Five new exhibits will open on Jan. 18 at the Umpqua Valley Arts Center.

“Likeness,” a show juried by the Umpqua Valley Art Association’s Gallery Committee, explores representational artwork — art that strives to depict reality. “As we enter this time of unimaginable and rapid change, representational artwork offers the possibility of connecting with those parts of us that are most human,” according to the press release

Work by Judi Danielson and Hiroshi Ogawa will be featured in the Red Gallery. Danielson creates landscapes of the region using watercolor. Ogawa began making pottery in 1959.

Fretta Cravens’ solo show titled “Timeless Engagement” will be featured in Gallery II. Pieces will involve paper making, drawing and photography, and are similar to her pastel drawings. All work is printed on archival rag paper important from France.

In the Corridor Gallery, an exhibit titled “Unfurl” will be on display, featuring artworks by the students in Bill Mehlhoff’s watercolor class.

The Umpqua Valley Arts Association’s Student Gallery features “Small, but Artsy: Little Works by the Lancers.” The works in this show are small, but students at South Umpqua High School want to show that small is mighty. Many of the works come from the students’ sketchbooks. Other works include impressionist paintings, scratch art and all works small but artsy.

The exhibits will open with a reception from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Friday, Jan. 18. The event is free and open to the public.

All five exhibits will be on display until March 8. The Art Center is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

Closed Sunday, Monday and all major holidays.

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Erica Welch is the special sections editor for The News-Review and a native Roseburgian. She is an alumni of Roseburg High School, Umpqua Community College and Western Oregon University. She can be reached at ewelch@nrtoday.com or 541-957-4218.

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