The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “Intimate Views, Mostly Coastal” by Kathryn Cotnoir from April 2 through May 28 at the Upstairs Gallery at Newport Visual Arts Center. The Cotnoir exhibition will include paintings and drawings, exploring the mediums of acrylic on panel and canvas, graphite and charcoal on paper, colored pencil, ink and watercolour. A public reception for “Intimate Views, Mostly Coastal” will be held Saturday, May 7, from noon to 4 p.m., with the artist speaking at 2 p.m.
Portland-based Kathryn Cotnoir exhibits studies of Oregon, all on a relatively intimate scale. Born in New England and educated in Pittsburgh and Connecticut, she met her husband Erik Sandgren through Cornell University’s MFA program. She held on while marrying into a family of artists living in the West with their daughter Kate. She draws or paints in nature, wild and tense. Years of travel in and around the Pacific Northwest, North America and Europe have produced many drawings and paintings. His work has been exhibited locally and is represented by the Portland Art Museum Rental Sales Gallery. She regularly exhibits at galleries throughout the Pacific Northwest and various college campuses, including the University of Oregon, Clarke College, University of Portland, and Grays Harbor College.
“My works are wide and deep spatial landscapes as well as close-ups of the garden,” explains Cotnoir. “They all investigate the glories of nature and have been done over the past few years on location and in the studio using drawing, color and composition in a variety of mediums.
The Newport Visual Arts Center adheres to all health and safety protocols provided by the Governor’s Office as well as the City of Newport. It is recommended that all visitors to the VAC wear appropriate masks, but they are not required to do so.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts operates the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center and serves as the regional arts council for Oregon’s seven coastal counties.