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Art gallery opens watercolor show

Reception starts at 6 p.m. on Friday

The Columbia Art Gallery opens a watercolor show on Friday, July 1, featuring 20 best-of-show paintings from the Watercolor Society of Oregon's spring show.

The opening includes a reception starting at 6 p.m., which also serves as the kick-off for downtown Hood River's "First Friday" Art/Walk/Talk.

Local artist Sally Bailey will be the guest speaker at that reception, and will be available to answer questions about the Watercolor Society of Oregon.

The 20 paintings in the exhibit were selected by juror Donna Watson from among 275 water-media entries. Sixty additional paintings were included in the full show in Burns, Ore., where the Water Color Society's Spring Conference was held. Watson is a signature member of the American Watercolor Society, and has won a number of awards in national juried exhibitions.

The Watercolor Society of Oregon (WSO) is a state-wide organization with more than 800 members. WSO holds two conferences per year, which include both a juried show and a watercolor workshop. Artists from throughout the state are invited to submit work to these shows for consideration. Two additional summer workshops are held in select locations.

Irene Fields, curator for the show says: "The paintings are always an eclectic and exciting mix of representational and abstract compositions, and this year's show is especially strong in abstract paintings, as that is the major interest of the juror, Donna Watson."

The show continues through Friday, July 30.


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