The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Turning,” an exhibit of acrylic and ink paintings on paper and plywood and wood sculptures by Seal Rock based artist Helen Nighthawk.

A First Saturday opening reception will be held Saturday, Jan. 4 from 2 to 5 pm, with an artist’s talk at 4 pm. The exhibit will continue until Saturday, Feb. 1 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

A visual artist and poet, Helen Nighthawk has been painting in the fine arts tradition for over 50 years. Since moving to South Lincoln County 13 years ago she has been involved with the Nye Beach Banner Project and has been a featured artist at libraries around the county.

Nighthawk’s past creative professional roles included working as a scenic artist for numerous films, television shows and public and private productions throughout Seattle. Her credits include collaborating with directors David Lynch and Robert Altman.

“You can see this scenic work in my painting approach,” Nighthawk said. “Though our average canvas size there was 60’ by 40’.”

Nighthawk also created large figurative carvings done on ancient planks and found beams in old Seattle circa the 1990s. Two of Nighthawk’s sculptures are at the Monarch Arts Center in Tenino, WA and in private collections around the Pacific Northwest.

The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive. The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday from noon to 4 pm.

For more information call 541-265-6569 or email twebb@coastarts.org.

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