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Artists present their interpretations of the forest

Woods 1 by Laura Ross Paul
Friday, March 29, 2019

Forest Visions, a forest-focused contemporary art exhibit, opens Saturday, April 1, at Clatsop Community College’s Royal Nebeker Art Gallery, 1799 Lexington Ave., Astoria.

Featured artists include Astoria photographer Robert Adams, painters Kim Osgood, Laura Ross-Paul, Michael Brophy, and Rita Robillard, and sculptor Lee Imonen.

Each artist interpreted the forest individually, curator Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson said.

“Some of their imagery appears singularly critical of current logging practice,” she said. “Other images seem to purely celebrate the forest’s beauty, while some works raise questions about our use of the forest’s offerings without necessarily espousing a political point of view.”

Laing-Malcolmson retired in 2016 from the Portland Art Museum, where she was the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art.

The artists included in the exhibit were chosen for their work’s relevance to the theme and because of the powerful, beautiful, emotive quality of their art.

The exhibit will be on display through May 9. A community reception is at 6 p.m. Thursday, April 11. Forest Visions is funded by donations from Clatsop County Cultural Coalition, Oregon Cultural Trust, Clatsop Community College Foundation and The Ford Family Foundation.

Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays.

Hinge Dyptich by Lee Imogen

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