The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the exhibition, “Legends of the McKenzie: Paintings by Margaret Godfrey” from November 3 to December 30 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. A resident of Blue River, Oregon, Godfrey will exhibit 21 works focused on the elements of the McKenzie River that inspire her the most: the river and its canyons, herons and salmon. An opening reception for the “Legends of the McKenzie” exhibition will be held on November 3, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with an artist talk at 6:15pm.
Margaret Godfrey considers herself a symbolic painter who has been described as a conceptual artist. Her paintings include an abundance of symbols, which help tell the underlining story of a particular series. By working in a series, Godfrey is able to explore and express different aspects of the pictorial metaphor—in this case, the majestic McKenzie River, a 90-mile tributary of the Willamette River in western Oregon.
“My paintings are an interweaving of the many threads of the river canyons to create a tapestry,” Margaret Godfrey says. “I use many media, including paints, pencils, collage, ink and gesso. By painting, stenciling and mark making, I intertwine the river with the other of pieces of the canyon to create the finished art. I strive to weave the ancient with the new, the geology with the biology, the solid with the fluid.”
Margaret Godfrey has lived on the McKenzie River for 30 years and has rafted the rivers of the Pacific Northwest for the past 20 years. She is an award-winning member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon, the Western Federation of Watercolor Societies, the Northwest Watercolor Society. She is a signature member of Watercolor West, National Watercolor Societies and the American Watercolor Society. Godfrey’s works have been in juried shows across the United States and her paintings hang in private and public collections in the United States, Honduras, Canada and Japan.
Margaret Godfrey is a past president of the Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) and remains active with the organization. WSO awarded her its Outstanding Service Award. Other awards include First Place, Springfield, Oregon Mayor’s Art Show; Second Place, Expressions West, Coos Art Museum; and Mary “Betts” Baepler Award, Certificate of Recognition, Western Federation of Watercolor Societies; among many other awards and recognition.
Margaret Godfrey considers herself a self-educated artist with a background in education and counseling. She has studied with various nationally known artists.
“We are honored to have Margaret Godfrey’s paintings in the Upstairs Gallery at the VAC,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “And we were excited that she proposed this particular series on one of Oregon’s most beautiful rivers.”
The Upstairs Gallery is open noon to 4pm, Tuesday through Saturday.
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