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The 2012 spring exhibition season begins with two complementary group shows at White Bird Gallery in Cannon Beach. The exhibits titled "The Printed Image" and "Annual Ceramics Invitational" run March 17 through April 30. "The Printed Image" features artists who use both traditional and experimental printing or printmaking techniques. The "Annual Ceramics Invitational" celebrates the ceramics artists currently represented at the gallery.
"The Printed Image" will detail the gallery's popular printmakers. The exhibit includes work by Liza Jones, known for her etchings and drypoints in themes including landscape, figurative and animal subjects. Etchings by Marsha Mello and Michael DiBitetto are also featured, along with Bill Schlegel's psychologically charged monotypes with collage. Marcy Baker also combines monotype and collage in botanical inspired designs, while Arleigh Wood and Julia Gardner both utilize photographic imagery to create mixed media compositions.
Two new artists will complete the show: emerging North Coast artist Sarah Lippold uses monoprinting to evoke subtleties of the landscape, and Portland artist Paul Gentry whose detailed wood engravings capture both natural and urban scenes.
This years Ceramics Invitational will include Jan Rentenaar's sculptures inspired by folklore and legends from around the world as well as the popular sculptures of Robin & John Gumaelius who incorporate welded steel into their imaginative figurative and bird forms. Eric Boos will be introduced to gallery audiences with his playful biomorphic vessels dubbed "Almost Edible." Cindy Searles creates functional wares with flora and fauna motifs while gallery artists Larry Halvorsen and Karl Yost both create sculptural vessels and ceramic wall relief pieces.
White Bird Gallery, Cannon Beach, Oregon (503) 436-2681.