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The annual event will serve to give residents a taste of the upcoming tour of art studios throughout Yamhill County, an annual tradition dating back decades

SUBMITTED PHOTO - Photographer and painter Marilyn Affolter's work will be on display at the Chehalem Cultural Center in a preview for the Art Harvest Studio tour.

Following tradition, the Chehalem Cultural Center will hold a preview of the upcoming Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County, set to begin in early September.

Carissa Smith-Burkett, curator and arts program manager, said the annual event is one of the center's best attended as it is a chance to see some of the Art Harvest works ahead of time.

"It's definitely the biggest exhibit with the largest amount of local artists," she said.

The exhibit begins Sept. 4 and runs through Oct. 26 in the Parrish and Central galleries. There will be an artist reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Sept. 13.

The actual Art Harvest Studio Tour takes place throughout the county Oct. 4-6 and Oct 11-13.

Smith-Burkett said the CCC will display a total of 84 pieces of art from 37 artists and that every artist in the tour gets to contribute their art toward the show.

"It's a great opportunity to merge what they're doing and showcase all these local artists," she said. "Often times it's the only opportunity because a lot of people are unaware of the tour or of local artists in Yamhill County."SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jeweler Maggie Bowman's creations are among those on display at the CCC during the Art Harvest preview.

Smith-Burkett characterized the CCC event as a good opportunity for residents to come out and see samples of what they can expect from the Art Harvest Studio Tour. To that end, the CCC will be open extended hours.

The tour features several artists who have participated in previous years, but as with most years, there's always a handful of new exhibits. Smith-Burkett said there is a jury process for artists to be selected for the tour.

"It's a great opportunity for artists to sell their work during this time, which is awesome," she said. Everything here at the center (from this exhibit) is also for sale."SUBMITTED PHOTO - Mixed media artist Wes Cropper joins other artists on display at the CCC.

The CCC will also sell tour entry buttons at the center's event for $8, which affords the buyer entry to all the studios on the tour.

According to the Art Harvest Studio Tour website, more than a dozen local artists from Newberg or Sherwood are participating in the event. The tour, now in its 27th year, began in 1993 and has seen thousands of visitors come to the county to admire art.

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The Chehalem Winery Tasting Room will welcome the band Bellow Bridge from 6 to 9 p.m. on Friday in Newberg. The Portland-based group plays Celtic folk music, traditional music and songs from the British Isles. The group closes out the winery's August slate of concerts.

First Friday set for Sept. 6 in downtown Newberg

The First Friday Art Walk is set for 5 to 9 p.m. Sept. 6. The regular event begins at 111 E. First St. in Newberg, and also features several downtown businesses having extended hours, hosting local artists and other events.

Duo to exhibit at CCC

The Chehalem Cultural Center will host a new exhibit beginning 9 a.m. Sept. 17 in the Grand Lobby. The exhibit is a collaboration between Rob and Niko Smith and is titled "Roko-Mute City." The works are illustrated and then reinterpreted into steel plates.


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