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'To Marvel & Sustain: Shining a Light on Endangered Species' will continue through March 7 at the First Street gallery

SUBMITTED PHOTO - A number of ceramic artists will participate in 'To Marvel & Sustain: Shining a Light on Endangered Species,' an exhibit on display at Art Elements Gallery through March 7.

A downtown Newberg gallery has launched a treat for the eyes with a theme that could resonate with a lot of folks – animals and conservation.

Art Elements Gallery launched "To Marvel & Sustain: Shining a Light on Endangered Species" on Jan. 21 and the exhibit will continue through March 7 at its First Street quarters.

"We are featuring over 30 different types of species worldwide," said gallery manager Sarah Askin. "We currently have 145-plus pieces of artwork on display, including 100 handcrafted ceramic baby turtles to showcase the amazing 100 eggs a female turtle will lay on the beach."

The collection is the work of a dozen artists, ranging from ceramics by Newberg's own Mark Terry to drawings/paintings/mixed media works by Megan Hedley, oil paintings by Christine Joy Swanson; watercolor paintings by Joy Moore and Kylee Wiseman; ceramic pieces by Kristy Lombard, Sandy Visse, Emily Miller and Shelly Fredenberg; Brian Mock's reclaimed materials art and bronzes by Rip Caswell.

The multi-pronged, multi-artist event is a departure from Art Element's usual fare.

"Every year when working on the show calendar we discuss ways to break apart and do something different," Askin said. "Proposing the idea to have endangered species be the focal point of the show came from wanting to have the art make a statement. These various species are currently facing the impacts of primarily environmental change and threats of poaching and having our artists create works to showcase their beauty, give a glimpse of how similar they are to us and encourage the pursuit of education, conservation and protection of all species and wildlife has ben our goal from the start."

The gallery and artists participating in the show will donate a portion of sales to the World Wildlife Fund. An opening reception is set for 4 to 6 p.m. Saturday and the gallery's regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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