Tango-infused chamber music will intertwine with the spontaneous creation of visual art this Saturday, Oct. 13, as Sound of Nature, Sound of Art returns to the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
The program will feature the instrumental score from the original opera, “Tango of the White Gardenia” by Ethan Gans-Morse, performed by a four-piece tango “banda.” With Nathalie Fortin on piano, Sergei Teleshev on accordion, Sean Peterson on bass and Yvonne Hsueh on violin, this ensemble will provide stirring rhythms to inspire the visual artists who share their stage.
The artists scheduled to participate include Lincoln City oil painter and plein air specialist Katia Kyte along with three visiting residents from the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology: multi-media artist Sadie Sheldon, painters Satoko Motouji and musician/filmmaker Soroya Perry. Meanwhile, Chessman Gallery Director Krista Eddy will be leading an audience art project that will be coordinated with the musical selections to allow audience members to respond to the performance in real time.
“Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is an experience that defies easy description,” said center Executive Director Niki Price. “Most audience members say that watching someone paint while listening to live music changes their perception of both art forms. You feel them differently, and remember them more acutely. If you start working with your hands, as well, in the audience art project, the effect is even more profound.”
“But don’t take our word for it,” she added. “How you experience Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is up to you — but to find out, you’ve got to be here.”
Sound of Nature, Sound of Art will begin at 7 pm in the auditorium of the cultural center at 540 NE Hwy. 101.
Tickets, $20 in advance, $22 on the door or $10 for kids, are available at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org or by calling 541-994-9994.
Sound of Nature, Sound of Art will also take pride of place in the cultural center’s Chessman Gallery, which will feature an exhibit of works inspired by the event since its debut four years ago.
The exhibit will open with a reception on Friday, Oct. 12, from 5 to 7 pm, featuring light refreshments and the chance to chat with some of the participating artists. Works on show will include pieces by past participating artists including Victoria McOmie, Randall Koch and Graham Kleg as well as collaborative art works created by audience members at the past two performances. The show will grow with the addition of work created by Katia Kyte, Sadie Sheldon and the audience at the Saturday, Oct. 13, performance.
The exhibit will remain in the gallery through Nov. 5.
Sadie Sheldon is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the Aquarium Collective and Majaks Theater, as well as a MFA graduate from Tulane University. In 2018 she has been an artist-in-residence at Basement6 in Shanghai, The Birdsell Project in South Bend and a recipient of the Art Prize Big Pitch award.
Satoko Motouji is a multi-disciplinary, multi-media artist whose work ranges from printmaking to large-scale installations. She has enjoyed exhibitions around the country and her work is held public collections from the Straub Hall at the U of O to the Fundazione Freantle in Firenze, Italy.
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. Instead she studied art and languages, a journey that has brought her to the Oregon Coast, where she paints images from life in an impressionistic style with traditional oils.
Soraya Perry was raised in Lebanon and the United States and received her bachelor’s degree in film and sociology from Vassar. Her recent projects have included the documentary short “ASPIC” and “The Power in Barber’s Radish,” a thesis on the social function of food taste. She has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Worcester’s Collective-A-Go-Go, as well as at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.
Krista Eddy is a muralist and book illustrator with more than 20 years’ experience in teaching children’s art and leading community projects. Since 2013, she has been the director of the Chessman Gallery at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, where she curates and installs 12 exhibits each year. She holds a degree in illustration from California State University Long Beach.
Ethan Gans-Morse holds a master’s degree in music and linguistics from Macalester College, and a master’s degree in composition from the University of Oregon. His most recent work, “Tango of the White Gardenia,” was commissioned by the Cascadia Chamber Opera in honor of its 10th anniversary season, and premiered at the Lincoln City Cultural Center in September.