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Former West Linn resident and artist Diana Crites will be the guest speaker at the Lake Oswego Women's Coalition meeting April 19.

SUBMTTED PHOTO  - Artist Diana Crites of Woebegone Art will be the guest speaker at the Lake Oswego Womens Coalition meeting April 19. Reserve a seat at the luncheon meeting today.

Local painter and doll maker Diana Crites will be the guest speaker at the Lake Oswego Women's Coalition meeting April 19 taking place at The Stafford, 1200 Overlook Drive in Lake Oswego. She will discuss her unique style of painting and creating art, her artistic process, history and influences used to create her art for her brand Woebegone Art. She will also give an examination of her one-of-a-kind heirloom dolls and their importance in society, and how others can find their artist's voice; doing so is imperative. Her work has been described as "where Lovecraft meets Poe," "a delightful trip through the looking glass" and "something from another world."

Previously a creative director supporting Fortune 500 companies, Crites is now focused on developing her fine art, creating an ethereal, surrealist style that blurs the boundaries between narrative and abstract vision. Her works are held in private collections worldwide. She has shown throughout Oregon and California, including Pi-Rem Gallery, Gallery 114, City of West Linn, Intown Works, Aloft Gallery, and Redux Gallery. She is a member of Gallery 114 in Portland's Pearl District, a board and juried member for 2012 West Linn Arts Festival and a featured artist for 2016 Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. She currently lives and works in Beavercreek, Ore.

"I create to feel connected," she writes in her artist statement. "My artistic drive is fueled by an intuitive search for answers to intangible questions and desires. I believe in allowing the subconscious to form the basis of art.

"I favor materials and mediums that lend themselves to a process. The lucidity of oil paint adapts to form a dreamlike setting and allows the vision to grow and expand. The stark contrast of drawing in pen and ink fosters a challenge of expression I enjoy. And I love making dolls creating narratives from the inside out, with the goal of producing something that has a life and presence of its own."

The luncheon meeting begins at 11:30 a.m. with networking, followed by lunch at noon and the program at 12:30 p.m. Cost is $22 for LOWC members and $25 for non-members. To reserve a seat call 503-747-2573.

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