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Art Gallery Features Glass Blower, Impressionist

Artists reception set for June 17

Artists Andy Nichols from The Dalles and Ellen Dittebrandt from Hood River will be featured at an art show opening at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, on Friday, June 17.

The public is invited to the Artists' Reception that evening, beginning at 6 p.m.

Nichols, a blown-glass artist, is well known for his brilliantly-colored and masterfully-shaped fine-art objects. He is best known for his uniquely-formed flowers, fish and other creatures from the sea.

Dittebrandt, a first-class impressionist painter who works primarily in pastels, is best known for her brilliantly-colored landscapes and close-up studies of elements in nature.

Both artists take their cues from the interplay of light and nature, and both have their works displayed in galleries and private collections throughout the Northwest.

Nichols, who has been working with glass since 1980 said: "For years, stained glass was my outlet for color and design. But along the way, I found that hot glass had a nature all its own. My passion for it grew out of its three-dimensional quality, the sense of timing needed and the touch of chemistry involved."

Dittebrandt adds: "I'm fascinated by the play of light, and many of my paintings show the changing colors that exist in shadows, in the evening's light and sunsets, in the pure light of morning, in snow, in sunlight and dusk. In much of my work, the "negative" spaces take on a life of their own."

Georgette Jones, curator for the show says: "The artists will be showing their work for only two weeks -- until June 30 -- so don't delay in getting in to see them."

For more information about the show, call The Columbia Art Gallery at 386-4512.

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