April shows open on First Friday

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Screen Shot 2018-04-05 at 12.26.29 PMBAKER CITY — April ushers in new art shows at Baker City galleries, starting with opening receptions during the First Friday art walk on April 6.

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

An exhibition titled “Cascadia — Where Oregon Meets” will open at Crossroads, 2020 Auburn Ave., starting at 5:30 p.m. Music will be provided by Garwood Allen and Alice Trindle. Refreshments will also be served.

“Cascadia” is a traveling fine art juried photography exhibition featuring 48 Oregon photographs which emphasize similarities and diversity within the state.

Artists were given two themes for direction: “Oregonians at Work and Play” and “Views of Oregon.” Crossroads received 166 images, then two jurors (Terri Axness and Shelley Curtis” chose 48 to be included in the exhibition. The juried show will visit The Dalles for the month of May and then Oregon State University for the month of July.

“Crossroads is extremely pleased with the content imagery, range, quality and representation the final 48 photographs depict of our beautiful and unique state,” said Kristin Hauter, Crossroads’ community art director. “I believe the exhibit will appeal to a wide audience with some familiar sights yet has more than a few surprising fresh ones to offer the viewer. I’m in awe of so many.”

Crossroads will award cash prizes totaling $4,000. Best of Show will receive $500. First place in each category will win $400, and second place will receive $300. In addition, six honorable mention awards will be given at $100 each.

A people’s choice award will be awarded at each gallery with the artist winning $500. Contest judges are Jerry Kencke, Tom Clement and Rich Bergeman.

“Cascadia” was made possible with support from the Ford Family Foundation.

In conjunction with the exhibition, the publication of “Cascadia,” a 104-page book in hardcover ($50) and paperback ($25) has been produced and will be available to purchase at all venues. The book highlights all 48 images and includes judges’ and jurors’ comments as well as some interesting narratives from the artists regarding their photograph. There will be an artist signing table set up during the opening reception at Crossroads.

Photography themed classes will be offered at Crossroads in conjunction with the exhibit
during April, May and June. Please see the website www.crossroads-arts.org for more details and to sign up for a class.

Short Term Gallery

Short Term Gallery, 1813 Main St. will be showing the paintings of featured artist Blake Musselman from Bellingham, Washington. Musselman is relatively new to the Baker City art scene.

The opening reception starts at 5:30 p.m. with appetizers, punch and wine.

Also, the watercolors of Sherri Linnemeyer, the gallery’s March featured artist, are still on display through April.

Peterson’s Gallery

Peterson’s, 1925 Main St., will present new paintings by Baker City artist and author Nancy Coffelt during the month of April.

“These all new pieces are a vibrant and fresh complement to the spring season,” said Davey Peterson.

The opening reception will be held during the First Friday Artwalk, when Peterson’s will be open from 10 a.m. to  8 p.m.

For more information, contact Peterson’s Gallery at 541-523-1022 or mail@petersonsgallery.net

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