‘Flower Girls’ exhibit to open at VAC

Paintings by Lincoln City artist Katia Kyte will be on display in a new exhibit opening Saturday in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibit, called “Flower Girls,” also features work by Newport artist Victoria Biedron.

Two Lincoln County artists paint flowers of the region

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents the “Flower Girls” exhibit from Saturday through March 20 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

“Flower Girls” is a two-person exhibit by Lincoln County artists Victoria Biedron and Katia Kyte. Their 24 oil paintings focus on flowers native to Oregon.

The Upstairs Gallery will be open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays and Saturdays, COVID-19 safety guidelines permitting, and the exhibit can also be viewed online at www.coastarts.org.

“When things can look bleak there is nothing that picks up the mood and brings a bit of hope than a colorful, living, fragrant bouquet of flowers,” Biedron said. “As artists, we want to share this spot of light and love with the viewer to show that life and joy is possible despite adverse events. Hope springs eternal, and so do flowers. They bloom no matter what is going on, just as we humans do when we are called to change with the times.”

The “Flower Girls” exhibit will explore flowers, bouquets, still lifes with flowers and seasonal flowers.

“Many of the flowers depicted are from our immediate location, Lincoln County,” Kyte said. “Both artists experience joy in painting flowers, especially flowers from their own gardens.”

Now based in Newport, Biedron has attended and hosted workshops with artists such as Eric Sandgren Jerry Ross, Betsy Cole and Renee Nelson. She has exhibited her work at the Jacobs Gallery, the Maude Kerns, and the Emerald Art Center in Eugene, as well as the Coos Art Museum and the Newport Visual Arts Center, among other galleries. She was the coordinator for the Plein Air Painters of Lane County from 2009-10.

Now based in Lincoln City, Kyte is both a plein air and studio painter. Born and raised in Russia, she is primarily self-taught, though she has participated in various workshops led by prominent painters. She has recently exhibited her work at the Chessman Gallery and the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City, as well as the Salem Art Fair & Festival, the Toledo Plein Air group show and the Lavender Art Festival in Newberg, among other galleries.

To sign up for event notifications, community members should join the Friends of the VAC e-newsletter by visiting https://coastarts.org/visual-arts-center/newsletter/.

The VAC adheres to all health and safety protocol provided by the governor’s office as well as the city of Newport. All visitors to the VAC are required to wear proper masks and have their temperature taken prior to entry.

The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts manages the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center and serves as the regional arts council for Oregon’s seven coastal counties.