Nourish & Sustain Exhibition at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery-Updated

Article in the Statesman Journal, "Canned Art" by Barbara Curtin, January 24, 2010 (the above piece is in the accompanying slide show)
Show Date: Tuesday, February 2nd – Saturday, February 27th, 2010
Opening reception: First Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010 5-7pm.

SALEM, ORE — For the 7th consecutive year, during the month of February, the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery will be presenting their annual 100 Artists Show.  Benefiting the Marion-Polk Food Share, the theme of this year’s show is “Nourish & Sustain” and appropriately, the 100 participating artists were each sent a large empty food can through the mail and were asked to use this as their starting point for their piece of art.  Each can was sent “as is”, and was not packaged or boxed, but rather processed directly by the postal service firsthand.  The stamps and addresses on the cans remain a part of the artwork for identification and for evidence of the actual mailing. Each artist, starting with the exact same object, has had over three months to transform, build, infuse, reduce, paint or reinvent the can into their own unique work of art. 

The exhibit will open on Tuesday, February 2nd at 10:00 am pacific time.  The public will be invited to bid on their favorite artwork via a silent auction that will run through Friday, February 26th at 5:30 pm pacific time.  Beginning bids are $50.00 with minimum increments of $5.00 and a maximum purchase price of $300.  The entire show will be posted online at  Bids can be made in person at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery or by calling 503-581-3229.