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Art Watch 2/3-2/10 

The 10th Annual Sisters Library Art Exhibit features the work of 68 local artists. Three of the 168 works of art in the 2016 show received People's Choice Awards including "Don't be Koi" in colored pencil on juniper, by Steve Mathews; "Luis – The Tobacco Farmer," a photography by Linda Hanson and "Steelhead Falls," an oil on linen by Randall Tillery.

"The show is wonderful every year because of the quality of local art and the diversity," says Zeta Seiple, chair of the art committee and treasurer of Friends of the Sisters Library. "Every year is better than the year before," she says. The show is an opportunity to experience art work of many media, including photography, oil, acrylic, pastel, watercolor, print, scratch board, wood cut, encaustic, linotype, collage, jewelry, sculpture and pottery.

The artist bios provide insight about their work that is just as fascinating as the art. Conrad Weiler, an artist with three pieces in the show, including the painting, "A Walk in the Forest," is a Korean War veteran and retired college biology teacher. "Immersing myself in the beauty and complexity of life through art is teaching me to see at a much deeper level," he writes.

Jim Horsely's "Poncho and Red Cinder," a 12" x 9" oil of two small donkeys, was completed in support of Harmony Farm's efforts to connect rescued animals with disadvantaged children. His painting is one with a red dot next to it, indicating it has sold, with proceeds from the sale to go to the farm.

The art ranges in price from under $100 up to several thousand dollars. Some of the art is unusual and fun, such as Marcia Wells' functional folk art in the form of three lazy Susans. "Miss Robin," a reduction linotype by Robin Thomas, is delightful and Greg Waddel's entry of "Sunset School," is a stunning photograph. On display in the foyer are smaller pieces, including beautiful sterling jewelry by Mary Jospeha Weiss, a handmade book by Kelly Salber and sea glass jewelry by Joyce Burk Brown. Elegant ceramic vases by Peter Roussel and James Noble's exquisite Blue Stain Bowl series are must-sees. The show continues through the month of February.

The Deschutes Public Library of Sisters

110 N. Cedar St., Sisters.

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