Nature serves as canvas for Cape Perpetua 2016 artist-in-residence

Contact(s): Lisa Romano, Paul Meznarich

Janet Essley uses nature to create art in nature. The 2016 Cape Perpetua artist-in-residence will make her debut from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center, 2400 S. Highway 101, three miles south of Yachats. She will spend the year helping visitors connect with nature through her unique form of environmental art.

“Making art in nature gives one time to connect with place in unexpected and rewarding ways,” Essley said. “Time slows. One becomes aware of sounds, smells, light, textures, colors, movement and the extraordinary diversity of ordinary things. No two fir cones are alike.”

Essley will lead groups, families and individuals in the process of creating art using found natural objects, such as sticks, rocks, sand, moss and bark. No live materials will be cut, moved or damaged.

Once created, artwork will be left where it was created to be enjoyed by others and eventually recycled by nature. Photographs will be the only permanent record of the creations, some of which will be displayed at the Visitor Center.

“Making art from and within the natural world affirms the individual’s ability to be a steward of the environment,” Essley said.

Essley resides in the Columbia Gorge, but spent 10 years in the Coast Range participating in scientific studies of gray whales and Brant geese. She has 25 years of experience teaching art and leading groups in the creation of murals and other forms of art, both nationally and internationally.

The Cape Perpetua artist-in-residence program is free to participants, but a Northwest Forest Pass, Oregon Coast Passport, federal recreation pass or $5 day-use fee is required within the Cape Perpetua Scenic Area.

For more information, contact the Cape Perpetua Visitor Center at 541-547-3289.

Cape Perpetua 2016 Artist-In-Residence Janet Essley uses nature as both her paints and canvas