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2/5/2003 Lou's work showcased in upcoming Linfield art exhibit

McMINNVILLE – The paintings and ceramics of Willamina artist and Linfield College art Professor Nils Lou is on display through Feb. 28 at the Fine Art Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center at Linfield.

An opening reception and artist talk will be held Thursday, Feb. 13, at 7 p.m. in the gallery, and refreshments will be served. The exhibit is free and open to the public.

"Burnt Vessels and Assorted Paintings" will feature eight ceramic vessels recently fired at the East Creek Anagama, a kiln replicating an authentic eighth century Korean anagama. The exhibit will also include eight abstract matter paintings completed by Lou in the last two years.

Lou's work is currently featured in two other shows. "All About Women," on display now through March 1 at the Broderick Gallery in Portland, will feature paintings, drawings, ceramic sculpture, pots and a signed and numbered edition of 31 poems by Lou, "How to Draw Your Lover." Work with two collaborative artists will complement the general theme of the show. Ron Mills, professor of art at Linfield, has worked with Lou on a number of large charcoal drawings. Karen Terpstra, associate professor of art at University of Wisconsin, La Crosse, will have four ceramic jars with collaborative drawings depicting women with horses.

Lou is one of seven artists to be featured in "Art from the Heart" at the Fire’s Eye Gallery west of McMinnville Feb. 9 through March 9. A percentage of the show's sales will go to the American Cancer Society.

Lou has been at Linfield since 1987. He teaches courses in three-dimensional design, sculpture and ceramics, as well as coaching the men's golf team. He has worked collaboratively with students to produce large sculptural pieces for Linfield's campus. An international authority on kiln building, Lou has also exhibited work in Washington D.C., and Portland. He is the author of "The Art of Firing." He has a master's from the University of Michigan.

The Linfield Fine Art Gallery is open 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. To reach the gallery, from 99W turn on Keck Drive, across from Roth’s market 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.