The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts welcomes Cannon Beach artist Elizabeth “Libby” Pattison for her exhibit “Rough to Ring,” from July 6 to September 1 in the Coastal Oregon Visual Artist Showcase (COVAS) at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit will include Pattison’s jewelry works in polished Oregon stones, beads and metals, as well as small oil paintings on canvas and board. She represents Clatsop County in the COVAS Showcase, which includes mid-career artists living on the coast and rotates artists from the Oregon’s seven coastal counties. A First Friday opening reception was held on July 6, 5-7pm, at the VAC, with Pattison talking about her work at 5:45pm.
Libba Pattison works full-time on her jewelry fabrications from her home in Cannon Beach. She shows her work at the Cannon Beach Gallery, the White Gallery and the Found Gallery in Cannon Beach, and the Imogen Gallery in Astoria. Over the years she has also built a well-established clientele who keep her busy with special orders. “Whether it’s beads, metals, stones or paint, I work every day,” Pattison says. “The house is a mess and the garden is definitely overgrown.”
Pattison grew up in the suburbs outside Chicago and credits her early interest in the arts to being able to study at and visit the many museums in the area. She received a high school scholarship to the Art Institute of Chicago, where she was immersed in Impressionism and Post Impressionism. She later went to college in Vermont and majored in dance. Though she continued to study painting, she found the approach too obsessively focused on the New York art scene. “I don’t seem to care for the intellectualization of art,” Pattison says.
Though her first visual art interests focused on oil painting and mixed media, Pattison transitioned quickly into jewelry making when she moved to the Oregon coast 40 years ago. “A fantastic metals person, Katie Cleaver, shared her skills with me, and eventually I moved into beaded jewelry, which for a time felt outside my range,” Pattison says.
A regular contributor to the Cannon Beach arts community, Libba Pattison has been included in various group and solo shows on the North Coast, and she was the recipient of Gold Metal Prize in jewelry-making from Fire Mountain Gems and Beads in 2016. “I think my strengths are with figurative styling, drawn from nature but including fantasy,” Pattison says.
The COVAS Showcase is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.
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