One of a kind paintings on hand-marbled surfaces by Jean Blatner, Susan Cowan, Sandy Dutko, Airi Foote, Carol Sands, and Liz Walker are on display in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center from August 2-September 30, 2013. The public reception for “From Pattern to Painting: The Art of the Marbled Surface” is on Friday, August 2 from 5 to 7pm. The exhibit and reception are free and open to the public.
These Portland area artists, who first learned to marble from fellow artist and instructor Susan Cowan, have been experimenting with paints and paper for more than 5 years — creating their own modern version of an artistic practice called ebru marbling that dates back to the Ottoman Empire.
Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone. The patterns are the result of color floated on a viscous solution known as “size,” and combed with a stylus or rake before being carefully transferred to an absorbent surface, such as paper or canvas. Part of its appeal is that each print is a unique monotype. Not content to marble solely on paper and canvas surfaces, these painters have also marbled baskets, wooden boxes, and dried gourds and other objects — some of which are included in this exhibit.
Sponsored by Oregon Coast Council for the Arts (OCCA), the exhibit will have a second opening on September 6 from 5pm to 7pm. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Sunday from 11am to 6pm.
Liz Walker will teach a watermedia workshop, “From Marbled Paper to Finished Painting” on Saturday, September 7, from 10am to 2pm. Walker will teach students how to glaze and layer over pre-marbled papers. Marbled papers will be provided.
The Runyan Gallery is on the first floor of the Newport Visual Arts Center located at 777 NW Beach Drive. For more information about the exhibit or the workshop see the OCCA website, http://www.coastarts.org/, or call Sally Houck, OCCA Visual Arts Center Director at 541-265-6569.