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‘Art of the Wild’ exhibit opens Aug. 1

An exhibit with an expansive number of connected special events comes to Columbia Center for the Arts next month.

The long-awaited “Art of the Wild: Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act” exhibit will fill the gallery with photos and paintings Aug. 1-31.

Art of the Wild is the result of a unique collaboration between the U.S. Forest Service and 21 different artists from around the Pacific Northwest. Each of the 21 artists were assigned to one of the six different Wilderness areas in the Gorge and will exhibit work created in that designated area.

In conjunction with Art of the Wild, Columbia Center for the Arts presents a series of unique presentations covering a wide-range of topical subjects centered around the Wilderness Act.

Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.: Mark Harvey: Wilderness Act presentation. Take a historic journey into the Wild with Dr. Mark Harvey, history professor at North Dakota State University and author of “Wilderness Forever.”

Aug. 20 at 7 p.m.: John Concillo: William O. Douglas presentation. Join Portland filmmaker and researcher John Concillo for a discussion and preview of the documentary-in-the-making Liberty & Wilderness on U.S. Supreme Court Justice William O. Douglas (1898-1980).

Aug. 23 at 7 p.m.: Christina Rusnak Performance. Hear the music of Christina Rusnak as she leads us on a musical exploration of the natural process of healing through the lens of the 2012 fire that ravaged part of Mt Adams.

Aug. 27 at 7 p.m.: The Greatest Good. From the timbered shores of the Pacific Northwest to the marble halls of Washington, D.C., the choices about how we use our natural heritage are filled with controversy.

Nook artist for the month of August is Lynee Sapere.

In addition, artist Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield presents two sessions of Clay and More, her two-week class for 9-12 year-olds. Sessions will be July 28-31 and Aug 4-7), 9 a.m. to noon.

Spend two weeks creating two low-fired ceramic projects. This class introduces students to varied hand-building techniques to create both functional and decorative art works.

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