Mayors' Show continues at the VAC

This painting by Marion Moir is among the artwork on display as part of the Mayors’ Show in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. (Courtesy photo)

The 2019 Mayor’s Show, presented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, continues through Jan. 27 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center.

The Mayors’ Show features nine artists selected from the 99 Lincoln County artists who participated in the 2018 PushPin Show during December. These artists were determined in consultation with incoming Newport Mayor Dean Sawyer, outgoing Newport Mayor Sandra Roumagoux, and OCCA VAC Director Tom Webb.

The artists featured in the 2019 Mayors’ Show include Reg Bell (graphite and colored pencil), Jeff Bertuleit (oil and watercolor painting), Scott Blackman (photography), Ted Crego (photography), Kim Cuc Tran (photography), Marcy Kenyon (mixed-media painting and sculpture), Marion Moir and Kari Wallace (acrylic on wood) and Gloria Zirges (fiber art/quilting).

“The Mayors’ Show represents a strong mix of artists and mediums,” said Webb. “We are also pleased to remember and celebrate the life work of Scott Blackman, one of the most accomplished photographers of the region.”

Cuc Tran started taking photography classes with the Vietnamese Artistic Photography Association in 1993. She continued her studies at the Tri-Community Photography School in Covina, Calif. She has won numerous awards in photography competitions throughout the Pacific Northwest. She is an active member of the Yaquina Art Association Photographers.

Kenyon received a master’s of fine arts in printmaking from Hunter College in New York. She also studied botanical illustration at the New York Botanic Garden. Before moving to Newport, Kenyon taught art, science and sustainability at schools in the Bronx. She has exhibited her work at Canyon Way in Newport, and at the Bridgewater/Lustig Gallery, the Drawing Center and Gallery 626 in New York.

Blackman’s photographs have appeared in national and international publications (New York Times Magazine, Der Spiegel, Surfer Magazine), on regional magazine covers (Oregon Coast Magazine, Northwest Travel, Oregon’s Restaurant Guide) and in numerous other print and online media. His images have been exhibited at the Pacific Maritime and Heritage Center and the Newport Visual Arts Center. In the late 1970s, Blackman received a Jimmy Carter CETA grant to document the Nye Beach neighborhood in Newport.

Moir studied art at Oregon State University and attended workshops from the noted “California School” and from painters and many other inspiring teachers in the United States and Japan. She lectures on art and healing at Oregon hospitals and does Art Care, in an outpatient clinic. Moir is an artist in residence in Lincoln County Schools and teaches watercolor, collage, gyotaku and mixed media in her Newport studio. Moor has been a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon since 1981. She has won numerous awards and grants.

Crego enjoys finding images that others might overlook, such as patterns or macro shots. Lately, he has been capturing more panorama and HDR (high dynamic range) photos. Crego’s photographs have received awards in competitions through the Tri-County Photo Center, the Photographic Society of Oregon, Tryon Creek Photo Club and Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest.

A former Newport city councilor, Bertuleit is a self-employed businessman making handcrafted airplane propellers. He has been painting for the past 20 years and enjoys combining travels to Europe and Hawaii with his art. He also enjoys painting ocean scenes en plein air. His work has been exhibited through the Yaquina Art Association.

Zirges’ quilts have been entered into a number of shows, including the Oregon Coastal Quilters' Guild annual show, the NW Quilting Expo in Portland, and the PushPin Show at the Newport Visual Arts Center, where they have won several awards including Best of Show and Viewer's Choice. She was excited to have her “Grandma's Soddie” accepted into the 2013 International Quilt Festival in Houston, Texas. Zirges is a member of the Oregon Coastal Quilters' Guild and the Columbia Fiber Arts Guild, where she has received inspiration from many other gifted quilt artists. Zirges enjoy being involved in the arts through her memberships in the Coastal Arts Guild and the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts.

In 1997, Bell left behind his work in business and accounting in San Diego and moved to Newport to re-pursue his early passion for drawing. He was encouraged by a local drawing instructor to move into color pencil drawing, a challenge as Bell is colorblind. Each of Bell’s drawings take about 100 hours to produce, as the artist uses little circles to build up color and shade so as to produce what looks like a hard line.

Wallace began painting again after a summer of not being able to travel to and work on the fishing boats in Alaska. There, she developed a passion for the counterpoint of bright slapdash light and craggy rocks outlined in every shade of gray. She credits her early teachers, current friends and Booker Bartow for inspiring her to make her works on wood and skateboards.

The Runyan Gallery is open Tuesday through Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Newport Visual Arts Center is located at 777 NW Beach Drive.