Outdoors artist goes indoors at Port Angeles Fine Arts Center on Friday
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Barbara De Pirro of Shelton in inset assembles “Lucid,” a new art installation made of plastic milk jugs, wire and staples, at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center. De Pirro will give a talk on “Lucid” at the center this Friday.

By Diane Urbani de la Paz
Peninsula Daily News

PORT ANGELES — Barbara De Pirro, who last summer adorned Webster's Woods with crocheted plastic “vines,” is back with an indoor show at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, 1203 E. Lauridsen Blvd.

“Lucid” is the name of this atmospheric installation in which De Pirro plays with light, shadow and the delicate flow of air, along with plastic jugs, staples and wire.

The results fill the center's Webster House art gallery, where admission is free.

“Take a deep breath,” the “Lucid” invitation says. “Allow your imagination to wander within this ethereal space.”

De Pirro's installation opens Thursday and stays through June 30 at the center, which is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Sundays.

Artist's discussion

De Pirro, who is from Shelton, will give a free presentation on it at 4 p.m. Friday. She'll stay for a public reception, also free, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

De Pirro, who has shown her work in museums and galleries in Tacoma and Seattle, is known for interweaving the natural and the artificial.

“I am fascinated,” she writes, “by the brilliance and resilience of nature, while, at the same time, its fragility and vulnerability.”

More of De Pirro's art can be found outside in Webster's Woods: “Roots and Vines” and “Fungo Plastica,” crocheted plastic bags laid into the bark of a tree, are her handiwork.

Webster's Woods, the 5-acre park wrapped around the arts center, has inspired dozens of artists from across the country.

These woods are “an important place,” De Pirro has said, “a magical place.”

The woods are open to visitors 365 days a year from dawn till dusk. And this June, they will receive a new crop of creations for the 14th season of “Art Outside.”

An opening reception for the fresh batch of sculptures is set for June 23.

For more information about “Lucid,” “Art Outside” and other activities at the Port Angeles Fine Arts Center, visit www.PAFAC.org or phone 360-457-3532.

To see more of De Pirro's art, visit www.DePirro.com.


Features Editor Diane Urbani de la Paz can be reached at 360-452-2345, ext. 5062, or at diane.urbani@peninsuladailynews.com.

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