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Art takes a fall

Two shows celebrate art this autumn in Clackamas County

Art lovers can both 'Fall for Art' and 'Fall into Art' this weekend at the Milwaukie Center and the North Clackamas Park, respectively.

'The North Clackamas Arts Guild refers to its annual fine art exhibit and sale as its 'Fall into Art' show, because it has always been held on the third weekend of September,' noted Carl Jacob, the show chairperson.

This year's show will be held from Sept. 15 through Sept. 17, at the Milwaukie Center.

The opening reception is from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Friday, and continues Saturday, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

'We have about the same number of artists participating this year as last, and the quality of the art is expected to be just as good,' Jacob said.

The exhibit showcases three media groups: oil, alkyd and acrylic; watercolor; and drawing and mixed media. Within those three groups there are various categories, including landscapes, seascapes, architecture, wildlife, portraits and figures, still life, floral and abstract.

He went on to say that this year's guest judge is Robert Joki; this is his third time judging the guild's show entries.

'He is well liked and received by the guild's members. Mr. Joki is a well-known art expert and gallery owner, who buys and sells art both in Europe and the United States. Although not a painter himself, Mr. Joki sees and judges art almost every day. Buying and selling art for the Sovereign Collection, Mr. Joki has a good reputation in his field,' Jacob noted.

Wilsonville artist and guild member Wendy Smith will show three pieces in the show -two are oil and one is pastel.

Smith, who is the guild vice president, describes herself as a 'self-taught' artist.

'I attend workshops and make use of the guild workshops. I'm motivated through the guild, and my art is improving,' Smith said.

Jacob thinks the guild show will benefit more of the community this year, 'because the [North Clackamas] Parks and Recreation District has decided to join us by having their first 'Fall into Art' arts and crafts show concurrently with the North Clackamas Arts Guild's 'Fall for Art' show.

'This is the guild's 13th consecutive annual fine art exhibit and sale, and will no doubt benefit the parks and recreation district show,' Jacob added.