Newport Visual Art Center Showcases Claudia Brown, Florence-based Jewelry Maker
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Painting with Beads,” an exhibition of handmade jewelry by Florence-based artist Claudia Brown, from March 6 to April 25 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Brown will exhibit earrings, pendants and bracelets reflecting the colors of her garden, the ocean and wine country. The Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase features mid-career artists living on the Oregon coast and rotates artists from the seven coastal counties, with Brown representing coastal Lane County. A public reception for “Painting with Beads” will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2-5pm, with the artist speaking about her work at 4:15pm.
“Postcards from Nineveh”—Photomontages by Friderike Heuer—to Exhibit at Newport Visual Arts Center
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Postcards from Nineveh,” an exhibit of photomontages by Portland-based artist Friderike Heuer, from March 7 to April 25 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Heuer’s exhibit is a new series works that combine photographed snippets of 17th century Dutch paintings of whaling expeditions along with contemporary environments. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2-5pm, with the artist talking at 4pm.
“The title of my exhibition, “Postcards from Nineveh,’ is a play on Jonah (the one swallowed by a whale) who was a reluctant prophet, ignored by the people of Nineveh,” writes Friderike Heuer. “We, on the other hand, should listen to clarion calls about the need to protect our oceans and fish populations.”
Heuer’s exhibition will include 20-plus photomontages (14” x 17”) of landscapes and other environments photographed in the United States and Europe, printed with archival ink jet on German Etching paper.
“The VAC is excited to premiere Friderike’s new series, particularly during a peak in the whale watching season,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb.
“A Sense of Place in the Pacific Northwest,” works by Greg Pfarr
Opens at the Newport Visual Arts Center
Opening public reception set for March 14
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “A Sense of Place in the Pacific Northwest,” an exhibit of work by Corvallis–based artist Greg Pfarr, from March 7-29 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Pfarr will exhibit large-scale paintings, prints and drawings reflecting on the high-country drama of the Cascades Mountain Range and Alaska. A public opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 14, 2-5pm, with the artist talking about his work at 3pm.
Pfarr’s work was recently honored by the Oregon Arts Commission with an exhibit at the Oregon’s Governor’s Office (August-September 2019), considered to be a life-time achievement for artistic excellence. Some of the same works will be on exhibit at the VAC. Nature and wilderness have always been important to Pfarr, who has backpacked in the Cascades for decades, returning to his studio to complete his work. Many of his prints and paintings reflect this interest.
“I like to witness severe climate and landscapes, around six to eight thousand feet,” Pfarr said on a recent podcast on KLCC radio. “It’s almost a spiritual exploration. The forms of nature at that level can be quite varied, and they can be both abstract and realistic. I like to play off that tension.” In recent years Pfarr has also been able to make several trips to Alaska to gather subject matter for a series of paintings, prints, and drawings focused on glaciers.