The Oregon Coast Arts Council presents “The Short Days of Winter” by Agnes Field “January 8 to February 26 in the Upstairs Gallery of the Newport Visual Arts Center (777 NW Beach Dr.) . An Astoria-based artist, Field will exhibit paintings on panels and other substrates. In accordance with the COVID-19 protocols in force, a vernissage will take place from noon to 4 p.m. on January 8, with a speech by the artist at 2 p.m.
Born and raised in Astoria, Agnes Field moved to New York and studied at the School of Visual Arts. She completed her graduate studies in studio art at New York University before working at Studio Art International in Florence and Venice. Fields is a founding board member of Astoria Visual Arts and KMUN-FM radio and has been a practicing artist on the North Oregon Coast for over 20 years. Most recently, she awarded a grant from the PICA Precipice Fund, funded by the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Arts and the Calligram Foundation, to restore and reuse, along with two other artists, a local historic park. Field’s work has been exhibited nationally and internationally and can be found on the coast at the Astoria Visual Arts Gallery, Cannon Beach Gallery, Fairweather Gallery and many more.
“Most of the materials I use are recycled or found materials and sometimes the materials set the direction of my work,” Field said. “I believe in material identity, in that certain materials have their own possibilities and sense of time. The tension is between chance and choice – the unexpected given or the decisions made. “
Based on current COVID-19 guidelines, the Newport Visual Arts Center (VAC) is open from noon to 4 p.m. on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays. The Newport Visual Arts Center adheres to all health and safety protocols provided by the Governor’s Office as well as the City of Newport. All visitors to the VAC are required to wear appropriate masks and take their temperature before entering.
The Oregon Coast Council for the Arts operates the Newport Visual Arts Center and the Newport Performing Arts Center and serves as the regional arts council for Oregon’s seven coastal counties.