COQUILLE — A grand finale tribute to the memory of painter Anna Crosby and her legacy of artwork will hang March 5-30 at the Coquille Valley Art Center. The Anna Crosby Art Finale open house will be 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, March 10. Honor Crosby for her many years of dedication to the community at her final show.
Crosby started her journey as a member of the Coquille Valley Art Center over 50 years ago. During this time she was on the board of directors, serving as president, vice president, secretary and treasurer many, many times. Some of her instructors included Vicki McKean Smith, Richard McKinley, E. John Robinson, Sally Strand, Albert Handel, Doug Dawson, Billie Sheets, Lora Block, George Walker and Ava Richey.
In 1987 she gave her first pastel workshop at the CVAC and taught classes there for the next 25 years. Later her classes and workshops branched out to Winston and Canyonville through the Umpqua Community College outreach program and several workshops in Florence. She also served as the superintendent of the art department at the Coos County Fair for over 10 years and was the judge of the Curry County Fair art department in Gold Beach several times.
In 1998 she was named the “Artist in the Garden” at Shore Acres State Park in Coos Bay. The artist won hundreds of ribbons at the Coos County Fair and many at the Pony Village Art Show. She placed 4th in a National Pastel Society of Oregon show.
Showing throughout the county, one of her paintings hung outdoors at the Bandon boardwalk event for three seasons. She has exhibited at Mind Power Gallery in Reedsport, had various installations at Southern Coos Hospital and Health Center in Bandon, Evergreen Court in North Bend and she even held a private show at the Coquille Community Building.
Crosby's subjects include flowers, landscapes, portraits, abstracts and semi-abstracts, mostly in oils, pastels, acrylics and occasionally in watercolor and pencil.
Between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. March 9-11, the artist's huge collection of art supplies, including frames, hundreds of art books, brushes, paints, pastels, mats and so much more will be offered for sale to the public at the center.