It's a rough life being mayor; subject to the whim of the electorate every four years. So it's nice that at least once a year, the tables get turned and the mayors get to cast the votes instead.
The Mayors' Show at the Newport Visual Arts Center features nine artists selected from the 99 Lincoln County artists who participated in December's PushPin Show. The featured artists were chosen by Center Director Tom Webb in consultation with Newport's incoming Mayor Dean Sawyer and outgoing Mayor Sandra Roumagoux.
The show will open on Friday, Jan. 4, with a public reception from 5 to 7 pm.
Works on display will include graphite and colored pencil pieces by Reg Bell; oil and watercolor paintings by Jeff Bertuleit; photography by Scott Blackman, Ted Crego and Kim Cuc Tran; mixed-media painting and sculpture by Marcy Kenyon and Marion Moir; acrylics on wood by Kari Wallace; and fiber art by Gloria Zirges.
“The Mayors’ Show represents a strong mix of artists and mediums,” Webb said. “We are also pleased to remember and celebrate the life work of Scott Blackman, one of the most accomplished photographers of the region.”
Newport Mayor-elect Dean Sawyer, taking part in the show for the first time, said he was blown away by the creativity and excellence of the coast's art community.
"Our local artists never cease to amaze me," he said. "I encourage anyone who hasn’t seen it yet to stop by the Newport Visual Arts Center before New Year’s. I look forward to the show’s surprises in the years to come.”
The Mayors' Show will run through Jan. 27, available to view from 11 am to 5 pm, Tuesday to Sunday at 777 NW Beach Drive.
Kim Cuc Tran started taking photography classes with the Vietnamese Artistic Photography Association in 1993 and continued her studies at the Tri-Community Photography School in Covina, California. She has won numerous awards in photography competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Marcy Kenyon received in MFA in printmaking from Hunter College in New York. She also studied botanical illustration at the New York Botanic Garden. Before moving to Newport, she taught art, science and sustainability at schools in the Bronx.
In the late 1970s, Scott Blackman received a Jimmy Carter CETA grant to document the Nye Beach neighborhood in Newport. Blackman, who died last year, went on to have a prolific career as a photographer, with his images appearing in national and international publications including New York Times Magazine, Der Spiegel and Surfer Magazine.
Marion Moir studied art at Oregon State University and attended workshops from the noted “California School” painters and many other inspiring teachers in the United States and Japan. She is an artist-in-residence in Lincoln County schools and teaches watercolor, collage, gyotaku and mixed media in her Newport studio.
Ted Crego enjoys finding images that others might overlook, such as patterns or macro shots. His photographs have received awards in competitions through the Tri-County Photo Center, the Photographic Society of Oregon, Tryon Creek Photo Club and Nature Photographers of the Pacific Nor
A former Newport city councilor, Jeff Bertuleit is a self-employed businessman who makes handcrafted airplane propellers. He has been painting for the past 20 years and enjoys combining travels to Europe and Hawaii with his art. He also enjoys painting ocean scenes en plein air.
Gloria Zirges’ quilts have been entered into a number of shows, including the Oregon Coastal Quilters' Guild annual show and the NW Quilting Expo in Portland, where they have won several awards. She was excited to have her “Grandma's Soddie” accepted into the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas.
In 1997, Reg Bell left behind his accounting career in San Diego and moved to Newport to re-pursue his early passion for drawing. Bell, who is color blind, takes about 100 hours to produce each drawing, using little circles to build up color and shade so as to produce what looks like a hard line.
Kari Wallace began painting again after a summer of not being able to travel to and work on the fishing boats in Alaska. There, she developed a passion for the counterpoint of bright slapdash light and craggy rocks outlined in every shade of gray. She credits her early teachers, current friends and Booker Bartow for inspiring her to make her works on wood and skateboards.