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Internationally known video artist presents work with lecture

Iraqi artist Adel Abidin studied painting, but transitioned to new media when studying for his MFA. Abidin now creates video installations that are displayed at galleries.

The Visiting Artists and Scholars Program at Oregon State University welcomes Abidin on April 8.

Short videos made by Abidin focus on themes such as cultural alienation and marginalization. He uses dark humor and irony to address issues such as exclusion, gender roles, sexuality, and the depravities of war.

Abidin’s work is the subject of a major solo exhibition at Kiasma, Helsinki’s Museum of Contemporary Art, where he currently lives and works.

A reception begins for the event at 6 p.m. with a free lecture to follow at 7 p.m.

Earth-friendly art

In the not-too distant past, everyday life consisted of creating products out of natural elements in order to complete everyday tasks. This April, Willamette Art Center offers two classes that now consider two such tasks as art.

Beginners who want to learn to to make their own scented soaps can learn at the center’s new custom handmade soap workshop on April 3. Participants prepare the materials in order to make molded, custom colored, botanical, and vegan friendly soaps. Eight to ten custom bars of soap can be made in this class that begins at 12 p.m. The cost for this course is $50.

On April 10, Kim Black will teach a course called “Pine Needle Basketry.” Students learn how to use two basket stitches to create a woven pine needle tray. Preparing the materials is also part of the course that begins at 10 a.m. Handouts and all materials are provided. This class costs $60.

For information on these or other classes, visit www.willametteartcenter.com.

Spring Forward

The simple life is reflected in Shannon Richardson’s paintings on paper.

From April 6 through May 1, Mary Lou Zeek plays home to her collection in an exhibit entitled ‘Harbingers of Spring.”

The severity of life is not escaped, but the poignancy of the human condition is expressed in her work. Richardson’s paintings represent a forge between memory and reality.

Her first show in Oregon, Richardson’s reception is scheduled for April 7, from 5-7 p.m.

For more information, call 503-581-3229 or visit www.zeekgallery.com.

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