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Published on March 14, 2017 12:49PM

By Arlene Warner

By Arlene Warner

By Donna Sakomoto Crispin

By Donna Sakomoto Crispin

By Kathy Karbo

By Kathy Karbo

Instructors at this year’s Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival are the stars of the latest exhibit at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

On display through April 22, the Instructors’ Show features work from 13 paper artists who will lead a slate of workshops during the festival, representing various paper and book art-making mediums, including surface design, paper dyeing, collage mixed media and paper manipulation.

“These paper and book artists represent some of the finest in the country,” said visual arts center director Tom Webb. “To have them together in one exhibit is a rare collection of talent. The ‘Instructors’ Show’ highlights the quality of the festival and draws the interest of new festival attendees.”

• Donna Sakamoto Crispin of Eugene is a weaver and basketmaker, utilizing traditional Japanese and Native American techniques passed down for generations.

• Heather Fortner has been taking and teaching classes in all aspects of nature printing since the mid 1980s. She now works out of her Sea Fern Nature Printing Studio in Toledo.

• Dolores Guffey of Eureka, California, is a founding member of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. One of her books was included in “Thread Loves Paper,” a new publication from Emily Marks.

• From Portland, Kathy Karbo has studied at the John Campbell Folk Arts School and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her interests range from fiber to paper arts and more.

• Margo Klass is a mixed-media artist whose work includes sculptural box constructions and artist books. She maintains studios and teaches bookmaking workshops in Alaska and Maine.

• Also from Alaska, Mary Baarlaer Maisch is a book maker and quilter. She is a member of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild and has taught workshops at its Folk School Fairbanks campus.

• Sandi Reinke of Portland is best known for her many guest-artist appearances on HGTV, Discovery and DIY TV shows. Currently she teaches classes in two Salem venues on unusual techniques for creating materials for collage and mixed media.

• Moe Snyder of Seal Rock is a 2007 graduate of the Oregon College of Art & Craft, with a BFA in book arts and drawing. She has studied calligraphy for many years and counts letter forms and nature among her main influences.

• Marilyn Stablein of Portland studied book arts with Hedi Kyle, Daniel Essig, Suzanne Moore and more. Her work has been featured in books, online and in the media. She is also an award-winning writer.

• Connie Stricks of Fairbanks, Alaska, has worked with paper for more than 20 years and has taught at The Folk School of Fairbanks and the Northwoods Book Arts Guild.

• Liz Walker is a marbling artist working and teaching in Portland since 1999. She has been a professional graphic designer for more than 30 years and a mixed-media/collage artist for the past six years. Her work has been shown at the Rogue Gallery in Medford.

• Jackie Wygant, of Portland, comes from a family of artists and found her niche in the book arts in the late 1980s. She loves seeing students discover their creativity in her classes.

The Instructors’ Show will be on display through April 22, available to view from noon to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday in the Upstairs Gallery of the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

Book your spot now

Now in its 22nd year, the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival runs from Friday, March 21, through Sunday, March 23.

The festival, organized by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, offers 18 workshops at nine venues throughout the Newport area.

While some of the workshops are now full, many still remain open, including classes in paper spinning for fiber, woven-paper jewelry and Japanese stab binding.

The festival brochure, indicating open and closed workshops, is available for download at www.coastarts.org/events/2017/04/2017-newport-paper-book-arts-festival-registration-opens/, by emailing npaf@coastarts.org or by calling 541-265-6569. The festival brochure is also available to pick up at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

A festival reception will be held on Saturday, April 22, from 5 to 7 pm, at the Visual Arts Center, featuring a special presentation, “Finding Personal Inspiration for Art Books,” by instructor Marilyn Stablein at 6 pm.

For more information, call 541-265-6569 or email npaf@coastarts.org.

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