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1/6/2008 Costa Rica focus of Linfield art exhibit

McMINNVILLE – Sights, sounds and textures of Costa Rica will be brought to life in "Observations from the Nicoya Peninsula," an art exhibit by Liz Obert, Linfield College associate professor of art.

The exhibit will run Feb. 13 through March 8 in the Linfield College Fine Art Gallery in the James F. Miller Fine Arts Center. An opening artist's reception will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 13, at 6 p.m. in the gallery. A closing reception will be held Saturday, March 8, at 2 p.m.

The installation contains objects and images from Costa Rica, where Obert spent a month last fall exploring urban areas, rainforests and beaches. Obert spent the majority of her time on the Nicoya Peninsula, the Pacific coastal area, focusing on details of the landscape, gathering artifacts from the beach, tracking the rainfall, recording the sounds of the area, and photographing the colors and textures.

"By combining these samples, I hope to create a new landscape, one that resembles elements of Costa Rica but is created by the viewer's experience," she said.

Obert received a BFA from the College of Santa Fe and an MFA from Washington State University. She has exhibited her work nationally and internationally including recent shows at the Portland Art Center and Cathedral Park Place in Portland, and Vizivarosi Gallery in Budapest, Hungary.

The Linfield exhibit is free and open to the public. Gallery hours are Tuesday through Saturday, noon 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 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 or visit