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Baggetta showing pastels at Art Element Gallery

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Portland artist Marla Baggetta will present Clarity of Color, an exhibition of paintings and pastels, through Aug. 20 at Art Elements Gallery, 604 E. First St. in Newberg. I am a great believer in the fundamentals of painting: drawing, composition, color theory and the thought that paintings communicate an idea through this vocabulary, Baggetta says in her artist statement. The process of bringing a concept to a complete image is deeply compelling and satisfying. My painting process is a very active one, where my first marks and impressions are usually bold and gestural. Then I settle in and make assessments and refinements. The last marks are usually slow, quiet ones, as I am making small moves to find my way toward the finished piece. Im hoping to capture that aha! that originally attracted me to the subject. Her pastels are completed on museum-grade, sanded pastel paper. Receptions are planned from 5-8 p.m. Aug. 5 as part of Newbergs First Friday celebrations. This piece, titled Forest Light, is part of the exhibition.