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10/27/2006 Rapunzel comes to Linfield art gallery

McMINNVILLE ? Portland artist M.K. Guth will use her braiding skills to bring a fairytale to life during an upcoming art exhibit, "Our Rapunzel," at Linfield College.

The interactive exhibit will run Nov. 1 through Dec. 15 at the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery. Guth will provide a talk on her work and the project, along with lunch, on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at noon in the gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield. A closing reception will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 6, at 6 p.m.

The exhibit, loosely based on the Grimm fairytale, is an interactive sculpture that depends on participation. On Wednesdays and Fridays, Nov. 1 through Dec. 6, Guth will braid in the Linfield Fine Art Gallery. Participation in the process will affect the length and configuration of the braid. At the end of the exhibition, the sculpture will be finished, reflecting Guth's and each participant's contribution.

Guth is a multidisciplinary artist who works in video, photography and sculpture. Her interests lie in reconfiguring contemporary myths surrounding identity. She has been recognized in magazines including ART NEWS, Flash Art, New Art Examiner and Art in America. She has received a Betty Bowen Special Recognition Award from the Seattle Art Museum and an Award of Merit from the Bellevue Art Museum. Guth has exhibited with the Portland Institute for the Contemporary Arts, from which she received a project commission in March 2000. She is the creator of "Red Shoe Delivery Service," an interactive multimedia project, in collaboration with Cris Moss and Molly Dilworth, and she has solo shows with Elizabeth Leach Gallery in Portland and Betty Moody in Houston, Texas. Her work has been shown internationally as well as nationally.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. It will also be open for Trustee Weekend on Saturday, Nov. 4, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in Building B of the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center, the first two buildings on the left. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For more information, call 503-883-2804.