Arts Association spotlights local artists

Kim Cuc Tran captured this fern spiral. Other works by this photographer will be on display at the Yaquina Arts Association’s two week Spotlight Wall Show. (Courtesy photo)

In a two week Spotlight Wall Show from Nov. 23 to Dec. 6, the Yaquina Art Association will feature the photography of Kim Cuc Tran and the artwork of JoAnn Campbell. The Yaquina Art Association Gallery is located in Nye Beach at 789 NW Beach Drive. Hours of operation are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. every day. 

Kim Cuc Tran was born and raised in Vietnam, escaped the communist by boat to Malaysia in 1980, and immigrated to the US in 1981. She graduated at Cal State University of Long Beach with a bachelors degree in chemical engineering in 1986. Her engineering career led her to West Linn in 2001. She and her husband retired and moved to Newport in 2009.

Photography has been a hobby and interest in her life. Her photography skill flourished as she started taking photography classes with the Vietnamese Artistic Photographic Association in 1993. Then advanced as she continued on at Tri-Community Photography School in California for five more years.

The process of capturing an image is fulfilling and enjoyable to her. She and her husband both enjoy going out looking for an inspiring shot. They travel for photography to many locations in the U.S. and to other countries.

She enjoys shooting abstracts, close-ups, birds and flowers. Her mantra for photography is “Simplify, simplify, simplify.” This mantra serves her well in the process of capturing and creating inspiring images.

She has received numerous awards in photography competitions at Vietnamese Artistic Photographic Association, Tri-Community Photo School, Photographic Society of America, Oregon State Fair Salon of Photography and Columbia Council of Camera Clubs.

She is an active member of Yaquina Art Association and Yaquina Art Association Photographers. Her other interests include gardening, reading and cooking.

Jo Ann Campbell is originally from New Jersey.  She retired from a nuclear power generating station located in New Jersey. After retirement she lived in Arizona for number of years. Always full of adventure, Campbell and her husband left Arizona and traveled around the U.S. in a motor home ending up in Newport in 2002. Jo Ann enjoys gardening, traveling, genealogy, crafts, and watercolor painting.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Yaquina Art Association are invited to visit the gallery in Nye Beach to fill out a membership form. Annual membership dues are $40, and only 30 staffing hours a year are required to take part in an active gallery with a wonderful group of artists.