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Page 10 Hells Canyon Journal April 23, 2014 Local Artists To Exhibit Works Based on Common Theme at Crossroads by Linda Collier of the Hells Canyon Journal The Crossroads art exhibit for the month of May, Varia- tions in Seven, which features the work of seven artists from Halfway, will open during the First Friday Art Walk, on May 2 at Crossroad Carnegie Art Center in Baker City. Music at the First Friday opening will be provided by the Full Measure Singers, along with singer/guitarist Bill Schuhle. Refreshments will be available. The open- ing will begin with informal artist talks at 5:30 p.m. Artists Sharol Chandler, Coco Forte, Wix Covey, Phil and Ivy Wreden, Judi Miller Haney, andAntonia Carriere, will each be exhibiting four pieces in various media, all based on photographs taken by Phil Wreden. Four of the artists and their interpreta- tion of Phil's Snake River photograph will be discussed in this article. The other three artists will be featured next week. Sharol Chandler provided the inspiration for this ex- hibit. She knew that the French Impressionist paint- ers would gather together in front of a scene and each paint it, and she wanted to duplicate that with local artists. She was drawn to the Snake River photograph because she saw it as rugged, although she had trouble de- ciding which method she wanted to use. She toyed with doing it in plaster, thought about doing a wood carving and finally settled on doing it in acrylic with monochro- matic tones. She faded the edges to sustain the sepia tone feel. She has done six paintings of the Snake River in different views and thinks the river has wonderful color, great light, and remarkable views. Wix Covey approached all of the photographs with the idea that he wanted to study the geology of the area repre- sented and then wanted to interpret that geology. With that in mind, he created geo- logic cross sections in clay illustrating the faults and uplifts of the area, interpret- ing the geology both above and below ground. For the Snake River photograph, he drove down to Black Point, where the picture had been taken, and studied the rocks, cliffs, and geology around the area. He created stoneware pieces to interpret the photo. Coco Forte, like Sharol, was taken by the idea of sev- eral artists painting the same scene and how the painting will reflect the individual, as he or she interprets the scene. She has in the past used pen and ink to bring out strong lines, and pastels to provide light, and she wanted to com- bine these approaches, and utilize photographs that would provide that opportu- nity. In her painting she used gouache (an opaque water- color), ink, and colored pen- cil. Ivy Wreden was experi- menting with yet another technique called encaustic. This method involves melt- ing Damar resin and adding natural beeswax to make en- caustic medium. She then adds bilpaint, keeps the me- dium and brushes warm as she puts down a layer of white wax to give a solid white back- Submitted photo WIX COVEY'S STONEWARE VARIATION of canyon'geology, above and below ground. Oregonian Wins Pulitzer The Oregonian editorial staff was awarded the Pulitzer Prize on April 14 for best Editorial Writing for its coverage this past year of is- sues with PERS and rising pension costs. Oregonian reporter Les Zaitz was a finalist in Ex- planatory Reporting for his narratives about Mexican drug cartels in Oregon and the U.S. With the recent win the newspaper has received seven Pulitzer Prizes, including Breaking News Writing (2007), Editorial Writing (2006 and 1939), Public Service and Feature Writing (2001), Ex- planatory Writing (1999), and Local Reporting (1957). Idaho Aquarium Sentenced Idaho Aquarium Inc. in Boise was sentenced on criminal charges April 15 for its involvement in a con- spiracy to illegally obtain endangered fish. The aquarium will pay a criminal fine of $10,000 and serve a three-year term of probation. The business will also be required to create a compliance plan, conduct annual audits, and pay the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation $50,000. The sentencing wraps up the case, which involved the Idaho Aquarium's founders and former directors, Am- mon Covino and Christopher Conk, who were arrested in February 2013 and sentenced in December on charges of conspiring to harvest, trans- port and sell spotted eagle rays and lemon sharks. Branch Library Hours Halfway - 541-742-5279 Richland - 541-893-6088 Wednesday: 2:00-5:00 p.m. Monday: 1:00-5:00 p.m. Thursday: 4:00-7:00 p.m. Tesday: 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Friday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. .. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Fnday: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Saturday: 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. Web site: SHAROL CHANDLER'S SEPIA-TONED VIEW of the Snake River and Hells Canyon. ground, then adds colored wax. With each layer of colors she fuses them to the previous layer so it is all ad- hered together and will not come off. When the painting is complete she rubs it with a sof cloth to bring the shine out in the wax and get a glossy surface. It smells and feels great, providing a tactile ex- perience. Submitted photo Submitted photo COCO FORTE'S WHIMSICAL INTERPRETATION of the river and its finned inhabitants IVY WREDEN'S LAYERED RESIN AND BEESWAX STUDY of Hells Canyon. Submitted photo