PENDLETON - An opening reception is planned for 5:30-7 p.m. Friday at the Arts Center for the open regional exhibit that runs through May 13.

Both professional and amateur artists share their work with the community at the annual show. This year's event attracted work from more than 90 artists from Eastern Oregon and southeast Washington, with a majority of the work coming from Pendleton.

"We just don't realize the extent of the art making being done by our friends and neighbors, people we see in our day to day business, in a small community like this," said Jane Hill, executive director. "To see all this work, and such a variety of work in one place is really uplifting."

Entries include paintings, drawings and sculpture as well as found metal assemblages with elements that light up, needle "painted" wool felt, autobody paint on metal, and encaustic works.

The public, as well as the artist participants, can hear a judge's critique at 4 p.m., just prior to Friday's reception. The judge, Portland artist Marie Watt, will award a total of $1,000 in prize money in several categories, including Best of Show.

Arts Council members will hold their annual membership meeting at 5 p.m. at the Arts Center.

Those attending the exhibition through May 13 will have an opportunity to choose the People's Choice winner by secret ballot.

Marie Watt is an art professor at Portland Community College and has exhibited her own work throughout the United States, including a recent one-person exhibit at the Museum of the American Indian in New York.

The event is free and open to all ages. For more information, contact the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., Pendleton. The Arts Center is open from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday.


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