The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Corvallis-based artist Vicki Idema to the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Idema’s exhibiton, “A Ripple of Kindness,” will run from February 1 to March 9, 2019, and will include drawings and cut paper works. A First Friday opening reception will be held on February 1, 5-7pm, with the artist speaking at 6:15pm
After working with yarns and textiles for over 40 years, Vicki Idema has turned to using the human forms in two distinct and different media—charcoal and conte drawings on topographic maps, and cut paper. Her works depict women and children in states of suffering: for example, kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, young women caught up human trafficking, and female farm works clothed in layers to protect themselves from the sun, wind, dust and pesticides. “Fear, worry and sorrow may be constant and overwhelming,” Idema says. “However, whether it is through acts of nature or politics, women and girls desperately need to find hope through their faith, endurance and determination.”
After graduating with a BFA degree in fiber arts from Colorado State University, Vicki Idema went on to take workshops exploring surface-design techniques. One such technique, Katazome, is a Japanese stencil dying method. Through the many steps of Katazone, Idema found stencil cutting the step she enjoyed the most. Leaving textiles for paper and knife, she took classes at Oregon State University, Linn Benton Community College and abroad in Florence, Italy, where she learned to draw the human form. As with her past works in textiles, Idema weaves international fabric motifs into her cut-paper designs.
Vicki Idema’s has exhibited her artwork in solo and group shows throughout Oregon. In 2016, she received a best in show award in a juried exhibit at Linn Benton Community College. Her most recent work was shown in the “Wild Women” exhibit in 2018 at the River Gallery in Independence. Idema is a member of Soap Creek Artisans outside Corvallis.
The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.