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Newport Visual Arts Center Welcomes Otis Artist Sam Jacobson and others

Exhibit opening scheduled for Saturday, August 7, noon to 4pm

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Otis-based artist Sam Jacobson for her exhibit, “Have We Met?” running August 7 – September 26 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Jacobson will be exhibiting a series of ceramic and mixed-media sculptures depicting human faces. The COVAS Showcase features artists living in Oregon’s seven coastal counties, with Jacobson representing Lincoln County. An informal gallery opening for “Have We Met?,” will be held at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr.) on Saturday, August 7, noon-4pm, with the new exhibiting artists speaking at 2pm.

From her studio nestled in the forest of Cascade Head, “Pickled Heron Studio,” Sam Jacobson draws inspiration from her travels, her life experiences and the natural environment in which she lives. As a clay artist, she works with slabs, not a wheel, and her works tend to be more sculptural than functional.  Her sculptures most recently have been shown at the Chessman Gallery in Lincoln City and The River Gallery in Independence.

“The human face is infinitely fascinating, whether someone I have known or just imagined,” Jacobson says.
“I love how the slightest tweak can completely change the mood or dynamic of an entire face. And I especially love how the face comes alive, complete with personality and a history, as my fingers work the clay.”

A former law professor at the Willamette University College of Law, Jacobson has been working in ceramics for the past 10 years and considers herself a self-taught artist. Along the way, she has drawn knowledge from various texts, videos and her membership in the International Ceramic Artist Network.

The Runyan Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.

The Newport Visual Arts Center adheres to all health and safety protocol provided by the Governor’s Office as well as the City of Newport. OCCA currently recommends that all visitors to the VAC wear masks while in the building.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center, and serves as the regional arts council for Oregon’s seven coastal counties.

“La Petite Quaintrelle” Exhibit by Eugenia Pardue to Open at the Newport Visual Arts Center

Public opening set for Saturday, August 7, noon to 4pm

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the work of Eugenia Pardue and her exhibit “La Petite Quaintrelle” from August 7 to September 25 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Pardue will present a series of large- and small-scale works of hand-sculpted acrylic paint on birch panel. An informal gallery opening for “La Petite Quaintrelle” will be held at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr.) on Saturday, August 7, noon-4pm, with the new exhibiting artists speaking at 2pm.

Eugenia Pardue’s current work developed following her participation in 2006 in her “Milkwood Artist Residency” in Cesky Krumlov, Czech Republic. She has left color behind and now focuses solely on the surface of the work. She paints in tonal varieties of white applying decorative motives and architectural elements. Her works present a luscious tension of forms that allow the viewer to move inside and outside the composition. They take on a feminine quality of organic shapes while using a medium that is completely fluid. Shadow and shape are her subjects.

“My moment of deepest inspiration came to me while lying on my back in the atelier in the Cesky Krumlov Castle in the Czech Republic,” Pardue writes. “For weeks I had roamed the castle and been dazzled by the colorful frescos, carved relief facades, gilded carriages and other Rococo and Baroque ornaments that infused almost every square foot of the castle’s walls and ceilings. One afternoon, after hours of absorbing this nonstop cascade of visual delight, I lay down on my back on the tarps on my studio floor and closed my eyes to let their multitudinous reports from my days’ wanderings seep in more deeply.”

“Opening my eyes. I looked up and saw that the ancient, dark, wooden cross beams that passed over the very space where I had been painting during my artists residency were adorned with fading, barely visible images of sinuously intertwining vines, variegated leaves, and drooping flower blossoms whose swollen heads verged on eruption. I suddenly became alarmed that such beauty teetered towards oblivion. I, and I suppose any artist, mourns when their marks fade into the forgotten past.”

Each of Eugenia Pardue’s works reflects upon the past of Baroque elegance, where design evoked the majesty of nature and these elements were metaphors for the human condition. She speaks to it as a combination of symbolism and innovation of the medium of paint to speak to a new dialog in painting. Her works embark on a path of transcendence where the viewers are asked to partake in a higher consciousness and aesthetic embodiment of beauty.

