Drawings and cut paper works will be on display this Friday, Feb. 1, as the Newport Visual Arts Center holds an opening reception for “A Ripple of Kindness,” an exhibit from Corvallis artist Vicki Idema.

The reception, held in the Upstairs Gallery, will run from 5 to 7 pm, featuring a talk from the artist at 6:15 pm.

Working in charcoal and conte, Idema depicts women and children in states of suffering — kidnapped Nigerian schoolgirls, young women caught up human trafficking, and female farm workers clothed in layers to protect themselves from the sun, wind, dust and pesticides.

“Fear, worry and sorrow may be constant and overwhelming,” Idema said. “However, whether it is through acts of nature or politics, women and girls desperately need to find hope through their faith, endurance and determination.”

After graduating with a BFA degree in fiber arts from Colorado State University, Idema went on to take workshops exploring surface-design techniques. Leaving textiles for paper and knife, she took classes at Oregon State University, Linn Benton Community College and abroad in Florence, Italy, where she learned to draw the human form. As with her past works in textiles, Idema weaves international fabric motifs into her cut-paper designs.

Idema has exhibited her artwork in solo and group shows throughout Oregon. In 2016, she received a best in show award in a juried exhibit at Linn Benton Community College. Her most recent work was shown in the “Wild Women” exhibit in 2018 at the River Gallery in Independence.

“A Ripple of Kindness,” hosted by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, will be on display through March 9, available to view from noon to 4 pm Tuesday to Saturday at 777 NW Beach Drive.

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