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In the Gallery Nook

Claire Dibble –
Connecting Source to Sea on the Columbia River

Exhibition: September – October, 2019
Opening Reception: October 4, 6-8pm (With a talk by the artist!)

Artist Statement/Bio:

Claire Dibble is an artist, photographer, and writer based in Golden, BC. Place is important to Claire, and she feels connected to several previous stomping grounds, including the coast of Maine, Chile, the Tetons, and Kauai. Travel, adventure, and exploring new parts are the things that get her going.

Claire will be traveling the length of the Columbia River in summer 2019, kayaking from source to sea over a period of 3 months as part of her Watershed Moments project.

Watershed Moments is a solo paddling expedition and social-engagement art project that will cover all 2000 kilometers (1243 miles) of the Columbia River between the source near her home in Golden, British Columbia to the sea beyond Astoria, Oregon. Start date of July 1, 2019.

At the core of this pursuit is the intention to connect people to one another despite apparent differences, to connect viewers of the final work to the land and watershed, and to raise awareness of the very real issues related to this river in the midst of the renegotiations of the Columbia River Treaty.

“I’m not using this project to champion a single issue, though there are many I could choose. Rather, I plan to engage and connect with communities and landscapes as I travel, allowing my artistic works to form an inclusive portrait of the river and its people in 2019.”

Columbia Center for the Arts is thrilled to display photographs taken along Claire’s journey down the Columbia River.  She will send photos as she goes that will be added to the collection in The Nook.

Be sure to join us for First Friday on October 4th, when Claire will give a talk about her incredible Watershed Moment: Connecting Source to Sea on the Columbia River.

All of the 2019 Gallery Exhibits are generously sponsored by Cathedral Ridge Winery and Windermere Realty