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Rimerman, Haslett exhibiting at Sitka Invitational


by: SUBMITTED PHOTO - Jan Rimermans art, including this piece, River Rocks Travel, will be on exhibit at Sitka Invitational Nov. 2 and 3 at the World Forestry Center.

West Linn artists Jan Rimerman and Dave Haslett are participating in the Sitka Invitational Nov. 2 and 3, to be held in Miller Hall at the World Forestry Center, 4033 SW Canyon Road in Portland.

The Sitka Invitational has been held for the past 20 years and features art describing the natural world.

The exhibit showcases more than 500 works of art by 120 Northwest artists.

The show includes sculpture, ceramics, metalwork, glass, book arts, prints and paintings.

In addition to art, attendees will learn more about a nearly completed $2.8 million endowment campaign to strengthen the Sitka Center for Art and Ecology.

The Sitka Center for Art and Ecology was founded in 1970 by artists Frank and Jane Boyden. Their vision was to create a community where artists and scientists could be freed from the demands of academia and deeply immersed in the natural world.

“The invitational showcases the eclectic range of the Northwest art community and contributions to global art themes,” said Frank Boyden. “Our patrons’ generous and ongoing support helps us celebrate an intimate and necessary connection between art, science and nature.”

With its remote location on coastal Oregon’s scenic Cascade Head, the November event introduces Portlanders to the Sitka Center and its programs, offering another way to connect with and support the 43-year-old nonprofit arts organization.

Sitka’s workshop program, which runs May to October, provides opportunities for people to make art, write and explore the natural world. Its residency program, which runs October to May, offers space for artists, writers, natural scientists and musicians to delve deeper into their work.

The invitational is the main fundraiser for the Sitka Center and also achieves the organization’s mission to support artists - sharing all art sales 50-50 with the participating artists.

“This is the best art party in Portland,” said artist Greg Wilbur. “This is the only event I know of where so many artists gather with each other, and the public, to not only share a love of art, but take home a piece of Northwest treasure.”

A party with the artists opens the event Nov. 1 from 6 to 10 p.m. Cost is $45 per person and includes hors d’oeuvres, Oregon wines and handcrafted beers. For more information, call 541-994-5485 or visit sitkacenter.org.

The exhibit is open to the public Nov. 2 and 3 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Admission is $5; those 18 and under are admitted free of charge.