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    Love of watercolors revealed in ‘Earth, Sea and Sky’
Trail’s End Art Association features artist Jane McGeehan during September
GEARHART — Jane McGeehan
is the September featured artist
for Trail’s End Art Gallery. Her
show, “Earth, Sea and Sky,” will
include some of her landscapes
and collages.
The opening reception will
be from 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday,
Sept. 5 during Gearhart’s Art-
Walk.
During the reception, ask
McGeehan any questions you
might have about how she de-
velops her paintings. The gal-
lery is located at 656 A St. For
more information, visit www.
trailsendart.org.
Painting with watercolors is
magical, totally engrossing, and
a pure delight for McGeehan.
Having loved drawing since
childhood but with essentially
no formal training, she discov-
ered watercolors one summer
shortly after beginning her
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er, Joseph Wrobel, introduced
her to the joys and challenges of
watercolor painting. Her career
in education resulted in placing
the dream of painting on hold.
Retiring to Camano Island,
Washington, McGeehan pored
over books about watercolor
painting. She realized that direct
instruction was going to be a
vital way to get started. A class
in watercolor painting offered at
the local senior center was just
right. Coleen Allen, regional
watercolorist, patiently demon-
strated the basic techniques and
provided the essential coaching.
Next, McGeehan challenged
herself further by studying for
an intense week with Camano
Island artist Jack Dorsey. Her
classmates were established
regional artists, so the learning
curve was a steep one. Soon
McGeehan was painting mead-
ows, gardens, and the scenic
Puget Sound with steady en-
couragement and coaching from
a growing circle of artist friends.
Among them was Camano Is-
land artist Molly LeMaster. Un-
der her excellent instruction and
coaching, McGeehan further
developed her skills and her
passion for watercolor painting.
When McGeehan and her
husband moved to the North
Submitted photos
“Moment of Awe” by Jane McGeehan.
“In the Garden” by Jane McGeehan.
Coast of Oregon, the richness
of the surroundings continued
to inspire her. Joining Trail’s
End Art Association provid-
ed opportunities to expand her
knowledge. Classes with Feal-
ing Lin demonstrated that there
can be great excitement as im-
ages are revealed through color
and freedom. A focused week
with Gerald Brommer brought
design elements to the forefront.
A series of classes taught by As-
toria artist Shirley Dahlsten in-
creased McGeehan’s awareness
of styles of art and the dynamics
of creativity.
An enthusiastic lifelong
learner, McGeehan believes that
watercolor painting will provide
challenges and joys for the rest
of her life.
McGeehan answered some
questions about her artwork:
Where do you gather
most of your inspiration for
your work?
Nature inspires me. My
camera is a big help and I
organize photos I’ve taken
by categories. When I paint,
I can create new images to
reflect a mood by choosing
elements of various photos
and combining them in new
ways. Landscapes and flowers
especially fascinate me as sun-
light plays on each at different
times of day.
What is a fun experience
you have had with art?
This spring I entered the
Astoria Music Festival poster
contest. I was thrilled to be
notified that my poster was a
finalist to be displayed at the
music festival office. Music is
a special joy to me along with
the visual arts, so creating a
visual product with musical
symbols was very enjoyable.
How and where do you
like to work?
My favorite place to paint
is outdoors, which I do during
the summer with Trail’s End
Art Association plein air group.
There is no end to fabulous
scenes up and down the
North Coast to inspire me.
When the weather prevents
painting in those settings,
I love to be in my studio at
home with its view of sky,
seagrass and pine trees.
What do you like best
about your work?
The best part is becoming
so completely absorbed in
painting. I love the idea of
starting with simple materials
and creating something of
beauty and interest.
Submitted photo
Thin Rail will perform alt-country Americana Friday, Aug. 28 at the Big O Saloon.
Thin Rail plays Big O Saloon
OLNEY — Alt-country Amer-
icana band Thin Rail will per-
form at the Big O Saloon at 8
p.m. Friday, Aug. 28. The sa-
loon is located at 89523 Ore-
gon Highway 202. There is no
cover, and the show is 21 and
over.
Thin Rail reminds one of a
smoky honky-tonk bar on the
edge of town, populated by
interesting characters drink-
ing bottom-shelf whiskey and
conspiring about their desper-
ate lives in coarse whispers.
This Portland-based band
revels in blending genres: the
literate folk of Mitchell, the
Thin Rail
8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 28
Big O Saloon
89523 Oregon Highway 202, Olney
21 and over
No cover
haunting blues of Hopkins, the
country howl Prine, the rock
snarl of the Truckers and the
soulful moan of Pickett.
It all adds up to a little bit
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with the spice of a rollicking
good time.
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