Ask most people what they have achieved in the past 60 days and they might start to whimper softly. Not Katia Kyte and Joanne Daschel, whose prolific output is the subject of a new exhibit at Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery.
The two Lincoln City artists, Kyte an oil painter and Daschel a mosaicist, committed themselves to creating one small piece of art every day for 60 days. The resulting show, “60 Works in 60 Days,” opens with a public reception on Friday, Aug. 10, running from 5 to 7 pm with light refreshments and the chance to chat with the artists.
The pair said the daily challenge showed them that an artist learns more in 30 one-hour paintings than in one 30-hour painting.
“Creating daily allows the artist to ‘let go’ of perfection and explore technique, materials and process,” they said. “Sometimes these small studies become the foundation of larger pieces.”
The six-inch-square pieces will be displayed without visible framing to remove visual barriers and highlight the process.
The majority of the work is inspired by nature, in the form of landscape and still life. Both artists’ work is characterized by vibrant color and texture, applied in an impressionistic style.
Kyte was raised in an industrial port town in Siberia, where her parents were both physicians and expected her to follow in their footsteps. While she studied art most of her life, she had not been able to pursue it in Russia. Now residing on the Oregon Coast, Kyte paints images from life in an impressionistic style with traditional oils, finding beauty in everything from a spectacular seascape to a simple (but radiant) bell pepper in her studio.
Kyte said her work aims to remind people that the beauty in life is not perfect.
“Nonetheless, there is love, honesty and freedom all around us,” she said. “We merely have to see it.”
Daschel creates vivid, textural mosaics with stained glass, stone and her favorite material: traditional smalti mosaic glass from Venice. Her work is guided and inspired by the natural world of the Oregon Coast, but focused less on the dramatic seascapes than on overlooked landscapes and quiet botanical vignettes.
Daschel theorizes that the highly technical nature of the medium engages her left brain, which has to play along with her right, creating pieces that are both functionally sound and aesthetically compelling.
She also believes that mosaic artwork represents permanence and tradition.
“Works in this ancient medium, when properly executed, have the potential to last for hundreds of years,” she said, “even in outdoor and architectural applications.”
Daschel works out of her studio in the Lincoln City Cultural Center basement, where visitors are welcome to view her works and see her process, by appointment. She also teaches classes in the studio.
“60 Works in 60 Days” will run through Sept. 10, 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.