February 25-April 8, 2020
- Who: Four 2019-2020 Artists in Residence
- What: Artist Accelerator Residency Exhibit
- Conversation from the Corrine: Thurs, March 5, 12-1 pm
- Reception: Thurs, March 12, 5:30-7:30 pm
The Arts Center is excited to showcase the 2019-2020 Artists in Residence in an exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Galleries. These four talented artists, who recently completed a four-month artist residency will share projects completed during their residency. This year’s residents are Kristie Potwora, Shagufta Mulla, Margot Dedrick, and Sabra Comins. The public is invited to hear more about their experiences during a “Lunch Talk” on March 5, at 12 -1 pm at The Arts Center. Residents spent three months preparing for the exhibit with The Arts Center and Downtown Corvallis Association hosted studio spaces. They also completed the Artist Accelerator program which focuses on professional and business development. The Artist Accelerator program boasts opportunities for education, community, and visibility for emerging artists.
An artist talk will feature all four artists, Thursday, March 5, 12-1 pm, and we will celebrate them at an artists’ reception, March 12, 2020, 5:30 – 7:30 pm.
This year’s artists in residence come from a wide range of backgrounds, each bringing a unique perspective to their creative businesses and art practices:
Kristie Potwora lives in rural Lane County where she keeps a small flock of pet chickens. These chickens have inspired her to begin work in egg tempera and work towards her first children’s book. Potwora holds an MFA and BFA in Printmaking from the U of O and a BA in Art Education from Humboldt State University. She currently teaches art courses at LCC.
Margot Dedrick is an artist living and working in Corvallis. She holds a BA in Studio Art from St. Olaf College, and an MS in Arts Administration from the U of O. Her paintings have been exhibited throughout Minneapolis, including a solo show at the Stevens Square Center for the Arts. Dedrick’s current work explores childhood memories by depicting whimsical creatures in abstracted, colorful compositions using watercolor, ink, and acrylics.
Sabra Comins also lives and works in Corvallis. Her love of nature steered her to earn a Master of Environmental Management degree from PSU. She has received grants for public art, completed the Institute of Children’s Literature course, and Writing for Children and Teenagers. Comins will share excerpts of her 30 Letters in 30 Days and will reveal her first chapbook during this exhibit.
Shagufta Mulla, DVM is a wildlife artist living in Independence, OR. After a 20 year career as a small animal veterinarian, she changed paths in 2019 to pursue her lifelong passion for art. Her work has been in the Salem Art Association’s Salem Salon show, The Art Center’s 8 x 8 show, and at Keizer Art Association’s Celebration of Flowers where she was awarded third place for her painting, “Steadfast.”