‘Chasing Paper’ opens at museum

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MOSES LAKE — Wenatchee artist Chad Yenney said his interest in collage reignited while doing some crafts with his kids. The opening reception was Friday for Yenney’s “Chasing Paper” exhibit at the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center.

Yenney starts with pages from old books and magazines, cutting apart and combining images, “things I think are cool-looking,” he said. Some images are enlarged, others built to three dimensions, still others layered in resin.

But in most cases he doesn’t manipulate the image except for the cutting and pasting — which is, he said, a lot different from his day job. As an audio engineer the options for manipulation can seem endless, he said. But when the glue is dry on a collaged image, that’s it. “It can be wrong, but it’s done at least. And that’s freeing to me.”

Most of the magazines and books he uses have sustained damage in some way, water stains or pages missing. Some he finds in recycle bins, he said, while others come from sale bins at thrift stores in major cities.

His experiments with collage date back to high school, he said, and he picked it back up while hanging out with his kids. There were only so many cartoons to watch, he said, so he started doing scrap-booking with them.

“Chasing Paper” will be on display through Oct. 4. It will be followed by “Justin Colt Beckman: Western Territory,” opening Oct. 11. Beckman uses what he calls “digital collage” to manipulate photographic images of Western subjects.

He’s interested in exploring urban and rural cultures, the differences, similarities and sometimes the clashes between them, he said.

Wildlife photographer Mark Peters, Ephrata, will exhibit “A Few Favorites” at the gallery, with the show running from Nov. 22 to Jan. 2. Admissions are being accepted for a children’s photography exhibit to be on display from Nov. 22 to Jan. 3.

Entries for “Fuzzy Friends in Focus” must feature animals. It’s open to children and youths 18 years of age and younger.

Kids can enter up to three photographs. Categories include Domestic Critters, Washington Wildlife and Exotic creatures. More information is available on the museum website.

“Uncorked” opens Jan 22 and is all about wine. It’s a juried show, and artists are encouraged to show how wine has inspired their art. Applications are available on the museum’s website.

Cheryl Schweizer can be reached via email at education@columbiabasinherald.com.

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