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1/23/2007 Art, improvisation focus of Linfield exhibit

McMINNVILLE - Ron Mills, Linfield College professor of art, will explore artistic improvisation as he creates "Vignettes: Recent drawings and acrylic paintings in grisaille," the upcoming art exhibit at Linfield College.

Throughout the month-long exhibit, Mills welcomes the public to observe and interact with him as he creates a piece for the show. It will run Feb. 5 through March 3 in both the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery and Studio Gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

An opening reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at 6 p.m. in the gallery featuring "Perched on the Edge: Reflections from the Studio Armchair," a performance by Mills and Brian Winkenweder, assistant professor of art history, at 7 p.m. A closing reception and gallery talk will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the gallery in conjunction with the inauguration of President Thomas L. Hellie, Linfield's 19th president.

During the month, Mills will execute a new large-scale painting in the gallery, beginning the night of the opening reception. Each Monday and Wednesday, the public is invited to visit with Mills as he works from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Musicians and dancers will perform improvised routines at 2 p.m., followed by a discussion between Mills and invited guests about the subject of improvisation at 3 p.m.

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 Saturday. To reach the gallery from 99W, turn east on Keck Drive at the McMinnville Market Center in south McMinnville. Turn right at the first street onto Library Court. The art gallery is located in the second building on the left, Building B. Parking is available on the street and in the lot west of Nicholson Library. For a campus map, go to Miller Fine Arts Center is number 56. For more information, call 503-883-2804.