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Special exhibit of abstract paintings on exhibit at Art Gym

'And from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive' features 10 artists' work

SUBMITTED PHOTO:  - Three Triangles and Three Colors by Pat Boas, made of sumi ink on paper.

The Art Gym at Marylhurst University has opened “and from this distance one might never imagine that it is alive,” continuing through March 5.

This group exhibition features 10 artists of the Pacific Northwest working with abstraction in painting.

The artists included in the exhibition work in a broad range of formal and conceptual abstractions, and within a broad definition of painting.

Blake Shell, The Art Gym director and curator, selected works by Amy Bernstein, Pat Boas, Calvin Ross Carl, Jack Featherly, Ron Graff, Robert Hardgrave, Grant Hottle, Michael Lazarus, Michelle Ross and Amanda Wojick.

A conversation with artists Boas, Ross Carl and Lazarus will be held at 3:30 p.m. Jan. 26; a conversation with Featherly and Hottle will be held at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 13.

An event in partnership with Grammy-award winning musical ensemble Roomful of Teeth will be held at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 29.

The Art Gym will publish an accompanying catalogue, designed by Sibley House that includes an introduction by Blake Shell and essays by art writers Graham W. Bell and Sue Taylor.

The Art Gym is a non-collecting, non-commercial gallery that supports artists in creating ambitious, risk-taking projects at various stages in their careers.

As an art space working within an academic venue, the gallery is committed to providing artistic and intellectual freedom.

The gallery is located in the BP John Administration building on the Marylhurst University campus, 17600 Pacific Highway, Marylhurst. Admission is free; hours are noon-4 p.m. Tuesday-Sunday.