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The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents Kathryn Cotnoir’s “Intimate Views, Mostly Coastal” exhibition, from now until May 28 in the Upstairs Gallery at the 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 on Saturday, May 7, from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m., with the artist speaking at 2 p.m.

Based in Portland, 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,” said Cotnoir. “They all investigate the glories of nature and have been made 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, but not required, that all VAC visitors wear appropriate masks.

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.

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