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“Winter Coat” Art Exhibition at Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery

Winter Coat, digital photo, Holly Andres

“Winter Coat”, digital photo, Holly Andres

The exhibition Winter Coat will open at the Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery with a reception on Thursday, November 13 from 6:00 – 8:00p.m. The show continues through January 15, 2015. The gallery reception and exhibit are free and open to the public. The CCC Art Center Gallery, 1799 Lexington Avenue, Astoria, is open from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and on weekends and holidays by appointment.


Curator Ben Killen Rosenberg wanted to do something unique when asked to put together a show for the Art Center Gallery at Clatsop Community College. Instead of choosing an artist or a theme on which to base the show, Rosenberg asked his wife, writer Loretta Stinson Rosenberg, if he could use a short story she wrote titled Winter Coat. “I’m interested in how a group of wildly different artists might interpret a piece of literature without illustrating it, and as far as I know, something like this hasn’t been done before,” says curator Ben Rosenberg.


Winter Coat, oil on canvas, Matthew Dennison

“Winter Coat,” oil on canvas, Matthew Dennison

Stinson Rosenberg, a past recipient of an Oregon Literary Fellowship and author of Little Green (Hawthorne Books, 2010) gladly agreed.  “Ben talked about using a story as the basis of a show and I was thrilled when he chose one of mine,” she says.


Rosenberg sent the story to local and nationally known artists who work in different media inviting them to participate. His sole caveat was that the artists use the story as a starting place for their piece.


Artists participating in the Winter Coat exhibit are Holly Andres, Horia Boboia, Larry Clark, Matthew Dennison, Eduardo Fernandez, Jacques Flechemuller, Trish Grantham, Julie Keefe, Cynthia Lahti, Pat Lando, Bill Lepore, Mike McGovern, Hickory Mertsching, Jeffry Mitchell, and J. Scott Wilson.


Please direct inquiries to:  Kristin Shauck, 503-338-2472; [email protected].

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