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Young local artists are invited to shine

Winner of honorable mention in 2015 is Ashley Clausen of The Dalles, with her piece “Untitled."

Winner of honorable mention in 2015 is Ashley Clausen of The Dalles, with her piece “Untitled."


Shown with her work “Black Fish” is Dot Young of The Dalles, who won first place and people’s choice in last year’s middle and high school art show. Contributed photos


Winner of honorable mention in 2015 was, “Jugsaposition” by Grace Grouch of The Dalles.

Young artists have an opportunity this month to submit their best work for display at The Dalles Art Center this winter.

It can be transformative for artists to see their work hanging in a real gallery, said Yvonne Pepin-Wakefield, a professional artist with a studio in The Dalles. “It gives them an artistic goal, helps develop their creative and motor skills,” she explained. “It’s a really good venue for affirmation. You get feedback from people who attend the exhibit, and from other artists. It gives them a different perspective on their work, just seeing their work in a real gallery.”

“I did a high school show once, I got a ribbon,” she added. “It inspired me to keep drawing. I didn’t have a community or a support system, being an orphan, but I found one during that student art show. It made a difference.”

She recommends any budding artists show their work whenever possible. “It’s important for the validation and the exposure. Creating art is an isolated experience, getting out there allows for an exchange of ideas.”

The center will be accepting entries for the annual Middle/High School Student Art Show, open to grades 6-12, from Jan. 26 through Jan. 30. The show will open Feb. 2 and run through Feb. 27.

All submitted work must be ready to hang and be mounted, matted or framed. Registration forms are available on the art center website at under calendar exhibits, or at the gallery, 220 E. 4th St., The Dalles. Hours are Tuesday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“Our mission at The Dalles Art Center is to bring art and the community together, and one of our favorite ways to do that is to invite the community to participate in the arts,” said Lettie Young, assistant director at the center.

Every year, the center dedicates gallery space in January and February to K-12 students of the Columbia River Gorge, and often for advanced placement and college level artists in March.

A closing reception and awards ceremony for the elementary school will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, 3 to 4 p.m. The middle and high school reception and awards ceremony is Saturday, Feb. 27, 3 to 4 p.m.


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