MHCC’s Fireplace Gallery Features Western Art

Posted: January 16, 2014

Take a look at Mt. Hood Community College’s (MHCC) Fireplace Gallery during February and you might be inspired to read a Zane Grey novel, watch a Bonanza rerun or sign up to work at a dude ranch. In other words, you will be magically transported to the land and time of dusty trails, green pastures, roaming buffalo and, of course, horses and cowboys.

A Willing Heart

The featured artist, Elizabeth Zimmerman, uses western art to reflect on her life experiences as a sixth generation Oregonian. She describes herself as “horse- crazy little girl” who did not grow up on a ranch, but fell in love with her neighbor’s horses. She worked as a horse wrangler at summer camps in Oregon and New Mexico.

Zimmerman creates her watercolor paintings “while thinking about all the adventures and friends I’ve made through the years. There is a story behind each one,” says the artist, who earned a bachelor’s degree in fine art from Oregon College of Art and Craft in Portland, Ore.

Zimmerman’s exhibit, called “Adventure Awaits,” will run Feb. 4 – 27 in the Fireplace Gallery, located in the Student Union on the Gresham Campus, 26000 S.E. Stark St. The gallery is open Monday through Thursday, 8 a.m. – 7 p.m., and Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Parking on all MHCC campuses is free, no permit required. An artist’s reception will be held 5 – 7 p.m., Feb. 6 in the gallery. Admission is free and open to the public


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