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BANDON - Works by 11 local artists are now on display inside Oregon Bay Properties in Bandon, at the Community Art Gallery, 230 Second St. SE, Bandon, on the corner of Second Street and Chicago in Old Town.

Everyone is welcome to attend the opening celebration of the "First Eleven" art exhibit from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, May 17, and meet the artists, who include Vicki Affatati, Ken and Jan Ayers, David Black, Johnny Butler, Susan Gifford, Christine Hanlon, Mike and Yvonne Ousley, Victoria Tierney and Dorothea Tortilla. From 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. there will be music by Crystal Landucci on the baby grand piano (which originally belonged to a director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) and Heidi Connolly on her silver flute. Landucci recently masterminded the wildly successful Bach Birthday Party in Langlois. Violinist Sara Jean Mautner will make a cameo appearance.

Susan Gifford, a new artist on the Bandon scene, creates collages from her plentiful store of papers. It will be the first major showing of her works in Bandon.

Dorothea Tortilla’s series, “Eight Squares” and Vicki Affatati’s “Quiet Keeper" also will be on display.

Who says a real estate office can’t be an art gallery? Broker and owner of Oregon Bay Properties Herb Yussim and his wife Brooke Yussim, principal broker and owner, are enthusiastic supporters of the arts. Herb Yussim is also president of the Coos Art Museum. For several years, the Yussims have been showing works by some outstanding local artists at their office in North Bend. Recently they enlisted local artist and longtime curator Victoria Tierney to put together this new show in Bandon.

"Join us for an evening of art and music, food and drink," Tierney said.

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