With art that satisfies the likes of everyone including quilt fans, the Umpqua Valley Arts Association unveils a new exhibit Friday on display until March 10.

“It’s an inspiring uplifting experience with work from artists not just from Oregon, but from the entire globe,” said UVAA gallery director Sandee McGee.

This two-month-long exhibition begins with a free reception for the public from 5 to 7 p.m. at the Arts Center this Friday where guests can nosh and mingle with the artists who submitted their pieces to display.

The reception will be catered by Creative Catering and will offer a no-host bar. The public is encouraged to attend to meet the artists and share their thoughts about the art on display in the Arts Center’s five galleries.

“It’s a show that has a range of works including ceramics, paintings and fiber works,” McGee said. Photographs and sculptures are also on display.

The Corridor Gallery will be home to a fiber exhibit called “The World Painters Challenge” where 90 quilts inspired by famous works of art will be shown. This exhibit was formerly on tour with the American Quilters Society.

“They are a replica of famous work, but in the fiber media,” McGee said. “This exhibit is fun for the public because they’ll recognize famous works of art, but they’ll see them in a different media. It’s just another way to view them.”

Fiber artists from three different countries including the United States, France and Japan will interpret the works of 30 famous painters such as Andy Warhol, Vincent van Gogh, Pablo Picasso and Salvador Dali.

The Hallie Brown Ford Gallery features a group exhibit titled “A Radical Light.” This exhibit displays works about the passing of time. The UVAA’s Gallery Committee juried the 46 submissions in this gallery contributed by 16 artists.

“What marks the passing of time is the color of the pieces, the shape of the pieces and the form that the artwork comes in,” McGee said.

The works were submitted by mostly Oregon artists like Susan Applegate from Yoncalla, Elizabeth Magee with large-scale abstract paintings, and ceramic artist Hiroshi Ogawa from Elkton. One artist is from Texas.

A solo show in Gallery II titled “A Good Distance” features about 11 pieces of work by Laurie Danial. A Portland-based artist, Danial is an established artist who has been active for 23 years and is currently on display in a Portland studio. She paints oil on panel in this show.

“Her work is looking at large-scale, abstract paintings,” McGee said, “again this idea of the marking of time, taking shape by color, shape and form.”

The Red Gallery will feature the work of Portland artists Clairissa and Colby Stephens in an exhibit titled “Horizon Lines.” These works depicting the Oregon and Nevada deserts explore how illusions of horizons and lines shape understandings of real spaces.

“This exhibit features works from photography to drawing and from painting to sculpture,” McGee said.

The Student Gallery will display a “Young Impressions” exhibit, which features the works of Douglas High School students. Multiple media make up these works that present landscapes, abstraction, sketches and portraiture.

“It’s a rare opportunity to see work solely by the students of Douglas High,” McGee said.

The five exhibits can be viewed for free through March 10 during Umpqua Valley Arts Center hours from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday through Friday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday at 1624 W. Harvard Ave., Roseburg. For more information call 541-672-2532 or visit www.uvarts.com.

Reporter Vera Westbrook can be reached at 541-957-4216 or vwestbrook@nrtoday.com.

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Vera Westbrook is the education, nonprofits, and arts and entertainment reporter for The News-Review. She can be reached at 541-957-4216 or by email at vwestbrook@nrtoday.com.

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