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Larson Gallery releases new calendar of exhibits

YAKIMA - The Larson Gallery Guild of Yakima, excited about its 52nd anniversary, has announced the 2007-08 calendar of exhibits and events.

The 2007-08 season begins Sept. 16 with a unique exhibition titled "City Views." This show will feature "views" of urban environments, including Yakima's city center through the eyes of Seattle painters Julia Ricketts and Amanda Coleman, and Seattle illustrator and architect Anita Lehmann. Each of the three artists has created an artwork inspired by one of Yakima's streets, buildings or other urban landmark.

Works specifically designed for this exhibition will be offered by silent auction to the highest bidder at the end of the show.

On Oct. 7, the Larson Gallery Guild will host the annual open house and membership party.

On Nov. 3, the public is invited to the opening of the region's largest juried competition, the "Central Washington Artists Exhibition."

During the 2007-08 season the public can also view a traveling exhibit from the Chicago Printmaking Collaborative, photographs from a YVCC instructor's travels to Afghanistan and an installation art piece designed specifically for the Larson Gallery.

A major goal of the Larson Gallery for the 2007-08 season is to focus more on community involvement, and continue with in-depth educational and outreach programs.

A complete schedule of the 2007-08 calendar of events follows:

Sept. 16-Oct. 19: "City Views"...images of Yakima will be featured. An opening reception is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 16, from 2 to 5 p.m., with a free lecture and presentation given by Seattle painters Julia Ricketts and Amanda Coleman from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

Oct. 3: Mentoring workshop and lectures...by illustrator, architect and designer Anita Lehmann of Seattle and Yakima architect Sheri Brockway (times to be announced).

Oct. 7: Larson Gallery Guild open house and membership party...all current, renewing and new members, as well as the community, are invited to attend a party featuring an evening of wine tasting and hors d'oeuvres from 4:40 to 7 p.m.

Nov. 3-Dec. 8: 52nd annual "Central Washington Artists Exhibition"...approximately $5,000 in prize money will be awarded in this regional juried competition. Seattle painter Joan Stuart Ross will serve as juror. An opening reception is set for Saturday, Nov. 3, from 2 to 5 p.m.

Jan. 11-Feb. 9: "Beyond Boundaries"...a traveling exhibition featuring work from the Chicago Printmakers Collaborative. An opening reception is planned for Friday, Jan. 11, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

Feb. 22-March 19: "Veiled Yesterdays/Blurred Tomorrows"...amazing photos from YVCC instructor Ken Zontek's travels to Afghanistan. An opening reception is scheduled for Friday, Feb. 22, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

April 4-May 3: showing of a kinetic sculpture by James Lapp and site specific installation...an opening reception is planned for Friday, April 4, from 5:30 to 8 p.m.

April: seventh annual Larson Gallery Arts Award...special recognition honoring a person for their contributions to the arts in the community (specific date to be announced).

May 12-June 7: "YVCC Department of Visual Arts Student & Faculty Exhibit"...an opening reception is set for Monday, May 12, from 6 to 8 p.m.

May 17: tour of artists' homes and studios...local artists will open their homes and studios to the public.

June 15-25: "Larson Gallery Guild Members Arts & Crafts Exhibition"...juried invitational exhibit of works created by current Larson Gallery Guild members.

June & July: summer workshop series...professional artists will present a variety of workshops suitable for beginning and advanced students.

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