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Boys and Girls Club: Ready for art extravaganza

There's a lot of excitement astir at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Oregon, Prineville Branch.
   Staff and club members are busy readying the club house at Carey Foster Hall and adjusting pictures hung on the walls in preparation for the Pacific Regional Fine Arts Exhibit, slated to begin tomorrow night with an Opening Reception starting at 5:30 p.m.
   The importance of this event to the local club cannot be over estimated as Prineville was selected to host the regional art exhibit beating out cities such as San Francisco, Los Angeles, Las Vegas and Seattle. Supporters from all across the region are expected to attend the exhibition.
   More than 900 original works of art will be on display and judged as the second leg of the annual art competition gets underway. Those pieces selected from this competition will go on to compete at the national level. Ten pieces of artwork from Boys and Girls Club members of Crook County will also be represented.
   "Only 44 pieces will be selected from this art exhibit to compete at the national level," Gwen Reis, club director explained. "We have nine western states participating and three judges including Scott Cooper, county judge and Diane Bohle from the Chamber of Commerce."
   Reis indicated that the exhibition is open to the public and everyone is welcome to take a tour either during the formal opening on Wednesday or on Thursday evening from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m.
   By special invitation, during the day on Thursday several local classrooms are expected to also tour the facility. "It's not very often that a kid will have the opportunity to see literally 900 pieces of art on display from all over the west coast, so it's pretty exciting," Reis said.
   Reis indicated that the artists who win at the national level will have their art work displayed at the Boys and Girls Club national headquarters for the next year.
   Although the artwork is not officially tagged for sale, anyone wishing to purchase an art piece is welcome to contact Reis to make arrangements.
   For more information about the Pacific Regional Fine Arts Exhibit and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Oregon, Prineville Branch, contact Reis at 416-8839.