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Newport: Visual Arts Center presents “Pacific Passions” by Kat Cunningham

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Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, the regional arts council for the coast of Oregon, welcomes Lane County artist, Kat Cunningham to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase from June 7 through June 29. Cunningham’s exhibit, “Pacific Passions,” examines the colors, textures and forms of the many places she has lived on the Pacific Ocean. Meet the artist at the opening reception on June 7 from 5 to 7pm.

Since 2007, Kat Cunningham has lived and worked in Florence. “Now influenced by the Oregon sea life and coastal beauty, I bloomed aesthetically. I found my message, medium and passion all in one. My present work is Encaustic and my message is still the same – human connection, consciousness through nature. Encaustic has everything I have known as an artist. I can paint, draw, sculpt, use mixed media approaches, work in graphic design and incorporate collage’ – sky seems to be the limit. I also have found my style here and have come to terms with the next direction for me,” she says. “Art was a destiny for me, not something that just happened. It rounds out and shapes all facets of my life choices.”

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Cunningham has had a varied career and lived in many places. “Each place I have moved I gathered the colors, textures, living patterns and environmental disconnection of nature to make my statement.” In the seventies, she lived in southern California, owned graphic design studios and started the first fiber arts magazine, Fibernews, while she was involved in the colors and texture of manipulated and structural fibers and textiles and textile art form.

Pacific Passions is an exhibit of mixed media, paintings and encaustics with influences from her life on the Pacific Ocean in a variety of settings. A video about Kat Cunningham will accompany her exhibit and will then become part of the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Video Archive.

For more information go to www.VAC@CoastArts.org

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