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1/19/2005 Linfield stone exhibit features work of local artist

McMINNVILLE ? Stone carvings by McMinnville artist Stuart Jacobson will be on display Feb. 2-25 in the Fine Art Gallery of the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield College.

The exhibit, ?Conversations in Stone,? will kick off with an opening reception on Wednesday, Feb. 9, at 7 p.m. in the gallery.

The show will feature 11 pieces, including "Quest," an abstract depiction of a needle in a haystack made of carrara marble and stainless steel. The largest piece in the show, it has a "pickup sticks" quality with long, slender pieces of white marble stacked randomly. A forged two-foot long stainless steel needle peeks out of the middle of the stack. Each piece is notched and fit together with pins, Jacobson said, which required the creation of a full-scale wood model first.

"The overall effect is lots of air and light moving through it," Jacobson said. "It?s very fragile looking and yet it conveys a very familiar theme."

Jacobson prefers clean lines, elegance and simplicity in his art, and wants his work to be engaging.

?To me, among its most important virtues, sculpture should be approachable," he said. "It should resonate with the energy and the thought that goes into its creation."

Jacobson holds a degree from Oregon State University and has taught sculpting. His work has been exhibited extensively in shows in Oregon and Washington. Carvings include ?Mountain Memory? at the Deschutes County Administration Building, ?Time and Space? in Lake Oswego?s Waluga Park, ?Heart of the Valley? at Corvallis? Riverfront Commemorative Park and ?Yuen? at the Beaverton Community Center.

Both the exhibit and reception are free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W in south McMinnville, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center and turn right into the first parking lot. The art gallery is located on the west end of the parking lot. For more information, call 503-883-2804.