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Four artists make The Arts Center their studio in July

CORVALLIS – Generally, the Main Gallery at The Arts Center is dedicated to artwork made far away from the visitors’ eyes in a private studio, out in the field, or even in a classroom. 

For its July exhibit, the center has broken with tradition by welcoming four artists to turn the main gallery into their studio, and open up their creative process to the public.

During Artists @ Work, Gale Everett from Albany, Elaine Green and Julia Lont from Corvallis, and Kendal Hathaway from Phoenix, Ariz., will set up temporary work spaces and create art in the public eye.

The four artists’ work is diverse in techniques and inspiration. Green and Lont give a large role to photographs in their work, even though their finished work is not photography at all. For Green, the photographs are a starting point, and Lont works them into her collage/transfers that are made using egg tempera. Everett and Hathaway find their inspiration in nature: Everett emulates plant life while Hathaway looks to the landscape.

In addition to stopping by the gallery to see  Artists @ Work, the public can follow along online with three of the artists’ blogs:

• Elaine Green’s blog: http://blackthumbtales.wordpress.com/

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• Kendal Hathaway’s blog: http://blog.kendalhathaway.com

All four artists have expressed an interest in a dialog with the public, and encourage observations, questions, feedback and even participation at any time.

In addition to “free form” visitor participation, each of the artists has also set aside specific times and projects to work with visitors.

For example Green, will host a “blind drawing” exercise from 2 to 3 p.m. Satuday, July 2. The curious are invited to meet at The Arts Center with a sketch pad to find out what it’s all about.

 

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