It's as if the wood tells Ted Messing what it wants to be. Woodworker Bob Moyer says his job is to "get out of the way as much as possible and let the wood have the stage." Carver Brian Cameron likes "the wood to speak for itself."

Furniture and sculpture by these and other Oregon Coast woodworkers are featured in a new exhibit, "The Nature of Wood," at RiverSea Gallery, 1160 Commercial St. in Astoria, Saturday, March 29 through April 30. The opening reception is from 5 to 8 p.m. Saturday, March 29. Featured artists in the exhibit are Brian Cameron, Ted Messing, Bob Moyer, Kathleen Ryan and Scotty Steeves.

RiverSea Gallery presents five artists who allow the innate character of the wood to take center stage in their work. The exhibit combines whimsy and gravity, figurative and abstract, soft fabric and solid concrete, the beautiful and the useful. As disparate as the pieces are, they all display the artists' respect for their materials and craft.

RiverSea Gallery is open daily in Astoria's historic downtown. The gallery features contemporary North Coast and Northwest artists, with original fine art and fine craft in all media and distinctive designer jewelry. Regular business hours are 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday. For more information, call the gallery at (503) 325-1270.

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