Pendleton Center for the Arts hosts reception for MaLynda Paulsen

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PENDLETON -- The Pendleton Center for the Arts will host a reception for artist MaLynda Poulsen 5:30-7 tonight in the East Oregonian Gallery.

MaLynda Poulsen is visiting assistant professor of art at Whitman College in Walla Walla and has been exhibiting her work for more than a decade. Her new exhibit features the innovative use of recycled materials in elaborately layered shadow boxes.

Poulsen received both her bachelor's and master's degrees from Boise State University.

Her background is mainly focused on painting, but she is also skilled in printmaking and thinks of drawing as her forte. These current works draw on a range of mediums, from photo collage to an encaustic technique that encapsulates drawings and transfers into a wax surface. Poulsen has also used relief prints of wallpaper designs that offer an intriguing contrast with the subject matter, which includes barnyard animals and iconic Hollywood images of the West.

The unifying feature on all the works are their frames. At first glance they appear to be ornate, Baroque, wooden pieces, but upon closer inspection they reveal themselves to be layers of simple cardboard and applied decorations.

"The students arrive on campus each year with tons of boxes, so I began collecting and cutting them down" Poulsen said.

Visitors can also view new work by Hermiston artist Mary Corp in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery. Both exhibits run through Nov. 7.

Admission to the exhibits is free. For more information go to www.pendletonarts.org, or call 541-278-9201.

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