Spotlight: Richard LaFond and Carol Summers

YAA Spotlight

The Yaquina Art Association Gallery will be spotlighting two artists for the next two weeks. Artists Carol Summers and Photographer Richard LaFond are the featured artists. Their work will be on display from Sept. 3 through Sept. 16, 2011 at 789 NW Beach Drive in Newport, Oregon. The gallery is open daily from 11 am to 4 pm.

Richard LaFond, a Seal Rock photographer, began his career in Hollywood, California as a still photographer for the Steve Allen Show in the mid 60’s and other major television studios in Hollywood for over a decade. From there he migrated northward to the San Francisco Bay Area where he shot commercial, architectural, portraiture, and glamor photography for 30 years. Presently he and his wife, Alice, are semi-retired and live in Seal Rock, Oregon, a dream of theirs for many years. Richard shows his work at various galleries along the Central Oregon Coast. His website is: LaFond Photography.

Carol Summers‘ love of flowers, her interest in the energy of people and places, and her appreciation for ancient structures inspire her paintings. The medium of watercolor allows endless experiments in light, color and form.

From 2004 through 2006 she painted with acrylics in the decorative arts style at the Tole Tree with Kay Ludlow. In 2005 she added watercolor and has taken classes in Florence with Susan Weathers and at YAA. A founding member of Yachats Arts Guild, she won the People’s Choice Award in 2010.

Her watercolor of stickleback fish hangs in the biology research center at Stanford. Several of her watercolors have been juried in to the Celebrate the Arts show at the Florence Events Center in 2008 and 2009, 2010. and in the YAA annual show in 2009 and 2010. She is a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon

Carol was born a Hoosier and became a Webfoot at age seven and has lived in the Pacific Northwest except for one year at Santa Monica City College between her years at U of O. Three children and husband, Russ, plus step-son Brian round out her family. Carol retired from ten years of freelance court reporting in Spokane plus sixteen years as an official court reporter in Lane County after which she moved to Yachats in 2003. Besides being immersed in the adventure of watercolor Carol enjoys playing handbells, being a library volunteer, and helping to staff the Runyan Gallery as a member of the Coastal Arts Guild, and staffing the YAA gallery as a member of that group.