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Connie Mueller

"Peoria Road Ranch 2" by Connie Mueller is one of linocut relief prints the Eugene artist currently has on view in an exhibit at Oregon State University's Gallery 440.

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A reception for Eugene artist Connie Mueller will be held from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 15, in Oregon State University's Gallery 440 in Strand Agriculture Hall. An artist's talk will begin at 4 p.m.

Mueller is a printmaker known for her richly colored reduction of linocut relief prints, a process that builds many layers of vibrantly colored inks on the surface of paper, creating an embossed look. Noted mid-20th century artists who used this medium include Pablo Picasso and Russian artist Ivan Vasilevich Batechko.

A display of the process, including an etching plate of one of the exhibit's images and the inking stages that created it, is also on view in the gallery. The exhibition includes 15 landscapes and still life studies, with several Willamette Valley and Eastern Oregon farm and ranch scenes included.

Mueller has participated in more than 50 group and solo exhibitions in the Northwest and nationally since she began production linocut prints in 1999. Her prints are held in many private and public collections nationally, including the College of Agricultural Sciences' Art About Agriculture Collection, which is sponsored by the Gallery 440 show.

Her first appearance in the Art About Agriculture annual exhibit was in 2003, when her print “October Harvest” won the OSU Extension Director's Purchase Award, sponsored by Lyla and Mike Houglum, Debbie and Bill Maddy, John and Patty Winder and the College of Agriculture Sciences. Exactly 10 years later, another of her prints, “Hood River Orchard,” won the Sherry and Larry Kaseberg, Sheldon L. Ladd and OSU Extension Director's Purchase Award, sponsored by the Kasebergs, Stella and James Coakley, Scott Reed and the College of Agricultural Sciences.

Gallery 440 is open for the third Thursday of the month for Corvallis Arts Walk, from 3 to 4:30 p.m. or by appointment by contacting shelley.curtis@oregonstate.edu.

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