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The Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County forges on at CCC despite setback from COVID-19

PMG PHOTO: GARY ALLEN - The annual Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County has been cancelled this year, but most of the artists are being featured at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

The annual Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County has been canceled this year, but most of the artists are being featured at the Chehalem Cultural Center.

The tour is an organization of artists throughout Yamhill County that open their studios to the public every summer. The event has attracted thousands of tourists since its inception in 1993, but as is consistent with most public events in 2020, it has been scuttled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, the Chehalem Cultural Center is featuring many of the artists who were planning on participating in the studio tour. Nearly 50 painters, craftsmen and sculptors have displayed their work at the "Selections from Art Studios of Yamhill County" exhibit in the main gallery of the cultural center.

"The variety of styles and mediums is really incredible," Carissa Burkett, CCC director of arts programs, said in an email. "It's amazing to see the depth of skill and aesthetics of the artists who are creating in Yamhill County."

All featured artwork is available for purchase. Burkett said she hopes that the exhibit will provide support for local artists during uncertain times.

"Since the studio tours are not happening, this is a really important opportunity for artists to sell work," she said.

Although COVID-19 has complicated things, Burkett added that she is optimistic community members will still show their support. "We hope that people will still come on their own to view and purchase the artwork," she said.

Face coverings and social distancing are required in the building at all times. The exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

The artwork will be displayed in the Parrish Gallery until Sept. 19. The annual event is sponsored by Art Elements gallery in Newberg.


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