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Making waves in Yachats

Published on May 9, 2017 1:48PM

Works by artist Helen West will be on display in a three-day retrospective starting this Friday, May 12, in Yachats.

The exhibit includes work from West’s collection, pieces from private collectors and nine never-before-displayed pastel works created between 2001 and 2010 and recently discovered in storage.

“Helen West, our next door neighbor, was coy about her production” said exhibit organizer and fellow Yachats artist Michael Guerriero. “She only gave me hints of her work by what I might occasionally peek at on her easel from the window on her porch. She had some pieces hanging in the hall and dining room, but she never disclosed what was more recent work.”

West attended the University of Montana in Bozeman, the Minnesota Art Institute and the Chicago Institute of Art. Her studies also included four summers of painting with Conrad Schwiering, Grant Hagen and Paul Bransom in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.

From 1940 to 1985, she produced and showed her art in Cody, Wyoming; and Billings, Montana; painting hundreds of watercolors and oil paintings depicting landscapes and wildlife.

West moved to Oregon with her mother in 1990 and built a home in Yachats in 1992.

Her work is on display at the Poindexter Museum in Helena, the State Art Museum in Cheyenne and the Wyoming Congressional Office. Her work was included in “A Gallery of Marine Art” by Jerry McClish.

The exhibit, which also contains of documents and artifacts from West’s studio and household, will open with a public reception from 6 to 9 pm on Friday, May 12, in the 501 Building at the Yachats Commons on Highway 101.

The showing will continue on Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm. Admission is free.

Profits from sales at the show will fund community arts education and projects through the nonprofit Polly Plumb Productions.

For more information, e-mail mguerro@peak.org or call 541 547-5024.

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