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Artist call for museum Artful Artifacts Exhibit

Create hair wreath

The Artful Artifacts Exhibit is a new History Museum of Hood River County program that takes a "memory" artifact and uses it as an inspiration for contemporary art.

A "memory" artifact is an item that was created or made in honor or memory of a loved one.

The artifact selected for this year's exhibit is a Victorian Hair Tress wreath. The wreath is created from hair collected over years and then artfully woven into a beautiful piece of art in memory of a loved one.

The hair wreath is part of the museum's Pioneer Collection and was from the Marlor/Blythe family.

The museum is asking local artists to create an original piece of contemporary art inspired by this artifact. This art will be displayed in a special museum display.

Art must be: no larger than 20-inches by 20-inches, include an artist statement explaining the work and its connection to the inspiration piece (under 400 words); and must be submitted to the museum by April 21.

The exhibit opens to the public on Friday, May 6, from 4 to 6 p.m., at a special reception. The exhibit ends on July 5.

There will be a "People's Choice" award given at the end of the exhibit to the art piece voted as favorite by museum visitors.

"The concept of taking a beautiful and unique museum artifact and using it to inspire contemporary art is a very intriguing notion. We have such a rich and varied art community in Hood River County and the Mid-Columbia Gorge region, that it will be very exciting to see how artists will reinterpret this 100 year artifact," said Connie Nice, museum coordinator.

For more information contact Nice at 541-386-6772 or


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