Artist-in-Residence: Dayna Collins

October 25-November 24
The Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center | 600 Mission St. SE

Dayna Collins is a collector, energized by hunting for worn out and discarded objects, especially the bits and pieces that aren’t perfect. She hyperventilates when she discovers a box of ephemera or an old photo album that someone is throwing away. During her residency, Dayna will bring her vast collection of old letters, photographs, ticket stubs, bits of vintage lace, envelopes, stamps, string, travel brochures, maps, recipes, report cards, random notes – the detritus of a person’s life – and create vignettes that tell a story. Using paper, paint, cardboard, book covers, and plaster, she will give new life to these cast off, expendable objects, exploring storytelling in unexpected ways, beginning with a black and white photograph of a stranger.

About the Artist

Dayna shows her oil and cold wax abstract paintings in the Pacific Northwest at Guardino Gallery in Portland and RiverSea Gallery in Astoria.  Her work can be seen in several published books: Art for Everyone, a Chemeketa Community College textbook, Oil and Cold Wax by Serena Barton, Art Abandonment by Michael and Andrea deMeng, The Mixed-Media Artist by Seth Apter, and in Rebecca Crowell and Jerry McLaughlin’s Cold Wax Medium. Dayna teaches classes on the west coast. In addition to painting, Dayna uses found objects and recycled metal to create Funky Junkyard Birds and uses beat up wood, plaster, paint, and rusty bits to create a series she calls Curious Elements.

Open Studio Hours

Dayna will be working in the Annex most Tuesdays-Fridays between 1-4 pm, and invites the public to stop by to share memories, discuss how new histories are created, or watch Dayna audition pieces to create her fabricated stories.

Related Events

Panel Discussion

Please join Dayna Collins, Amber D’Ambrosio, Toni Gilbert, and Ross Sutherland on Friday, October 27 from 5-7 pm in a conversation about our personal objects, ranging from how to properly care for them using professional methods, examples of how public and family archives approach personal objects, how we can use some of these methods for our own personal objects and family histories, and how we can utilize our personal and family imagery through art.

Art Workshop

Dayna Collins will be teaching a workshop on Saturday, October 28. Click here to learn more or to register.

Salem Art Association exhibitions are always free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Friday from 10 am-5 pm, and Saturday-Sunday from Noon-5 pm (Annex weekend hours may differ, please call 503-581-2228 to check availability).

Exhibit Reception
Saturday, November 18 | 4-6 pm |  FREE

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