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Paper Artist Moe Snyder at the Visual Arts Center


The Coastal Arts Guild hosts this luncheon on the first Thursday of each month in the second floor classroom of the Newport Visual Arts Center. The program begins at 11:30 followed by lunch. CAG invites those interested in the arts to attend.

 Moe Snyder’s fascination with calligraphy and the paper arts began when she was nine years old, watching her sister struggle to fill a practice sheet with thick black gothic letters, dipping her rusty metal pen in an old bottle of India ink. The smell of the ink, the scratch of the pen on the crisp white paper, the shapes of the letters and the spaces between them: it was all serious magic to the enthralled little sister.

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Moe graduated from Oregon College of Art & Craft in 2007 with a BFA in Book Arts, with Drawing as a second craft. It was, Moe says, an extraordinary and life-changing gift. She has had a studio in her home ever since, and for the past six years has been delighted to teach at the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival (NPBAF).

Moe has signed on to teach three workshops this year: “A little daunting,” she says, “But I’m looking forward to it. Participants come from all over the country. I get to teach what I love to people who love it too. It doesn’t get any better than that.” She says it is a particular honor to teach in the building where her stepmother taught and participated in so many art classes. “I can’t go into the main room at the Newport Visual Arts Center without feeling Mom’s presence. I think she approves,” Moe says.

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Moe’s books, boxes, and drawings can be found in public and private collections around the country. Her current works, and her teaching, focus on our relationship to the natural world, the joy of fine craft, and the richness to be found in mindfully connecting the two. She lives and explores from her home in Seal Rock.

Moe will be a returning teacher for the upcoming Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival, sponsored by the OCCA and happening at the Visual Arts Center You can check out the festival’s website or contact their representative at npaf@costarts.org

For additional information and an invitation to attend CAG’s luncheon call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599. Seating is limited so call as soon as possible. There is a suggested donation of $10.00 for the luncheon for non members. Mary can also provide information about the Coastal Arts Guild, which is a great avenue to appreciate the many art forms and a fun way to meet like minded people. CAG is a volunteer program which staffs the Visual Arts Center and serves the arts community of Lincoln County. CAG welcomes new members and there is no membership fee.

 

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