July 2 – July 26
Artist Reception: July 11, 5 – 7pm
Funding Partner: James F. & Marion L. Miller Foundation
Cannon Beach Gallery will be presenting the work of three artist-printmakers who draw their inspiration from the natural environment of the Oregon Coast.
Stirling Gorsuch, Sarah Baumert-Lippold and Kirsten Horning each demonstrate their technical skills, including monotypes, relief printing combined with Chine-collé alongside their artistry through image. Each artist is a current member of the North Coast Printmakers Collective (NCPC), which was founded around the work of printmaker Royal Nebeker and the facilities at Clatsop Community College in Arstoria, OR.
All the artists in this ‘Sediment’ show credit the late Oregon artist, Nebeker as being an important mentor. This is evident in the collective use of bold color choices and the dynamic layering to create depth and texture.
Stirling Gorsuch pairs the natural elements of the Oregon coastline with considered geometric forms as a way of translating nature’s complexities such as; the moon’s power over the tides, the time of day or prolonged decay due to erosion. “My work records these associations in order to clarify how environments are continually shaped and reshaped throughout time”. Gorsuch creates pieces through linocut and monoprint with focus on stark contrasts of bold and muted colors.
Sarah Baumert-Lippold primarily uses monotype to achieve deep color and texture using stencils and strips of wood for natural references through the wood’s grain. Baumert-Lippold’s work is considered abstract, as she blurs the horizon of sea and sky within the rich colors.
Kirsten Horning favors the use of woodblock techniques, from the process of carving the wood to the richness of the inks used. This collection of work displays the mythical world on the backdrop of the natural world. “My work is a reflection of the beauty and diversity of the environmental condition of human experience”.
‘Sediment’ compliments the similarities of these artists such as the processes and inspirations yet highlights the strengths of each individual, displaying their own personal view on the world.
Stirling Gorsuch has an established connection to the Cannon Beach Gallery, a program of the Cannon Beach Arts Association as he participated in the gallery’s summer internship program for two years. This year’s intern, Alisa Vernon, will be gaining her experience working on this show, bringing things full circle.