Lincoln City artists Joanne Daschel and Katia Kyte will be the featured speakers at the Thursday, March 7, meeting of the Coastal Arts Guild in Newport.

Daschel was born and raised on a farm in Clackamas County. After living in several locations in the Northwest, she and her husband moved to the coast and started a landscape business, which they ran for many years before she transitioned from hobbyist to full-time artist.

Daschel creates vivid, textural mosaics with stained glass, stone and her favorite material: the original mosaic glass of Venice known as smalti. This intensely colored material is hand-cut with the traditional tools of hammer and hardie, then placed directly onto the panel with no grout, for a dimensional effect.

Her work is guided and inspired by the natural world of Oregon’s Pacific Coast, but forgoes dramatic seascapes in favor of overlooked landscapes and quiet botanical vignettes.

Daschel teaches students from beginner to advanced in her Lincoln City studio, as well as Oregon Coast Community College and the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology. Her work is represented at Volta Gallery and the Red Cock Artisan Marketplace.

Katia Kyte was raised in an industrial port town in Siberian Russia, where her parents were both physicians and expected her to follow in their footsteps. She was an excellent student but had a rebellious spirit and longed for more freedom.

She was curious about other cultures and prevailed on her parents to study languages. After becoming fluent in several languages at university, she moved to Germany and experienced democracy and personal freedoms first-hand. Following her passions, she emigrated to the United States after a brief return to Russia. Art would now become her guiding focus.

“I continue learning as much as I can from other professionals in the field,” she said. “While my style and skills are ever-evolving, my interest in finding the beauty in everyday objects and places, as well as a drive to improve my techniques, stays constant.”

The program will begin at 11:30 am at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive, followed by lunch. There is a suggested donation of $10 for the luncheon for non members.

For more information or an invitation to attend, call Mary Holt at 541-765-4599.

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