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VAC at Nye Beach features artists early in the new year

"High Tide" by Patrick Simon Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach

“High Tide” by Patrick Simon
Visual Arts Center at Nye Beach

“Ocean Views” show features work of Dallas, Oregon artist Patrick Simon; Opening reception set for January 9, 2015, 5:00pm to 7:00pm

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the work of Dallas, Oregon printmaker Patrick Simon in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Simon will exhibit linoleum block prints inspired by the Newport area and the Oregon coast. Simon will discuss his work at 6:00pm during the opening reception on January 9.

“I love the process of linoleum block printing. The carved surface produces an image with unique clarity that distinguishes it from other mediums,” he says. “The materials and techniques lend themselves so the artist might share an idea through intimate groups of multiple images.”

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The most basic element of “relief” printmaking is the printing block which is simply made up of an eighth-inch layer of linoleum, glued to a plank of wood. The linoleum surface can be tooled in any imaginable way to create an interesting texture. The block is carved, scratched, gouged or worn away to develop an image.

A wide variety of different effects can be achieved in printmaking, but with the method Simon uses, each color usually requires a separate block. For Simon, that means producing between six and eight blocks. For this technique, multiple blocks are used, but with few exceptions printmaking produces a mirror image so the blocks must be hand carved in reverse.

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“My ideas originally stem from the sciences,” Simon says. “Growing up on the University of Wyoming campus, you can see lots of fossil records pertaining to the amazing life of an inland ocean. And I was floored by the sensation of walking up to a real ocean for the first time. All of my interactions with the ocean have been profound.”

The Upstairs Gallery is open from noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, please call 541-265-6569 or email vac@coastarts.org

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Organic Basketry Kathleen Kanas

Organic Basketry
Kathleen Kanas

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is delighted to present works by Tillamook County artist Kathleen Kanas in the Oregon Coast Visual Artists Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Kanas includes traditional and organic basketry in her exhibit, “Natural Fiber,” and is featured in an artist video documenting her work and process. She will discuss her work during the gallery reception at 5:30 p.m. on January 9.

Kathleen Kanas has been plying, plaiting and coiling natural fibers for over 50 years. Born and raised in Portland, Oregon, she spent memorable times in the Pacific Northwest outdoors. These experiences developed her exploratory nature, allowing use of a variety of materials that resulted in an array of styles. Mostly self-taught, Kanas has taken workshops from well-known traditional Lummi weavers such as Frances James, Bruce Miller and Anna Jefferson, as well as Margaret Matthewson.

From spring through October Kanas builds up her supply of materials near her home. She harvests akibia and wisteria vines, New Zealand flax and dracenae leaves, and neighbors have helped by dropping off pruned Manzanita branches. When the winds are westerly, a walk on Manzanita Beach can result in a batch of bull kelp or an interesting piece of driftwood that can be incorporated into her designs. At low tide, nearby Nehalem Bay also offers up spruce or cedar roots that have made it downstream. Having traveled south and east in Oregon, she has collected western red cedar bark wild cherry bark, and bear grass in the Cascade Mountains’ foothills; willow, cattail and tule along the Blitzen River; and Ponderosa pine needles near Bend.

Awards and recognition have followed Kanas and her basketry. In 2009, she was a featured artist on Oregon Public Broadcastings’ “Art Beat.” In 1988, she was included in “Basic Weave,” a juried national exhibition in Athens, Ohio. She has regularly shown in juried exhibitions such as the Beaverton Arts Showcase and the “Celebration of Creativity” exhibit, also located in Beaverton, Oregon. In 1986, she received the first place, mixed media award in the Kenai Art Guild’s 20th Annual Juried Art Show in Kenai, Alaska.

The Covas Showcase is open from noon to 5pm, Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, call 541-265-6569 or email vac@coastarts.org

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