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Art Elements Gallery is exhibiting the art of Lake Oswego painter Theresa Andreas-O'Leary and Lincoln City glassblower Kelly Howard in 'Native.'

COURTESY PHOTOS  - Lake Oswego artist Theresa Andreas-OLeary is displaying her art in Natives at Art Elements Gallery in Newberg.

Art Elements Gallery in Newberg invites the public to view "Native," an exhibition of acrylic paintings by Lake Oswego painter Theresa Andreas-O'Leary and blown glass by Lincoln City glassblower Kelly Howard. The exhibit runs through July 20. An artists' reception will be held from 4 to 6 p.m. June 22.

"Native = one born or reared in a particular place, an original or indigenous inhabitant," reads Andreas-O'Leary's artist statement. "I am a native Oregonian. 'Native' is a collection of familiar Oregon images that make me feel at home. My compositions are created with modernistic striated mosaic brushwork. My process is meditative. Like rhythmic breathing, painting keeps me tethered to our ever changing Earth."

Glassblowing artist Kelly Howard will display her art along with Theresa Andreas-OLeary at Art Elements Gallery in Newberg through July 20.

"The turning of my hands is unconscious, like breathing or your heart beating," writes Howard in her artist statement. "The focus of my mind is only on the glowing orb moving and spinning before me. I am in a constant dance with gravity and heat, and at some point I became aware that this is painful ... as are many things in life."

Howard was born and raised an hour west of Chicago and grew up painting and drawing and making many projects in her father's industrial design workshop on weekends. Her fascination with glass was born throughout the variety of classes she took later in her schooling, and was based on her background in sculpture work. She is a co-owner of the Lincoln City Glass Center on the Central Oregon Coast.

Art Elements Gallery is located at 604 E. 1st St. in Newberg. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. Visit artelementsgallery.com to learn more.


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