Artist Rathbun’s works displayed in Pendleton

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PENDLETON — An exhibit of work by Portland artist R. Keaney Rathbun opens in the East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Arts Center, 214 N. Main St., today. A reception will be held from 5:30- 7 p.m. for the artist. The event is free and open to the public.

Rathbun lives and works in Portland and is a member of the Northwest Print Council. His silk screen work has been featured in seminal books on printmaking and reviewed by prominent newspapers and art magazines.

In addition to his print work, Rathbun works in a range of other mediums, including sculpture, mixed media and needlepoint. His distinctive figurative elements and colorful visual textures tie the body of work together.

His mixed media sculptures and screen prints are autobiographical narratives. The images are figurative and gestural, and are deceptively simple metaphors of human experience. Joyous and whimsical, emotional and poignant, they represent an optimistic and naive spirit embracing the moments that make up his life.

New work by Sofi Smith will be on exhibit in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery.

Admission is free. Both exhibits run through April 25.

The Pendleton Center for the Arts is open Tuesday through Friday, 10-4 p.m. and Saturday, noon-4 p.m. For more information, call 541-278-9201 or online at pendletonarts.org.

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