Intertidal: Explorations by an Artist-in-Residence at the Newport Visual Arts Center | Community


Reception of artists: Saturday July 9

Artist’s Notes: 2:00 p.m. Saturday, July 9

Gallery Hours: 12:00-4:00 p.m. Wednesday-Sunday

Emy Syrop is the recipient of the first Artist-in-Residence at Yaquina Head Outstanding Natural Area. The three-week program, a joint partnership between the Bureau of Land Management, the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts and Friends of Yaquina Lighthouses, allowed Syrop to explore and immerse themselves in the incredible biodiversity of this exceptional site. Intertidal: Explorations of an Artist in Residence is the culmination of his time at Yaquina Head. During his residency, Syrop observed and documented tidal pool dwellers, migrating and nesting seabirds, nesting seals, transient killer whales, stormy seas, and clear, sunny skies. She started each day there without a plan and let nature present her with a muse, which most often took place along the cliffs and the rocky intertidal zone where the land meets the sea. The changing colors and shape of the sky and sea against the enduring hardness of basalt rocks and islands offered endless possibilities for painting landscapes en plein air. Syrop appreciated the time available to sit and watch the variety of marine life moving across the headland to fill in his sketchbook and study.

On June 5, Yaquina Head hosted a Paint Out with Syrop. Artists were invited to spend the day painting on a 5″ x 7″ canvas. At the end of the day, the artist had a showcase of his work, some of which will be included in the exhibition.

Emy Syrop mainly paints outdoor landscapes with gouache because it dries quickly and can be reworked in her home studio. She also enjoys creating scientific illustrations and wildlife art in a variety of paint and drawing mediums. Syrop holds an M.Sc. in Biology and a minor in Studio Art from the University of California, San Diego. Her career in marine biology and life of ocean hobbies inform her perspective and understanding of seascapes and sea life. She is active in the local arts community and lives in Newport with her partner Jeff and their two children. To see Syrop’s latest projects, follow her on Instagram and Facebook at Emy Syrop Art.


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