Yaquina Art Center Spotlight Shows featuring: Laren Woolley, Sylvia Hosie, and Anja Chavez–August 12th to August 25th

YAA Spotlight

In a two week Spotlight Show from August 12th to August 25th, the Yaquina Art Center will be featuring photographer Laren Woolley, photographer Sylvia Hosie, and jewelry designer Anja Chavez. The Yaquina Art Center is located in Nye Beach at 789 NW Beach Drive. Hours of operation are 11 am to 5 pm every day.

Longtime photographer Laren Woolley is in love with Oregon and photographing the Oregon coast and beyond.  His photographs tell a story and always seek to find the unique and the surreal.  His goal is to produce images that make people linger and enjoy them longer and of course take one home.  His passion is to continue to produce new and exciting work and each day is a new opportunity.   

Laren and his wife, and fellow photographer, JerriLynn have lived in Newport, Oregon for over 14 years and they have loved every minute of  being part of the Newport community.  This home based focus has helped to produce within them a love of the environment, and its protection, and a passion for capturing images that display the magic and beauty that it produces.  Come and see what is new!  Laren is active in the local Yaquina Art Association, YAA Photographers as well as the Artists Studio Association and Artist’s Co-op Gallery in Lincoln City.

Sylvia A. Hosie’s Spotlight Show at the Yaquina Art Center will feature recent work by this equine and travel photographer.  A photo shoot on a Wyoming ranch this summer produced a number of horse portraits and action shots.  Also included will be landscapes from Yosemite and Rainier National Parks. 

Hosie has been a Yaquina Art Association member since 1984.  Other professional memberships include the Toledo Arts Guild, Nature Photographers of the Pacific Northwest, and the Portland Photographic Society.  Locally her work is found at the Yaquina Art Center and the Shilo Resort.  In Toledo her western work is exhibited at the Toledo Clayworks.  Hosie is also a contributor to Oregon Coast magazine.  Her website is sylviahosiephotography.com.

Growing up in a family of artists, jewelry designer Anja Chavez was always surrounded by crafty materials and encouraged to experiment.  Working with watercolors, acrylics, crayons, yarn, fabric as well as copper enameling were her earliest adventures, until her hands came in contact with beads.  She remembers her Mom pouring all her beads into a bowl and stashing it away in a corner cabinet.  Often she would grab the bowl and just let the beads run through her fingers – she was hooked.

As a young adult, Anja was drawn to long, dangling earrings with many fringes.  However, she could not afford to buy any and so she decided to learn how to make them herself.  In the 20 years since then, Anja has taken various classes, learned from books, taught herself, and was inspired as well as encouraged by many beading friends.

Mostly she is attracted to geometric shapes and a large variety of colors.  Symmetry plays a big role in her designs.  Achieving the impression and the feeling of fluid motion created with beads is her daily challenge.  Each piece is made with the intent to be an accent to the person wearing it, and making that person feel special.

Even after 20 years, Anja’s passion for beads has not diminished.  “There is not a day in my life, where I don’t feel excited that I “get” to bead.  It could be in the middle of the night when I have the greatest designs and ideas in my head”, she says. To this day, her specialty is pieces with long fringes using seed beads and crystals.

“My passion, desire, and love for beads have shaped my life, and I hope it shows.”

"Horseshoe Bend" by Laren Woolley

“Horseshoe Bend” by Laren Woolley


"Warrior" by Sylvia Hosie

“Warrior” by Sylvia Hosie


"Kheops Par Puca" by Anja Chavez

“Kheops Par Puca” by Anja Chavez