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Artwork by Angela Thomas will be on display through Friday, March 22, in the latest Spotlight Show from Newport’s Yaquina Art Association Gallery.

Thomas finds great joy and peace in painting whether in oils, acrylic or a combination of techniques.

Born in El Paso, Texas at an Army Hospital and raised in a suburb of Sacramento, Thomas has always been drawn to travel and adventure. She had a vivid imagination as a young child and, after her paternal grandmother gave her art supplies, she started creating intuitively.

Her first art class was in August of 2012 at the Charleston Fire Station with her teacher, Linda Luckini with Carousel of Colors, Toledo, Oregon. She attended every month or as much as she could. This class gave her the instruction of the how-to-do.

After retiring from teaching elementary school, Thomas was invited to join her artist friend Nan Axelton from North Bend, Oregon, to paint with the Bay Area Artists Association Plein Air Group. The local artists she painted with were loving and kind and took her under their wing encouraging her, helping her, and most of all showing her compassion as she struggled with memory deficit and up-and-down times.

After moving to the Newport area, Thomas joined the Yaquina Art Association, where she is supported and encouraged in her growth as an artist.

Thomas’ work will be on display from 11 am to 4 pm daily through Friday, March 22, at the gallery, located at 789 NW Beach Drive.

The gallery is also showcasing a special display of artwork created by students from Sam Case Elementary in Newport, Newport Middle School, and Crestview Elementary in Waldport.

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