An exhibit of portraits in mixed media (works in fabric, acrylic and dye) entitled "Presente: She Is Here With Us" by artist Janet Essley will be on display from Sept. 2 to 29 at the White Salmon Library.
In conjunction with the theme of the exhibit, the public is invited to a reception honoring the women who make our clothes on Friday, Sept. 9, from 7 to 9 p.m.
Essley uses the printed fabric of our clothing as the background for the portraits of the women who create much of that clothing in sweatshops around the world. These portraits allow the viewer to make an intimate connection between people of other places and the items that they created.
Painter and muralist Essley has lived in White Salmon for eight years.
Murals she has created in the area include Spring Creek Fish Hatchery in Toppenish and Maywood Campus of Mt Hood Community College in Portland. Essley's paintings have been shown nationally.
This is the second of three exhibits by outstanding women artists of the gorge in the "Three Women in a Row" series at the library.
The final exhibit in the series will be "Works in Graphite" by Carol Wild in October.
For more information about this and other library exhibits, programs and services call the library (509) 493-1132.