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'Work Spaces' features sites throughout county

An employee perfects a propeller at North Coast Propeller and Shaft on Harbor Drive in Warrenton. (Michael Mathers)
Thursday, October 31, 2019

An art exhibit about the places people work can be viewed through Nov. 27 in the Royal Nebeker Art Gallery at Clatsop Community College.

“Work Spaces” features more than 100 photographs by Astoria-based artist Michael Mathers.

“This show is the result of two years of knocking on doors of different kinds of work spaces,” Mathers said. “Everyone photographed got a print in exchange for a referral to another work space.”

Once the project was underway, Mathers would show samples to prospective subjects, offering them a free meal anywhere in Astoria if they could identify more than half the work spaces. No one could, he said.

“(That) says so much about the unusual makeup of this historic town at the mouth of the Columbia,” he said. “This is my thanks for the privilege to be part of this community.”

Mathers has taken photos of city workers and made a short movie of the Sunday Market and the Astoria Music Festival.

A reception for the artist is at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7.

The gallery at 1799 Lexington Ave., Astoria, is accessible to those with disabilities. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays. There is no charge.

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