The Chessman Gallery, located inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center at 540 NE Highway 101, is hosting an exhibit called “Connections,” featuring the work of four artists from now through Jan. 10.

Included in the show are Debra Hovey, acrylic painting, collage and digital mixed media; Barbara Wallace-Haake, acrylic painting/mixed media; Jennifer Norman, assemblage art; and Jennifer Rose, woven and embroidered beadwork.

Connections refers to building bridges, reuniting and recording thoughts, dreams, feelings and memories through the gradual building up of an image through multiple layers of acrylic, collage and mixed media. Whether the story is disturbing, startling, comforting, alien or familiar, by telling stories, people connect with others. This exhibit also explores the link between the urbane and the natural, the civilized and the wild, between the mundane and the mysterious.

Hovey creates acrylic paintings that incorporate a variety of mixed media art combinations ranging from collage to digital painting. Her artwork is an exploration on the mysteries of nature, spirituality and relationships. Her goal is to provoke opinions and challenge what is seen as normal, upholding her belief that art should provoke an emotional reaction, be it positive or negative.

Wallace-Haake uses acrylic paint/mixed media to explore her journey through different stages of life. Each piece tells a fragment of a story about family history, connections, sense of self and belonging in the context of transition and change. She seeks to interpret events and history through personal iconography and symbolism to tell a story and evoke a feeling.

Norman uses, as she puts it, “trash” to create pieces of art. She says, “Who among us has not wished for a do-over? My mission, as an artist, is to take what has been broken, discarded or washed up on the beach and give it new life, a second chance.” Norman grew up on a family ranch and, as a member of the Yakima Tribe, spent much of her time on horseback, wrangling and taking care of animals. The earthy style of her artwork reflects the dusty, rustic and gritty nature of her past life and places a spotlight on small natural items that usually go unnoticed.

Rose, a lifelong artist, remembers drawing her first bird and being showered with compliments from a beloved aunt. She’s tried her hand at several crafts and with several mediums, but it wasn’t until she discovered beading that she felt that perfect fit. Being awestruck and inspired by the work of another artist, she began a journey learning different bead weaving and embroidery techniques and enjoying every moment and project. She is continually amazed at the availability of so many different kinds of beads and the endless possibilities.

People can experience a virtual gallery tour of the Connections exhibit on the Lincoln City Cultural Center’s Facebook page at lincolncityculture.

The Chessman Gallery is open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Thursday through Monday. Masks and social distancing are required in the building. For more information, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.

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