Two-week show at YAA Gallery in Newport

The artwork of Diana Perez is being featured in a show at the Yaquina Art Association Gallery, located at 789 NW Beach Drive in Newport. Also being featured is artwork by Robin Beckwith. (Courtesy photo)

In a two-week Wall Spotlight Show from June 8 to 21, the Yaquina Art Association will be featuring the artwork of Robin Beckwith and Diana Perez.

The Yaquina Art Association Gallery is located at 789 NW Beach Drive in Newport’s historic Nye Beach District. Hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily. 

Beckwith says, “Art gives me a reason to exist and a way to make special things for people. The image often is something that means a lot to me or the person it is for.”

Primarily, Beckwith works in watercolor, pastel and fabric paint. She paints murals in acrylic and occasionally works with oils or tiles. Lately, she has been working in watercolor on canvas with a wax finish. She paints a yearly banner for display in Nye Beach, has painted a mural for the Beachcomber House in Florence and painted a historical watercolor in the lobby of the Pier Point Inn in Florence.

Beckwith’s love of art began when finger painting at age six in Manhattan Beach, Calif. In high school, she took classes at California Institute of the Arts and majored in art at the University of Oregon. She has studied under many artists and even taught a little. After college, she moved to a commune and then to Florence. She moved to Newport in 2001.

Pérez grew up in Bogotá, Colombia and moved to Oregon in 1999, bringing with her the shine of tropical colors. When she was 13, she discovered her love for color and art while taking oil classes with the well-known Spanish painter Pepe Garcia. She studied different art mediums at the Universidad de los Andes, Casa Fabricato and Arturo Tejada Cano School in Bogotá.

 Soon after arriving in Newport, she took ceramic classes with ceramic artist Janet Wallace and drawing classes at YAA.

Perez is interested in up-cycling and giving old things a new purpose by mixing nature findings with manmade objects, as can be seen in her collages, wind chimes and oyster-painted shells and conks. People will find classic and fun colorful jewelry, jewelry boxes, hand-painted glass, pyrography, wire trees, mirrors and original postcards.