“Sound of Nature, Sound of Art- The Exhibition

Group show, October 12- November 5

This October, the Chessman gallery will be filled with artwork entirely inspired by the music performed at the Sound of Nature, Sound of Art events that have taken place at the Lincoln City Cultural Center for the past 4 years along with new works created at this year’s event. The exhibition will open with a reception on Friday Oct. 12th from 5 to 7 pm. It will include the paintings by past participating artists including Victoria McOmie, Randall Koch, Graham Kleg and audience participation collaborative art works done at the last two events. The exhibition will grow with the addition of work that will be created at the Sat. Oct. 13th performance by the 2018 participating artists: Katia Kyte, Sadie Sheldon and the audience….

The Lincoln City Cultural Center invites you to experience beautiful, tango-infused chamber music and surprising visual art creation, simultaneously, at this year’s performance of Sound of Nature, Sound of Art. Tickets are on sale now for this multi-media art event, which will begin at 7 pm on Saturday, Oct. 13, in the LCCC auditorium.

The program will feature the instrumental score from the original opera, “Tango of the White Gardenia” by Ethan Gans-Morse, performed by a four-piece tango “banda.” With Nathalie Fortin on piano, Sergei Teleshev on accordion, Sean Peterson on bass and Yvonne Hsueh on violin, this ensemble will provide stirring rhythms to inspire the artists who share their stage.

The artists scheduled to participate include Lincoln City oil painter Katia Kyte, a specialist en plein aire, along with three visiting artists who are residents at the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology: multi-media artist Sadie Sheldon, painters Satoko Motouji and musician/filmmaker Soroya Perry. Meanwhile, Chessman gallery director Krista Eddy will be leading an “audience art” project that will be coordinated with the musical selections. If you’re sitting in the audience, you can respond in real time, as you watch and listen.

 “Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is an experience that defies easy description,” said Niki Price, executive director of the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “Most audience members say that watching someone paint while listening to live music changes their perception of both art forms. You feel them differently, and remember them more acutely. If you start working with your hands, as well, in the audience art project, the effect is even more profound.”

“But don’t take our word for it. How you experience Sound of Nature, Sound of Art is up to you – but to find out, you’ve got to be here,” Price said.

This year’s SONSOA project will include a school concert, performed at Taft 7-12 on Oct. 11, and an exhibit of artwork created in this project since 2014, which will be installed in the Chessman Gallery at the LCCC. The reception for the art exhibit, which is free and includes refreshments, is set for 5-7 pm on Friday, Oct. 12. The “Sound of Nature, Sound of Art” exhibit will remain in the gallery through Nov. 5.

SONSOA is sponsored by a generous grant from the Mark Sponenburgh Memorial Trust, lodging sponsorship by Chinook Winds Casino Resort, and in-kind contributions from the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology and the Westwind Stewardship Group. Vital support has also been provided by the donating members of the LCCC.


Sadie Sheldon is based in New Orleans, Louisiana. She is a member of the Aquarium Collective and Majaks Theater, as well as a MFA graduate from Tulane University. In 2018 she has been an artist-in-residence at Basement6 in Shanghai, The Birdsell Project in South Bend and a recipient of the Art Prize Big Pitch award. https://www.sadiesheldon.com/

Satoko Motouji is a multi-disciplinary, multi-media artist whose work ranges from printmaking to large-scale installations. She earned a degree in English literature, from Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, and a bachelor’s in art history from the University of Oregon, before obtaining an MFA in painting from the University of Massachusetts. She enjoyed exhibitions around the country, and her work is held public collections from the Straub Hall at the U of O to the Fundazione Freantle in Firenze, Italy. Earlier this year, Motouji’s created a multi-media set for the Eugene Ballet’s production of “Peer Gynt.”

Katia Kyte was raised in an industrial port town in Siberian Russia, where her parents were both physicians and expected her to follow in their footsteps. Instead she studied art and languages, a journey that took her to Germany, back to Russia, and then to the United States. She now resides on the Oregon Coast, where she sees beauty all around her. She paints images from life in an impressionistic style with traditional oils, finding beauty in a spectacular seascape or landscape or a simple (but radiant) bell pepper in her studio. Her more recent exhibition, “60 Works in 60 Days” with mosaic artist Joanne Daschel, just ended in the Chessman Gallery. In addition to her painting, Kyte is also busy raising her daughter, Sasha. www.katiakyte.com

Soraya Perry is a Black-Iranian artist raised in Lebanon and the United States. She received her bachelor’s degree in film and sociology from Vassar, and her recent projects have included the documentary short “ASPIC” and “The Power in Barber’s Radish,” a thesis on the social function of food taste. She has been awarded residencies at Vermont Studio Center and Worcester’s Collective-A-Go-Go, as well as at the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology.  Her first album is forthcoming.

Krista Eddy is a muralist and book illustrator with more than 20 years’ experience in teaching children’s art and leading community projects. Since 2013, she has been the director of the nonprofit P.J. Chessman Gallery at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, where she curates and installs 12 exhibits each year. Eddy also leads the art program at Kids Zone in Depoe Bay and the ArtSmart Saturday workshop series at the Artists Studio Association, in Lincoln City. She holds a degree in illustration from California State University Long Beach.

Ethan Gans-Morse, the composer of “Tango of the White Gardenia,” holds a master’s degree in music and linguistics from Macalester College, and a master’s degree in composition from the University of Oregon. His opera, “The Canticle of the Black Madonna” was called “a huge achievement … generous, carefully crafted and supremely compassionate” and “one of the most exciting developments of the arts season.” This work, “Tango of the White Gardenia,” was commissioned by the Cascadia Chamber Opera in honor of its 10th anniversary season, and premiered at the Lincoln City Cultural Center on Sept. 8, 2018.


Saturday, Oct. 13 – Sound of Nature, Sound of Art, the fifth annual concert and visual art creation event, 7 p.m. at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Tango-inspired chamber music from the four-piece banda from the “Tango of the White Gardenia”, inspiring visual artists who create in real time. Tickets $20 adv/$22 door/$10 for youth ages 18 and under, LCCC members get $2 off. Details and ticket sales at 541-994-9994, lincolncityculturalcenter.org.

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