Mother-son duo featured at gallery

Artwork by Boaz Simonds and his mother, Kelli Simonds, is being featured at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery from April 6 through April 19. (Courtesy photos)

Artwork by Boaz Simonds and his mother, Kelli Simonds, is being featured at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery from April 6 through April 19. The gallery is located at 789 NW Beach Drive in Newport. The gallery is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily. 

Boaz Simonds is 15 years old and specializes in colored pencil drawings. He enjoys drawing animals and people and likes to focus on sea life, since he lives so near the ocean. He has turned some of his drawings into T-shirts. 

When Boaz is not drawing, he likes playing sports for Toledo High School. He is on the golf, wrestling, and football teams. He also enjoys baking and has made his own business selling specialty cakes in Washington and Oregon. He has done around 10 professional wedding cakes and has sold hundreds of other special event cakes. His cakes can be found at facebook.com/BoazSimondsBakery

Kelli Simonds has been making metal sculptures and metal art since she was 12 years old. The first sculpture she ever made was a 14-foot-tall golden eagle, which received much press and awards from fairs and art shows. Since then, she has welded many large and small, three-dimensional sculptures, commercial signs, gates, flat wall hanging sculptures, garden art and more.

Kelli does not use computer-guided tools. She draws by hand on the metal and uses a handheld plasma cutter. She welds the sculptures with a wire feed welder and blues the metal by hand using an oxygen/acetylene torch.

Kelli is also a pastor's wife, home school mom, piano tuner and author in her spare time. Her books can be found on amazon.com by searching her name.