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Published on January 2, 2018 12:52PM

"Call to Prayer" by Bethany Rowland

Works by Portland artist Bethany Rowland will be on display at the Newport Visual Arts Center in “We Are All in this Together,” a new exhibit opening this Friday, Jan. 5.

The show, which features a series of acrylic panel paintings on clayboard, will open with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm, with a talk from the artist at 6:30 pm.

Rowland began her painting and drawing practice more than 20 years ago, working with Phil Sylvester at The Drawing Studio in Portland. She has also studied encaustics under Andrea Schwartz-Feit and monotype and painting under William Park and Royal Nebeker.

“By using transparent layers of color and levels of abstraction, painting is the medium for discovery of what captivates me about my subject,” Rowland said. “My love of birds, in all their beauty and wisdom as inhabitants of the world for over 60 million years, make them a frequent subject of my work.”

Rowland is represented by the Imogen Gallery in Astoria and the Brian Marki Fine Art Gallery in Portland. In recent years, her work has been featured in solo and group shows at both galleries, including the fall 2017 solo exhibit, “Hope in Another,” at the Imogen Gallery. She has also created work for the 2014-17 Sitka Art Invitationals, the 2014-17 juried CAP Art Auctions in Portland and the 2015 “Bird Show” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.

Beyond her creative pursuits in painting and drawing, Rowland is psychiatric nurse practitioner with a psychotherapy practice in Portland.

“We Are All in this Together,” will be on display through February 24, available to view from noon to 4 pm Tuesday through Saturday in the Upstairs Gallery of the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

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