Awards Announced At Exhibit Opening

The opening reception of CCC's fifth annual international juried art exhibit, Au Naturel: The Nude in the 21st Century, was held Thursday, February 17.

Approximately 200 people were in attendance, including twenty of the exhibiting artists. This year’s juror Jane Beebe gave a gallery talk and local guitarist Dave Drury provided music. Hors d'œuvres were provided by the Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s, Urban Café, Norma’s Ocean Diner in Seaside, and El Mariachi Loco in Gearhart. Flowers were provided by Erickson Floral Company and Bloomin’ Crazy in Astoria, and also Natural Nook and Mimi’s Flowers in Seaside. During the opening reception, awards were announced, which included cash prizes, purchase awards, a solo show award, and four workshop awards. A No-Host Post-Reception Party was held immediately following the opening at the Baked Alaska. The Au Naturel exhibit will remain on display in the CCC Art Center Gallery through April 14.  All visitors to the exhibit are invited to cast their vote for the People’s Choice award, which will be announced at the close of the exhibition. 

Jane Beebe awarded First Place to Louise Britton of Seattle, WA for her oil painting entitled Katrina. Laura Hamje of Seattle, WA was awarded second place for her ink on panel piece entitled Rome. For Third Place, Ms. Beebe selected Laying Down, a drawing in ink on paper by Jeff Black of West Lynn, OR. Gregory Siler, of Raleigh, North Carolina, created the oil painting entitled Two Beach Nudes that was selected as this year’s purchase award to become part of the College’s growing Permanent Collection. Keith Howard of Rochester, NY was invited to open the CCC Art Center’s 2011-2012 exhibition season with a series of paintings created in collaboration with Chinese Master Painter Xiaming Lin. In addition, Mr. Howard will also be exhibiting a selection of his prints together with those of his wife, Bernice Cross, also a printmaker. Mr. Howard, Head of Contemporary Non-Toxic Printmaking at the Rochester Institute of Technology and considered one of the leading innovators in the field of non-toxic printmaking, will also be conducting a one-day workshop on photopolymer plate-making using ImagOnHD photopolymer film. Three additional Workshop Series Awards were selected. David Beale, of Cortland, NY, will offer the workshop “Watercolor CAN be Forgiving!” in late summer, 2011. His workshop is designed to help participants overcome the intimidation many feel in watercolor from its reputation of being an unforgiving medium. Mr. Beale’s workshop will be held in downtown Astoria at Dots n’ Doodles Art Supplies. Andrea Harris, of Chicago, IL, will lead a painting workshop entitled "Color, Mediums and Artistic Intent" in the spring of 2012. The hands-on workshop will focus on exploring artists’ oil colors and mediums in relationship to building/expanding a personal palette and enriching painting techniques. Also in spring of 2012, international artist Sven Frøkjær-Jensen of Denmark will be leading a drawing and painting workshop entitled “A Way to Artistic Freedom.” The workshop will present theoretical and practical techniques dealing with the creative process, the idea or project as artistic vehicle, and various means to focus one’s artistic goals. Mr. Frøkjær-Jensen was educated as an historian at the University of Copenhagen and is a self-taught artist.

In celebration of the Au Naturel’s fifth anniversary, nudes by a variety of local and regional artists will also be on display at various locations in downtown Astoria, including Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s, and Urban Café through March 14th. The collective exhibit called Nudes Downtown: A Compendium of Art Inspired by Au Naturel, at RiverSea Gallery, Old Town Framing, Astoria Coffee House, and Salon Vervé, remains on display through March 10th. 

The CCC Art Center Gallery is located at 1799 Lexington Avenue in Astoria and is ADA accessible. The gallery hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday, and Saturday from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The gallery is open on Sundays and holidays by appointment only. Please note that special Spring Break hours between Monday, March 21 and Saturday, March 26 are from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

To view images of the award winning artwork as well as those of the entire exhibit and those of prior exhibits, please visit

In addition, visitors have the opportunity to view the purchase awards from the previous four Au Naturel exhibitions, which are currently on display in the Dora Badollet Library, primarily in the Desdemona Room. For library hours, call: 503-338-2462.

Special thanks to the Cannery Pier Hotel, the Baked Alaska, Bridgewater Bistro, Clemente’s, Urban Café, Norma’s Ocean Diner, El Mariachi Loco in Gearhart, Erickson Floral Company, Bloomin’ Crazy, Natural Nook, and Mimi’s Flowers. 

For more information, please email Kristin Shauck or call 503-338-2472.

Clatsop Community College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution.

People in art gallery.Roughly 200 people visited the opening reception for CCC’s Au Naturel exhibit, on display until April 14th at the CCC Art Center Gallery. Photo by David rr Homer.

People looking at artwork.Visitors to the Au Naturel exhibit opening reception on Thursday, February 17th view Keith Howard’s Far Reaching Eve, on display at the gallery. Photo by David Myers.

Woman standing next to artwork.Some of the featured artists traveled long distances to attend the Au Naturel exhibit opening, coming from as far away as California, Michigan, and Wisconsin. Tara Sweeney, from Minneapolis, MN, is pictured here in front of her work, Sugar Bowl. Photo by Perry Callas.

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