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Published on April 10, 2018 7:15PM

By Danelle Jones

By Danelle Jones

Kelly Howard at work

Kelly Howard at work

Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery will create a flap in the coastal arts scene this Friday, April 13, with the unveiling of “All About Birds,” its annual bird-themed art show.

The show will open with a public reception running from 5 to 7 pm on Friday, offering light refreshments and the chance to meet the artists.

Held to coincide with the Birding and Blues Festival in Pacific City, the show features a wide range of painting styles, from the hyper-realistic watercolor work of Justin Sparks to the impressionistic oil paintings of Elizabeth See and the fun acrylic illustrations of Danelle Jones.

The show also includes a range of colorful birds created from blown glass in a collaborative effort by Kelly Howard and Jesse Taylor.

Justin Sparks, owner of the Sparks Gallery in Lincoln City, uses a hyper-realistic style of watercolor painting to capture moments in time. Painting almost entirely from memory, his works convey an extraordinary level of detail.

Elizabeth See lives and paints in the Columbia River Gorge. She began her art career as a potter but gave it up to pursue oil painting. She focuses on painting the animals of the Gorge area, both wild and domestic.

Danelle Jones graduated with a BA in Illustration from the Pacific Northwest College of Art in 1997 and, after working as an illustrator, designer and scenic painter in Portland for 10 years, now splits her time between being a professional gardener, an electrician and an artist in Neskowin

Jones grew up in Eagle River, Alaska, where ravens are commonplace. Her memories of these intelligent, expressive birds have informed the body of work that she created for this show.

“This show is an examination of my thoughts about growing older and the images of black birds that parallel my experience,” she said. “We become more sharp and flighty, we may become obsessed with collecting useless, shiny things or nesting more at home, we may even fly south whenever possible.”

Originally from Chicago, Kelly Howard grew up in a family of artists and designers. She received a presidential merit scholarship to attend The School of the Art Institute of Chicago, where her work revolved around painting, drawing, fiber and sculpture. She was first introduced to glass in 1997 in Saugatuk, Michigan, and went on to develop her own style of layering and manipulating chemical reactions, using the glass color more like paint. Since 2004, she has run the Lincoln City Glass Center, offering glassblowing experiences to the general public.

Howard’s collaborator for the bird show, Jesse Taylor is also an accomplished glass artist working out of the Lincoln City Glass Center.

“All About Birds” runs through May 7, available to view from 10 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesdays. The Chessman Gallery is located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.

For more information, call 541-994-9994, or go to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

For more details on Birding & Blues, go to birdingandblues.org.

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