The Hoffman Center for the Arts Gallery in Manzanita will feature the works of local artists Pat Laird and Linda Petersen during the month of February. The show will also include an exhibit of ceramic containers created by artists in the Hoffman Clay Studio.
The exhibit will kick off with an artists’ reception Friday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 4 p.m. The exhibit will be on display in the Hoffman Center Gallery Fridays, Feb. 10, 17, and 24, also from 2 to 4 p.m., plus during times the Center is open for other activities.
Laird and Petersen are recent transplants to the coast. Laird moved to Cannon Beach from Battle Ground, Wash., and Petersen to Manzanita from Bend, Ore., after living several years in Hillsboro.
“Throughout the years I have worked with pottery, jewelry making, stained glass, quilting, woodworking and collage art,” said Laird. “However, it was not until after retirement that I began to seriously explore different methods of creating art through painting.”
“Creating artwork is all I have ever wanted to do from the time I could hold a paintbrush in my hand,” said Petersen. “Private or school lessons were not financially possible when I was growing up, so I relied on my eyes, my imagination and the DNA that ran through me, as my mother and grandmother were both artists.”
Laird is a past member of the Ridgefield Art Association and a former Juried member of the Alcove Art Gallery in Ridgefield. She has shown her pieces at the annual Holland America Tulip festival art show, winning in 2008.
Petersen’s works have appeared in various venues over the decades. “Art is everywhere, in everything and within everyone,” she said. “Discovering the art within us is one of the joys of life.”
“We are so pleased to have all these talented artists showing during February,” said Sharon Borgford, Gallery Manager for the Hoffman Center.
Vessels pictured here are among those included in the exhibit of ceramic containers created by artists in the Hoffman Clay Studio.