Artist Angela Thomas featured at gallery

Artwork by Angela Thomas is being featured in a two-week Pedestal Spotlight Show at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery in Newport. (Courtesy photo)

In a two-week Pedestal Spotlight Show from March 9 to 22, the Yaquina Art Association will be featuring the artwork of Angela Thomas.

The Yaquina Art Association Gallery is located at 789 NW Beach Drive on Newport’s Nye Beach turnaround. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. 

Thomas finds great joy and peace in painting. Many different mediums are used in her creations, whether oil, acrylic or a combination of varied techniques. She has had fun with her mom creating art with gourds, including some drum making. She loves painting in oils and had the opportunity to attend Creative Painting — Las Vegas. She has also had the privilege of taking classes from professional artists.

Thomas was born in El Paso, Texas, at an Army Hospital and was raised in a suburb of Sacramento, Calif. until age 11. She has always been drawn to travel and adventure. Having a vivid imagination as a young child, her paternal grandmother gave her art supplies, and she started creating intuitively.

After retiring from teaching elementary school, Thomas was invited to join an artist friend from North Bend to paint with the Bay Area Artists Association Plein Air Group. After moving to the Newport area, she joined the Yaquina Art Association, which she says has supported and encouraged her growth as an artist. Thomas enjoys learning wherever she can and appreciates the Yaquina Art Association for providing free art classes, where she has had the opportunity to try her hand using an acrylic medium for the first time.

In addition to the artwork by Thomas, the Yaquina Art Association Gallery will be displaying artwork created by local students from Sam Case Elementary in Newport, Newport Middle School, and Crestview Elementary in Waldport. The student artwork will be shown at the gallery throughout March.