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Japanese woodblock print exhibit at the Schnitzer

An exhibition of 18th to 20th century Japanese woodblock prints is on display at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art, 1430 Johnson Lane, on the University of Oregon campus.

The exhibition showcases the depth and breadth of the museum's Japanese woodblock print collection.

Viewers are encouraged to explore works by historically renowned printmakers such as Utamaro, Hokusai, Hiroshige and Kunisada, as well as examples of works by such famous modern printmakers as Munakata Shik and Hiroshi Yoshida.

The exhibition was curated by Akiko Walley, assistant professor of Japanese art history in conjunction with the winter-term course History of Japanese Prints.

It can be viewed in the Gordon Gilkey Research Center and Fay Boyer Preble and Virginia Cooke Murphy galleries.

DIVA fundraiser includes artworks for $100

The Downtown Initiative for the Visual Arts will host a "100 for $100" fundraising party on March 11.

The community art center is asking 100 artists to donate to DIVA an original work of art worth at least $100.

Patrons may purchase a $100 ticket for the event at which they will be able to choose and leave with an original piece of art selected from the donated collection.

All proceeds go to funding DIVA programs and exhibits.

DIVA will have available 100 tickets at $100 each. They include cover admission to the event, refreshments, entertainment and a piece of art. There will be a drawing to determine the order in which ticket holders will select their art pieces. Tickets that don't include an artwork are available for $15.

All the artwork will be on display for at least a week before the drawing at DIVA, 110 W. Broadway.

Tickets are available at and 541-344-3482.

Painter and woodcarver featured at Coos Bay library

COOS BAY - The work of two local artists is being featured through Jan. 30 at Coos Bay Public Library, 525 Anderson Ave.

The watercolors of Coos Bay painter Darla Lesan are shown on reading room walls. Lesan calls her show "Smiles," saying it is "predominantly an investigation of smiles: warm, tentative, bold, shy, exuberant, wistful or even artificial, as is the case of the scarecrow at the Ladybug Landing Community Garden in Coos Bay."

Viewers will recognize several local residents in Lesan's portraits.

The wood carvings of Dale Karstetter are exhibited in the library lobby. As an avid fisherman and hunter, Karstetter incorporates his love for wildlife along with his love for wood into his work.

The library exhibit features one-of-a-kind, finely carved birds. Karstetter uses many different woods in his carvings, from driftwood to a purchased piece of myrtlewood.

He says he "tries to show the beauty of the wood in his carvings, and only adds small amounts of color."

Kulongoski to receive national arts award

Gov. Ted Kulongoski is to receive an award from Americans for the Arts today at the U.S. Conference of Mayors Winter Meeting in Washington, D.C.

Kulongoski will receive the organization's Public Leadership in the Arts Award for his work on a number of fronts, including his support of the merger of Oregon Cultural Trust and the Oregon Arts Commission, his promotion of arts-related tourism and his backing for CHAMP (which stands for Culture, Heritage, Arts, Movies, Preservation and Public Broadcasting), which brought more than $10 million in public investment in Oregon arts groups.

"Gov. Kulongoski has made more significant contributions in support of arts and culture than any other governor in the 150 year history of the state," said Christine D'Arcy, executive director of the Oregon Arts Commission.

"In his seven years in office, he has advanced both policy and budget initiatives, branding culture and creative endeavors as critical to the state's economy and future," she said. "His CHAMP initiatives have led to significant new investment in art, culture, history, movie production and preservation, fueling Oregon's creative economy and creating and retaining jobs."
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Date:Jan 21, 2010
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