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One-of-a-kind furniture featured in galley exhibit

One of artists in show is from White Salmon

The Columbia Art Gallery will present "Furnishings II" -- an art show featuring finely crafted one-of-a-kind furniture and a variety of complementary oil paintings.

The show opens Friday, Nov 4, and extends through Nov. 20.

The public is invited to the artists' reception on Nov. 4 from 6-8 p.m. at the Columbia Art Gallery.

Ten fine-furniture artisans who live and work throughout the Gorge will be displaying works to suit a wide range of personal tastes. Styles range from ultra simple to ultra modern, from sleek stainless-steel to rich black-walnut, and from craftsman style to free-form. Pieces to be displayed include coffee tables, end tables, entry tables, chairs, custom made doors and more. All are custom designed, and of the highest quality.

Furniture artisans include: Kent Ezzell, Gary Fields, Ken and Liza Jones, Susan Kline, Eric Lindsay, John McNaughton, Fred Paxson, Jim Petersen, Clark and Leila Prestia and Dave Swann.

In addition, Cathleen Rehfeld, a well-known oil painter who also lives in the Gorge, will be displaying a number of her fine oil paintings. Much of Rehfeld's work is done "en plein air" (outside), and because she is a local artist, many of her works will depict sights and landscapes throughout the Gorge. Rehfeld also does still-life paintings and portraits.

As its name implies, Furnishings II is the second furnishings show presented at the Columbia Art Gallery.

Bill Sturman, curator for the show said: "The first show, held in 2003, was very well received, and with all the new homes and remodels going on in our communities now, we figure it's time to bring it back."

Sturman goes on to say: "The furnishings being presented at the show represent the best in high-end, high-quality work that the Gorge has to offer."

Furniture artisan John McNaughton agrees, though adds: "Good furniture should be lived with, and that's what my furniture is made for -- for living. Sure, life is messy, but why can't it have some beauty in it as well?"

McNaughton added, "I've been making fine furniture for 33 years, 10 of those years have been here in the Gorge. I sell most of my work in major metropolitan areas throughout the Pacific Northwest, but would love to see more of a market develop for it right here where there's so much appreciation for beautiful things."


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