May 16, 2014 – July 30, 2014

Photographers Susan and Steve Dimock and illustrator Victoria Tierney bring a startling collection of art to Pacific Park Gallery, 1957 Thompson Rd., Coos Bay. An artists reception will be held 5-7 p.m., Friday, May 16 at the Gallery, located inside the Pacific Coast Medical Park.

“Beauty and the Birds . . . birds, seascapes and flowers” chronicles wild inhabitants and habitats of the Oregon Coast photographed by the Dimocks.

“This is a collection of old and new favorites of both birds and other images of natural beauty,” said Susan.

She has been recognized nationally for her work. She was named one of the “Top 100” in the National Audubon Society Photo Contest of 2011, and received third place recognition in the 2010 National Wildlife Refuge Contest. The couple’s work is often seen representing the Oregon Coast Aquarium, a client of the Dimmocks.

This is a rare opportunity to view a body of work by the award-winning photographers whose philosophy is “art as a healer and an educator.” More than 30 photographs are on exhibit through July.

Equally compelling and educating is “Metamorphosis: The Life Cycle of Four Paintings,” a new series of watercolors by Victoria Tierney, studying the evolution of paintings.

The completed works are shown alongside photos of the paintings at different stages of development. Viewers can see the hidden work supporting the artist’s vision. This series documents the creation of a work of art and follows it through to its completion.

Developing this series brought new insight to Tierney, she said.

“I realized that the progression of a painting is much like our lives,” said Tierney. “We begin pure, vibrant and childlike and move through life’s stages, sometimes struggling to get to the next life stage, until we reach the complexity and depth of maturity. Each stage has unique beauty.”

Tierney received her BFA at UC, Berkeley, and was a professional illustrator. She lives in Bandon and has curated shows for Coos Art Museum and Southern Coos County Hospital.

The exhibit runs through July and can be viewed 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday-Friday.

Pacific Park Gallery is a not-for-profit, non-commission sales exhibit space located in the Pacific Coast Medical Park, 1957 Thompson Rd., just west of Bay Area Hospital in Coos Bay. For exhibit information or to receive a Call to Artists, contact