The latest Spotlight Show from Newport’s Yaquina Art Association features the artwork of Robin Beckwith and Diana Pérez.

Beckwith’s love of art began when finger painting at the age of six in Manhattan Beach. In high school, she took classes at California Institute of the Arts and majored in art at the University of Oregon. She has studied under many great artists and even taught a little. She moved to Newport in 2001.

Primarily, Beckwith works in watercolor, pastel and fabric paint. She paints murals in acrylic and occasionally works with oils or tiles. Lately, she has been working in watercolor on canvas with a wax finish.

Beckwith has worked as a bartender, waitress, tile contractor, in a plywood mill, and lots more. All that time she was painting when she could.

“Art gives me a reason to exist and a way to make special things for people,” she said. “The image often is something that means a lot to me or the person it is for.”

Pérez grew up in Bogotá, Colombia, and discovered her love for color and art at the age of 13 while taking oil classes with the well-known Spanish painter Pepe Garcia. She studied different art mediums at the Universidad de los Andes, Casa Fabricato and Arturo Tejada Cano School in Bogotá.

She moved to Oregon in 1999 bringing with her the shine of tropical colors. Soon after arriving in Newport, she took ceramic classes with ceramic artist Janet Wallace and drawing classes at the Yaquina Art Association.

She is interested in upcycling and giving old things a new purpose by mixing nature findings with man-made objects in creations including collages, wind chimes and painted oyster shells.

The show will run through Friday, June 21, available to view from 11 am to 5 pm daily at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, 789 NW Beach Drive.

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