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The Arts Scene: Artists get to choose for Larson exhibition

As an artist, if you were to choose one piece of your work for an exhibit, which one would it be?

Most likely you would select your best piece. You may also be exploring a new medium and would like to take it for a test drive.

Some people create artwork regularly; for some, it is their first time.

That is the premise behind the Larson Gallery Guild Members’ Exhibition. The show is open to all Larson Gallery Guild members, but they can submit only one piece. So the entire exhibition is a collection of artist-selected pieces.

The Larson Gallery Guild includes 370 members, so it would be challenging if everyone submitted something. The final count this year is 94 pieces. The work is in a variety of media, from encaustic to painting, photography to ceramics.

The biggest challenge is how it will all fit into the gallery. The staff of the gallery was hoping to get by without any temporary walls. They are difficult to move, and the center of the gallery is being cleared for summer workshops. In the end, two temporary walls were installed.

The opening was a success, with more than 150 attending. Many of the guests intend to return to slowly examine each work, as it is often difficult to see everything within a crowded room.

The Larson Gallery Members’ Exhibition will have its final showing this week, closing at 5 p.m. Saturday. The Larson Gallery is free and open to the public.

• David Lynx is executive director of the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley College. Learn more at

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