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Flock to the Casbah

Published on September 11, 2018 9:35AM

By Marilyn Burkhardt

By Marilyn Burkhardt

“Four Trees” by Kate Saunders

“Four Trees” by Kate Saunders

“Screwdriver Still Life” by Molly Van Austen

“Screwdriver Still Life” by Molly Van Austen

Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery is proud to see the Casbah group return for its 30th Anniversary Show. This group was instrumental in the formation of the Lincoln City Cultural Center and were the first artists to exhibit back when the organization was known as the 4C’s. An opening reception will be held Friday, Sept. 14, from 5 to 7 pm, and will include light refreshments, readings and a one-act, one-person play by Patti Siberz.

This group of Oregon artists of multiple disciplines will be filling the Chessman Gallery with paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass, art prints, pottery, photography, poetry and theater. The show runs until Oct. 8.

The Casbah was born in 1988 and has exhibited art and performed readings together in 32 venues throughout Oregon and Washington and many galleries up and down the coast. This group aided Phyllis Chessman in the work to make the cultural center a reality, and received the North Lincoln Art Award in 1992. Since then, The Casbah has flourished into a well-known group of artists with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind them. Their shows are unique in the way that they engage the viewer with visual art as well as music, poetry and theater.

The show will include paintings by Martin Anderson, ceramic and print making work by Marilyn Burkhardt, photography by Ralph Elliott, oil paintings by Sharon Maribona, ink drawings by Melody Martin, wood work by Rick Martin, mixed media work by Nan O’Keefe, paintings and mixed media work by James O’Keefe, glass work by Kate Saunders and paintings by Molly Wullstein Van Austen.

Writers and readers include Patti Siberz, Libby Durbin, Julie Reynolds-Otrugman and Ger Killeen.

“The first show was at a little vinyl record shop in Taft,” Martin Anderson said. “The shows I remember after were at Mt. Angel Library, Marylhurst College, Newport Visual Arts Center, the Schubert Gallery in Albany, some restaurant areas and more. All of these shows were arranged by Mike Smith and to some extent his wife Jill (who made the wood relief sculpture behind the check-out desk at Driftwood Library). Which reminds me, we had a show at Driftwood Library where I showed my first neon horse.”

The opening reception will include readings and performances by writers and thespians, including the play “Catherine Rose,” written by Patti Siberz for this show. Libby Durbin will also be reading at the reception. Her poetry has been published in small poetry journals on the West Coast, in Australia and Japan. She is currently working on a family memoir of the Great Depression.

The Chessman Gallery is located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101.

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

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