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U.S. Forest Service announces events

The U.S. Forest Service in partnership with Columbia Center for the Arts is pleased to announce several events during the month of August in celebration of the Wilderness Act. Beginning in August an exhibit called “Art of the Wild – Celebrating 50 Years of the Wilderness Act” will be shown at the Columbia Center for the Arts located at 215 Cascade Avenue in Hood River, Oregon.

Twenty-one different artists from around the Pacific Northwest were selected competitively and assigned to one of six different Wilderness Areas on the Gifford Pinchot National Forest, Mt. Hood National Forest, and Columbia River Gorge National Scenic Area.

Artists selected for this event are Renee Couture, Jonathan Erickson, Gillian Freney, Anthony Gordon, Rachel Harvey, Leah Hedberg, Jurgen Hess, Darryl Lloyd, Peter Marbach, Alex McDermott, Jan Muir, Sally O’Neill, Venka Payne, Ann Chadwick Reid, Mary Rollins, Liz Roth, Jeff Stewart, Donna Van Tuyl, Hannah Viano, Paul Zegers and Greg Zuck. The exhibit will be curated by Sarah Burr Arnold.

Gregory Smith, executive director for Columbia Center for the Arts states, “Art of the Wild is one of the premiere shows of our Oregon Wild gallery series from May through October featuring artists celebrating the outdoors and the wonderful wilderness of the Pacific Northwest. We are thrilled to highlight the Wilderness Act in partnership with the U. S. Forest Service, by bringing this incredible show to the Center.”

Aug. 13, Mark Harvey, author of “Wilderness Forever,” will provide a presentation on the Wilderness Act.

Aug. 23, composer Christina Rusnak will perform her composition inspired by the Mount Adams Wilderness Area. All events will take place at the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River.

The Wilderness Act was signed into law on September 3, 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson.

The Act established the National Wilderness Preservation System and set aside an initial 9.1 million acres of wildlands for the use and benefit of the American people.

For more information on the 50th Anniversary of the Wilderness Act please visit http://www.wildern ess50th.org.

For more information about events call Dave Wickwire at 509-395-3400.

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