‘Scorpaenid Fishes and Friends’ opens

Colored pencil work by artist Kenneth Robert Dust is on display in a new exhibit at the Chessman Gallery called “Scorpaenid Fishes and Friends.” The exhibit opens at 4 p.m. today (Friday) with a live virtual tour on Facebook @Lincolncityculture. Blown glass art by Kelly Howard is being shown in a new exhibit at the Chessman Gallery, which is located inside the Lincoln City Community Center.

New exhibit at Chessman Gallery

LINCOLN CITY — A new exhibit called “Scorpaenid Fishes and Friends” opens at 4 p.m. today (Friday) with a virtual tour at the Lincoln City Cultural Center’s Chessman Gallery. People can join this live virtual tour on Facebook at Lincolncityculture. 

“Scorpaenid Fishes and Friends,” by Kenneth Robert Dust, is a special study of the Scorpaenid species of the Northeast Pacific Ocean (the northwest coast of North America). Dust masterfully renders these local aquatic residents using colored pencil painting on archival paper. Each of his pieces will be accompanied by species information and will delve into the science of our local ocean habitat. 

Dust is a wildlife artist specializing in threatened and endangered species. His colored pencil work is highly detailed and realistic. He has exhibited his work widely, both locally and nationally. He is a member of the Freed Gallery in Lincoln City and numerous other art organizations. You can see more of his work at www.Freedgallery.com.          

Joining Dust in this exhibit is special guest Kelly Howard, who is displaying her blown glass work, some of which was made with the last glass before the mandatory closing of the Lincoln City Glass Center last spring. Howard is a co-owner and operator of this acclaimed local glass center, which is now open again and thriving — find information online at LincolnCityGlassCenter.com.

Howard is a graduate of the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, the University of Wisconsin at Madison and a Presidential Merit Scholar. She makes her way as an artist and has been working with glass since 1997. She has an undergraduate degree (BFA) and explores glass color and pigments, as well as the function of glass. Her fascination with glass blowing was born in the various classes taken late in her schooling and based on her background with sculpture. See more of Howard’s work at www.kellyhowardglass.com.

The Chessman Gallery is inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Highway 101. The Lincoln City Cultural Center has new hours: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Sunday. Masks and social distancing are required in the building.

For more information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook. 

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