Photography, artwork showcased by Yaquina Art Association

“New Year’s Eve Sunset” by Walter Duvall will be just one of the many works by the local photographer on display at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, alongside the works of artist Ken Hartwell. (Courtesy image)

In a two-week Spotlight Wall Show from March 14-27, the Yaquina Art Association will be featuring the photography of Walter Duvall and the artwork of Ken Hartwell. 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. daily. 

Duvall, a local landscape photographer, began his photographic journey 54 years ago in high school when he was inspired by landscapes created by black and white photographer, Ansel Adams. In the 1970s, while in the military service, Duvall took correspondence courses through the New York Institute of Photography and has continued to seek photographic knowledge through workshops, seminars and online courses.

Duvall’s passion is capturing the beauty of light and nature, both in color and B&W. He is also intrigued about recording the “decisive moment” with people, made popular by street photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson.

In 2002, he discovered digital photography, and in 2014 when he began a transitional retirement from his 34 years as a Certified Financial Planner and investment advisor, he began devoting more time to his lifelong passion of photography working with such professionals as Art Wolfe, Mark Adamus, David Middleton and Brenda Berry. He has been published, both in magazines and brochures, won numerous awards, and has donated his time and talent to the Alaska Raptor Center, Sitka Conservation Society, Oregon Coast Community Forrest Association and Newport Fishermen’s Wives, helping them to promote their non-profit goals. Currently, Mr. Duvall is a member of Yaquina Arts Association, Yaquina Arts Association Photographers (YAAP), Oregon Central Coast Photography Group, and Oregon Professional Photographers Association. 

Hartwell has served as President of Yaquina Art Association for several years. His hard work keeps the Yaquina Art Gallery running and his outreach has brought art education to the local community.

Hartwell’s show is a mix of traditional and unusual printed fish.

Spending more than 40 years teaching art in elementary schools has made him love color.

“It’s fun putting color in my art where most would not expect,” Hartwell said.

Those interested in becoming a member of the Yaquina Art Association can 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.