The May show at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River is "Art & Agriculture."
The public is invited to attend the opening reception for the show which will be held on Friday, May 7, from 6 to 8 p.m. The works will be on display at the gallery from May 7 to May 30.
The pieces exhibited will depict the bounty of harvest, pastoral farmlands, equipment and tools, farmers and their families and the environmental and social concerns relating to agriculture.
Gallery manager Catherine Kiewit was delighted by the response from artists. "We posted a nation-wide call for artists, and were really pleased with the response. 260 works of art in all were entered for consideration. Of course, we couldn't accommodate all that art, so a jury panel selected 60 pieces to be included in the exhibition."
Five local jurors narrowed the field to pieces that celebrate small scale agriculture and rural farm life, especially focusing on agriculture specific to the Columbia River Gorge -- orchards, vineyards, wheat fields, etc. The jurors were: Judie Hanel, Allan Henderson, Deanna Joyer, Catherine Kiewit, and Bill Sturman.
Curator for the show Sturman explains: "Never before has the Columbia Center for the Arts opened its shows to artists beyond the Pacific Northwest. But in this case, we wanted to test the waters, to see how many artists would be interested in participating in an art show in Hood River."
About half the participating artists come from outside the Pacific Northwest -- Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, New Mexico, Florida, New York, Texas. But many Northwest artists also had their works selected, including the following mid-Columbia residents -- Charlene Rivers, Peter Marbach, Gayle Weisfield, Christine Knowles, John Joyer, Stephen Datnoff, Cathleen Rehfeld, Jessica Robinson, Mary Rollins, Rowena Sandford, Susan Sutherland, John Maher, Eric Voigt, and Iris Wilson.
Most of the works are paintings -- oil, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, mixed media, monotype print, collage, colored pencil -- but there are also some outstanding photographs, metal jewelry, and fused glass.