OYSTERVILLE - Oysterville artist and author Nancy Lloyd would like the Peninsula and its friends to know that some of her latest paintings are on exhibit and for sale at The Ark Restaurant in Nahcotta and Independent Books in Long Beach. These two shows will be in place until the end of the year.

"I really appreciate these business owners' generosity in providing the space in which to show this work," Lloyd said recently.

These abstract acrylics are a new venture for her. "I'm having the best time! The work is a happy exploration of the use of color, composition, and emotion to express a pleasing, non-representational result. This is radically different from anything I've ever done, and I'm jazzed!" she continued.

She is known to the Peninsula for public artwork installations, screen-printed casual clothing, and illustrated and written publications. The public artwork includes panels on Long Beach's Boardwalk, the Willapa Bay Interpretive Center in Nahcotta, and tourist kiosks in Chinook and at the County Courthouse in South Bend.

The screen-print projects, now a thing of the past, were done under the name Oysterville Hand Print and included designs with regional themes. The shirts she produced for the annual Garlic Festival were irreverent classics such as, "Damn the Scallions ... Full Garlic Ahead!" printed with a garlic-and-crossbones (as opposed to the more familiar pirate emblem).

Nancy's most recent book, the first volume of "Observing the Peninsula's Past," was produced in partnership with Matt Winters of the Chinook Observer. The second volume is in preparation and will be published by next summer. This two-volume definitive history of what is known as the Long Beach Peninsula is based on Lloyd's reading and analysis of 100 years' worth of the Observer.

Her earlier publications include "The Peninsula Primer," with text by Sydney Stevens; "Willapa Bay and the Oysters," which she both wrote and illustrated; and several maps of shipwrecks and the Lewis and Clark expedition.

The artist invites folks to come and enjoy the latest development in her variegated career. The Ark Restaurant is open from Thursday through Sunday, and can be reached at 665-4133. Independent Books, 642-8438, is located at the pharmacy mall at the light in Long Beach and is open seven days a week.

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