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COOS BAY — Coos Art Museum presents "Juxtaposed," a four-person installation art exhibition exploring new vistas in contemporary art. The exhibition will be held in the Maggie Karl and Vaughan galleries Oct. 9-Dec. 5.

The exhibition focuses on three contemporary women artists from Oregon and one from California. Each has been given a space juxtaposed to the next and free rein to create a provocative environment dealing with contemporary issues. All four have a history of producing challenging and thought provoking works through installation and experimental media.

The artists include: Renee Couture, Glide; Karin Richardson, Coos Bay; Allison Hyde, Eugene; and Dani Dodge, Pasadena.

Now living in California, Dodge grew up in Medford and was a journalist with the Mail Tribune. As a war correspondent in Iraq her work is inspired by time on the battlefield and exploring the wars we wage within ourselves.

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Hyde, an artist, teacher, and gallery director, was born in Tacoma and now lives in Eugene. Her work investigates ideas of memory and loss, personal objects and traces of history. It manifests these in many forms including installation and printmaking.

Conceptual art and rural Oregon aren’t an obvious pairing, but Renee Couture of Glide has learned to make powerful statements. She creates installations that deal with issues of natural resource extraction.

Born on the Oregon coast, the raw dramatic landscape is a compelling presence that informs and defines Richardson’s art. She uses a wide range of materials and media. Both Richardson and Couture have been featured on Oregon Art Beat.

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