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Chamber to display guild member's work through April

Rohweder's watercolors reflect world around her


The Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce will display art by local painter JoAnne Rohweder throughout April.

Born in Hayti, Mo., Rohweder has lived most of her life in Sandy, where she and her husband, George, raised their family.

“I can’t imagine living anywhere else,” Rohweder says.

A member of the Wy’east Artisans Guild, Rohweder says her art reflects the people, places and things around her. Although she has worked with painting in oils and drawing with charcoal, her favorite medium is water color.

“I love the fluid way they mix on the paper and give unexpected shapes and colors,” she says.CONTRIBUTED ART - JoAnne Rohweders painting Tag Along depicts her grandson and a friend he picked up along the way at Rockaway Beach.

Rohweder added she loves the transparency of water color paints: the way they add a luminosity with the white of the paper shining through.

“They are at times unforgiving,” she says, “but are worth the effort.”

One of the pieces among Rohweder’s art to show at the chamber office is a painting of her grandson, Logan, on the shore at Rockaway Beach, entitled “Tag along.”

Rohweder used only the three primary colors for this painting — red, yellow and blue — and the other hues are simply a combination of the three.

“The background was made by putting different colors of paint at the top of the page and spraying it with a spray bottle,” Rohweder says, noting she thought it would be a good way to represent the grey cloudy days common to Oregon.

Rohweder’s art can be seen Friday, April 3, through Thursday, April 30, in the chamber office, 38979 Pioneer Blvd., during business hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

— Kylie Wray

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