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Explore the power of the Dark Side

Published on December 18, 2017 4:09PM

While the battle between the forces of light and the Dark Side is playing out on screens across the country in the new “Star Wars” movie, there’s another place where you can see a much calmer interplay between the two.

Light and dark are the central theme of “Chiaroscuro,” the new exhibit from the Northwest Mosaic Art Alliance, currently on show at Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery.

“Chiaroscuro” shows how contemporary artists are reinvigorating the ancient art of mosaic — combining traditional and non-traditional materials to create astonishing new work.

The exhibit explores the nature of light and dark, how shadows are cast by the materials in the works, and how mosaic materials either reflect or absorb light. Both abstract and representational pieces will be on show.

The Northwest Mosaic Art Alliance is a group of artist colleagues and friends living in Oregon and Washington who work in the broad medium of mosaic. They met through membership in the Society of American Mosaic Artists. Over the years, they have grown and deepened their artistic practices from self-taught beginners exploring a new medium to successful professionals, exhibiting, teaching and presenting worldwide.

The mission of the group is to help elevate the status of the mosaic medium by exhibiting widely and exposing more people to their art. Collectively, this group is well known among mosaic artists worldwide. They have exhibited in prestigious venues in North America, Europe, Asia and Australia and have won awards in juried exhibitions.

Alliance members include Lynn Adamo of Bend; Mark Brody and Scott Fitzwater of Portland; Joanne Daschel of Lincoln City; Karen Rycheck of Talent, Oregon; Richard Davis of Clinton, Washington; Jennifer Kuhns of Elma, Washington; and Jo Braunand and Kelley Knickerbocker of Seattle.

“Chiaroscuro” will run through Monday, Jan. 9, available to view from 10 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesdays at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101.

For more information, call 541-994-9994.

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