Sharon Poppleton of Albany is the featured artist for January at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. W., Albany.
An artist's reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 5, will include Poppleton's watercolor landscape paintings and the work of 18 other mid-valley artists. Wine, beer and snacks will be served. The reception is free.
Poppleton has had a lifelong interest in art. She started drawing and sketching, moved to painting in oil, and now works in watercolors. She enjoys plein air painting.
The artist holds an art degree from the University of Oregon and an art education degree from Oregon State University, was a substitute teacher in 1972 and taught children's art classes through Albany Parks and Recreation.
Gallery Calapooia hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. The gallery is a nonprofit organization and donations to it are tax-deductible. For more information, see gallerycalapooia.com or call 541-971-5701.