Walla Walla women's works displayed in Pendleton gallery

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PENDLETON -- New work by two Walla Walla artists will fill the East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St., this month.

Dawn Forbes and Margaret Jamison will present sculptures and paintings respectively. The two bodies of work are distinctly different structurally but have some stylistic similarities, making the two artists an interesting pairing.

Forbes is the director of the Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College and teaches art at both Whitman College and Walla Walla Community College. Her assemblage sculptures are inspired by the work of contemporary Islamic artist Adnan Charara and early African sculptural forms. The painting style draws on many decorative cultural motifs including Aboriginal Australian, Native American and the wooden sculptural forms of Oaxaca, Mexico.

Jamison is a Washington native who graduated from Whitman College in 1974. She holds an MFA from Seattle University. She works in an illustrative manner with a strong graphic sense, leaving plenty of room for the viewer to bring individual mythologies and interpretations to her work.

Both exhibits run through July 28. Admission to the gallery is free and open Tuesday through Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays noon to 4 p.m.

More information can be found at pendletonarts.org or by calling 541-278-9201.

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