There’s lotus to learn

Guests at the Thursday, Sept. 6, Coastal Arts Guild lunch will hear Portland artist Wrenna Monet talk about transcendental art and the traumatic accident that set her on a new path.

In 2010, Monet was the victim of an accident while working as a deckhand on a commercial fishing boat off the coast of California. This left her with a traumatic brain injury, fibromyalgia and a loss of her identity. After years of rehabilitation some memories have returned but not all.

“I feel I have a second chance at life,” she said, “and a thirst to paint and recreate everything with powerful meaning and transparency. I am lucky and blessed to have what I call, a blank canvas to start over on.”

Since her accident, Monet has studied painting all over the world, to reconnect with her new perspective on life.

“Some of my paintings have no meaning, some do,” she said. “I like to allow others to make my visions mold into whatever it is they see or need at that time in space, for themselves.”

For Monet, painting is a form of meditation — an escape and a means to transcend what is in her forever-wandering, subconscious mind.

“All of my art is filled with love, light, time and hidden meanings,” she said. “I like to hide things, so look closely and you might find some hidden faces, goblins, naked women or whatever your eyes will allow you to see.”

The Sept. 6 lunch will run from 11 am to 1:30 pm at the Newport Visual Arts Center, 777 NW Beach Drive.

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

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