The latest Spotlight Show at Newport’s Yaquina Art Association features the found-object sculptures and jewelry of Mark Cheney alongside photography by Denise Darby.
Cheney, who retired from the title insurance business in 2007, had previously focused on writing, authoring many magazine articles as well as “Mark of the Jaguar,” a historical novel about the ancient Maya, published in 2014.
Moving to the Oregon Coast changed his focus. He began finding driftwood on the beach that fit together in the shape of fish. As he continued beachcombing, he found more and more pieces of wood that had the “essence of fishiness” and his pieces became larger. He has since sold numerous pieces from five inches up to five feet long, often using jewelry wire with shells, agates and selected beads as eyes and shells for fins. He calls his creations “Fish Stix.” His latest work uses driftwood, stones and other objects in frames to create three-dimensional pieces that he calls “Stix & Stones.”
Darby is a photographic artist who specializes in landscapes and travel photography. Born in Portland, she has had a love of the arts and photography from a young age. Recently retired, Darby is loving her new life, having fun re-inventing herself and discovering new adventures every day.
The show runs through Friday, April 12, available to view from 11 am to 4 pm daily at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, 789 NW Beach Drive.