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    New COCC art exhibition features abstract nature paintings

    BEND, Ore. (KTVZ) — A collection of abstract paintings and drawings by artist and poet Cheri Lee Helfenstein, titled “Early Spring in the Mist,” is showing at Central Oregon Community College’s Barber Library Rotunda Gallery Feb. 6 to April 7, with a reception from 4-5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 9.

    The Barber Library is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Fridays and noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Visit for library hours.

    “Over the years, I’ve been captured by the joyful freedom of abstract expressionism, especially when seen in nature,” said the Bend-based artist, a former COCC library staffer and art instructor involved in the establishment of the library’s Rotunda Gallery.

    “In the simplicity of nature there is perfection but not all of nature is perfect. As a keen observer of nature, I find that I…

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