The Journey's End National Art Exhibit opens to the public Friday, Nov. 11 at the Heritage Museum, 714 Exchange St.

The national juried fine art show features the work of 200 artists from across the nation. Works include a wide range of artistic interpretation of the land and people encountered by the renowned expedition expressed in paintings, sculpture, mixed media and photography.

Art aficionados can get a sneak peek at the exhibit from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 10. This affords people the opportunity to see and buy original art.

The exhibit opens with a grand reception from 5 to 9 p.m. Friday, starting with hors d'oeuvres and a no-host bar and the chance to vote on the People's Choice award. At 5:30 p.m., Clatsop County Historical Society Director Mac Burns, Astoria Mayor Willis Van Dusen and JENAE Chairman Erhard Gross will welcome attendees and introduce sculptor and show judge Stanley Wanlass.

Wanlass will speak about his sculpture, "Clark's Tree" - how he researched the tree, decided on the location and arrived at the design.

An additional event will take place from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday at the Holiday Inn Express, 204 W. Marine Drive, featuring additional art, Godiva chocolate desserts and a no-host bar. Gerard Baker, superintendent of Mount Rushmore National Memorial, will speak on "Oral Histories of the Mandan and Hidatsa About Lewis and Clark" and "The Future of Lewis and Clark." A Quick Draw event will follow Baker's presentation, and Astoria-Warrenton Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Skip Hauke will auction off artworks at 8 p.m.

With the 2005 focus of "... the country through which you shall pass..." (quoted from the letter of instructions from President Jefferson to Captain Meriwether Lewis), the Journey's End National Art Exhibit is open to the public at the Holiday Inn Express from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12 and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 13, and at the Heritage Museum from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays, Nov. 11 through 27. Admission to the Heritage Museum is $3.

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