Artist: Bob Volke (1958 – 2016)
Show Run Dates: January 21st – February 4th 2017

Bob Volke masterpieces being displayed at Steel Door Gallery. (Photo Courtesy of Steel Door Gallery)

Bob Volke masterpieces being displayed at Steel Door Gallery. (Photo Courtesy of Steel Door Gallery)


Curators Patrick Zahn and Gail Shaffer are proud to present “Volke: A Retrospective”. The show will feature a large collection of paintings by artist Bob Volke, who passed away in 2016 due to heart complications.

Volke’s journey from truck driver to artist began in 2003 when he was diagnosed with schizophrenia. He started the art therapy program at Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare as a way to manage his illness. With Volke’s paintings in private and corporate collections around the world, this is the first opportunity to see and purchase Volke’s work since his untimely passing in April of 2016.

Volke’s love of acrylics shows in both his unorthodox subject matter and techniques – using brushes and a fork to apply sharp dense shades of color onto canvas.

The attraction of Volke’s paintings ranges from the simplicity in his use of color to the complex subject matter drawn from his struggles with schizophrenia.

Please Join Steel Door Gallery, Shaffer Fine Art, and the Volke family as we celebrate the life of this amazing artist.
Fifty Percent of proceeds will benefit the Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare.


About Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare:
Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare is Oregon’s community health and housing nonprofit partner. Cascadia has served Oregonians living with mental health and addiction challenges, chronic homelessness, poverty, trauma and other health disparities for 35 years.
Our 900+ team members work together every day with a shared dedication to provide personal, compassionate care for over 16,000 Oregon residents of all ages each year. Together, with the support of our community, we are Bridging a Culture of Caring to improve the quality of life for all Oregonians.

Learn more about Cascadia Behavioral Healthcare’s comprehensive range of innovative clinical and housing support programs, visit:

Steel Door Gallery and Shaffer Fine Art Gallery are located at 1991 NW Upshur Street, Suite D, Portland, OR 97209.

Steel Door Gallery is a show-driven gallery that seeks to promote, market and develop cutting edge emerging and mid-career artists.

For more information contact: Patrick Zahn 503-875-6950