The new exhibit at Newport’s Pacific Maritime Heritage Center showcases how two Pacific Northwest artists manage to find common ground while seeing the world through very different eyes.
“Colorful Confluence,” featuring works by Virginia Leonnig and Carol Pulvermacher, will open this Friday, June 8, with a public reception from 6 to 8 pm. Wine and hors d’oeuvres will be served. Leonnig and Pulvermacher created the show by choosing identical subject matter and the creating paintings independently in their home studios, more than 100 miles apart. The resulting works show a surprising confluence of color and self-expression.
Pulvermacher is best known as a self-taught wildlife artist working primarily in pyrography or wood burning. She has recently developed a passion for abstract expressionist painting influenced by Northwestern Native imagery. She uses bold lines, colors and drip painting to express calm meeting chaos. Working mainly from a studio space in her West Linn home, Pulvermacher works outside when the weather allows — a practice she describes as “like coming home.”
Leonnig has had a lifelong interest in painting and the natural world around her. She was born into an artistic family who recognized and encouraged her talent and interests at an early age. By the time she was 13 she was enrolled in Schuler School of Fine Art in Baltimore.
Shortly after graduating from high school, Leonnig married and soon had three children. While raising her family, she took several courses of study at The Maryland Institute of Art.
After relocating to to Oregon in 1984, Leonnig met her second husband. In 1994, they embarked on a two-year sailing adventure with paints well packed. In the tropics, Leonnig’s work was influenced by the vibrant colors, changing weather, movement of water and the constant motion of the boat. These influences continue to dominate the work she produces from her Waldport home.
Admission to “Colorful Confluence” is free for Historical Society members and $5 for non-members.
For more information, call 541-265-7509.
The Pacific Maritime Heritage Center is located at 333 SE Bay Blvd.