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Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art Opening Two New Exhibits

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The Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art is home to two new exhibits which opened Thursday night. One exhibit features the striking collection of watercolors and cut paper works of Emily Nell Yellow Bird. 

"I'm very excited about my exhibit. Its called The Many Charms of Nature - 'Chust fer Fancy'. I am Pennsylvania Dutch, and I have incorporated this theme into the pieces that you see. There are 19 (artworks) in all. I work in water color and paper cut as my ancestors did," said Yellow Bird. 

Yellow Bird described some of her favorite pieces and how much they meant to her. She said she is very influenced by her roots, and she explained how she put special meaning into her work. 

"I came to a point where I had asked myself: 'How are my paintings unique?' I couldn't answer myself. I wanted them to be unique, so I set out on my quest to learn more about my ancestors and my roots. I learned about my ancestors and being Pennsylvania Dutch, actually Pennsylvania German. We have German folk art and German paper cutting. Researching that and talking to elders, I have learned more and, of course, I will keep learning. I incorporate all of the things I learn into my pieces and, of course, the things that are special to me, like the King Fisher," Yellow Bird said.

The other exhibit is a collaboration of artwork by Robert Tomlinson accompanied by the poetry of Standard Schaefer and other poets. Both of the artists are native to Oregon, but Tomlinson said the paintings in this exhibit where inspired during a three month visit to Montana. 

Both of these exhibits are on display at the museum until December.
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