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Show continues until June 1 and features art constructed by three local artists

To mark the full arrival of spring Newberg's Art Elements Gallery has launched a new exhibit with a floral theme.SUBMITTED PHOTO - Linda Hayes' jewelry is part of the 'Bold and Beautiful' exhibit at Art Elements gallery through June 1 in Newberg.

Titled "Bold and Beautiful," the exhibit kicked off April 16 and runs through June 1. The show features abstract oil paintings by Marla Baggetta, abstract encaustic paintings by Susan Greenbaum and jewelry created by Linda Hayes.

Gallery Associate Sarah Moore said the theme is a nod toward floral works made in abstract ways, adding that there a lot of bright, fresh colors in both the paintings and the jewelry, all of which were created locally.

"It is a bit different for the gallery this time because we haven't done a floral show before," she said. "So it is new and different."

The gallery's directors decided to stage a floral show because two of the artists, Bagetta and Greenbaum, had works brought in last year. Moore said they then discovered that the artists had begun experimenting with new techniques that involved abstract floral work.

"We thought it would be a good show; their work compliments each other well," Moore said.

They also decided to include Hayes's jewelry because the work is "stunning, and she pays attention to detail," she said. "Her work compliments the abstract floral piece as well. It made a lot of sense for these three artists to be brought together.

"It was really clear just how well they go together."

Moore estimated that between the three artists, there are around 80 pieces of work on display and for sale at the gallery. This is larger than most shows because the gallery typically only displays two artists at a time. So between having an additional artist, plus jewelry which takes up less space to display, Art Elements was able to put on a larger show.

"The walls are really full in a delightful way," she added.

The show opened April 16 and the gallery held an artist reception on April 20. Moore said so far, there has been a good reception from the public toward the display.

"So far we've had several people come in," she said, adding their "faces just light up and I hear comments like, 'Wow this is really refreshing.'"

She added that people are "absolutely welcome to come and experience the art." She said even if people aren't interested in buying any of the pieces, it's a good experience to come in and see art from the local area.

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Climate change vigil set for April 28 in McMinnville

McMINNVILLE – The McMinnville Cooperative Ministries will host a candlelight vigil for climate change from 7:30to 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the Labyrinth at Parkview, which is the cooperative's park and the Yamhill Community Action Partnership community garden.

A representative from the Our Children's Trust organization will speak.

Linfield College will debut 'Cabaret' in May

The Linfield College theater program will conclude its 99th season with the musical "Cabaret."

The event is presented in collaboration with the department of music. Shows will begin at 7:30 p.m. May 2-4 and May 9-11, with a 2 p.m. matinee set for May 5.

Post show roundtables will be held on May 2 and 9.

All shows are in the Marshall Theatre in Ford Hall.

Tickets of varying prices can be purchased online at www.linfield.edu/arts and at the Marshall Theatre box office.

Friends of the Refuge will host plant sale this

weekend in Sherwood

SHERWOOD – Friends of the Tualatin River National Wildlife Refuge will hold a plant sale this weekend. From 4 to 5:30 p.m. Friday, members can attend the sale, after which it becomes open to the public until 6:30 p.m.

From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, there is another public sale.

The event is at the refuge, 19255 Southwest Pacific Highway.

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