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Nature in the Abstract

January 7, 2022 - February 22, 2022

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Exhibit Walkthrough

Curators: Ellen Morris Bishop and Debbie Lind

Upper image by M.C. Reardon

Description: We usually observe nature as discrete, recognizable subjects: a mountain, a bird, a tree, a river, etc. But in reality, our view of nature is composed of textures, shapes, forms and colors. We often fail to recognize these telling patterns when viewing a familiar object or scene. This exhibit encourages artists to examine and reveal nature beyond the familiar, especially now in a rapidly changing world.

Exhibit Opening: Due to inclement weather and concerns over rising covid case numbers we have chosen to reschedule the opening reception for Nature in the Abstract at a later date TBA. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Mediums: photography, paintings, collage, 3-D, including ceramic, fabric, metal, and wood.

Exhibit Categories:

  • Nature in the Abstract: Work that depicts a pattern or composition displayed by a subject as it exists in nature.
  • Interpretations of Nature: Work, inspired by subjects in the real world, that employs shape, form, lines, and colors to create a composition or interpretation of the subject, showing subject as the artist understands it, not as it is.
  • Youth: Work produced by artists under the age of 18 that fits in either category above, in any eligible media.


Category: Nature in the Abstract

1st: Illusion of Permanence; Rick McEwan

2nd: Rock Product; Kolle Kahle Riggs

3rd: Hornet’s Nest 1; Leslie LeViner

Honorable Mention: Driftwood, Abstract; MC Reardon


Category: Interpretations of Nature:

1st: Owyhee Life; Heather Tomlinson

2nd: Murmuration #1: Linda J Robinson

3rd: Timber 2; Susan Pesti-Strobel

Honorable Mention: Water; William Burkett


Category: Youth Sponsored by the Wallowa Valley Photo Club

1st: My Mountain; Megan Brock

2nd: Basalt; McKenzie Keffer

3rd: Foxglove Falls; Hazel Stephens

Honorable Mention: Fabricated Rabbit; Nathaniel Bazer



Judge: Susan Murrell; Art Department faculty at EOU Printmaking, Drawing, Graphics; www.susanstudio.com


January 7, 2022
February 22, 2022
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