Yaquina Art Association Spotlight Shows Featuring Photographer Ted Crego and Watercolor Artist John Bradley–July 29th to August 11th

YAA Spotlight

In a two week Spotlight Show from July 29th to August 11th, the Yaquina Art Association will be featuring Photographer Ted Crego and Watercolor Artist John Bradley. The Yaquina Art Association Gallery is located in Nye Beach at 789 NW Beach Drive. Hours of operation are 11 am to 5 pm every day. 

Ted Crego’s previous career was as a Ceramic Engineer working for companies such as Coors Porcelain Co. and Coast Cast Corporation but mostly with Precision Castparts Corporation in Portland. He is currently retired in Newport having fun exploring his hobby of photography with his wife Kim.

Ted and Kim like taking vacations to places where they enjoy doing photography. Some of the places include Vietnam, Cambodia, Japan, Peru, Tibet, Canada and recently a European river cruise from Amsterdam to Budapest. But some of their favorite places to visit are the wonderful National Parks throughout the USA.

Ted’s photo interests are varied, but he enjoys finding images that others may overlook, such as patterns and macro shots. Lately, he has been doing more panoramas and HDR (High Dynamic Range) photos. There is always something new to learn in photography especially when it comes to the myriad of software programs.

His photographs have received awards in competition through the Vietnamese Artistic Photographic Association, Tri-Community Photo Center, Photographic Society of America, Tryon Creek Photo Club, Oregon State Fair Salon of Photography, Columbia Council of Camera Clubs and the Yaquina Arts Association Photographers.

Ted is the past President of Yaquina Arts Photographers. If you are interested in joining a photo clubs to work on your skills, check out the photo club at YAAPhotographers.org. The club meets twice a month in the Visual Arts Center Classroom.

Watercolor Artist John Bradley believes anyone can be a good artist, if given the time,”l started later in life after I more or less retired,” he said.

Before that, Bradley was a dentist working in Concord, Calif. He and his wife later moved to Eugene, then Waldport. “I always wanted to paint, but when you’re working it doesn’t work out very well to want to paint at night,” he said. “l’ve tried it.” “Now, I’ve got all the time in the world and I paint about four times a week and enjoy it very much,” he said.

Most of Bradley’s paintings are landscapes, often inspired by the Oregon Coast. They range in size but tend to be about 22 by 28 inches. He paints them flat on a table, as opposed to up on an easel, and can finish about one per day.

Because he has so many originals, Bradley long since stopped making prints of his work. His originals hang in homes as far away as Ireland, France and Wisconsin.

Bradley is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon and the Yaquina Art Association. He’s also taken part in juried exhibits and gallery shows up and down the coast.

“l think almost anybody can do good watercolors, if they’re really persistent and do it long enough,” he said. His passion for watercolors has led him to enroll in numerous art classes since retiring and also taken him to southern France several times to take watercolor workshops.

"Fisher School Bridge" by Ted Crego

“Fisher School Bridge” by Ted Crego


by John Bradley

by John Bradley