Vibrant, energetic imagery of exotic plant life takes on a celebratory nature in artist Marie Powellâ€™s newest series of monotypes, â€œImpressions of New Zealandâ€.Â Resident of both the Long Beach Peninsula and New Zealand, Powell is constantly exploring new ways, mediums and subject matter. Her most recent art endeavors involve her passion and fascination with printmaking. Attend the reception held for Astoriaâ€™s Second Saturday Artwalk, from 5 â€“ 8 pm, May 14th. The artwork will remain on display through May 31st.
Powell has been an artist on the Long Beach Peninsula for many years.Â After a 19 year high school teaching career, she now devotes full time to creating prints, oils, and mixed media work. Having grown up in a semi-rural environment of the Pacific Northwest, she has always been drawn to the outdoors and the natural world and incorporated the scenes and feelings of the coast and its natural flora and fauna into her paintings and prints. Eventually, this carried over into her work in New Zealand, where she has been a part-time resident for many years. Working independently at the Te Kowhai Print Trust in the township of Whangarei, Powell produced her newest series of monotypes where native plants have actually been â€œembossedâ€ into the paper, leaving the lovely textures and shapes of the plant images on each piece.
RiverSea Gallery is open daily at 1160 Commercial Street, call 503-325-1270, or visit the website at www.RiverSeaGallery.com.