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Oregon's beauty and diversity lends itself to art.

So, after three years without a new Oregon-themed art exhibit in the Giustina Gallery at Oregon State University's LaSells Stewart Center, curator Tina Green-Price decided the time was right for a new art exhibit.

"I thought bringing it back would be a fun exhibit that people would really engage in," Green-Price said.

The juried exhibition, "Celebration of Oregon," opens Tuesday, May 1, and will be on view for the rest of the month. An artists' reception will be held Thursday, May 3, from 6 to 8 p.m.

Green-Price and her staff received submissions from more than 55 regional artists, including some by new artists displaying works at the gallery for the first time.

"I think it's a beautiful show with the images we have coming in," Green-Price said. "It's going to be a large one."

Some of the mediums that will be on display are acrylic, oil and watercolor paintings, sculpture, fabric/fiber arts, and ceramics.

There will be a few three-dimensional works, which is rare for the gallery, Green-Price said. 

Oregon imagery includes everything from the ocean, coast, mountains and rivers to people picking berries and selling fish.

More specific landscapes and locations featured are Smith Rock, Benson Pond on the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, metropolitan scenes of Portland, the Benton County Courthouse and the Willamette River, among others.

"(And) there are places I've never been to," Green-Price said.

She said the entire show "makes you feel proud of the fact that you live in Oregon, and it's a beautiful state."


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