‘Earth, Wind, Fire’ exhibit opens Friday at Arts Center

Blue tributaries lined with sticky red clay, cascading towards the Columbia River, wind whistling through the narrow verdant Gorge, ancient lava flows creating fortress-like cliffs of columnar basalt — the dramatic landscape is what defines the Columbia River Gorge region. Columbia Center for the Arts April invitational “Earth, Wind, Fire’ exhibition will show work that is created from materials that come from the earth, interact with wind, or come into being through fire — and work that conceptually reflects upon the elements.

“The work in this exhibition includes sweet and funky Dawn Elle teapots, a large-scale MacRae Wylde metal sculpture, charming and interesting ice flow paintings by Sally Gilchrist, and jewel-like landscapes by Portland newcomer Akram Saaraj,” said Gallery Manager Rene Westbrook. “This show features the work of 18 artists from Oregon and Washington, with mediums ranging from glass to colored pencils and clay to oil paintings, all reflecting upon the elements. We are also honored to be hosting solo shows by Laurel Marie Hagner (in the lobby gallery) and Jurgen Hess (in the Nook gallery).”

“Earth, Wind, Fire” runs from April 6-30, with an opening reception on April 8 at 6 p.m. (Note that due to an extended run of the current Instrumental exhibition, the April opening reception is on the second Friday and not on First Friday.)

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