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Central Oregon Backroads
May 5, 2017 @ 5:00 pm - May 27, 2017 @ 7:00 pm
Art at the Oxford, Oxford Hotel, presents Marlene Alexander’s (’68 painting and printmaking), Central Oregon Backroads, with acrylic and oil on canvas paintings through May 27, 2017. The artist will attend the champagne opening on First Friday, May 5 from 5:30 – 8:00 pm.
Marlene Alexander made Bend, Oregon her home in 1971. Her current exhibition at the Oxford reflects her continual awareness of her high desert environment with resultant admiration and inspiration. Central Oregon Backroads depicts aspects of the desert experience often trivialized or ignored. Where some see dusty, barren backroads, Alexander sees beauty and peaceful solitude.
Her current paintings evolved from time spent during the past 40 years hiking the open desert of Central Oregon, breathing the scents of sage and bitterbrush while observing the silent and often hidden creatures in their awareness of outsiders. The artist painted on location in the desert during her radiation treatments for breast cancer and developed a spiritual ‘need’ to spend much of her time there as “the most healing place I know.”