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New art exhibit delivers poignant message

Susan Powers, the assistant Art Gallery director, discusses the art show When They Fall, They Always Make Noise in the Gretchen Schutte Art Gallery.

Susan Powers, the assistant Art Gallery director, discusses the art show When They Fall, They Always Make Noise in the Gretchen Schutte Art Gallery.

By Mike Boni – Photo By Mike Boni

Will there be blooming roses in our future?

Or are we headed for much trouble Afield?

This is the question Renee Couture asks in her exhibit When They Fall, They Always Make Noise, which is now on display at the Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery in Chemeketa’s Bldg. 3.

“It is about what type of stewards we can be regarding the earth,” Susan Powers, the assistant director of the gallery, said. “Is it that we take care of the ground, or how we use it for agriculture? Is it A field or Afield?”

What the display lacks in size, it seeks to make up for with poignancy. With wilted roses strewn on the floor, there is much to consider in this small but powerful display.

“I examine the pressures capitalism places on the environment and how those pressures manifest themselves within the ecosystem and one’s community,” Couture said. “I tend to treat both sides with a level of skepticism, critically wondering, ‘What is the truth?’ ”

Couture’s exhibit is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. The gallery is located on the ground floor of Bldg. 3.

For more information, call 503-399-2533.

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