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Columbia Art Gallery holds opening at First Friday

Friday will be the opening of The Columbia Art Gallery’s new show. “Exploring Vessels: Constructions of Wood Steel and Clay” is a conceptual show in which the artists have made containers for thought, objects, space.

Ron Fenter, resident of Appleton Wash., former high school teacher and now full time potter, constructs pieces in clay of bold simple form, beautifully textured and subtly colored. John Mayo, of White Salmon, has a background in design engineering. His large wooden and steel assemblies are polished and graceful, stimulating to the imagination.

The reception for August’s show is Friday from 7-9 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery, 207 2nd Street Hood River. Gallery hours are 10 to 5 Thursday through Sunday, and noon to 5 Monday through Wednesday. The show lasts through Sept. 2.

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August is a busy month at the Columbia Art Gallery. In addition to the show featuring work by Fenter and Mayo, the student gallery in the Bobbie Rosemont Annex of the Gallery, will host a collection of Christmas tree ornaments hand-made by citizens of Hood River County to be hung on the nations Christmas tree. The first contributions to this project are God’s Eyes made by the children from the Hood River County Extension Offices summer day camp.

All citizens of Hood River County are urged to make an ornament for this project. You can get information about the project at the Columbia Art Gallery.

Also there is a showing of handmade quilts created by Keiko Suzuki of Iwaki City, Japan, of old silk and cotton kimonos.

The quilt show, co-sponsored by the Hood River Tsuruta Sister City Organization, was featured at the Hood River Museum last year and is being rehung at the gallery for the enjoyment of all during the month of August.

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