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The Arts Council will host a free First Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 6

The Arts Council of Lake Oswego is exhibiting "Zine/ZEEN/: The Art of Homemade Resistance" in its ARTspace Gallery, 510 1st St., Lake Oswego.

Zines are an alternative approach to communication — self-published and independently produced — where zinesters have discovered their voices through making art and telling stories in their own ways. COURTESY PHOTO  - Learn all about zine culture at the newest Arts Council of Lake Oswego exhibition.

Rising in popularity with the advent of science fiction writing in the 1930s and '40s, enthusiasts produced sci-fi fanzines to communicate and express their ideas in response and support of the new futuristic ideas inherent in sci-fi.

Since then, zines have continued as a mode of communication and expression which is ever-evolving and responsive to the world we live in.

Artistic expression and writing are the foundational elements of zines, and each is an independent publication, produced in small batches and distributed in nontraditional ways.

The exhibition features hundreds of diverse zines in a variety of formats from around the world, while highlighting some of Oregon's most popular zinesters, including Kate Bingaman-Burt, and collectors such as Doug Blandy, professor and director of Arts and Administration at University of Oregon.

The Arts Council will host a free First Friday reception from 5 to 7 p.m. March 6.

The Arts Council also will host a Drink & Draw event from 6 to 8 p.m. March 12.

In this workshop artist Kate Bingaman-Burt will channel inspiration, ideation, printing tips, troubleshooting and file setup for each participant. Participants will take a zine creation home as well as new tools on how to make zines and how to publish their work.

Food and beverages are included. The cost is $60 per person. Sign up at the Arts Council website, artscouncillo.org/drink-draw. The event will be held at the ACLO event space located at 41 B Avenue, Lake Oswego. Seating is limited.


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