‘KOOBDOOGA’ kicks off with artists’ reception Oct. 1

The Friends of the White Salmon Valley Community Library cordially invite the public to attend an artists’ reception in the library’s Sprint/Baker Gallery on Saturday, Oct. 1 from 2 to 4 p.m.

The reception marks the kick-off event for KOOBDOOGA: Community Reads 2016. Works included in the art exhibit are inspired by this year’s featured book, the critically acclaimed non-fiction title, “The Boys in the Boat —Nine Americans and Their Epic Quest for Gold at the 1936 Berlin Olympics,” by Seattle area author Daniel James Brown.

Diane and Roger Gadway of “Gadzukes” will help capture the atmosphere of the book with music of the era. Light refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the Library. The reception is the first in a series of five KOOBDOOGA events to be held at the library each Saturday afternoon in October. The goal of the KOOBDOOGA project (“A Good Book” read backwards) is to bring the community together to celebrate the reading of a good book.

Participating artists will share their interpretation of the book through works in a variety of media from paintings and book art creations to ceramic castings and more. The resulting exhibit will give the viewer unique insights on their own reading of the book and the effect of the book on the artists as interpreted through their work. Participating artists include Myrna Anderson, Laurie Balmuth, Miki Caldwell, Janet Essley, Jerry Fenter, Diane Gadway, Irene Jonas, Katey Ellen Price, Peny Wallace and others.

Other special KOOBDOOGA Saturday afternoon events include:

• Oct. 8 — “In the Boat with my Father,” by Keynote Speaker Judy Willman, the daughter of Joe Rantz, the primary subject of the book.

• Oct. 15 — Viewing of the PBS American Experience documentary film, “The Boys of ’36,” based on the book, with an introduction by Helen James, former competitive rower and gold medal winner in the U.S. Rowing Masters National Championships.

• Oct. 22 — Community book discussion facilitated by Omar Sankari of Hood River, who teaches English at Columbia High School.

• Oct. 29 — “Cedarstrip Boatbuilding as Functional Art,” presented by Ray Klebba, master artisan and award-winning boat builder sharing his passion for wooden boatbuilding and offering insights into the specific methods described in the featured book.

For more information, pick up a complete listing of the KOOBDOOGA events at the library or visit the KOOBDOOGA page on the Fort Vancouver Regional Library website www.fvrl.org/koobdooga.

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