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A real variety show

Published on September 13, 2017 12:30PM

Last changed on September 13, 2017 1:08PM

Sculptures in bronze, stone, clay, glass, mixed media and paper are on display in the latest exhibit at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

Entitled “Variety of Visions,” the juried exhibition features work by 26 members of the Pacific Northwest Sculptors, a group of artists from throughout Oregon and Washington.

“I’m inviting the viewers of ‘Variety of Visions’ to enter the invisible world that surrounds and connects the sculptors in the show,” said exhibition coordinator Dave Gonzo. “Ask curious questions, like ‘why is that there?’ The answers are in the solid forms before you and the connections you create in the spaces between.”

“The ‘Variety of Visions’ exhibit represents another strong collaboration with another regional arts organization,” said gallery director Tom Webb. “In July and August, we featured work from the Crows’ Shadow Institute (printmaking) based in Eastern Oregon, and now we move in a different artist direction with the Pacific Northwest Sculptors. The VAC is bringing artistic voices from around the state and region to the Central Oregon Coast.”

Founded in 2000, Pacific Northwest Sculptors is a nonprofit organization made up of sculptors and people in associated fields who live and work in the Northwest. Its roughly 100 members are on a mission to foster the art of sculpture by increasing public awareness of issues and techniques that surround sculpture, and to facilitate communication between member sculptors. Based in Portland, the group sponsors seminars, workshops, lectures and art events. Its members range from professionals to new sculptors and all points in between.

The Pacific Northwest Sculptors have exhibited works in the lobby of the Portland Center for the Performing Arts, at the Salem Art Festival and at Art in the Pearl events in Portland’s Park Blocks, among other locations. The group annually presents exhibits around International Sculpture Day, held each April. Members have exhibited their work regionally, nationally and internationally.

“Our members enjoy exhibition opportunities and greater exposure through PNS,” Gonzo said. “But the most important opportunity is for the sculptors to interact and learn from each other.”

“Variety of Visions” will be on display through October 29, available to view from 11 am to 6 pm Tuesday to Sunday in the Runyan Gallery of the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

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