Artist with unique skills will show her versatility in a December exhibit

by: CONTRIBUTED PHOTO - Pictured using a palette knife, Tualatin artist Anna Lancaster demonstrates how she gains a natural texture that makes her contemporary art more realistic.The art exhibit at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center and Gift Shop will take a slightly different tack during the coming month.

Although chamber visitors will see framed fine art paintings, some of them will have a texture not often seen in chamber exhibits.

Among other works, Tualatin artist Anna Lancaster will exhibit her skills at what she calls oil impasto, which is like painting with a palette knife.

Lancaster also will exhibit some of her mixed media art, which includes the use of soft pastels, watercolors and a clear sealer on heavy watercolor paper.

As chamber artist for December, Lancaster will be present for an artist reception during the city’s First Friday activities from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 7.

While some of Lancaster’s art borders on impressionism, she also describes a portion of her work as realistic and traditional. But a description of her art also has to include the words “vibrant colors.”

In her promotional materials, Lancaster describes herself as an “oil painter of realistic form with a contemporary flair.”

She also makes print reproductions of her art but does it mainly on request. Some of those prints will be included in the chamber exhibit, which she has dubbed “Vibrant Color is Indoor Sunshine.”

Originally from the East Coast, Lancaster has exhibited and sold her work in Oregon since 1995. She has exhibited in many venues around the metropolitan area.

In a recent juried show at the Gresham Visual Arts Gallery, she received this year’s Mayor’s Choice award for her mixed media piece “Warm Gathering” and the Juror’s Choice award for her oil painting “Cannon Beach Evening Sentinels.”

Lancaster admits she has acquired a love for the challenges presented by painting landscapes outdoors. Her on-site paintings include sites ranging from the Oregon Coast to the Cascade Mountains.

The art exhibit will be available for viewing beginning Saturday, Dec. 1, but Lancaster will be available for personal comment only during First Friday hours Dec. 7.

The chamber’s visitor center and gift shop is at 38963 Pioneer Blvd., and is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week.

For more information on the exhibit, call the chamber at 503-668-4006. For more information on Lancaster, visit her website at

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