Investigation and Collaboration | Katy Vigeland and Corrine Loomis Dietz

July 7- July 30, 2023 | THE FOCUS GALLERY

Artists Talk and Reception: FRIDAY July, 14 from 6:00 PM – 7:30 pm

Katy Vigeland

I grew up in Salem, Oregon. After receiving a degree in Fine Arts from the University of Oregon, I stayed connected to the visual arts community by working or volunteering at various non-profit art organizations in Oregon, Hawaii and California. From 1994 – 2020, I co-owned and operated Art Department. Having recently sold it, I now have the opportunity to concentrate more on my own art. I work in a variety of mediums including acrylic, collage, watercolor, gouache, ink and dry media. My work ranges from non-representational art to abstracted landscapes, to more realistic subject matter. I am one of the founders of a monthly sketching group, Salem Sketchers and teach classes in how to sketch for fun with confidence. My work is in private collections and has been selected for numerous projects and exhibits including Community Supported Arts&Culture, and The Collaborative Body: Here and Now.

Corrine Loomis Dietz

What is it that touches our lives, wanders through our thoughts, settles into a recess, incubates and then slowly rises to the surface?… an odd sense that I can capture a human experience in time and place?

In my process I develop visual notes, dig for emotional memory, tool color and form, assign images to the surface, make marks, layer glazes, add and subtract…Painting Fearlessly! I love to feel the viscosity of the paint, the energy and movement over a surface as I work thru these systems that give me purpose.

I love the versatility of GOLDEN Acrylics. Physically having over 120 pigments in my studio prompts color interactions beyond a traditional palette. It excites and challenges me to discover the contemporary materials that support my visual dialogue. I trust that my explorations will inform me. Impulse and curiosity lead these actions to create work that resonates with allegory.

With Regards,
Corrine Loomis Dietz


Corrine Loomis Dietz is a studio artist, residing in the Willamette Valley of Oregon. In the 70’s Corrine received a BFA from CWU with a concentration in Painting and Photography.

Loomis Dietz is recognized as a colorist and a modern materials specialist resulting from a history of deep investigation into acrylic paint systems and processes. Recently retired, Loomis Dietz had been a member of the Working Artist team with GOLDEN Artist Colors for 22 years, receiving intensive training designed to offer lectures and teach workshops throughout the Pacific Northwest. Prior to this opportunity, Corrine taught Painting, Color design and Photography as an adjunct in regional colleges and universities since the early 80’s.

A longtime resident of Salem, Corrine maintained a strong community presence, involved with Artist Services, Mentor Programs, Studio Tours, Art Fairs, Exhibits, and as a Juror Loomis Dietz describes her current work as figurative landscapes, exhibiting work in group and solo shows throughout the Northwest and as far away as NY and Miami. Her work is held by private collectors, the Hallie Ford Museum as well as included in a variety of publications. Publications: “Rethinking Acrylics” by Patti Brady ~includes Corrine as a feature artist.