Artwork by Leoda Barr is on display throughout April at Lincoln City’s Beachstone Gallery.
A long-time member of the local art community, Barr is an active member of Artists’ Studio Association (ASA), where she exhibits and teaches classes.
Barr began her art adventure in childhood, holding her first “gallery hanging” in the principal’s office when she was in the fifth grade. She remembers it as a painting of red rocks in the Utah desert. She put off formal art instruction until she was an adult, taking classes at community college as well as private lessons. Raising children as a working single parent, she found time to squeeze in writing poetry, sketching and doodling, but other mediums were on hold.
When she and her husband chose to retire in Lincoln City, she discovered opportunities to pursue her long-time love of art, beginning with classes at ASA.
“I began with oil painting for the first couple of years and then moved on to acrylics,” she said. “I have taken several drawing classes plus the art of tangling and am now delving into watercolor.”
“Art has been a challenging and rewarding part of my life,” she added.
Barr’s work is available to view daily from 10 am to 5 pm at the Beachstone Gallery, located at the rear of the Artists’ Co-op Gallery at 620 NE Hwy. 101.