The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts is pleased to present the 2017 Newport Paper & Book Arts Festival’s “Instructors’ Show” in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. The exhibition will formally open on Friday, Mar. 10, with receptions held at the community openings from 5 to 7 p.m., and during the festival itself from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Apr. 21. The contributing artists will be on hand to talk about their work at 6 p.m. Apr. 21.
The instructors represent various paper and book art-making mediums, including surface design, paper dyeing, collage mixed media and paper manipulation. Instructors at NPBAF 2017 come from Lincoln County, Oregon, the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
Donna Sakamoto Crispin is a weaver and basketmaker, utilizing traditional Japanese and Native American techniques passed down for generations.
Heather Fortner has been taking and teaching classes in all aspects of nature printing since the mid 1980s. Her work has been published and displayed in the United States, Canada, Europe and Japan.
Dolores Guffey is a founding and avid member of the North Redwoods Book Arts Guild. Involved with book arts since 1995, she has taught numerous workshops for NORBAG and other guilds in California, Oregon and Pennsylvania. One of her books was included in a new publication, Thread Loves Paper, by Emily Marks.
Kathy Karbo has been a student of many arts and crafts over the years. She has studied at the John Campbell Folk Arts School and the Oregon College of Art and Craft. Her interests range from fiber to paper arts and more.
Margo Klass is a mixed-media artist whose work includes sculptural box constructions and artist books. She maintains studios and teaches bookmaking workshops in Alaska and Maine. Her work can be found in the collections of museums throughout Alaska, national parks, private collections and online.
Mary Baarlaer Maisch is a bookmaker and quilter. She is a member of the Northwoods Book Arts Guild and has taught workshops at their Folk School Fairbanks campus.
Sandi Reinke is best known for her many guest-artist appearances on HGTV, Discovery and DIY TV shows. Currently she teaches classes in two Salem venues on unusual techniques for creating materials for collage and mixed media.
Moe Snyder is a 2007 graduate of the Oregon College of Art & Craft, with a BFA in book arts and drawing. She has studied calligraphy for many years. Letter forms influence all of her work, as does nature.
Marilyn Stablein studied book arts with Hedi Kyle, Daniel Essig, Suzanne Moore and more. Her work has been featured in books, online and in the media.
Connie Stricks has worked with paper for over 20 years and has taught at The Folk School of Fairbanks and the Northwoods Book Arts Guild. Her books and cards are carried by several galleries and museums in Alaska.
Liz Walker is a marbling artist working and teaching in Portland since 1999. She is a Signature Member of the National Watercolor Society, Northwest Watercolor Society and International Society of Experimental Artists, among others.
Arlene Warner has been a professional graphic designer for over 30 years and a mixed-media/collage artist for the last six years. Her work has been shown at the Rogue Gallery in Medford, OR.
Jackie Wygant comes from a family of artists and found her niche in the book arts in the late 1980s. She loves witnessing her students’ discovery of their creativity in her classes.
“These paper and book artists represent some of the finest in the country,” says Tom Webb, OCCA VAC director. “To have them together in one exhibit is a rare collection of talent. The “Instructors’ Show” highlights the quality of the festival and draws the interest of new festival attendees.”
The Upstairs Gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday.