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2/20/2007 Closing reception to cap interactive art exhibit at Linfield

McMINNVILLE - Ron Mills, Linfield College professor of art, will soon put the finishing touches on a painting he has created as part of an interactive exhibit, "Vignettes: Recent drawings and acrylic paintings in grisaille," at Linfield College.

Although the art exhibit will run through March 3, a closing reception and gallery talk will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 28, at 5:30 p.m. in the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery, located in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center.

During the month-long show which explores artistic improvisation, Mills has welcomed the public to observe and interact with him as he creates a piece for the show. He has been executing 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 3 p.m. discussion between Mills and invited scholars and artists about the role of improvisation in their respective disciplines. The guests will be from such areas as physics, philosophy, psychology, mathematics, musical performance, theater history, acting, sociology, alternative medicine, art history and studio art. The schedule of the various sessions will be posted at

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.