The Beauty of Inelegance: Abstract Paintings by Laura Viola-Preciado Opens at CCC Royal Nebeker Art Gallery

The Clatsop Community College Royal Nebeker Art Gallery will open its 2016/2017 exhibition season with a show entitled The Beauty of Inelegance, a solo exhibition by Laura Viola-Preciado. Selected to exhibit in the 2016 Au Naturel competition by Lisa Harris, the highly respected director and owner of Lisa Harris Gallery in Seattle, Viola-Preciado was also chosen by the art department faculty to receive the coveted prize of a solo exhibition. 

The show will run from September 26 through November 3, with a reception for the artist scheduled for Thursday, October 6 at 6:00 p.m. The gallery reception and exhibit are free and open to the public.  

In conjunction with this exhibit, Viola-Preciado will conduct a workshop entitled Small is Big! Rethinking the Expected Format of Abstract Painting.  In this workshop, participants will explore how to create individual small paintings that can be shown alone, in groupings, or as a starting point for larger work. In this productive, hands-on session, participants will practice letting go of expectations in order to focus on process and to capture an energetic moment within a small space. 

The workshop will be held on Friday, October 7  from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. with a one hour lunch break and will take place in the Drawing/Painting Studio, Room 112 of the CCC Art Center.  This workshop is free to CCC students enrolled in fall term art classes and open to the general public for a $20 fee. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. For a materials list and to register, contact Kristin Shauck  by phone (503-338-2472) or e-mail ( 

Viola-Preciado considers the Pacific Northwest home and currently resides on Whidbey Island in Washington. She recently graduated with a BFA, Summa Cum Laude, from the Hartford Art School after studying at The Oregon College of Art and Craft and Anderson Ranch, earning merit scholarships and awards from both colleges.  Viola-Preciado actively exhibits her work and is represented in collections on both the east and west coasts.  

Viola-Preciado’s work emerges as she investigates our “awkward place in the world” through the process of applying and removing paint and juxtaposing large brushstrokes and pours with scribbles and outlines. Searching for what she describes as “ the tension between beauty and inelegance,” Viola-Preciado’s work offers more questions than answers and invites viewers to draw their own conclusions. In addition to her paintings, Viola-Preciado will also be exhibiting monotypes, a printmaking technique that lends itself to uninhibited painterly intensity and spontaneous brushwork.


The CCC Royal Nebeker Art Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria, and is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends and holidays by appointment. 

Lipid Panel 

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Es la política de Clatsop Community College que no habrá ningún tipo de discriminación o acoso por razón de raza, color, género, estado civil, religión, origen nacional, edad, orientación sexual, identidad de género o expresióno discapacidad en los programas educativos, actividades o en la contratación. Preguntas o quejas deben ser dirigidas al Leslie Lipe, Oficial de Acción Afirmativa / Título IX localizado en la Towler Hall número 110, número de teléfono 503-338-2450, TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468. El Coordinador de la Titulo II/Sección 504, Lisa Deneen, se encuentra en Columbia Hall numero 304, número de teléfono 503-338-2474. Para ADA y otras peticiones de servicios llame al 503-338-2474 o para TDD (discapacidad auditiva) 503-338-2468.

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