Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery will unveil one of its most creative, colorful and inspirational shows of the year this Friday, July 13, showcasing artwork created by the center’s members.
The Members’ Show will open with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm, offering the chance to chat with many of the featured artists while enjoying nibbles and sips.
Gallery Director Krista Eddy said the show will feature a diverse collection of more than 100 pieces, created by professional artists and creative dabblers alike.
“It’s a great place to find artwork done in ways you’ve never seen before,” she said. “For example, in past years we have seen exquisite metal lamps made with antique Venetian glass vases and powder coated strainers or Jello molds.”
Eddy said past shows have also featured pinhole photography; tiny, rocking clay ikebana vessels; and assemblage art made from old light bulbs, keys and faucets.
To further distinguish this year’s Members’ Show, the exhibit will be installed by guest curators Virginia Leonnig and Carol Pulvermacher, who worked together on the collaborative traveling art exhibit “Colorful Confluence.” Both have extensive experience displaying artwork and have an exquisite sense of color and form.
Leonnig paints Northwest landscapes, seascapes and wildlife in a colorful, almost impressionist, style all her own. Her work breathes life and bursts with movement.
After years of creating wood burned wildlife art, Pulvermacher found a new passion for abstract expressionism, with an influence of Northwest native imagery. She drips, drizzles and stylizes her native Northwestern subjects until they are saturated with joy and color and meaning.
“It is with gratitude and excitement that I hand over display responsibilities to these two distinguished artists” said Eddy. “The Chessman Gallery will be in good hands for our 2018 Members’ Show exhibit.”
The Members’ Show will on display until Monday, Aug. 6, available to view from 10 am to 4 pm daily except Tuesday. The Chessman Gallery is located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.
For more information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncityculturalcenter.org.
Across the street
The Chessman Gallery reception will coincide with artist receptions at the Pacific Artists’ Co-op Gallery and ASA Beachstone Gallery, located just across NE 6th Street.
With the theme “Summertime… and The Livin’ is Easy,” the receptions will feature live classical guitar from Lyra Carmer along with appetizers, beverages and a chance to chat with the artists.
Kay Klose will be on hand to demonstrate her encaustic method, while pyrographer Cynthia Longhat-Adams will give guests a glimpse of fire painting at work.
“This medium offers something no other medium can for me,” Longhat-Adams said, “the senses that are awakened in the textures and smells of painting with fire has significantly allowed me to find my way in art.”
The receptions will run from 5 to 7 pm at 620 NE Hwy. 101.
Cynthia Longhat-Adams • Photo by D. Deane Ingram
“Puffin” by Cynthia Longhat-Adams
Encaustic by Kay Klose