More than 150 pieces of art express beauty, make cultural connections and raise awareness about the effects of trauma

Middle and high school students across Clackamas County are using more than 150 pieces of art to express beauty, make cultural connections and raise awareness about the effects of trauma.COURTESY PHOTO: CESD - 'Abdulah' by Molalla High School junior Morgan Bem??is being sent to Nigeria as part of the nonprofit Memory Project, which aims to make cross-cultural connections through art.

“Abdulah,” a portrait by Molalla High School junior Morgan Bem , is being sent to Nigeria as part of the nonprofit Memory Project, which aims to make cross-cultural connections through art.

Clackamas High School senior Helen Lendzioszek’s piece in acrylic paint and colored pencil challenges the idea that childhood trauma goes away as you grow older.

Childhood trauma, Lendzioszek said, “grows and morphs into different things as you grow.”

Dozens of regional student artists will also be using their talents to compete for scholarships. These students representing school districts throughout the county are putting their pieces on display March 28 in

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Staff photo / R. Michael Semple
Adam and Asha Gregory of Warren view artwork in a variety of mediums during Saturday’s opening reception of Spring on Park, a nature-themed art show, hosted by the Fine Arts Council of Trumbull County and the Lotus Art Center. The show features 109 pieces from about 50 artists and runs through the end of the month at the Art on Park building downtown.

A special reception will be held Feb. 25, 4-6 p.m., for the current art gallery show, “But I guess I’m already there,” at the Winona County History Center. Explore the show and the notions of home through March 6. It is free to view and much of the art is for sale.

Home is flimsy and firm. Home silly and clumsy. Home is a cage, but home is where we want to be. “But I guess I’m already there” is an art show curated by Roger Boulay, assistant professor of photography and gallery coordinator at Winona State University. The group show features work by Izel Vargas, Kathleen Hawkes, Alessandra Sulpy, James Wade, Chris Rackley, and Jonathan Thunder.

This exhibition explores notions of home as something contested and unstable, despite desires for it to be secure and constant. Through different materials and representational strategies, the five artists in this exhibition treat

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