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Marylhurst graduate Josh Gross, a West Linn resident, spotlights joy with 'Happy Daze' exhibit

SUBMITTED ART: JOSH GROSS - 'Happy Daze,' a digital work, is one example of the cheery style of artist Josh Gross.A West Linn-based artist and graduate of Marylhurst University in Lake Oswego is having his work displayed at Clackamas Community College's Alexander Gallery, starting this month.

With his exhibit, "Happy Daze," Josh Gross, who earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts in printmaking at Marylhurst in 2013, "captures the story of one joyful day in 2017, using symbols depicting iconic imagery of the Northwest and contemporary sociopolitical views," according to a press release.

GROSSHis compositions accentuate the positive aspects of life, he says, and decry the negative.

"As an artist, my aim is to create images that both inspire and bring a bit of cheer to the viewers' day," he says on his LinkedIn page. "I am quite interested in the study of Semiotics and the way in which we give meaning to signs and symbols, especially when it comes to advertisements. This is something that I pay close attention to when working with clients in trying to find what best fits the company/brand's goals."

The "Happy Daze" exhibit will be shown from Sept. 18-Oct. 27. Alexander Gallery is located in the Niemeyer Center, 19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City. An artist's reception is slated for noon-1:30 p.m. Oct. 5 at the gallery. It's free to attend and to hear Gross speak at 1 p.m. about his work.

The gallery itself is open 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

— Jillian Daley

Contract Publishing

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