The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Tillamook County artist Dana Hulburt to the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center from October 7 to November 26. Hulburt’s exhibit, “Tillamook Inspirations,” will include acrylic paintings, Telamadera Fusion works and driftwood signs reflecting the region. The First Friday opening reception will be held on October 7, 5:00-7:00pm at the VAC, with an artist talk scheduled for 6:30pm during the reception.
Dana Hulburt was raised in, and continues to reside in, Pacific City, Oregon, where her father helped develop the town. She attended Neskowin Valley School, a small private school located in a renovated barn that she credits with nourishing her creative spirit. Hulburt then graduated from Nestucca Union High and Western Oregon University, where she earned a degree in elementary education and art. For many years, Hulburt remained busy teaching and raising her three sons, and her highest creative priority was making art with her children and kindergarten students. With her sons now grown, Hulburt continues to teach but can focus on her personal creative expressions, working from a home studio overlooking Haystack Rock and the Nestucca Valley.
“I love the quietude of dawn and the restfulness that settles with dusk,” Dana Hulburt says. “This is when I feel most alive, when the light dances on the earth in prismatic colors. Whether I am on the beach or in the forest, I am free to sense, observe, collect, sketch, photograph or just wander.”
In her acrylic paintings and Telamdera Fusion works, Dana Hulburt focuses on seascapes, landscapes and animals. In her paintings, she is currently focused on limited color-palette studies. Telamadera Fusion works are created by wood burning a design on a birch panel, painting the design and fusing fabric to the panel. Many coats of archival varnish are then applied. To complement her paintings, Hulburt creates inspirational signs, burning literary and philosophical quotes onto driftwood and birch panels.
Dana Hulburt shows her work in the annual Nestucca Valley Artisan Show, and she has been included in juried group shows in McMinnville, Eugene and Wallowa. She sells her paintings at the Stimulus Café and Gallery in Pacific City, and her driftwood pieces can be found at Sunflower Flats in Tillamook. Hulburt won the Regional Landscape Award at the 2013 Wallowa Festival of the Arts in Joseph, Oregon.
The COVAS Showcase features mid-career Oregon coast artists, representing the seven coastal counties. The COVAS Showcase is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4pm.
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