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Campus art galleries open new shows around district

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It’s always artsy at PCC.

The college’s collection of art galleries at the main campuses are opening brand new art exhibits for students, faculty, staff and the public to visit. Below is a taste of what is currently being offered at a location near you. Directors of each gallery are hardworking art faculty dedicated to bringing fascinating and diverse exhibitions to the college community. Please stop by and check out what’s on show. Entrance to all galleries is free of charge.

“Microbe: Alcanivorax borkumensis,” 2011, watercolor, 25 ¾” x 34 ¼."

“Microbe: Alcanivorax borkumensis,” 2011, watercolor, 25 ¾” x 34 ¼.”

Cascade Campus

From Feb. 28 through April 4, the Cascade Art Gallery will show the watercolor paintings of Eugene-based artist Laura Ahola-Young. Inspired by fleeting and destructive aspects of our biological world, the artist reworks her paintings’ surfaces with glazes and scraping in order to reflect history and memory of a structure.

Originally from Minnesota, Ahola-Young received a BFA from the Minneapolis College of Art and Design and MFA from San Jose State University. She teaches art at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon.

An opening reception will kick-off the exhibit from 4-6 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 28, in the gallery, (Room 102, Terrell Hall). An artist talk will follow from 6-7 p.m., in Room 223, Moriarty Arts and Humanities Building. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Rock Creek Campus
The collage “After Piero della Francesca, ‘The Nativity.’"

The collage “After Piero della Francesca, ‘The Nativity.’”

This month in the Helzer Art Gallery, the work of the late artist Jacqui Koch  (1949-2012) is on display through March 22. Over the last several years, Koch took just about every class Rock Creek had to offer in painting, drawing, calligraphy, and printmaking. Many of the works on display were made in classes and some are from independent projects.

“To each discipline, Jacqui brought her own aesthetic, her fierce intelligence, and her high standards,” said Helzer Gallery Director Prudence Roberts.

Koch was born in Bridgeport, Conn., and graduated from Reed College, later attending law school. She had a successful career as an attorney. There will be a reception in honor of the artist at 12:30 p.m., Friday, March 8 in the gallery (Room 122, Building 3).

Sylvania Campus

The North View Gallery is currently showing Blair Saxon-Hill’s “Confounding Medium,” through March 22. Saxon-Hill is represented by Fourteen30 Contemporary and co-owns Monograph Bookwerks, in Portland. Most recently her work was exhibited at Printed Matter’s LA Art Book Fair and the Lumber Room. Her elegant and perceptually deceptive work examines relationships between photography, sculpture, archives, and outmoded print technologies.

Work from Blair Saxon-Hill.

Work from Blair Saxon-Hill.

There will be an opening reception from 4-8 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 21 and an artist talk at 2 p.m., Wednesday, March 20. Both events will be in the gallery, Room 214, CT Building. Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 p.m., Saturday.

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