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COOS BAY — Coos Art Museum will be exhibiting the Expressions West 2018 juried painting competition featuring artists from 13 western states who were invited to compete in this annual event. Juror Archana Horsting selected 64 paintings by 46 artists residing in California, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

The opening reception for Expressions West 2018 will take place 5-7 p.m. Friday, April 27, at the museum. The public is invited to attend. Many of the participating artists will also be in attendance. An awards ceremony will begin at 6 p.m. and juror Archana Horsting will present the prize awards for the competition. The three prizes are $1,000 for 1st place, $750 for 2nd place and $250 for the 3rd place award. Honorable mentions also will be announced during the ceremony. This is an opportunity to meet the artists and juror at the opening reception.

Horsting is the executive director and co-founder of the Kala Arts Institute, an international artist’s residency program in Berkeley, Calif. Horsting received a BA with honors from the University of California, Santa Cruz, studied art history at the University of Padova, Italy, and art practice at Academia di Belle Arti di Venezia in Venice, Italy. In 2012 she was recognized with an Alameda County Arts Leadership award. In 2015, she received Berkeley Community Fund’s Benjamin Ide Wheeler Medal, awarded annually to Berkeley’s “most useful citizen.” Horsting oversees all aspects of running Kala, including supervising development and programming. Kala serves 35,000 individuals yearly through artist residencies, exhibitions, and community workshops. In addition Kala’s Artists-in-Schools program provides curriculum-based visual arts education to public schools in Berkeley, Emeryville and Oakland. Horsting will be conducting a walk-through tour of Expressions West on Saturday April 28 at 1 PM. The walk-through will be followed by a tour/talk about Translations: Recalling Photographs her exhibition of paintings featured in the Mabel Hanson Gallery on the second floor of the Museum. This program is free to the public and promises to be a very special event.

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 Artists accepted into the Expressions West 2018 exhibition include Oregon artists: Allen A. (Tony) Adams, Fred Amos, R. Peter Anderson, Doug Anderson, Martin Anderson, Marilyn Burkhardt, David Castleberry, Pete Chasar, Patricia Cink, Merv Cole, Jane Conkling, Barbara Counsil, Cammy Davis, Claire Duncan, Judith Ginsburg, Anna Gitchel, Marcy B. Greene, Morgan Burton Johnson, Cora Larson, David Carmack Lewis, Stacy Lovejoy, Kirk Lybecker, Dutch Mostert, Glenn Ness, Richard Newman, Walt Padgett, Becky Phillips, Patricia Renner, Sher Rosenberg, Pat Snyder, Victoria Tierney, Connie Vincent, Liz Walker, Dennis Worrel, Kimberly Wurster, Christine Zachary;

California artists: Ellery Akers, Anthony Campanale, John Chang, Dana Richardson; Idaho artists: Scott Berger, Bonnie Peacher; Colorado artist, Kathleen Steventon; Montana artist, Ed Wolff; New Mexico artist, Norma Alonzo; and Washington artist, Steven R. Hill.

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