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The Arts Council of Lake Oswego presents 'Art as Refuge' running through the month of February at 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 1st St. Admission is free.

SUBMITTED PHOTO  - Terresa White's sculptures feature animal and human forms. She says, The faces of my masks and the gestures of my figures emerge from memories—those passed to me by my ancestors and my own. They are shadowy and I sense them dimly until they appear, recognizable at last, through my working of clay. I am inspired by Yupik stories of transformation. My work transforms me, brings me closer to my Grannys ways of knowing and to the Alaskan village life she left as a young woman with my mother.

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The Arts Council of Lake Oswego will open the exhibition "Art as Refuge," Feb. 2 through 28 at the 510 Museum and ARTspace, 510 1st St. in downtown Lake Oswego.

Though not an official Lake Oswego Reads program, the exhibit aims to start a conversation about ideas articulated by "Good Morning, Midnight," the 2018 selection for Lake Oswego Reads. Author Lily Brooks-Dalton says the novel in part focuses "on the interplay and overlap of connection and isolation."

A panel of jurors selected work from 16 artists for the exhibit, including two from Lake Oswego. The exhibit features all types of media including photography, sculpture, paintings, collage, drawings and ceramic wall hangings.

A First Friday opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 2. The community is invited to come to the gallery, view the art and meet the artists and enjoy refreshments.

A Lunch and Learn informational artist talk will take place from noon to 1 p.m. Feb. 16 in the gallery. One of the exhibiting artists will do a demonstration and talk about their work. Attendees are invited to bring their lunch.

An Artist Round Table presentation will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 23. This will be a PechaKucha-style presentation where 20 slides of art will be shown for 20 seconds with a rapid-fire talk by the artist to accompany the slides.

"Artists were asked to consider how art can create a space for dialogue about issues — social, political and personal — that affect us all," said Arts Council of Lake Oswego's Program and Public Art Manager Kelsey Ferreira. "Some of the artists use nature as their inspiration, finding solace and hope in the great outdoors. Others seek out community connections, creating fellowship among shared experiences. Still others express their individual experiences with PTSD, infertility, cultural boundaries and the current political climate, which delivers great diversity in themes and execution."

February gallery hours are Tuesday through Friday 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. and by appointment. For more information visit artscouncillo.org or call 503-675-3738.

Lake Oswego teen Caleb Jacobson is exhibiting his photography in Art as Refuge.

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