‘The Casbah’ coming to Chessman Gallery


30th anniversary celebration

The Chessman Gallery will host the Casbah group’s 30th anniversary show, which opens on Friday, Sept. 14. An opening reception will be held from 5p.m. to 7 p.m. and will feature wine, refreshments, readings and a one-act, one-person play, called “Catherine Rosein,” by Patti Siberz. The show runs until Oct. 8.              

The Casbah group was instrumental in the formation of the Lincoln City Cultural Center and were the first artists to exhibit back when the organization was known as the 4C’s.

This group of Oregon artists of multiple disciplines will be filling the Chessman Gallery with paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass, art prints, pottery, photography, poetry and theater.

The Casbah was born in 1988 and has exhibited art and performed readings together in 32 venues throughout Oregon and Washington. This group aided Phyllis Chessman in the work to make the cultural center a reality. The first location of this infant version of the Lincoln City Cultural Center was on the bottom floor of the library and city hall building in Lincoln City. This group received the North Lincoln Art Award in 1992. Since then, The Casbah has flourished into a well-known group of artists with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind them. Their shows are unique in the way they engage the viewer with visual art as well as music, poetry and theater. Writers and poets are an integrated part of this group, and the whole membership thrives with this added level of shared ideas, support and inspiration.

The exhibit includes paintings by Martin Anderson, ceramic and print making work by Marilyn Burkhardt, photography by Ralph Elliott, oil paintings by Sharon Maribona, ink drawings by Melody Martin, wood work by Rick Martin, mixed media work by Nan O'Keefe, paintings and mixed media work by James O'Keefe, glass work by Kate Saunders and paintings by Molly Wullstein Van Austen.

Writers/readers include Patti Siberz, Libby Durbin, Julie Reynolds-Otrugman and Ger Killeen.

The Chessman Gallery is a nonprofit art space inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Highway 101. For more information about this show or any of the events going on at the cultural center, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.