“The Casbah: 30th Anniversary Show”

September 14 - October 8

Opening Reception: Friday, Sept. 14, 5 -7pm. wine, refreshments, readings and a one act, one person play, called Catherine Rosein by Patti Sibrez in the Elizabeth room during the reception.
Show runs until October 8.             

The Chessman Gallery is proud to see the Casbah group return for their 30th Anniversary Show! This group was instrumental in the formation of the Lincoln City Cultural Center and were the first artists to exhibit back when the organization was known as the 4C’s.

This group has a long history of putting on “Happenings” which include inspiration from writers, poets and musicians as well as the visual artists.

This group of Oregon artists of multiple disciplines will be filling the Chessman Gallery with paintings, drawings, sculpture, glass, art prints, pottery, photography, poetry and theatre. The multifaceted creativity present in this group is a joy to experience and we hope you will join us in celebrating their 30 years together.

The Casbah was born in 1988 and have exhibited art and performed readings together in 32 venues throughout Oregon and Washington including Mount Angel Abbey, Steff Gallery, Marylhurst College, Ellensberg and Rigby Washington and many galleries up and down the coast. This group aided Phyllis Chessman in the work to make the Cultural Center a reality, and exhibit with the organization first in 1990 when it was just beginning and called the 4 Cs. The first location of this infant version of the Lincoln City Cultural Center was on the bottom floor of the Library and City Hall building in Lincoln City. This group received the North Lincoln Art Award in 1992. Since then, The Casbah has flourished into a well known group of artists with a wealth of knowledge and experience behind them. Their shows are unique in the way that they engage the viewer with visual art as well as music, poetry and theater. Writers and poets are an integrated part of this group and the whole membership thrives with this added level of shared ideas, support and inspiration.

Artists include: Paintings by Martin Anderson. Ceramic and print making work by Marilyn Burkhardt, photography by Ralph Elliott, oil paintings by Sharon Maribona, ink drawings by Melody Martin, wood work by Rick Martin, mixed media work by Nan O'Keefe, paintings and mixed media work by James O'Keefe, glass work by Kate Saunders and paintings by Molly Wullstein Van Austen.
Writers/Readers include: Patti Siberz, Libby Durbin, Julie Reynolds-Otrugman, Ger Killeen.

“The first show was at a little vinyl record shop in Taft. The shows I remember after, were at Mt. Angel Library, Marylhurst College, Newport Visual Arts Center, the Schubert Gallery in Albany, some restaurant areas, and more.   All of these shows were arranged by Mike Smith and to some extent his wife Jill (who made the wood relief sculpture behind the check-out desk at Driftwood Library). Which reminds me, we had a show at Driftwood Library where I showed my first neon horse.” Reminisces Martin Anderson.

Painter, Molly Wullstein Van Austen, has had numerous one-woman and group exhibits, including the Quirini Stampaglia palace in Venice, Italy and the United States National and International Exhibition in Rome, Italy, Paris, France and Tallahassee, Florida. She is the only American to be invited to exhibit at the Picard Gallery in Sun Valley, Idaho. Her work is included in private collections in Italy, Switzerland, Belgium, France as well as the United States. Her painting Bert is in the George Gribben collection in New York City.

Van Austen received her Master’s degree from the University of Utah and continued post-graduate studies at New York University and the California College of Arts and Crafts.
Now maintaining her studio in Wilsonville, Van Austen was a teacher and longtime resident of the Oregon coast and is a member of The Casbah, a group of painters, writers, sculptors, thespians dedicated to furthering the arts.  

Kate Saunders, a long time Casbah member, works in fused glass and sculpture.

“Natural, organic forms have always attracted me.  In this series, I have worked with my own photographs, using a photo resist technique to sandblast the images onto the glass and then rubbing enamels into the sandblasted areas to bring out the image.  I sometimes enlarged the photograph to create distortion, imbalance, and unidentifiable images, while retaining the organic flowing quality found in nature.” Says Kate about her work that will be seen in this 30th anniversary Casbah show. www.lewiscreekglassworks.com

Marilyn Burkhardt is a multimedia artist. She paints, does printmaking, sculpture, and Japanese paper marbling. Currently she is exploring the possibilities in clay. Burkhardt has studied art and printmaking at several universities. She runs an art gallery in Cloverdale, Oregon, and works in her attached clay studio. Her longstanding theme has been nature and animals. Now that, because of man’s heavy hand, animals are becoming extinct and nature is disappearing, her focus seems especially appropriate. Check out The Burkhardt Gallery on facebook.

At this reception there will be readings and performances by writers and thespians. The Casbah group has always included the written arts and performing arts in there shows. Patti Siberz has written something new for the Sept. reception. It will be a one act, one person play, called Catherine Rose.

Libby Durbin will also be reading at the reception. She has an MA in English/Creative Writing from UC-Davis. Her poetry has been published in small poetry journals on the West Coast, in Australia and Japan.  She has read her poetry at Bumbershoot in Seattle and on KBOO in Portland.  She is working on a family memoir of the Great Depression.

At the Chessman Gallery, a nonprofit art space inside the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. For more information about this show or any of the many events going on at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, call 541-994-9994, head to lincolncity-culturalcenter.org, or become a friend on Facebook.


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