Having grown up in Los Angeles and Minnesota, Eugenia Pardue moved to New Orleans after high school and then to Miami with the intent to study nutrition. A class in ceramics at Florida International University, however, changed all that and her artist artistic career took focus. In 1990, she earned her BFA in painting from Florida International University and then in 1998 she received her MFA from Clemson University in South Carolina, intent on teaching and contributing to academia. Following her MFA, she moved to Portland, where she taught at Portland Community College and Portland State University through 2009.

Eugenia Pardue has consistently held sole exhibitions from 1999 through 2021, both regionally and nationally. The “Le Petite Quaintrelle” exhibit at the Newport Visual Arts Center will serve as preview for her larger exhibit, “Quaintrelle,” at the Arllington Museum of Art in Texas this fall.

Purdue’s resume of solo and group exhibitions, and artist awards is both impressive and extensive. She has been recognized by The Ford Family Foundation, the Oregon Arts Commission, the Center on Contemporary Art (Seattle), the Sam and Adele Golden Foundation and the Hungarian Multicultural Center, among other institutions. Her work is in the permanent collections of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, Raffles Hotel (Presidential Suite, Singapore), the Ritz Carleton Hotels in Portland, San Francisco and Washington DC, and Tiffany’s and Co. in Portland, among other locations.

“We are honored to have Eugenia Pardue’s work and someone of her artistic merit at the Newport Visual Arts Center,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “This show has been over three years in the making.”

The Runyan Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.

The Newport Visual Arts Center adheres to all health and safety protocol provided by the Governor’s Office as well as the City of Newport. OCCA currently recommends that all visitors to the VAC wear masks while in the building.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center, and serves as the regional arts council for Oregon’s seven coastal counties.

OCCA Presents the Exhibition, “Wildfire Smoke,” at the Newport Visual Arts Center

Public opening set for Saturday, August 7, noon to 4pm

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition, “Wildfire Smoke,” by Kendra Larson from August 7 to September 25 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Center. A Portland-based artist, Larson will present a series of oil pastel drawings as a meditation on the fires and smoke that overtook Oregon in the summer of 2020. An informal gallery opening for “Wildfire Smoke,” will be held at the VAC (777 NW Beach Dr.) on Saturday, August 7, noon-4pm, with the new exhibiting artists speaking at 2pm.

Kendra Larson maintains a primary artistic focus on the ephemerality of Pacific Northwest landscapes. Her paintings and drawings explore historical ideas of the Landscape, Romanticism, environmentalism, and wonder evoked by the natural world. Her current body of work focuses on making visible the fleeting qualities that add to our understanding of place: the role smoke, fire, clouds, snow, movement, sound, and fireworks play in nature.

“The drawings in the Newport exhibit are of the wildfires. This subject brings to mind death, rebirth, healing, the sublime, and natures’ role in our health and well-being,” Larson says. “When the wildfires hit last year I was deeply moved by the destruction. The smoke was a constant reminder of the loss of Detroit, a place we have visited every summer since I was a kid. I found a photo from that fire and drew it. Noticing that the color was off, I drew it again. Then again to capture a more accurate feeling. After that, I just kept drawing the same scene almost daily.”

“Oil pastels are very physical,” Larson continues. “It’s not like painting with a brush in that there is nothing that separates my hand from the material. Perhaps this visceral process is a healthy antidote to all the time I spent on Zoom last year.”

Originally from Salem, Larson received her BFA from the Pacific NW College of Art and an MFA in painting from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She has shown her work in venues in the United States and New Zealand, including the Art Gym, PDX Contemporary, Blackfish Gallery, the Hoffman Gallery at Lewis & Clark College (Portland), The Arts Center (Corvallis), the Milk Factory (Chicago) and the Nash Gallery (Minneapolis). Larson is a past Signal Fire, Caldera, Sitka, and New Pacific Studios (Masterton, New Zealand) artist in resident. She is represented by Augen Gallery in Portland, OR and teaches at Portland State University and PNCA. Recently she was awarded both a Regional Arts and Culture Council (RACC) Project Grant and Oregon Arts Commission Career Opportunity Grant. When not painting she can be found hosting an art podcast with her sister called Art Gab (http://stumptowncreative.com/).

The Upstairs Gallery is open Wednesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.

The Newport Visual Arts Center adheres to all health and safety protocol provided by the Governor’s Office as well as the City of Newport. OCCA currently recommends that all visitors to the VAC wear masks while in the building.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center, and serves as the regional arts council for Oregon’s seven coastal counties.

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