The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival’s Instructors’ Show from March 22 to April 27 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The award-winning festival instructors’ will be exhibiting work in the mediums of book arts, collage, paper arts, mixed media, assemblage and box artists. Receptions for the Instructors’ Show will be held on Friday, April 5, 5-7pm, with local instructors talking about their work at 6pm, and on Friday, April 26, 5-7pm, with all instructors on hand to discuss their work.
The 2019 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival instructors featured in the exhibit are Alicia Bailey, Casey Newman, Connie Stricks, Glenda Goodrich, Jeri Oswalt, John Nelson Arbuckle, Beth McIlraith, Kelley Salber, Margo Klass, Moe Snyder and Sandi Reinke.
“The Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival is entering its 24th year and the high-quality of instruction has been a hallmark of the festival’s longevity,” says OCCA VAC director Tom Webb. “Each year we recognize the contributions of the instructors by featuring their work in a gallery settings. It’s also a good way to preview the upcoming festival.” The 2019 festival will run from April 26-28. More information on the festival and registration can be found at www.coastarts.org (search “2019 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival).
Studio artist Alicia Bailey creates book and box works that include elements beyond surface-printed images and text. Her work has been featured in dozens of solo and group exhibits throughout the world and is held in numerous public, private and special collections
Casey Newman has a master’s degree in forest ecology and has spent much of her career working in environmental education. Newman’s work is centered on Northwest native plants, and she draws inspiration from living and working at Cedar Dell Forest Farm, an educational property on the edge of Gresham.
Connie Stricks has taught at The Folk School of Fairbanks, Northwoods Book Arts Guild and at the Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival. Her work has been in group and two-person shows at The Well Street Art Company and Bear Gallery (Fairbanks, AK), the Pratt Museum (Homer, AK) and the International Gallery (Anchorage, AK).
Glenda Goodrich is a self-taught artist who has shown her work in several local galleries and exhibits. Goodrich has taught mixed media, paper arts and three-dimensional crafting in her studio, local art galleries, art supply stores, Chemeketa Community College, Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival and Breitenbush Hot Springs.
Jeri Oswalt holds degrees in clothing and textiles (OSU), embroidery and design (London City and guilds), and adult learning (MS Seattle Pacific). She discovered book and box structures, and now makes embroidered bookcloth to use in handmade boxes.
Beth McIlraith is the owner and creator of Second Chance Journals, an online business that focuses on creating one-of-a-kind custom journals using upcycled books. In 2017 she moved to Spokane, WA, and began working at the Corbin Art Center, where she teaches art to all ages, preschool through adult.
John Nelson Arbuckle has taught children and adults for 44 years in Washington, Japan, Germany and, most recently, at Edmonds Community College. Arbuckle has taught mixed media and collage workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest. His collages have been selected for many Northwest Collage Society art shows, and his work has been published in multiple mixed media books.
Kelley Salber holds a bachelor of science degree from Montana State University and is a self-taught artist. Salber’s work can be found in Hood Avenue Art Gallery in Sisters, OR. Her work has been exhibited in multiple shows throughout Oregon.
Margo Klass is a mixed media artist whose work includes box constructions and artist books. She shows her work widely in Alaska and is included in the collections of museums and national parks in addition to many private collections. An active member of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild, Margo has been the recipient of a Rasmuson Foundation Individual Artist Award and the 2015 Alaska Governor’s Individual Artist Award.
Moe Snyder is an accomplished book, box and drawing artist with a BFA in book arts from Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland. Her work her teaching focus on connections to the natural world and the joy of fine craft, including the richness to be found in mindfully connecting the two. She lives and explores from her home in Seal Rock.
Sandi Reinke is best known for her guest artist appearances on HGTV, Discovery and DIY television shows. Reinke teaches classes in two venues in Salem on unusual techniques for creating materials for collage and mixed media.
The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon-4pm.
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