Provocative exhibit opens at Pacific Park Gallery in Coos Bay

If one of the goals of the artist is to cause the viewer to ponder our world, Sam Dantone is an accomplished artist. Dantone’s provocative work will be featured July through mid-September at the Pacific Park Gallery in Coos Bay. The exhibit space is a perfect match for Dantone’s seldom exhibited large, controversial paintings and free-standing, man-made trees.

“Though my art stylings vary widely, one thread stitches all of my work together,” says Dantone. “(my art) is my critique on man’s apparent love for life and his constant destruction of it.”

The Florence-based artist’s series “Nonetheless” portrays a dismal view of an environment in chaos while beautiful people play golf, share a glass of wine or grab a cup of coffee on the go. In another series of smaller works, called “Ab-scraps,” Dantone recycles byproducts from his day job as the owner of Treehouse Signs to present colorful forests. Just in case we don’t get it, he uses items created when trees are harvested, such as cardboard and wooden pallets, to reconstruct trees.

While Dantone’s work hangs in the Salon and Atrium exhibit spaces, photographer Paula Reis and prints by Pat Snyder will show in the upstairs Mezzanine Gallery. Reis and Snyder are Coos County residents.

An artist’s reception will be held 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, July 12, at Pacific Park Gallery, 1957 Thompson St., Coos Bay. The public is invited. Pacific Park Gallery is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The gallery is located inside the main building of Pacific Coast Medical Complex, about a block west of Coos Bay Hospital.
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