LINCOLN CITY — On Friday, Sept. 12, the Lincoln City Cultural Center’s Chessman Gallery will celebrate a show of sculpture and paintings by two resident artists: Jill Perry Townsend and Tracy MacEwan. Both artists, accomplished in their individual media, produce and create in studios at the LCCC.
Perry Townsend, who works in the sculpture studio on the center’s main floor, will exhibit two-dimensional works in bronze and fired terra cotta, as well as plein air oil paintings of the coastal landscapes. MacEwan, who recently moved into the small downstairs painting studio, will be showing abstract acrylics. Both artists will be on hand for the opening wine-and-nibbles reception, set for 5-7 pm Friday, Sept. 12. The show will remain on the walls in the Chessman Gallery, 540 NE Hwy. 101, thorugh Oct. 6.
This Chessman Gallery show will offer finished sculpture and paintings, as well as work in progress, and a glimpse into Perry Townsend’s process. Viewers will learn firsthand about the bronze casting process from the display of new pre-cast sculptures in the wax-like plasticine material that Townsend favors, showing viewers the painstaking process of creating the original sculpture and the involved process it goes through at a foundry. Collectors should note that this show will include pieces that are ready to go to the foundry, which she will offer for pre-order at a significant discount over final gallery prices.
Tracy MacEwan has a bachelor’s degree in art from the University of Washington and a master’s from the University of Oregon. He presently has his work in the Volta Gallery in Lincoln City, The Dragonfire Gallery in Cannon Beach and the Rental Sales Gallery at the Portland Art Museum and he is represented by Mary Lou Zeek.
MacEwan’s colorful abstract paintings will be making a special appearance in this show. He will be sharing new work done since his stroke in 2011. His new work comes from ideas made just prior to the stroke. They are affectionately called his “Lollipop Trees” and he is in the process of painting them as well as continuing with his “Migration Series.” MacEwan’s paintings incorporate a fair amount of color and are built up with many layers of paint. It has been a long road for Tracy in his recovery but his hard work and positive attitude is an inspiration to all those who know him. This is a show with a lot of heart. Don’t miss it.
The Chessman Gallery is open from 10 am to 4 pm every day except Tuesday. For more information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.