GEARHART — Local artist Kitty Paino will be the main gallery presenter and demonstration artist at the Trail’s End Art Association art walk reception from 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday, May 4, at the TEAA?Gallery, 656 A St., Gearhart. Refreshments will be served and the public is welcome to browse the Trail's End gallery with an all-new exhibit for the May show, featuring photography, oil paintings, acrylics, watercolors, jewelry and more.

Paino is a native Oregonian who lives and works in Astoria. She has undergraduate and graduate degrees in art and curriculum and instruction. She has studied at Portland State University, Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. She taught art at the secondary and post-secondary levels in the areas of drawing, pottery and weaving. She has received Best of Show at the annual judged TEAA exhibit, and an Honorable Mention at the international juried Au Naturel competition. She shows her work at Rock Your World in Lincoln City and TEAA.

Paino prefers to paint from nature, and inspiration can come from seeing salmon at the docks to a chickadee on the deck. She says the coast is an almost overwhelming environment when it comes to visual stimulation, where even the rocks on a drizzly day seem to speak. But her newest work includes exercises in light from still life, mostly because of recuperating from surgery for the last year. She will be showing acrylics, collage and prints in May.

Paino’s background includes working in the community college setting for more than 20 years, with her last 10 years as a dean of continuing education, overseeing training individuals and businesses and community education programs. Paino edits the newsletter and website

At the art walk, Paino will be available to show how she develops her paintings and collages and answer questions about her special techniques.



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