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Richard Cabral

Posted: Tuesday, Jan 29th, 2013

Richard Cabral, 85, of Seal Rock, Ore., died Jan. 18, 2013 in Newport, Ore.

He was born Sept. 11, 1927 to Manuel Cabral and Marie (Leno) Cabral. Richard was born and raised in Sacramento, Calif. After having two other professions, he received his BA in art from Sacramento State College in 1969 and his MFA in sculpture from the University of California, Davis in 1971. He was an associate professor of art with the University of St. Thomas at Houston for three years, teaching sculpture, ceramics and art history.

Hundreds of his pieces, including but not limited to drawings, paintings, decorative tiles, ceramic and other assemblages, have been shown at the Newport Visual Arts Centerís Runyan Gallery, the Dallas Fort Worth-Houston Invitational, the San Francisco Museum of Art, The Oakland Art Museum and Sacramento State College.

Richard moved to Oregon in 1973 to establish a raku pottery studio, which led to the production of a series of tiled murals, including the mural over the fireplace at the Newport Public Library and other installations in Lincoln County. He also painted murals like the one at Waldport High School. In the Ď80s, he taught mural painting and printmaking through the Art in Education program, a national program implemented by the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts with funds from the National Endowment for the Arts granted by the Oregon Arts Commission.

Richardís expertise was not only fine arts, but theatrical video arts as well, with long relationships with Porthole Players and Red Octopus Theatre. He also assisted in set, costume and graphics design and directed a one-act play. He was also involved with the Laughing Horse Summer Stock Theater in Ellensburg, Wash. He would go on to produce a number of short films but always continued to draw and paint leaving a legacy of portraits, abstracts, still-lifeís and whimsical assemblages made of beach trash.

He is survived by his wife of 44 years, Babette Cabral; son, Rick of Sacramento, Calif.; one brother; three sisters; 19 grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to the Oregon Coast Council for the Arts, in Richardís name.

Affordable Burial and Cremation is handling arrangements.

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