Courtesy Seaside Public Library
Through Tuesday, Feb. 27, the Seaside Public Library will exhibit original paintings by Shannon Mayo McBride. The show, “Waxing and Waning,” will hang in the Community Room and foyer.
Like the waxing and waning of the moon, Shannon McBride has always felt a push and pull of the coast and city. Though she has never lived at the coast, her family has always had a home there.
Childhood memories of the Seaside carousel, haystack bread and her toes in the sand of the Gearhart beaches fill her past. McBride explains that “these memories and traditions have been passed down to my children as they visit my parents, who have retired at the coast. The coast will always be home in one form or another.”
McBride creates images that are not representational.
McBride’s studio practice is informed by these personal moments, allowing for accidents, urges and surprises. Composition is both created and exposed while working. She has come to entertain a level of unease and thrill that comes from not knowing the end result of a piece.
“The universe is speaking,” she said, “I listen and create.”
The Seaside Public Library is located at 1131 Broadway. For more information, call 503-738-6742 or visit seasidelibrary.org.