Attend seven art openings in one night ... once again, it is Arts Night Out in Astoria.

Seven galleries featuring dozens of artists have coordinated the opening of new exhibits on one night as the gala opening event for the Astoria Community Festival, a celebration of the people, arts and culture of Astoria. This offering of art, music and fun takes place throughout Astoria from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

For Arts Night Out, each gallery will host an opening reception for exhibits showcasing local and regional artists. Dozens of artists will have new work featured. Participating galleries are: RiverSea Gallery, Pacific Rim Gallery, the Harrington Gallery, the Hair Gallery, Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery, the Compleat Photographer and AVA Gallery.

Arts fans can pick up an Arts Night Out guide and map at each of the participating venues and design their own tour, discover new art and listen to music while enjoying wine and refreshments along the way. The guide maps will be designed as Passports to Art, with event-goers collecting a stamp from each gallery on the tour. As a gesture of appreciation, all those who explore each of the seven participating galleries will be eligible to enter a drawing for gifts from each business involved.

Winners of the Arts Night Out gifts, totaling more than $400, will be announced at the Grand Prize Drawing to be held during the Magnolia Chamber Ensemble Concert at the Liberty Theater at 2 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 17. Prize winners need not be present at the drawing.

In June of this year Arts Night Out was resurrected by a group of local gallery and business owners, after a six-year dormancy, and a successful event was held, attended by many hundreds of people from throughout the region. The galleries involved recognize that regional art in all media is a powerful community builder and are committed to making it more accessible through planning events such as this one.

Gallery by galleryAlphabetical listing of participating galleries open from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15th. All receptions take place during this time period. Some of the listed galleries have additional, related events scheduled during the Astoria Community Festival weekend. Those known are listed here.

AVA Gallery, 108 10th St.; 440-3007The "Snap It Up Cash 'N' Carry Show" exhibit features new work by Ramey Holsman with her Princess Brat series, postcard sized mixed media pieces, as well as work by artists Sally Lackaff, Jessica Schleif, Mariah Manners, Darren Orange, Agnes Field, Roger Hayes, Cathy Nist and Margaret Thierry.

Clatsop Community College Art Center Gallery, 17th Street and Lexington Ave.; (503) 338-2473The faculty art show curated by William Ittman features work by artists Royal Nebeker, Richard Rowland, Greg van de Rostyne, Michael Hinton, Sonja May, Carol du Bosch, Roy Garrison, Jim Russell, Margaret Thierry, Iris Sullivan, Lucien Swerdloff. There will be a faculty panel discussion moderated by Carol Knutson at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 15.

The Compleat Photographer, 475 14th St.;

(503) 325-0759"The Two Michaels" exhibit features the work of regional photographers Michael Parker with "Looking at Two Towns," and Michael Mathers, "Architectural Photography of the Northwest."

The Hair Gallery, 1292 Commercial St.;

(503) 338-2988The Hair Gallery will feature an Astoria group show with local artists.

Harrington Gallery, 1296 Commercial St.;

(503) 338-5379The Harrington Gallery features fine art photography by Harvey Harrington and will introduce the "Northwest Harbor Series," with images of Oregon and Washington waterways.

Pacific Rim Gallery, No.1 12th St. Suite 102;

(503) 325-5450The Pacific Rim Gallery will feature paintings by artist Lisa Kaus who grew up in Warrenton. Kaus' latest series uses bold imagery to capture the country side setting. The show will run through Jan. 15.

RiverSea Gallery, 1160 Commercial St.;

(503) 325-1270The "Word & Hand Astoria" exhibit features three visual artists paired with three writers in a year-long collaboration. Artists and writers include Patricia Staton and Margo Voorheis Thompson, Brian Gard and Erin MacLeod and Michele Glazer and Steve Tilden. The Word and Hand Symposium is from 4 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. The featured artists and writers discuss the process and the results.

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