The Cannon Beach Gallery will present a new exhibit, Observations, which will explore the direct and indirect views of the surrounding environs of two artists, one from the Oregon coast and one from the Willamette Valley. The work of Janet Bland focuses on the startlingly beautiful and lush coastal landscapes of the area; while the mixed media drawings by Marilyn Joyce were inspired by the flora and fauna of the hills around Northwest Portland.
Artist’s Reception on Saturday, June 29 between 5-7pm.
Janet Bland is a resident of Gearhart, Oregon. Much of Bland’s work as a painter is a personal response to nature as well as the experience of painting. Bland emphasizes color, gesture and the tactile qualities of paint
“There is an importance in what you see each day – here, the moist coastal light, the ocean, the beach, the tide and clouds – such regular occurrences, so dependable, so different, always a surprise,” says Bland.
A practitioner of plein air style painting, in which the artist works directly from nature while being out in the elements, Bland says that it is all about the process of looking and responding.
Marilyn Joyce is a visual artist who resides on the outskirts of Portland, Oregon. Her interest in the natural world, combined with a walking practice, informs her work which revolves around an ongoing exploration of the environment and how are modern lives intersect with intersect with it.
“Walking in the hills of Northwest Portland has been the subject and inspiration of my work for seven years. I notice, watch, measure, take in and reflect upon what was seen and felt in the natural environment,” Joyce explains of her artistic practice.
Both artists will participate in Cannon Beach's Plein Air and More Arts Festival over the weekend of June 28-30, 2013. Expect Bland and Joyce to set up in front of the Cannon Beach Gallery in Midtown during the town wide Paint Out event on Saturday, June 29.
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