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About The daily Astorian. (Astoria, Or.) 1961-current | View Entire Issue (March 2, 2017)
MARCH 2, 2017 // 7
Local author to lead
Meet Melissa Eskue
Ousley at Astoria
ASTORIA — Are you an
aspiring author seeking to
strengthen your writing?
Then you should head to
the Astoria Public Library
at 4 p.m. Saturday, March
4 for Let Your Characters
Drive: A Fiction Writing
During the workshop,
local author Melissa Eskue
Ousley will teach you
fiction, offering writing
techniques and exercises.
This event is free and open
to writers of all ages.
Following the work-
shop, at 6 p.m., Eskue
Ousley will read from her
new book, “Sunset Em-
pire.” The novel is a love
letter to the Oregon Coast,
blending local history and
lore with fantasy. “Sunset
Empire” showcases a num-
ber of sites readers may
recognize, including Fort
Stevens State Park, the
Liberty Theater, Shively
Park, and Astoria’s infa-
mous underground tunnels.
The author will discuss
how regional history
and legends inspired her
Eskue Ousley is an
specializing in adult and
young adult fiction. Her
debut book, “Sign of the
Throne,” won a Readers’
Favorite Book Award and
Eric Hoffer Book Award.
Her third book, “The Sow-
er Comes,” also won an
Eric Hoffer Book Award.
Having received her Ph.D.
in higher education from
The University of Arizona,
Eskue Ousley has taught
psychology courses and
worked within higher edu-
cation on diversity issues.
Her expertise in psycholo-
SEASIDE — The Seaside First Saturday Art Walk, celebrat-
ing 13 years in 2017, is all about the arts. Visitors meet art-
ists, view artist demonstrations, listen to art lectures or enjoy
live performances in music. The next art walk will be held
from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, March 4 in the historic downtown
Gilbert District. The event is free and open to the public.
Author Melissa Eskue Ousley
will lead a workshop and give
a book reading March 4 at As-
toria Public Library.
Visit with owner/artist Cathy Tippin
who creates broken china mosaics in the
French tradition. Colorful and inspiring,
SunRose features the spectrum of
creative recycle art to fine art mosaics
by local, regional and nationally known
artists. SunRose also offers artful
women’s accessories, gifts, home decor
and eclectic garden art.
Moxie, Shine On!
Moxie features jewelry and art
where everything is handmade. As a
member of the Fair Trade Federation,
Moxie demonstrates an equitable ap-
proach to conducting business. Find fair
trade and handmade clothing, jewelry
and home decor.
“Sunset Empire” by Melissa
gy and her interest in cul-
ture and mythology heav-
ily influence the themes
and character development
in her fiction. For more
information, contact the
author at solasbeir@gmail.
The Astoria Public
Library is located at 450
10th St. This event is part
of the library’s Meet the
Author series. For more
information, contact li-
brary staff at comments@
astorialibrary, or visit
A mosaic at SunRose Gallery.
Fairweather House & Gallery
Fairweather will host an opening
reception for “Irish Lands,” a show fea-
turing Seaside artist Michael Muldoon
and Gearhart photographer Richard
Newman, who both traveled to Ireland
for the first time, on separate trips, and
have created signature art to document
Muldoon, a graduate of Seaside
High School, is an interpretive oil painter
who loves color and strives to use it to
represent dimensions of shadow, light
and shapes. Painting with both a brush
and a knife, he creates original oils.
His artistic journey followed years of
teaching, coaching, West Point Military
Academy and sales. “One of my favorite
things from Ireland was visiting these
places and viewing these iconic pieces
of history dating back eight or nine
hundred years,” he says.
Newman especially likes to take
photos of landscapes and historical
A piece of art by Jim Zaleski at Beach Books.
Moxie features fair trade
“Celtic High Cross” by Michael
Muldoon at Fairweather’s.
objects. He has traveled to Europe nine
times and visited 29 countries.
Photographer and naturalist Neal
Maine will speak at 6 p.m. Muldoon
will offer a live painting demonstration.
Adult beverages, light refreshments and
live music by Shirley 88 await visitors.
Beach Books will feature work by
artist Jim Zaleski, who combines the
traditional art forms of painting and
drawing with a computer world to
produce art loaded with whimsy. Zaleski
returns with an eclectic show that will
include new works. He creates abstract
prints full of intense, saturated colors
and shimmering, atmospheric light.
In addition, Seaside author Honey
“Central Mountain” by Billy Lutz at T.anjuli’s.
Perkel will release her newest book,
“The Legend of Hattie Springfield” with
a reading at 5:30 p.m. In this book set
in 1904 Astoria, a man and his demons
and a wife and her dreams weave a
chilling tale of obsession and intrigue.
A prominent banker’s wife unexpect-
edly dies of diphtheria — or did she?
Questions surrounding her death start
to get unraveled by her visiting eccentric
aunt, leading to uncovered secrets of
desire and murder.
The Columbia River Ukulele Players
will perform at 6 p.m. This group plays
the ukulele while jamming with
7 N. Holladay Drive
T.anjuli features the work of artist/
philosopher Billy Lutz. His artwork fo-
cuses on what lies beneath appearances.
“Central Mountain,” the featured art for
March, is a roof window that connects
inside to outside, looking down.
Guido and Vito’s, 604 Broadway; Tora
Sushi, 619 Broadway; Nonni’s Bistro,
831 Broadway; Yellow Curry Thai, 20 N.