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Check out artist Janel Pahl's featured work through May at the Spiral Gallery in Estacada

NEWS PHOTO: CHRISTOPHER KEIZUR - Janel Pahl is the May featured artist at the Spiral Art Gallery.

Stop by the Spiral Gallery this month to see a wide-array of work by a passionate artist with years of experience.

Janel Pahl is the featured artist for May at the gallery, 341 S. Broadway where she plans to show an eclectic mix of her work.

"I just couldn't decide on one thing, so I decided to be me," Pahl said with a laugh.

For the first time at the Spiral Gallery, Pahl will be displaying her environmental photography. She has been taking photos for more than 35 years, and wanted to showcase some of her work. The pictures have been digitally altered, giving them an enhanced look that let the colors shine, and some have been printed on metallic pieces. The photos will be of flowers and her series on barns.

Other pieces in the show will include handmade paper collages and her take on an ancient Egyptian method of painting.

"It's a very cool medium that has been around for a long time," Pahl said.

The ancient art form is encaustic painting, also known as hot wax painting, which involves using heated beeswax that has been colored with pigments. The paste is then applied to whatever surface the artists chooses to work with. Pahl saw it being done at a gallery and was mesmerized, later learning for herself at a workshop.

"I like creating beautiful things, causing people to pause and take a closer look," Pahl said. "With this show I wanted to do something different, and I wanted larger pieces."

The official kickoff for the showing will be during First Friday from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 4. Pahl's work will hang at the gallery through the end of the month.

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