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Corvallis artist Julie Green will exhibit "My New Blue Friends" in the Governor's Office of the Capitol Building in Salem, 900 Court St. N.E., July 7 thru Sept. 7.

"My New Blue Friends" consists of air-brushed egg tempura paintings depicting abstractions of everyday foods. Inspired by blue-flow ceramics, a technique in which the blue glaze was deliberately blurred, the series presents softly abstracted repetitive shapes in fluctuating tones of blue.

Green is best known for her ongoing 16-year project "The Last Supper," which depicts the meal requests of U.S. death row inmates painted in cobalt blue mineral paint on second-hand plates. Born in Japan, Green has exhibited widely in the U.S. and internationally, and has been the a recipient of honors and awards, including the Joan Mitchell Foundation Painters and Sculptors Grant, an ArtPrize Juror's Choice Award and a 2016 Oregon Arts Commission Fellowship. She is a Professor of Art at Oregon State University and is represented by Upfor in Portland.

The Art in the Governor's Office Program honors selected artists in Oregon with exhibitions in the reception area of the Governor's Office in the Capitol. Artists are nominated by a statewide committee of arts professionals who consider artists representing the breadth and diversity of artistic practice across Oregon, and are then selected by the Oregon Arts Commission with the participation of the Governor's Office.

Artists whose works have previously been exhibited in the Governor's Office include Henk Pander, Michele Russo, Manuel Izquierdo, James Lavadour, Margot Thompson, Gordon Gilkey and Yuji Hiratsuka.

For more information about the Oregon Arts Commission, see www.oregonartscommission.org.

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