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New art exhibit at interpretive center

Installation in gallery through Aug. 31

Artwork from six Lower Columbia area artists are now featured at the Columbia Gorge Interpretive Center Museum in Stevenson.

The installation is in the short term art gallery now until Aug. 31.

"Water Marks: Inspirations From the River," is composed of works by painter Donna De Jarnatt, printmaker Debby Neely, photographer Judy VanderMaten, potter Trudy Woods, ceramist Lynn Elliott and wood turner Marquita Green. These artists have met together and shared the exploration of the river for over four years. Neely, VanderMaten and Woods teach at the Lower Columbia College in Longview and all of them are members of the Broadway Gallery in Longview.

Some of the works, like those of Elliott and Neely, draw directly from the natural history of the region, depicting aspects of river wildlife in a representational style.

Through the use of sand mixed with her paints, De Jarnatt evokes impressionistic images of the river. In her photographs, VanderMaten often emphasizes the light around the water, or focuses on small details of river life in a manner that allows form and space to be more important than the object itself.

Woods and Green use the textures associated with water and its impact on objects to inspire their works in clay and wood.

All the artists speak to the place the river plays in their daily lives and observations.

Historically, the Columbia River was the umbilical cord that linked the communities of the Columbia, both native and immigrant peoples, to one another. Today, it links the past to present day life. The river is a conduit for our weather, for wildlife, for commerce and for recreation.

Come and enjoy the photographs, pottery, wood sculpture, paintings, ceramics and clock prints. A portion of every sale benefits the museum.


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