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Published on January 8, 2018 4:37PM

By Eric Paukstaitis

By Eric Paukstaitis

By William Hunt

By William Hunt

The Beachstone Gallery in Lincoln City will hold a public reception this Friday, Jan. 12, with artists on hand to demonstrate engraving and furniture-making techniques.

Guests will get to enjoy live music from guitarist Stephen Tyrrell alongside light refreshments and the chance to chat with many of the member-artists, who swap out their work every three months to give the gallery a fresh look.

Sculptor, fabricator and coastal driftwood furniture maker William Hunt will present a demonstration of the techniques he uses to incorporate agates and stones into his furniture.

A longtime biologist, Hunt developed his conservation ethic and a deep appreciation for the natural world during boyhood scouting experiences, including backpacking in the High Sierra and sailing on the Pacific.

In addition to creating bronze sculptures, Hunt crafts unique driftwood furniture from oak, walnut, cedar, maple and myrtle wood.

Guests will also be able to watch a demonstration of an engraving and painting technique developed by Eric Paukstaitis.

Paukstaitis, who retired to the Oregon Coast after 40 years as a hydrogeologist, created the technique after dabbling in mediums including photography, digital mapping, laser engraving, woodworking and woodblock printing.

Inspired by the natural beauty of the Oregon Coast, he uses a combination of original photos and hand sketches to produce textured engravings, which he then hand-paints and frames in natural wood.

The reception will run from 5 to 7 pm at 620 NE Hwy. 101.

Throughout January, the neighboring Artists’ Co-op Gallery will host an exhibit of nature photography by featured artist Ralph Elliott.

“Every still photograph refers to a specific objective event in a particular place at a particular time,” Elliot said. “My images are aimed at the intersection between the elements of the scene and the forces at work on those elements.”

The gallery, located at 620 NE Hwy. 101, is open from 10 am to 5 pm daily.

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