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Here comes the sun

Published on January 30, 2018 3:13PM

Works inspired by climate of the Oregon Coast will be on display this Friday, Feb. 2, in Newport as North Bend artist Becky Eddy Phillips presents her new exhibit, “You’d Think it Were Sunny.”

The vibrant exhibition of oil and spray paint works will open with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, featuring a talk from the artist at 6 pm.

Phillips and her family relocated to the Oregon Coast from Texas in 2016. Her new body of work is a direct result of being in a new environment and her visual response to a new climate.

“‘You’d Think it Were Sunny’ is a physiological response to weather patterns, organic structure and color,” Phillips said. “It’s also about the inclination to have art on our walls that reflects what is missing in our lives, and, in this case, sunshine.”

Phillips’ paintings are colorful, bright and fun — filled with yellows, bold organic marks and patterns. The series began as a response to season of record high rainfall with long, gray days.

Phillips earned her BFA from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and her MFA from West Virginia University. She is currently an adjunct faculty member in the fine art department at Southwestern Oregon Community College as well as the visual and performing arts department at Blinn College in Bryan, Texas.

She has exhibited at many institutions including The Kinsey Institute, The Cleveland Performance Art Festival, Randolph Street Gallery in Chicago, The Texas National, Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Visual Arts Alliance in Houston and the Forsyth Gallery at Texas A&M.

“You’d Think It Would Be Sunny” is available to view from 11 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday, through March 30 at 777 NW Beach Drive.

• In conjunction with the “You’d Think It Would Be Sunny” exhibit in the Runyan Gallery, Phillips will be creating an installation from her “A False Sense of History Indeed” series in the VAC’s Media Room. The video and installation examine how, in a world of discarded objects, the artist kept her personal art objects through many years and various moves.

The Media Room is open from noon to 4 pm, Tuesday to Saturday.

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