The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents works by Whitney Nye in her exhibit, Sightseer,” from June 5 to July 31 in the Runyan Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.). A Bend-based artist, Nye will be represented by a spectrum of her recent large-scale collage and acrylic paintings, each reflecting her unique sense of abstraction and rhythmic exploration. Following current COVID-19 protocols, a gallery reception with the artist is not currently scheduled, though online interviews and events are being planned for June and July.
“When I’m working, I’m in the piece and lose track of time,” Whitney Nye recently told Bend Magazine. “It’s a reactionary process. I make a mark and another mark and can get obsessive in the process, and I have to know when to get off the train.”
Whitney Nye grew up in Bend though she spent many years creating work in her Portland-based studio. She is represented by the Laura Russo Gallery in Oregon and exhibits nationally as well. “Nye’s thematic approach consistently examines patterns of repetition,” reads her online gallery statement. “She explores the rhythms and pauses of our natural world, becoming a conduit for their character.”
Whitney Nye’s most recent one-person exhibition was at the Laura Russo Gallery during May 2021. Her other recent exhibits have been held at the Liberty Arts Collective in Bend and the Portland International Airport. She has received a Career Opportuning Grant from the Oregon Arts Commission and was selected by The Ford Family Foundation for a Golden Spot Artist Residency at Camp Caldera in Sisters, among other distinctions. Her work is in various permanent collections, including the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon and the Oregon Health and Science University.
“We are pleased to bring Whitney’s work to Newport and the Oregon coast,” says OCCA VAC Director Tom Webb. “The VAC enjoys drawing connections to artists working in central Oregon and throughout the state.”
Given current COVID-19 guidelines the Newport Visual Arts Center is open on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays, noon to 4pm. The Newport Visual Arts Center adheres to all health and safety protocol provided by the Governor’s Office as well as the City of Newport. All visitors to the VAC are required to wear proper masks and have their temperature taken prior to entry.