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One exhibit features watercolors of Oregon landscapes, the other displays 'camera-less photography'

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Rachel Wolf's exhibit at the Chehalem Cultural Center, titled 'Unconditional,' will be featured in the Central Gallery

The Chehalem Cultural Center will unveil two new exhibits at the beginning of June, one featuring watercolor paintings and the other featuring more experimental art.

Both exhibits will run June 4 through Aug. 3. The first exhibit, titled "The Glory of Oregon," is by artist Brad Isom and will be displayed in the Founders Lobby.

The second exhibit, by artist Rachel Wolf, is titled "Unconditional" and will be featured in the Central Gallery.

Isom's watercolor paintings in the exhibit will feature landscapes from around the state.

"Artists, as a whole are very visual people," Isom said in an artist statement. "I take images that visually appeal to me and then put my style to work to bring about a desired result. My style leans toward realism, but when the painting is finished, I never quite get there. My style incorporates strong color, often over exaggerated, a love affair with light and shadow, and total control of the pigment on the paper. My favorite subjects are both the Northwest and Southwest landscapes, still life and wildlife."

Isom has completed nearly 600 paintings in his career and estimates the vast majority of those came after the year 2000. Born in 1948 in Utah and a Vietnam combat veteran, Isom began exploring his passion for art after he retired to Oregon.

"I like images that visually appeal to me and then I put my style to work to bring about a desired result," he stated in a biograpical statement on his website.

An artist reception for Isom's show is set for 5 to 8 p.m. June 7.

Wolf, meanwhile, is a professional photographer, but experiments with "camera-less photography, alternative/antique processes, and immersive environments through light-based installations," according to a release from the CCC.

Originally from Alaska, Wolf now lives in Portland. She's displayed her work nationally and describes it as "experiments in which the external world becomes a way of considering inner reality and visual perception."

One method is to directly expose photographic paper to light and chemicals. She uses this style to create a "new, tangible photographic subject."

"Works such as these invite viewers to engage in an unconventional relationship with photography, to decouple themselves from preconceived notions of what a photograph is, must or can be," she said in an artist statement. "These images are not representations of something else in the world, they are that something else in the world."

An artist reception for Wolf will also be from 5 to 8 p.m. June 7.

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