Alpinee artists open two-week show

June 1, 2005

Six artists associated with the Alpinee Art Center will be featured at an art show opening at the Columbia Art Gallery in Hood River, on Friday, June 3.

The Alpinee artists produce works in a range of media, but are best known for their masterful fine-art monotype and copper-plated etchings. Their hand-printed pieces are made using the Alpinee Center’s community etching press, the only one of its kind known to exist throughout the Gorge.

The Alpinee Art Show is a two-week only show, closing on June 15. These are the featured artists:

* Sorcha Meek, who will be the first artist featured in the Downtown Business Association’s “First Friday Art Walk,” will be showing two pieces of work from her most recent series called “Transitions,” and an additional piece from her “Being Human” series.

* Jane Pagliarulo, co-founder of the nonprofit Alpinee Art Center and Master Printer for the group, says her work is “focused primarily on landscapes and unique spatial tensions.”

* Susan Sutherland says her etchings and monographs are “derived from personal relationships and life experiences.”

* Erika Doring will be submitting work with images of boats and waterways.

* Pat Lozowski, who is a percussion musician as well as an artist, says that her work generally represents a fascination with rhythms, patterns and cycles.

* Laurie L. Balmuth describes her work as “blending the traditional with the unexpected.”

Pagliarulo said, “The Alpinee Art Center was created about five years ago, when Sorcha Meek and I were looking for a studio where we could do our work. We came across the historic, but at that time unused Alpinee Search and Rescue Clubhouse. It turned out to be the perfect place to house the large etching press we needed, and it accommodated a number of individual artist studios as well.”

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For more information about the show, the Alpinee Center or the Alpinee Art Group, call Jane Pagliarulo at (541) 490-5968.

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