in the AVA Gallery, December 8, 2018 - January 5, 2019
AVA will feature a new exhibit by John Willis, titled "Astoria Cityscapes," opening during Artwalk, December 8, from 5-8pm. The exhibit runs through January 5.
John’s oil paintings offer a unique view of some beloved Astoria scenes and some unique, obscure perspectives. In this series of paintings, John reflects a distilled image of a carefully chosen location, time and concept.
While John started out an artist, his grandfather, who didn’t became an artist until his retirement, always encouraged him to create. His grandfather ran the Sitka Center for Art & Ecology for a time. He taught John to draw and to carve—to see more carefully. He showed John from an early age what it meant to be an artist.
But work in software and finance lead John away from creative pursuits.
Then in 2010, he reconnected with creativity and changed everything. He committed to living a creative life: writing, drawing, designing, building, and inventing.
In 2016 John relocated to Astoria and began painting.
Coming full circle, he has a great appreciation for moving through the creative process and for sharing it. Once John completes a piece, he no longer thinks of it as his art. It’s an artifact of a process that comes into being when somebody else sees his painting and connects with it. The process and that connection are his rewards.
You can see more of John's art at Art is for the Heart. You can also see his fine art woodwork at the RiverSea Gallery in Astoria, the exclusive outlet for his lap desks and shinto stools.
The AVA Gallery is located at 11th and Duane in Astoria.
Winter/Spring hours: Saturdays from Noon-4:00pm; during Second Saturday ArtWalk from 4:00pm-8:00pm; and by appointment.
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