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March First Thursday – is Spring on the Way?

March First Thursday at the Broadway Gallery, Thursday, March 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm, with music by John Crocker and delicious snacks by gallery artists.  

We hope our March First Thursday celebration is a symbol of spring, much like the crocus heads beginning to emerge from winter’s sleep. In late February we endured an onslaught of weather, from snow to rain to sunshine, almost as if Mother Nature couldn’t make up her mind!  

Broadside by Joe Green

Letterpress Printed Broadside by Joe & Marquita Green

  Featured artists this month bring diversity to the walls of our gallery. Joe and Marquita Green are showing Letterpress Poetry Broadsides which showcase Joe’s (and other poets) poetry and Marquita’s wood and linocut prints.  

A Broadside is a combination of relief printing and letterpress printing developed in the fifteenth century for royal proclamations and official notices. Today they are the intersection between literature and art, according to 23 Sandy Gallery, where Joe and Marquita displayed a selection of Broadsides in October 2009.  

Until recently, you could also see Broadsides in the hallway of Main Building at Lower Columbia College. The simple yet elegant display encouraged people to stop, pause, read and process; creating a welcome respite between classes.  

More about Joe Green’s poetry.
More about Marquita Green.  

Photography by Mike Rees

Yucca Plant by Mike Rees

 Mike Rees has been taking photographs since shortly after WWII, when he attended school in London, England. Back then he worked mainly with 4 x 5 format negatives in black-and-white. He’s exhibited in England and the Pacific Northwest and lives alongside the scenic Columbia River at Skamokawa, a place of inspiring natural beauty. He’s familiar with color as well, as you’ll see in his collection of Larger than Life photographs printed with archival inks.  

Jewelry by Vicki Brigden

New jewelry by Vicki Brigden

Gallery Artist Vicki Brigden’s new jewelry creations sparkle with combinations of Northwest blue, turqoises and greens. They showcase her love of combining colors and textures into wearable pieces of art. Her work can be seen year-round at the gallery. It’s worth it to see the way she brings different materials, colors and textures together.  

More about Vicki’s jewelry.  

You’re invited to meet and greet the artists at First Thursday, and we hope you enjoy all of the artworks on display at the gallery. This show runs through the end of March, 2011. Be sure to check out upcoming events and mark your calendar!  

Other March First Thursday events in downtown Longview include gallery artist Marisa Mercure’s first-ever showing of paintings on tile at Lord & McCord Gallery, Mariposa Paintings by Shirley at Teagues Gallery, and wine tasting at The Bistro featuring Reverly wine. All are located within easy walking distance of the gallery.

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