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Noah Cotter, the son of two Estacada artists, will have work displayed during the month of October

PMG PHOTO: EMILY LINDSTRAND - Noah Cotter is the Spiral Gallery's featured artist for October.

Noah Cotter grew up visiting the Spiral Gallery, and now, he's this month's featured artist.

Cotter's show "Portraits and Figures" will hang in the Spiral Gallery through the end of October.

The son of Estacada artists Kolieha Bush and the late Joe Cotter, Cotter also served as the lead artist for the Artback mural "illumination" in 2016.

Cotter has studied classical drawing at Gage Academy in Seattle and Russian academic drawing at New Masters Academy online.

"The classical approach is based on observation," Cotter explained. "Russian drawing focuses on conceptual knowledge. There's a heavy emphasis on studying anatomy and structural aspects."

Along with drawing, Cotter also works with oil painting.

"I like having a variety of mediums. There are things I like about all of them," he said. "I go through phases of working in different mediums."

Particularly after quarantine during the earlier part of the COVID-19 pandemic, Cotter appreciates seeing his work hanging in the gallery.

"It's easy to feel like you're doing art in a vacuum," he said. "Sharing art online isn't the same as having it out in the world. When you see art in person, you can see the scale. You get a different impression based on how large a piece is."

He's also looking forward to connecting with community members during the gallery's First Friday event, scheduled for 6-8 p.m. Friday, Oct. 1, at the gallery at 341 Broadway St.

Previously, Cotter participated in a Spiral Gallery group show with his family at age 10 and has shown work at the gallery's student shows, but "Portraits and Figures" is his first solo exhibition.

"It's really exciting to see it in the gallery. I spent a lot of time here growing up, and my parents have work here as well," he said.


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