Subtle pastel tones and vibrant bold colors radiate from the walls of Grace Episcopal Church's Parish Hall. The art exhibit featuring monoprints by Vicki Baker and watercolors by Gail Evans-Hatch is part of the church's ongoing Fine Arts Program, which presents a monthly series of artworks for sale. The exhibit is open to the public from 9 a.m. to noon Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Sunday or by calling (503) 325-8855 for an appointment.
Baker said she has enjoyed looking at and creating art all her life, whether in art classes or observing the art of children she taught at Olney School. In recent years, Baker began working in the medium of printmaking while taking workshops in Fort Myers, Fla. After returning to Astoria, she found the medium that "worked" for her during summer workshops on monoprints with Royal Nebeker at Clatsop Community College.
'Falling Leaves,' monoprint by Vicki Baker.Making a monoprint involves using printing inks to create an image on a Plexiglas plate. Each monoprint is unique, and Baker said she finds the process exciting and challenging.
Evans-Hatch, a transplanted New Englander and professional historian, enjoyed art classes as a child but didn't paint for many decades until recently. Seeking relief from the rigors of her and her husband's historical research and writing business, Evans-Hatch began taking watercolor classes at the Bush Barn in Salem in 1998. Since then, she has taken several classes and workshops and paints on her own whenever she can - on planes, trains and at lodgings on research business trips. Evans-Hatch said she finds that her art improves and her spirit thrives when she paints often. Her work is distinguished by its brilliant, bold colors.