Myriad artists at year's first Art Walk
Newberg has some great artists and the best time to take in a sampling of their work is during the year's opening First Friday Art Walk. Stop by any of the venues and pick up a free Art Walk map to guide you through the exhibits, while enjoying wine and goodies along the way.
An example this month is Coldwell Banker Professional Group, which is presenting abstract acrylic paintings by Pam Quataert in its new space.
Quataert's work takes a two-dimensional surface into dynamic representative art with lush colors painted in multiple layers.
"I often paint series from the natural world," she said in her artist statement. "These are simplified to capture and express a subject's vitality. Multiple layers of paint are added and subtracted with various tools to communicate energy and depth. Triptychs (a series of three panels) often unfold to demonstrate stages, rhythms and connections much like the seasonal changes of a landscape."
Quataert lives on a 30-acre white oak preserve near Newberg and enjoys painting outside when the weather allows. Her background as a therapist has impacted her work and explains the use of harmonious colors.
"Part of my background as a therapist is that I want to elevate people's feelings through my painting," she said.
Quataert's painting has gone through transformations throughout her career. Her earlier works represent the human figure blended into geometric backgrounds in forms of shadows and solemn expressions. Later, she focused on brightly-colored individual flowers offset with natural impressions blended into the background.
Recently she has delved into triptychs or diptychs (a series of two panels) representing both nature and the human form in various conversational positions using pastel colors as her palette.
This month's Art Walk includes Nap's Thriftway, which will have wine and beer tasting from 3 to 7 p.m. Cliff Creek Cellars' Newberg tasting room will feature Benita Cole's art exhibit.
Follow along First Street and you'll find many other merchants participating along the way.
Art Walk runs from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday in downtown Newberg.
Other showings include artwork by Lauren Marie at All People Yoga; Maggie Bowman's jewelry at Brown, Tarlow, Bridges and Palmer; Art Elements "Of Sticks & Stones" featuring Kathleen Jones, Mark Terry and jewelry by Linda Hays; paintings by Schalinda Nita at Artisanal Wine Cellars; watercolors and acrylics by Gary Buhler at Blue Trout Gallery; music by Jeffery Woltering at Chehalem Tasting; and Terry Peasley watercolors at the Coffee Cottage.