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10/18/2002 McMinnville painter featured in next Linfield exhibit

McMINNVILLE ? Recent paintings by McMinnville artist Hugh Webb will be on display at the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery Nov. 6-29.

A slide lecture and opening reception will be held Wednesday, Nov. 6, at 7 p.m. in the gallery located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. The exhibit, lecture and reception are free and open to the public.

Webb, an art instructor and gallery director at Portland Community College, began making landscape paintings of the Rocky Mountain region in 1988. Since then, he has broadened his interest to incorporate dramatic landscape features of other parts of the West, and has recently introduced human figures into his work providing contrast to otherwise straight-forward landscape paintings.

"These figures are usually doing something enigmatic or peculiar given the context of their settings," he said. "I'm not sure why, except that it entertains me to do so."

Webb's work has been exhibited nationally for more than 30 years and is part of collections in Oregon, Washington, North Carolina, Pennsylvania and Florida. In addition to teaching at PCC, he has also taught at Spokane Falls Community College, Ohio State University, Eastern Washington University, Chemeketa Community College and Mt. Hood Community College. Webb holds a bachelor's degree from Oregon State University, a BFA from the University of Utah and a MFA from the University of Oregon.

The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W turn on Keck Drive across from Roth's IGA in south McMinnville. Follow the drive to the main parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2275.