Mid-valley artists Marissa Solini and Lauren Sharpton are sharing space for a pair of new exhibits at the Corrine Woodman Gallery of The Arts Center in Corvallis.

Both artists are interested in the concept of "community," but the comparison stops there. 

Solini's "The Apron Wearers" reflects women from her grandmother's and mother's generation. In the exhibit, Solini honors women and their valuable, often unrecognized, roles in society.

Her oil paintings that are life-size portraits of aprons as they hang from a hook on the wall. Her watercolors are a further exploration of the apron as a precious keepsake and memento.

"The Exquisite Corvallis" project by Sharpton encourages a collaboration, conversation and connection with community members.

In the project, three blank rolls of paper will be installed separately along the gallery walls. Visitors will be prompted to participate and continue a drawing where the last person stopped. Only a few lines of the previous drawing will be available for inspiration.

After they're finished, participants will be asked to roll up the paper so that only a few lines of their drawings will be visible to the next artist. A week before the exhibition's closing, the three rolls will be revealed and exhibited to the community.

The exhibits run from Sept. 6 through Oct. 7 in the Woodman gallery at The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave. in Corvallis. They will be the topic of a "Conversations from the Corrine Woodman Gallery" session scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 7 at noon. The "Conversations" session is free.

The closing reception runs from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 5. For more information, see theartscenter.net.


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