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Emily Camozzi often captures the colors of the coast in her watercolors. Photo courtesy Jane Lewis

The Coastal Arts League is set to unveil the works selected for “Background and Foreground,” a juried painting show.  

Juror Priscilla Klass selected works by 28 local and regional artists, including Patricia Appel, Don Baldwin, Kristina Beckman, Emily Camozzi, Lorraine Capparell, Bob Carter, Lu Chang, Cheryl Costella, Linda Curtis, Daniele Cuzin, Gary Frink, Claudia Gray, Winona Heyer, Linda Jordan, Carlotta Lincoln, Amy Glover Martin, Janice Matthews, Mark Monsarrat, Dianne Lee Moomey, Abbie Murthy, Beth Oehlert, Paul Ransohoff, Marcia Sivek, Ruth Shorer, Susan Vandiver, Maury Walcott, Karen Whitaker and Rosemarie Williman. 

Camozzi is a longtime Coastside resident, however, she’s new to Coastal Arts League. Four of her watercolors were selected as part of the exhibit. Her images feature soothing fields of bright yellow sunflowers as well as crisp red apples lined up in a neat row.  

“One of the things I love about autumn on the coast is our flowers,” said Camozzi. “I’ve created countless sunflower paintings.

“As far as the apples,” she continued. “That was a still life that I set up in my studio. I painted it in about two sittings.” 

Camozzi stated that she paints with watercolors because she loves the spontaneity that the medium provides. 

“I like that it’s transparent,” she said. “I’m able to see the light of the paper come through. 

“One thing I really like about watercolor is that you have one shot,” she continued. “It’s very much like life that way. You can’t rework your painting in watercolor with any great big overhaul.” 

Camozzi has a background in sciences, specifically bioinformatics, which is a hybrid field that blends molecular biology with computer science. She is now working full time as an artist.  

“The transition was allowing myself the space to create,” she said. “It’s easy to get a day filled with all sorts of other tasks. 

“I love it so much, that it doesn’t feel like work,” she continued. “It just depends on where we put value with our time and the product with our work. If I can create a lovely painting, it’s a great work week.”

An opening reception celebrating the opening of “Background and Foreground” is scheduled from 2 to 5 p.m. on Saturday at the Coastal Arts League. The show is set to run from March 21 through April 14. For more information, visit CoastalArtsLeague.org.

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