CORVALLIS – Oregon State University's College of Agricultural Science will open its 26th annual Art About Agriculture touring exhibition in Corvallis at the LaSells Stewart Center’s Giustina Gallery beginning on March 17.

The exhibition, which runs through April 27, has a theme that comes from a phrase coined by Henry David Thoreau in Walden – "The Nick of Time."

This year's juried exhibit includes 53 works of art by 41 artists from Oregon and Washington. The artists' works are from many fine art media including acrylic, oil and watercolor paint, fiber, fused glass, wood engraving, linocut, wood block and etching, and photography.

"Many artists devoted their efforts to observing and recording the nature of time as it relates to the landscape – primarily the Pacific Northwest landscape – during the height of harvest season," said Shelley Curtis, curator of the annual exhibit.

After the Corvallis show, the 2008 Art about Agriculture exhibition will tour Oregon with stops scheduled as follows:

    • Madras, Art Adventure Gallery, May 2-30;
    • Baker City, Crossroads Art Center, June 6 to July 17;
    • Roseburg, the Umpqua Valley Arts Association, July 25 through Sept. 6.

The annual touring exhibit is sponsored by a partnership of the OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and the OSU Foundation. For more information, contact Curtis, curator and manager of OSU's Art About Agriculture, at 541-737-2662 or visit the website:

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Shelley Curtis,