"Where Are We?: Contemporary Interpretations of Landscape Art," an exhibit by Jill Baker, Nancy Helmsworth and Rebecca Mannheimer opens Wednesday, Dec. 27, at The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis. The exhibit runs through Feb. 1.

The artists featured in the "Where Are We" exhibit hope to honor the longstanding tradition of landscape painting while showing innovative interpretations and contemporary opportunities in creative expression.

Baker, an interdisciplinary artist and educator in Corvallis, presents a series of drawings, video and photographs inspired by "Desert Notes" essays by Barry Lopez.

Portland painter Helmsworth uses a square format for her "landscapes," featuring a central image and a horizon line/landscape as her system within to explore and create. 

Eugene artist Mannheimer explores landscape as an internal process. Her work has a subtle reference to the Willamette Valley. It has influenced her sense of place, the light, the change of seasons, and the immediacy of nature.

The exhibit will have a reception Thursday, Jan. 4, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., as well as a Brown Bag Art Talk at noon Thursday, Jan. 11, and be featured in the Corvallis Arts Walk from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18.

All events are free. For more information, see theartscenter.net.

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