“An Art of Deception” opens in the Upstairs Gallery on November 1 with an opening reception from 5pm to 7pm. Frank Werner is a wood carver and folk artist. Werner’s medium is wood and his subject is birds, specifically decoys and rigs of decoys. The word decoy comes to us from the Dutch expression “ende-kooy,” in which ende (duck) and Kooy (a sort of trap or cage) are combined. Decoys made of tule dating back almost 1200 years were discovered in a cave near Lovelock, Nevada in 1924.
Werner began making decoys without much thought to anything other than hunting ducks. In 1983, the Idaho Commission on the Arts began a survey of Folk Arts and Folk Artists in Idaho. He was “discovered and catalogued,” and, in 1984, ICA borrowed three of his cducks for a traveling Folk Arts exhibition. He is still involved with the Commission, working as a master artist for the Idaho Traditional Folk Arts Apprenticeship Program.
On his artistry Werner said “Decoys resemble live birds, more or less. Yet, I resist identifying them as representational art – such as a painting or a sculpture of some object. Mimetic art exists in order to represent something. Decoys exist in order to attract game to a place where it may be killed. The essence of this art form, its semiotic investment, its social, cultural and aesthetic identity emanates from what it is and what it is used for; not from what it looks like.” A variety of birds will be represented in this exhibit.”
The Runyan Gallery, open Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 5pm (November through April) , is located on the first floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive on the Nye Beach Turnaround.
“From Ancient to New: The Art of Contemporary Tapestry,” by Cheryl Silverblatt, Tapestry Weaver, Astoria, OR
“From Ancient to New: The Art of Contemporary Tapestry” opens in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artists Showcase on second floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center on November 1 with an opening reception hosted by OCCA from 5pm to 7pm. Stop in and meet Cheryl Silverblatt, tapestry weaver/fiber artist from Clatsop County. Working in a relatively small format, she says, “tapestries that I am currently weaving are a perfect (and unique) size for the Showcase environment. With the exceptions of “Signaling PEACE” and “Texturae Fibratae: Hoof,” the pieces are framed without glass so ideal for seeing through glass.”
Silverblatt will display a series of three “jewel” tapestries, two tapestries mounted on paper, one tapestry hanging free from a bamboo pole and the special signal flags PEACE in the Showcase space to introduce contemporary tapestry/fiber art to those who are unfamiliar and revive interest for those who may be familiar with fiber art but not the contemporary fiber art scene.
Using the same ancient techniques as the Coptic Christians used to adorn tunics and medieval weavers used to create wall hangings, she states, “My small pieces are not paintings in yarn but are about the interlacement of yarn, warp and weft, to create a textile. Particularly, it is the fiber, its nature, texture and hand that interests and excites me to weave in abstract motifs, highlighting the special characteristics of wool, silk or linen. Weaving row by row, making cloth and image at the same time is tapestry weaving. Exploring contemporary themes and materials while creating a textile is my passion, an ancient art made modern.”