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Painter/collage artist Rob Robinson and painter/printmaker Cheryl French, both of Albany, will be the featured artists during July at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany.

The gallery’s First Friday Reception, from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, July 5, will feature the work of Robinson and French, as well as 18 other mid-valley artists. Beer, wine and snacks will be served.

In this show, French has drawn inspiration from looking through her old sketchbooks and turned her drawings, including some created while living in Ireland, into paintings. These most recent works are oil paintings.

French’s best-known local works are the six column murals in the Children’s Room in the Albany Main Library. She has also worked as a teaching artist in local schools, libraries and public events.

Robinson paints with acrylics and makes collages using Japanese handmade papers and other papers and materials. He has been experimenting with a double-sided translucent collage, which will be on display. What viewers see depends on which side of the collage you are looking at and the way the light is striking it.

Robinson is the former president of the statewide Watercolor Society of Oregon.

Gallery Calapooia is in its seventh year of operation. Gallery 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, call 541-971-5701 or see the gallery’s website, www.gallerycalapooia.com.

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