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“View from the Top,” by Susan Hood, hangs in the Rotunda Gallery of COCC’s Barber Library as part of a group exhibit of more than 60 paintings by the Plein Air Painters of Oregon.

If you haven’t been up College Way lately, Central Oregon Community College has a few exhibits up that might get you there.

At the Barber Library Rotunda Gallery, you’ll see more than 60 paintings by the Plein Air Painters of Oregon, titled “Plein Air to Studio — Oregon Landscapes,” which, you guessed it, includes both field and studio works, the latter category influenced by the artists’ experience in the outdoors. It’s up through Feb. 25 during library hours, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays (closed weekends).

Up the hill a bit more, Pence Pinckney Gallery is hosting its first in-person faculty art show since 2019. It features a stylistically wide-ranging exhibit of works by COCC instructors Paula Bullwinkel, Moe Carolin-Anderson, Bill Cravis, Karen Z. Ellis, Shin Yeon Jeon, Jason Lamb, Venus Nguyen, Isaac Peterson, Abney Wallace and Breezy Winters, on display through Feb. 4. Gallery hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday to Thursday, and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. For more info, contact wcravis@cocc.edu or 541-383-7513.

Finally, the Health Careers Center’s first-floor gallery is hosting “The River,” a 30-foot, seven-panel art installation by Virginia-based artist and art professor Barbara Crawford, through April 15.

“The concept of ‘The River’ is that nature is a fundamental element that connects all humankind to each other and to our world,” a press release quotes Crawford.

“This installation is a journey along a metaphorical river, through which the quality of our lives and our environment are enhanced. As we progress, the study and analysis of nature reveal parallels in science that lift us to new understandings about our home in the universe.”

The building is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit cocc.edu for more information.

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David Jasper is a reporter and assistant editor born and raised in Miami, Florida. He began his journalism career at the Weekly Planet, an alt-weekly in Tampa, before moving to Bend with his family in 2001.

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