The latest Spotlight Show from the Yaquina Art Association features photography by Richard LaFond, pencil art from Alice LaFond and sculpture from Mark Cheney.
Now based in Seal Rock, Richard LaFond used to work in Hollywood as a still photographer for the Steve Allen Show in the mid-’60s. From there he moved to the San Francisco Bay area, where he shot commercial, architectural, portraiture and glamour photography for 30 years.
Alice LaFond is inspired by the beauty of the Central Oregon Coast and is often challenged to capture subjects photographed by her husband, Richard.
An array of colored pencils stands like a bouquet awaiting Alice as she begins each picture. Sometimes the finished result has the look of a watercolor and other times, the look of a photograph.
Before retiring from the title insurance business in 2007, the only artwork Mark Cheney had done was to make an occasional piece of jewelry from findings and tumbled stones.
Moving to the Oregon Coast changed his focus. He began finding driftwood on the beach that fit together in the shape of fish. As he continued beachcombing, Cheney found more and more pieces of wood that had the “essence of fishiness” and his pieces became larger.
He calls his creations “Fish Stixs.” His latest work uses driftwood, stones and other objects in frames to create three-dimensional pieces that he calls “Stix & Stones.”
The Spotlight show will be on display through Friday, Dec. 1, available to view from 11 am to 4 pm daily at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, 789 NW Beach Drive.