ASTORIA — The third annual Coastal Oregon Artist Residency has grown this year from two artists to three.
The 2018 residency artists are Cara Mico of Nehalem, Stephen Shumaker of Knappa and Wenda Vorce of Astoria.
Each will be provided with a monthly stipend, materials and dedicated studio space at Recology’s Astoria Recycling Depot and Transfer Station over a three-month period, which began in early July. All work completed will be exhibited this fall in Astoria.
“The submissions were so impressive this year we decided to expand the program to include not only Cara and Wenda, who will make art out of recyclables, but also Stephen, who plans to document their work,” said Danielle Gambogi, Project and Art Program Manager at Recology and a member of the 2018 selection committee.
Mico is the program director for the Cannon Beach Arts Association. She plans on using the residency to create a series of paintings with found materials.
Vorce first became involved in making art with recycled objects in the 1980s. She describes the fanciful items she creates as “cleaning up the earth one piece of art at a time.”
Shumaker is a photographer, filmmaker and educator. He plans to continue “Plastic in Paradise,” an in-progress photography project of his, as well as document the work of Mico and Vorce in photographs and video over the next three months.
The residency was launched in 2016 as a collaborative effort of Recology Western Oregon — an employee-owned company that manages resource recovery facilities on the North Coast — and local nonprofit Astoria Visual Arts to raise awareness of the nexus of recycling and art-making by supporting the creation of art from repurposed and discarded materials.
By supporting artists who work with recycled materials, Astoria Visual Arts and Recology hope to encourage people to conserve natural resources and promote new ways of thinking about art and the environment.