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Exhibits at GFU, Chehalem Cultural Center part of national conference in Portland

Newberg galleries are featuring three exhibitions as part of a national ceramics education conference taking place in Portland later this month.

In addition to exhibitions at the Chehalem Cultural Center and George Fox University, the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' (NCECA) 51st annual conference, themed "Future Flux," will showcase art at dozens of galleries in the Portland area and the Pacific Northwest during March and early April. GARY ALLEN - Erin Padilla, arts and public programming coordinator at the Chehalem Cultural Center, sets up one of the exhibitions the center will host this month as part of the National Council on Education for the Ceramic Arts' 51st annual conference taking place in Portland in several weeks. George Fox University is also displaying at an exhibition along with dozens of other Portland-area galleries showing ceramics pieces throughout March and April.

The Chehalem Cultural Center is displaying two NCECA exhibitions. "Ashes & Flux," in the Parish Gallery, will showcase work of four nationally recognized wood-fired Anagama kilns, all in Oregon, that "push the boundaries of what wood fire has been and will be," according to a statement released by the exhibition.

The center will also host the related exhibition "Great Waves Over the Pacific on Wood Firing," a tribute to Japanese potter Takashi Nakazato and his influence on Anagama pottery over the past 60 years.

Both exhibitions opened Tuesday and close March 25.

George Fox University is hosting "Tropes of Nature," featuring works by artists who use nature as a fundamental resource "to explore the relationships between humans and the natural world," according to the NCECA. This show opened Monday and will remain on display through April 10 at the university's Minthorne Art Gallery.

In addition, Linfield College will host "Mark of a Day," featuring artist Andrew Snyder's three-day demonstration "utilizing acrylic paint as throwing water to make large scale paintings that document the throwing process," according to the NCECA. The demonstration will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. March 22-24 and the work will remain on display in the college's Nils Lou Gallery through April 21.

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