Art In The Valley Gallery
209 SW 2nd Street
Corvallis Oregon 97333
Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 - 5:30
Katheryn Byram, Featured Artist May 2016
Artist Reception Thursday May 19th, 5 - 8 pm during the Corvallis Arts Walk
My work is both, inspired by, and enriched by, the gifts of nature. Neon colors enhance intricate spirals and patterns in nature's not-so-pretty overcoat of rotted leaves covering these radiant jewels, especially lichen and fungi. I am in awe of such secrets. I hope to convey that mystery in my work.
My new attraction is melting polyester fabric. I am delighted with the colors and consistencies which can be further manipulated with other textile techniques.
I have been very fortunate in my life, growing up in a family that went to concerts and art galleries and museums on a regular basis. That is what we did for fun and it was. I was completely oblivious to the fact that it was a privilege to be so comfortable playing on the marble steps of the Minneapolis Institute of Art.
I had very few art classes until I went back to school as an adult. I had excellent instruction in color theory and basic design at OSU. I was a partner in the founding of Wild Rose Gallery in Philomath in 1996. Nine years later as we moved on to other things we had grown to represent over 100 area artists. From that experience several of us formed an Open Studio event which has now also grown very quickly. Since then I have not stopped making art and cannot imagine a life without it.