The Bay City Arts Center (BCAC) is ringing in 2022 by announcing the return of its Artist of the Month program, and its First Friday art-show receptions, starting this Friday, January 7th, with a stunning show by local painter and ceramicist Marcia Wilson. The show, which will run through January–and possibly through February–features many local subjects and landscapes, with a focus on nature and animal portraiture. Included is a spectacular two-panel depiction of a turn-of-the-century winter scene on the old Wilson River Road which will appeal to fans of local history. This First Friday reception will run from 5:00PM to 7:00PM in the BCAC’s main gallery, located in downtown Bay City, at 5680 A Street.
Marcia Wilson has been a professional artist and a commercial illustrator and designer since 1976. She has devoted much of her time and energy to teaching and sharing art with others through the Tillamook County Art Association, Tillamook Bay Community College, the Tillamook County Fair Art Department, and her own Shangri-La Studio Art Academy on the Wilson River. Her most memorable teaching activities have included the “Art in the Schools” program staffed by Art Association members, “A Place of Our Own” art therapy programs sponsored by the Tillamook Family Counseling Center, and “Slug Soup” classes. Wilson has spent a lifetime observing and painting the beauty around her, and her fascination with the local area and its natural beauty shines through her work.
“We’ve been trying to get Marcia to show her work at the Arts Center for a couple of years now,” says Rob Russell with the BCAC. “Like so many things, her show got postponed by the pandemic. Needless to say, we’re really excited to resume art shows in 2022, and to finally share Marcia’s beautiful work with our community.”
BCAC’s Artist of the Month program is designed to give local artists a space to show and sell their work. First Friday receptions attract an appreciative local audience and give artists and art-lovers a rare chance to mingle and get to know each other. Aside from First Fridays, the BCAC gallery is open by appointment, or whenever there is an art workshop or concert going on in the facility.