Two professors of art at Eastern Oregon University will exhibit their work beginning Monday at the Betty Feves Memorial Gallery. The photography of Kerry Loewen and the 3-D art of Peter Johnson will be on display through Feb. 8.

The public is welcome to a special reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Jan 10 at the gallery. In addition to meeting the artists, those in attendance will enjoy a look at the gallery upgrades made possible by the fundraising Chair-A-Tea auction. There will be live acoustic music by Alan Feves with Steve and Shelley Hines at the reception as well as wine, beer and appetizers.

The special guest at the event will be Irma Rodriguez, the 2007 Betty Feves Memorial artist. Her scholarship was also made possible by Chair-A-Tea.

Photographer Kerry Loewen is assistant professor of art at EOU in La Grande. His previous teaching experience includes San Francisco University and the Kala Art Institute.

His works have been exhibited at numerous locations including the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art, and the center for Fine Art Photography. His work is in the permanent collections of the di Rosa Preserve in Napa, Calif., and the Evergreen State College in Olympia, Wash.

His series of digital photographs of smoke is included in the exhibit.

"I was interested in finding the appearance of highly ordered shapes from true chaos," he said of the Smoke series. "I wanted my images to appear animistic or anthropomorphic, not from design but from chance."

Peter Johnson lives and works in La Grande where he's assistant professor of art at EOU as well.

His ceramic sculpture has been exhibited throughout the United States. Most recently his work was seen at Gallery Space in Bellevue, Wash. He has been a visiting artist in Canada, Australia, and the United States, where he has not only exhibited his work but lectured on contemporary trends in ceramic art.

The Betty Feves Memorial Gallery is located in Pioneer Hall on the Blue Mountain Community College campus at 2411 N.W. Carden Ave., Pendleton. It's open from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday or by appointment. For more information, call 278-5952.


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