Wyckoff art exhibit starts with reception tonight

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PENDLETON — A free exhibit of new works by Portland artist Christy Wyckoff opens tonight with an artist’s reception from 5:30-7 at Pendleton Center for the Arts, 214 N. Main St.,

Wyckoff has long made works based on landscape.

Growing up in Eastern Oregon, the dry and rocky geology of the Great Basin was a strong influence.

That reductive landscape continues to be an important source of inspiration, but Wyckoff is now generating more complex compositions suggested by slash piles of discarded trunks and limbs left behind by lumbering operations or jumbles of rocks and smashed trees rolled downhill by avalanches.

Wyckoff has been a working visual artist for more than 40 years.

He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1968 and earned an Master of Fine Arts in printmaking at the University of Washington in 1971.

From 1979 to his 2012 retirement, Wyckoff taught at the Pacific Northwest College of Art and continues to live and work in Portland.

The exhibit runs through March 30.

Center hours are 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Tuesday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday.

For more information, visit pendletonarts.org and christywyckoff.com.

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