Artwork that creates beauty from the lost and discarded will be on show at Lincoln City’s Chessman Gallery, which unveils its latest exhibit “Sandscapes and Second Chances” this Friday, Nov. 9.

The show opens with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm, offering wine, light refreshments and the chance to chat with artists Dorcas Holzapfel and Jennifer Norman.

“Sandscapes and Second Chances” weaves the pair’s work into a showcase that invites viewers to reflect on the coastal environment.

Holzapfel takes inspiration from the natural world to create Sandscapes, large-scale, evocative paintings and collages made with paint, beach sand and found natural objects. Meanwhile, Norman gives discarded objects found on the beach a new life by using them as the components for her assemblage art.

Holzapfel lived the first half of her life on the East Coast. She learned painting at the Rhode Island School of Design and operated a successful fine arts gallery in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, which featured works of the Wyeth family. She then ventured into the commercial design field as an art director with an international gaming corporation. Upon moving to Oregon, she was the graphics manager of OMSI before opening her own graphic design firm and moving on to become vice president of creative for several major Portland advertising agencies. She now resides with her husband full time on Cascade Head, a beautiful source of constant inspiration.

Holzapfel has fond childhood memories of wanting to keep forever the forms she had made in the sand. Now, with her Sandscapes she has found a way to do just that.

Norman’s assemblage art also aims to create permanence from the transient, putting beach trash to use as the building blocks of art.

“Who among us has not wished for a do-over?” she said. “My mission, as an artist, is to take what has been broken, discarded or washed up on the beach and give it new life — a second chance.”

Norman grew up on a family ranch, spending much of her time on horseback, wrangling and taking care of animals. The earthy style of her artwork reflects the dusty, rustic and gritty nature of her past life.

“Sandscapes and Second Chances” runs through Monday, Dec. 10, inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.

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This show will also feature a fun interactive art element. Visitors to the gallery will be able to play with a platform filled with sand and old mysterious objects, to arrange, bury or just touch as they please. What creative shapes will this body of sand take? Come and find out.

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