• The Allison Inn & Spa Launched 2nd Annual Pacific Northwest Sculptors Exhibition

    POSTED August 11, 2014

Now through March 2015, the award-winning Allison Inn & Spa, located in Oregon’s Willamette Valley, will be presenting their second annual Pacific Northwest Sculptors Exhibition. In partnership with ART Elements Gallery and the Pacific Northwest Sculptors organization, the exhibition displays nearly 30 fine art sculptures from local artists throughout the Pacific Northwest.

“The display reflects The Allison’s continued commitment to supporting local artists, which began with the creation of the Art of The Allison collection featuring over 500 works of art throughout the property by 100 local artists,” said Pierre Zreik, managing director of The Allison Inn & Spa. “The family has a long tradition of supporting the arts in their home state, and this passion resonates both in and out of our resort.”

Most of the displayed pieces were purchased directly from local artists that had responded to an invitation to submit work to a selection committee. Selections were made by The Allison’s owner, the late Joan Austin, her daughter Loni Parrish, son Ken and his wife Celia. Other works were acquired from Oregon art galleries.

From Ryan Beard’s Outside In sculpture (which demonstrates the art of managing steel), to Shelley S. Curtiss’ wildlife bronzes, guests are treated to a diverse group of pieces. Featured pieces include everything from fiber to glass. Whether it is sculptures, wood, photography or paintings, the exhibition intends to showcase the natural beauty and bounty of the state of Oregon.

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