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Wy'east artist to showcase 'Lands of the Barlow Trail'

Art show features pastel Oregon landscapes


One local artist will be sharing the ways she sees the Oregon landscape and history surrounding Sandy with the “Lands of the Barlow Trail” exhibit.

Claire Harrison’s art will be on exhibit at the Sandy Area Chamber of Commerce, 38979 Pioneer Blvd., starting May 1.

Harrison and her husband Ken moved to Sandy four years ago from Death Valley, Colo., when he accepted a job with the Zigzag Ranger District.Claire Harrisons A Fellow Traveler.

She said the Oregon environment, which is quite the change from their previous home, sparked her recent pieces.

“I’ve been listening for the whispers of the families as they trudged up and down the rugged terrain which is, even today, the Barlow Trail,” she said. “I’ve tried to reflect what they saw as they neared the Cascades and near the end of their long trek from the east. It is very exciting to know that I am walking just where they walked and seeing some of the same sights they saw, albeit somewhat modified.”

Claire, who recently served as the president of the Wy’East Artisans Guild, primarily works in pastels with a modified impressionistic style.

She said she loves the way colors remain brilliant with pastels, as well as the immediacy of the medium allowing her to work quickly and get it done.

“Moving to Oregon has softened (my) color pallet from buttes, bluffs and deserts to include trees, forests and streams,” she said.

Harrison’s art has been exhibited in New Mexico, Colorado, Nevada and California as well as at the Spiral Gallery in Estacada.

Harrison hopes her work will bring viewers fresh insights into Oregon landscapes and the people who settled here. She is a member of the Sandy Historical Museum board and both she and her husband are active in the Kiwanis club.

A portion of the sales of art from “Lands of the Barlow Trail,” will be donated to the Sandy Historical Museum.

Harrison’s art can be viewed at the chamber office during office hours, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, May 1-30.

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