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Coos Art Museum Exhibits in Coos Bay, Oct. 18, 2013

Old and Modern Master Fine Art Prints at Coos Art Museum

From October 18 to December 7, 2013 Coos Art Museum will be featuring A Distinguished Line: Tracing Dürer’s Printmaking Legacies from Rembrandt to Picasso, an exhibition of Old Master through Modern fine art prints. Among the pieces on display will be original works by: Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pablo Picasso, William Hogarth, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Francisco Goya, Honore Daumier, William Blake, James Abbott McNeill Whistler, Clare Leighton, Max Beckmann and 44 other major artists of the past five hundred years.  This exhibition explores how the technical and artistic vision of Dürer, one of the most significant printmakers of the Renaissance, sparked artistic expression, established the art of the print, liberated line from pure representation, and inspired centuries of printmakers to embrace its striking variety. It also surveys how each artist in the exhibit has distinguished himself—or herself—through the print medium, using line as a vehicle of artistic expression. The prints, created in some cases a world away and hundreds of years ago, remain as vibrant and beguiling as ever, perhaps more so, when one learns that all are held in private and public collections throughout Oregon. On loan from their generous owners, the exhibition A Distinguished Line: Tracing Dürer’s Printmaking Legacies from Rembrandt to Picasso invites museum visitors to acquaint themselves with the superb artistry of these works and their makers.  Lisa Calevi, a doctoral student in art history at the University of Oregon, curated the exhibition. The show is accompanied by an illustrated catalog written by Ms. Calevi with contributions by six University of Oregon graduate students, and David Hilton, a Eugene print collector. The exhibition is drawn from ten public and private Oregon collections including a major contribution of nine works by OSU ART at Oregon State University.

For the Birds at Coos Art Museum

From October 18 to December 7, 2013 Coos Art Museum will be featuring For the Birds: Bird Art in its Uno Richter Atrium Gallery. The exhibition opens with a free public reception on Friday, October 18 from 5 to 7pm.  Humans have been fascinated with birds from the earliest times. Birds feature in many creation myths, and represent the human soul in many religions. A number of pagan gods are linked with birds, and dynasties and empires have adopted powerful birds as their symbols. The artistic depiction of birds also goes back to our earliest creative efforts. Bird imagery can be traced from the cave paintings of the Paleolithic era to the present day, and across all world cultures. This exhibition presents the art work of four South Coast artists who have made the bird a focus of their art. These four are Dale Karstetter - bird carver, Kimberly Wurster - painter, Ron Wright - bird carver, and Lois Miller - photographer.  Dale Karstetter a self-taught, artist from North Bend pursued a career as a cabinetmaker and carpenter. When he retired in 2004 it was only natural that he would turn his talent with wood to a lifelong love of wildlife. He has received First Place for People’s Choice and First Place for Carver’s Choice at the Coastal Carver’s Annual Show in Coos Bay and First Place for People’s Choice at the Coastal Carver’s Annual Show in Lincoln City.  Prior to moving to Coquille, Oregon Kimberly Wurster and her husband Scott developed wildlife refuges in Montana. A classical cellist for over thirty years, Wurster shifted her artistic focus in 1995 to painting. Her work has earned numerous awards for excellence in domestic and international competitions. She has exhibited at Coos Art Museum on many occasions including a one-person exhibition in 2009.  Ron Wright a resident of Coos Bay, Oregon was an electrician by trade and taught woodcarving and bonsai at the Tri College Center in Merced , California . Though a life-long carver he became serious about the art in 1995 as a carver of birds and song birds in particular. His carvings are in many private collections throughout the United States and Japan. His works have also received many awards including Best of Shows in the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association Wildlife Art Festival in Sacramento, California.  Lois Miller has been capturing photographic images of wildlife near her home in Port Orford, Oregon since 1984. Her photographs have been exhibited in galleries throughout Oregon and published in a variety of magazines, brochures, websites, and field guides. Among the competition venues in which she has placed are Parade Magazine, the Great Backyard Bird Count, Wild Bird Magazine and the National Wildlife Refuge photo contest.

Sharon Wise: Fine Art at Coos Art Museum

From October 18 to December 7, 2013 Coos Art Museum will be featuring a solo exhibition of artist Sharon Wise in the Mabel Hansen Gallery. Wise was selected for a one-person exhibition at Coos Art Museum after her large and vibrant watercolor painting “Honor” won the People’s Choice prize in the 2012 CAM Biennial.  Sharon Wise paints highly realistic and detailed watercolor still-lives reflecting an appreciation of flowers that she developed as a child visiting local nurseries and arboretums with her Mother.  While in college she continued to explore artistic interests ranging from ceramics, stained glass and jewelry making to life drawing. Sharon later studied oil painting, pursuing instruction from many accomplished artists including Virgil Elliott, a Classic Realist renowned for his portraits. Sharon eventually developed a love for watercolor and remains fascinated by that medium. The artists has built on her influences developing her own watercolor technique with layering, using as many as twenty individual layers in any given painting. She is currently developing a family home on seven acres in the Applegate Valley near Murphy, Oregon.  Coos Art Museum has been a cultural focal point of Oregon’s scenic Southern Coast since 1966. It occupies the historic 1936 Art Deco US Federal Building in downtown Coos Bay. The Museum offers a wide range of arts activities including exhibitions, art classes and lectures. Hours are 10:00am to 4:00pm, Tuesday through Friday and 1:00 to 4:00 pm on Saturday.  Museum admission: $5 general, $2 students, veterans and seniors, free to Museum members.

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