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OREGON CURATORS TO CHOOSE ART FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAVELING ART SHOW

OREGON CURATORS TO CHOOSE ART FOR PACIFIC NORTHWEST TRAVELING ART SHOW
 BOISE, Idaho, March 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Two Oregon curators have been chosen to select artists for a nationally recognized traveling art show that will tour the Pacific Northwest in the spring and summer of 1992, West One Bancorp said today.
 Tommy Griffin, curator of exhibitions at the University of Oregon Museum of Art, and John Weber, associate curator of contemporary art at the Portland Art Museum, as well as Vicki Halper, assistant curator of modern art at the Seattle Art Museum, and Dennis O'Leary, Boise Art Museum's executive director, were chosen by West One Bancorp to be part of an expert panel that is selecting artists for its third annual "Spirit of the West" -- A Celebration of the Arts art exhibit.
 "Spirit of the West" is a true celebration of Pacific Northwest artists and their talent for capturing the spirit of the West in their work," said Dan Nelson, chairman and chief executive officer of West One Bancorp. "We are very proud of our commitment to the arts and are pleased to have such experienced people involved with choosing the art for this year's show."
 "Spirit of the West," a self-contained, mobile art museum and performance stage, will be shown at festivals and events throughout Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
 Last year more than 50 artists were selected. Their work represented a wide variety of media: ceramics, drawing, fiber, glass, jewelry, leather, metal, painting, paper, photography, printmaking, sculpture and wood.
 West One Bancorp launched the "Spirit of the West" in 1990 to commemorate Idaho's centennial. Since that time, the exhibit has been the centerpiece of community celebrations throughout Idaho, Utah and Eastern Washington; more than 225,000 visitors toured the galleries during the summer months of 1990 and 1991.
 West One Bancorp was recognized in 1991 as one of 13 companies in the nation to receive a "Business for the Arts" award from the Business Committee for the Arts Inc. and "Forbes Magazine." The bank also received the National Bank Marketing Association's "1991 Golden Coin" award which was presented for its outstanding community outreach program, "Spirit of the West."
 West One Bancorp, a regional bank holding company headquartered in Boise, has $5.4 billion in assets and more than 155 offices and 3,600 employees in Idaho, Oregon, Utah and Washington.
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