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Estacada-area painter Earlean Marsh featured in upcoming Wy'East Artisans Guild show

CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Earlean Marsh holds her painting 'A Touch of Sun.' Marsh is the featured artist in the upcoming WyEast Artisans Guild show, 'Shadows.'Members of the Wy'East Artisans Guild will explore the relationship between shadows and art in their upcoming show.

Earlean Marsh, an Estacada-area painter whose work can also be found in the Spiral Gallery, the Book Nook and the Artsmith, is the featured artist for "Shadows."

She and other Wy'East artists created a variety of pieces for the show that will hang at the Sandy Actors Theatre.

Marsh enjoyed examining the role shadows play with flowers, a frequent subject of her paintings.

"Flowers lend themselves to light and shadows," she said. "(The light is) like a spotlight on an actor."

She also noted that shadows can help define emotion, drama and depth in art pieces.

The Wy'East Artisans Guild showing complements the Sandy Actors Theatre's upcoming play, "The Shadow Box." At 6:45 p.m. Thursday, March 30, Wy'East artists will host a reception for their show in the foyer of the Sandy Actors Theatre, followed by a dress-rehearsal performance of play.

Marsh enjoys the combination of the two art forms.

"(During the receptions) people sometimes talk about the meanings of their paintings, and sometimes it's directly tied into the theme of the plays," she said.

Different art forms have played a significant role in Marsh's life for many years.

She taught art and drama at Molalla High School for more than three decades and credits teaching students to paint sets for plays as one of the reasons why she's able to paint quickly.

After retiring, Marsh continued to take art classes and show her work around Sandy and Estacada. Her medium of choice is watercolor because of the way it allows the colors to blend.

"When they bleed into each other, the mix is different than if you had stirred them beforehand," she said. "(When the colors mix on their own) it gives them more freedom. You get to know the colors and how they'll react with one another."

She enjoys painting flowers to preserve their beauty.

"(I once painted) flowers that my mother had on her dresser," she said. "They're so fragile and beautiful."

The "Shadows" artwork will hang in the foyer of the Sandy Actors Theatre from Thursday, March 30, through Sunday, April 23. The Sandy Actors Theatre is at 39181 Pioneer Blvd.

Marsh encouraged anyone interested to come see both the visual art and the play.

"It's really nice to see what people can do," she said. "There's a lot of talent in the Sandy-Estacada area."

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