'Lie of the Land: Landscape Prints from the Natural to the Abstract' features 15 artists

More than a dozen art printmakers' work are on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center and represent a variety of processes, all designed to depict landscapes in ways in which the viewer may not be accustomed.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Connie Mueller's painting of a rural farm scene is among the 28 pieces from 15 artists being displayed at the Chehalem Cultural Center as part of the 'Lie of the Land: Landscape Prints from the Natural to the Abstract' exhibit.

Dubbed "Lie of the Land: Landscape Prints from the Natural to the Abstract," the exhibit is shepherded by Print Arts Northwest, a Portland-based nonprofit that promotes contemporary fine art printmaking through exhibits and educational programs.

The artists' methods range from lithography, screen printing, intaglio, relief and monotype. Some artists have combined the various disciplines and created tools that "create marks that are cut and incised in a block of wood, metal or linoleum," according to a release from the CCC, adding "All of these techniques air to create forms ranging from the realistic to the imaginary, each rendered with varying degrees of accurate representation."

The 15 artists herald from Oregon, Washington and California, according to Carissa Smith-Burkett, arts/public pro­gramming coordinator at the CCC. Together, they are responsible for 28 pieces that range from inches to feet in size and $25 to $1,600 in purchase price.

Smith-Burkett said that landscapes are among the most popular genres of art for collectors, explaining that "Natural beauty is endlessly astounding and people continually attempt to capture this beauty through photographs and artworks in hopes of recreating and re-living the breathtaking views that they have experienced or perhaps to vicariously experience a place or scenery that they have never been to in an attempt to imagine what it would be like to be there."

The show runs through Jan. 6 and some of the artists will gather from 6 to 8 p.m. Nov. 10 to discuss the variety of methods and techniques used in creating fine-art printmaking. In addition, there will be a reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Dec. 1 in conjunction with First Friday Art Walk.

In erecting the exhibit, Smith-Burkett said she was struck by two pieces in particular.

"Mt Hood" by Gail Owen is a large depiction of Mount Hood that is made up of nine 8x 10 prints that are hand sewn together to complete the full image," she said. "'Lake Monotype' by Katherine McDowell is an abstract piece that expresses the essence of a lakeshore through layers and washes of color."

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