The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts presents “We Are All in this Together,” paintings by Bethany Rowland, from January 5 to February 24 in the Upstairs Gallery at the Newport Visual Arts Center. Bathany Rowland, a Portland-based artist, will exhibit a series of acrylic on clayboard panel paintings. A First Friday opening reception will be held on January 5, 5-7pn, at the VAC, with an artist talk at 6:30pm.
“By using transparent layers of color and levels of abstraction, painting is the medium for discovery of what captivates me about my subject,” Rowland says. “My love of birds, in all their beauty and wisdom as inhabitants of the world for over 60 million years, make them a frequent subject of my work.”
Bethany Rowland is represented by the Imogen Gallery in Astoria and the Brian Marki Fine Art Gallery in Palm Springs, California. In recent years, her work has been featured in solo and group shows at both galleries, including the fall 2017 solo exhibit, “Hope in Another,” at the Imogen Gallery. Rowland has also created work for the 2014-17 Sitka Art Invitationals, the 2014-17 juried CAP Art Auctions in Portland and the 2015 “Bird Show” at the Lincoln City Cultural Center.
Bethany Rowland began her drawing painting and drawing practice over 20 years ago, working wth Phil Sylvester at The Drawing Studio in Portland. She has also studied under Andrea Schwartz-Feit (encaustics), and William Park and Royal Nebeker (monotype and painting). Beyond her creative pursuits in painting and drawing, Rowland is psychiatric nurse practitioner in Portland with a psychotherapy practice.
The Upstairs Gallery is open Tuesday-Saturday, noon to 4pm.