Coos Art Museum and the Southwestern Oregon Community College Foundation are kicking off the Expressions West 2008 exhibition on Friday, April 25.
The juried exhibition reflects the finest in contemporary painting by artists of the western United States. Festivities will begin at 5 p.m. when Coos Bay Mayor Jeff McKeown and the Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Ambassadors cut the ribbon to open the new Mabel Hanson Gallery, followed by an awards ceremony at 6 p.m. in the Maggie Karl Gallery of Coos Art Museum, 235 Anderson Ave., in Coos Bay.
Cost to attend the reception is $5 for adult non-members and $2 for students and seniors. A no-host dinner will follow at 7:30 p.m. at the Black Market Gourmet. The cost of $35 per person includes a full-course dinner and glass of wine. To reserve a seat at the dinner, those interested can contact Coos Art Museum at 267-3901.
The exhibit is scheduled to run through July 5. The field includes participants representing Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming. Cash purchase awards of $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second and $2,000 for third – donated by the Southwestern Foundation – will be awarded to the top selections. Gary Faigin, co-founder of Seattle’s Gage Art Academy, is the juror for this year’s event.
Faigin also will be presenting a lecture on 17th Century Dutch still life painting and how it relates to his own work from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. on Friday, April 25, in Eden Hall on the Southwestern campus in Coos Bay. That event is free and open to the public.