Hanford Reach Interpretive Center seeking art to display

By Sara Schilling, Tri-City HeraldMarch 16, 2014 

Hanford Reach Interior

Nick Rodriguez of D9 Contractors in Kennewick recently works in the entryway of the new building of the Hanford Reach Interpretive Center. The center is seeking local visual artists to create pieces for display when it opens in July.

BOB BRAWDY — Tri-City Herald Buy Photo

Local artists are invited to submit pieces for possible display at the new Hanford Reach Interpretive Center.

The pieces should have themes focusing on the Hanford Reach or related topics, such as the Ige Age Floods, Native American tribes of the Columbia River Plateau, early settlers, the Grand Coulee Dam and agriculture.

Artists 18 and older who live within 100 miles of the Tri-Cities are eligible to submit up to five works. The deadline is April 15.

Selected pieces will be displayed for up to six months.

The initiative, called The Reach Through Art, is "a nice way of showcasing our community and our artists," said Cathleen Williams, tour and event coordinator for the Reach center.

Reach leaders also are holding a T-shirt design contest, with the winning design displayed on a Reach T-shirt for a year. The winner also will get a one-year membership and $100.

Deadline for that contest is April 11.

The center is set to open in July at the west end of Columbia Park. It will include two galleries, a multipurpose room, a DVD viewing room, a store, an entry hall overlooking the Columbia River and two outdoor stages, among other features.

Examples of art pieces sought include paintings, photos, sculptures, pottery, carvings and glasswork. Artists may use traditional or nontraditional materials, or a mix.

Only original pieces may be submitted.

Representatives from the Reach Center, Allied Arts Association, Washington State University Tri-Cities and Columbia Basin College will make the selections.

The T-shirt contest is open to people 16 and older. The design should capture the essence of the Reach. "We want visitors and locals who fall in love with the Reach to see your T-shirt design and say, 'That's awesome. I get it.'" according to the entry form.

To learn more about the T-shirt contest, e-mail diannam@visitthereach.org or call the Reach office at 943-4100.

For more detailed information about the art submission requirements and process, go to www.alliedartsrichland.org or call the Reach office.

-- Sara Schilling: 582-1529; sschilling@tricityherald.com; Twitter: @saraTCHerald

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