The new show at Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery features a collection of photographs, mixed media and paintings by Portland artist M.C. Reardon alongside new clay work by Chasse Davidson of Toledo.

The exhibit will open with a public reception this Friday, Nov. 8, offering wine, refreshments and a chance to chat with the artists.

Reardon’s “EXHALE: earth” is a collection of paintings and mixed media, inspired by ancient Taoist artists.

“In this body of work, I explore the current state of dissonance between humanity and our planet using ancient Taoist art as both inspiration and vehicle of expression,” she said. “The Taoist artworks that influenced my work for this show came from many sources, but primarily from the project ‘Taoism and the Arts of China,’ created by Stephen Little for the Art Institute of Chicago.”

“EXHALE: earth” will be accompanied by “FOREST,” a series of photographs inspired by Reardon’s personal memories of the forest, particularly in the Pacific Northwest.

“In the 1960’s and 70’s, my little brother and I would venture out after school to an enormous strip of forest land in our suburban neighborhood,” Reardon said, “building forts from broken hemlock branches and placing large maple leaves on our small faces, like colorful masks, while rain dripped from a cold cloudy sky. That was a time when many forests of the Oregon Coast were magical old-growth stands of ancient trees, lush green moss and lichen. On Mt. Hood, one could walk for miles without seeing another human being. Baby bear cubs played in pine trees, deer silently peeked out from behind rhododendrons, and the sound of multiple bird songs filled the canopy above.”

Reardon’s works will be displayed alongside an exquisite display of clay art by Chasse Davidson, the lead pottery and ceramics instructor at the Toledo Clayworks, a creative hub located in the heart of Toledo.

Davidson’s journey with clay began 22 years ago. Early on, female form was her central focus, although she now works primarily with wheel-thrown vessels. For this exhibit she has a new body of work that is inspired by the textures and patterns found in coastal forests. Davidson finds endless possibilities in experimenting with the proportions of bottles, vases and vessels as she joins and alters her pieces. She has worked extensively with raku and horse hair firing techniques. Since recently acquiring a larger raku kiln, her work is growing in scale.

The show will be on display through Monday, Dec. 9, in the Chessman Gallery, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101 in Lincoln City.

For more information, call 541-994-9994 or go to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.

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