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Noteworthy art exhibit goes on display Friday at Sunnyside coffee house

Guerra's Coffee Company and Jose Tapia will present "The Tree of Life, Expanding," an art exhibit with works by Jillian "Jill" Ross this coming Friday, Sept. 9.

Ross' current works reflect the fusion of that which is created when dance and movement meet the paintbrush.

Opening Night for Jillian's exhibit will be Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. Free appetizers, coffee and live music will be available.

The art exhibit will be on display from Sept. 9 to Oct. 7.

Ross is a multi-media artist who has lived in Wapato for the past 10 years.

She was born in Kilmarnock, Scotland and moved to Northern California as a child, where she was educated.

She received a Bachelor of Arts degree in fine arts from California State University, Sacramento and holds a Master of Divinity from San Francisco Theological Seminary.

Ross is well known in the Yakima Valley for her faith-based work. She has displayed her artwork across the nation, and recently started sharing her artwork locally.

She started her career in the late 1970's represented by Pacific Gallery in Stockton, Calif. There, she taught art at a distinguished program funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver Foundation at the Alan Short Center.

Ross has held artist in residence status at the Southwest Craft Center, San Antonio, Texas; and at the Mendocino Arts Center in California.

Her work has been featured in Caron Mosey's book, "America's Pictorial Quilts."

Most recently, in 2010, Ross' painting, "The Tree of Life", was featured in a juried show at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle.

She was the director of an international educational center in Mexico City and lived there between 1993 and 2001. During her stay there Ross befriended archeologists and was able to spend many hours studying the beauty of Mexico in places such as Teotihuacan, Monte Alban, Chitzen-Itza and Copilco.

Her art is influenced by her years of travel in Latin America. During the last five years she has danced and created art with a group in Portland, Ore. called "Momentum Consciousness."

This coming Friday's event at the Sunnyside coffee shop is free to attend.

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