LCCC MEMBERS PRESENT THE HOLIDAY ART SHOW, OPEN THROUGH JAN. 7 IN THE CHESSMAN GALLERY
If it’s December, it must be time for the Members’ Holiday Art Show in the Chessman Gallery, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center. This annual exhibit, open only to current members of the center, features a broad spectrum of two- and three-dimensional artwork, décor and gifts. The show opened with a reception on Dec. 7, and will remain on display through Jan. 7. The center, and the gallery, will be open from 10 am to 4 pm, Thursday through Monday, throughout the holiday season.
Membership in the LCCC, which starts at $30 a year for individuals, has a variety of benefits. One of them is the ability to enter works for the members-only art shows, offered twice a year. The works are sold, if the artists desire, with a 35 percent commission going toward the upkeep of the gallery, and the center. This holiday show was organized and hung by the center’s new gallery director, Krista Eddy.
“This show is colorful and creative and will be a great stop for you if you are embarking on a winter gallery stroll, or if you’d like to find that special and unique gift for someone,” Eddy said. “The Chessman Gallery is all decked out and filled with fantastic variety, all made by our members: jewelry, glass, pottery, miniatures, painting, photography and maybe even some techniques you’ve never seen before. Don’t miss the robot, the box of fish, the rolling waves and the many other wonders.”
The show includes oil paintings by Nancy McEwen, Byron Pickering, Nancy Chase and Dick Deam, and acrylics by Barbara Chimienti, Clifford J. Klinkhammer, Ann Bajovich and Ruth Hugeback. Joanne Hay is showing watercolors, and Jill Perry Townsend is showing a bronze sculpture. There are also mixed media offerings from Ron Thornhill, Ben Soeby and Irene Shea, accented with blown glass by Kelly Howard, dish gardens by Richard Merrill, and textiles by Lyle and Arlene Gowing.
This show offers interesting methods and approaches. Judy Deam is showing reverse acrylics, which are painted in layers on glass. David Jordan is exhibiting several pieces of digital art, abstracts with elements of photography and graphic arts.
Participating photographers are Vonelle Swanson and Dean Ingram, next to cloth cats by Linda Hoff, miniatures by Melva Love and jewelry by Elissa Burian. You’ll also find ceramics by Scott Livesay and Judith Watson.
Some talented members of the LCCC entered in more than one medium. Avette Gaiser brought both paintings and jewelry, while Ingrid Ingram submitted a beautifully knit sweater, a crocheted hat and scarf, and a handmade Art Deco style necklace.
The Chessman Gallery, named for the late arts advocate P.J. Chessman, is located inside the LCCC, 540 NE Hwy. 101. The center is also home to Lincoln City’s official visitor welcome center, the LCCC Members Gift Shop, the studio of sculptor Jill Perry Townsend, a renovated dance studio and several other creative spaces. Upcoming events in the auditorium: a Big Band dance with the Lincoln Pops Orchestra on Jan. 5, and a bluegrass fusion concert with Oh My Darling on Jan. 18.
For tickets and information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.