Glass Artist Kelly Howard Featured at Newport Visual Arts Center
Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase highlights Lincoln County artist
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Kelly Howard to the Newport Visual Arts Center for her exhibition, “Falling on Center,” from March 2 to April 28 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS). Howard will present blown glass works created in her studio on Highway 101 in Lincoln City. The COVAS Showcase features mid-career artists living on the Oregon coast, rotating throughout the seven coastal counties, and Kelly Howard will be representing Lincoln County. A short artist video accompanies each COVAS exhibition. A public reception for “Falling on Center” will be held during the VAC’s First Friday opening events on April 6, 5-7pm, with an artist talk at 6:15pm.
Kelly Howard grew up in St. Charles, Illinois, and received her BFA from the Art Institute of Chicago with a focus on sculpture in 2007. Here she also focused on painting, metal-casting, fibre art, along with some glass making. After earning her master’s degree, Howard traveled throughout Europe and Australia, living and studying art abroad for eight years. N
Kelly Howard is also the co-owner and manager of the Lincoln City Glass Center in the Taft neighborhood of Lincoln City. The center is a popular destination for tourists and locals like; people come to get their first experiences blowing glass and making floats. The center and the nearby Volta Gallery, also owned by Howard and her team, play a significant role in establishing glass work as a defining art focus for the area.
The COVAS Showcase is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.