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Clay artist Eileen Flory featured artisan at Yaquina Art Association Gallery starting Aug. 31

Clay artistry from Eileen Flory at YAA Gallery, Nye Beach Aug 31-Sept 13

Clay artistry from Eileen Flory at YAA Gallery, Nye Beach Aug 31-Sept 13

Provided by Yaquina Art Association Gallery, Nye Beach

There will be a two week artisan spotlight featuring the work of Eileen Flory at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery in Historic Nye Beach in Newport. Eileen’s work will be available for viewing from August 31 to Sept. 13 and the gallery is open from 11 am to 4 pm daily.

When asked what inspires Eileen, she replied, “I like the feel of all the materials I work with. Clay is so plastic and cool in the hands, and it’s very forgiving. It takes impressions nicely, from nautilus shells to leaves to the ends of thread spools. When I work with clay I feel as though I am collaborating with Mother Nature, using earth, fire, water, and air. In both clay and textile work, I am inspired by native techniques and designs, especially those of Mexican artisans.”

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Eileen will be displaying her clay work but she also enjoys spinning, dyeing, weaving, seaweed pressing and paper crafts. Eileen is from Eugene and she had a career in museum and aquarium exhibit work in her younger years. Her education is in Spanish, anthropology and music. She has traveled for work to the Grand Canyon, Antarctica, the Amazon, and places between with many trips to Mexico as a child and for anthropology and craft purchasing. She plays the viola da gamba with other people twice a week and enjoys music very much. Her website is www.eflory.org.

When you come in to see Eileen Flory’s work you can notice the new lighting and display stands that are in the gallery thanks to a generous contribution from the Siletz Tribal Fund. The 2012 grant helped provide main gallery lighting, glass shelves on the West Wall of the Gift shop, center shelves, gift shop lighting,and a card rack in the gift shop. The contribution adds a lot to the gallery and the Yaquina Art Association expresses gratitude for the contribution.

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