The walls and galleries at the Chehalem Cultural Center are full of one thing: India. Although styles, content and format may differ, the four current exhibits are a part of the cultural study and celebrate India.

There’s the 12 x 12 Exhibit, which is an annual effort, but typically takes place separate from the study.

“We ask local artists if they’d be willing to create a (12-inch-square) piece to donate to the cultural center,” said Erin Terry, CCC arts coordinator. “They are part of a silent auction and all of the proceeds from that auction benefit the center’s programming, exhibits and events.”Photo Credit: GARY ALLEN - On display - Artist Karisa Keasey is just one of many featured at the Chehalem Cultural Center in four exhibits celebrating India. She created ‘Resilient Corace' (pictured), and her other works, after volunteering in the country.

Artists commonly featured include Gary Buhler, Jamey Frey, Romona Youngquist, Lori Latham and Tim Timmerman, joined by 16 other local artists for the exhibit.

“The Least of These Project” and the “Images of India” show are both by individual artists, Karisa Keasey and Matt Roller, respectively.

“(Karisa’s) exhibit is actually a traveling exhibit that raises support and awareness about ALMA (Abundant Life Ministerial Association),” Terry said. “In her senior year of college she spent two weeks and served with ALMA and then came back and did an art exhibition based on people she encountered.”

Roller’s work is similar in that it stems from his travels.

“He just loves to travel,” Terry said. “He recently did a bike ride across India and packed his photography equipment with him and just took photos all across India. People, places he just really likes to express and be present in different cultures. Photos are the way he does that.”

The last exhibit is a culmination of works from community members and students from local middle schools.

“It was just a huge community outreach program we started in January and we’ve been working on them, embellishing them since then,” Terry said of the ceremonial elephants hung throughout the center. “We’re excited about them. They’ve been looking at images of ceremonial elephants in India and I didn’t realize how decorated they were.”

The show runs through Sept. 5.

“It’s been so fun,” she said. “Everyone’s amazed by the elephants, people keep coming through. It’s always nice to have an exhibit that encompasses a variety of artists because it’s amazing how their work really relates even though all different artists.”

For more information, visit www.chehalemculturalcenter. org.

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