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Dozens of paintings are on loan from an anonymous art collector and feature works from the Yunnan School of painting

GARY ALLEN - Carissa Smith-Burkett, curator and arts program manager for the CCC, finishes installing the show Monday.

The Chehalem Cultural Center will host an exhibit on loan from a private, anonymous collector featuring distinctive works by artists associated with a particular area near Tibet.

The exhibit features works by artists who are from the "Yunnan School" of painting. This style of work is broadly used to describe not only the paintings coming from this region, but also the styles of a small group of avant-garde artists.

Yunnan is south of Tibet, bordered by Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam.

Carissa Smith-Burkett, curator and arts program manager for the cultural center, said around 40 different paintings from 13 different artists will be featured in the exhibit. She couldn't say much about the anonymous donor, other than this individual has been collecting these works for years. Smith-Burkett went to this collector's gallery and selected the works that will be on display for the exhibit. She said this collector knows a member of the CCC's board of directors, which is how they made contact.

"This is definitely new, usually we are exhibiting artwork made by (selected) artists," she said. "This is a different opportunity for us."

The exhibit opened Tuesday and continues through April 26 in the Parrish Gallery, Founders Lobby and Grand Lobby. There will also be an exhibition reception from 5 to 8 p.m. April 5 at the CCC, where Smith-Burkett said she will be available to answer questions and explain some of the history of the art.

"This is an opportunity for people to see something they've never seen before," she said.

The Yunnan School of painting, according to the CCC's description, is a "movement that took the best elements of the ancient art of the Buddhist caves, blended it with the rich folk art of the region, incorporated the Western art concepts of Picasso, Miro, Modigliani and Rivera and the natural beauty of the magnificent jungles and mountains of Yunnan and combined them to create a totally new and unique art form, so beautiful and so finely executed that it has taken the art world by storm."

Smith-Burkett said they wanted to feature this exhibit because it coincides with the Camellia Festival, an annual event that celebrates Newberg's official flower and its Asian origins. This year's festival begins at 9 a.m. April 13 with a 5K and 10K run/walk. The reception for the event coincides with First Friday Art Walk.

"It's going to be a pretty big exhibit," Smith-Burkett said. "It's taking over the main gallery and two of our smaller ones."

Some of the paintings are quite large, she said, and several of the artists chosen have multiple works that will be displayed.


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