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By Brianna Wray
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Combine Art Collective

New artists, new work


January 23, 2020

Brianna Wray

The artist reception, held Jan. 10, included a well-curated selection of a wide variety of artworks.

WALLA WALLA-When artists join forces, good things happen for everybody. An example of this idea at work is Walla Walla's Combine Art Collective (CAC), a collaborative effort to exhibit and sell fine art in an approachable way.

Brianna Wray

Brandon Hallsted is one of the new artists whose work presents a unique take on sculpture. In Industrial, Hallsted uses aerosol and carved wood to create an undulating form that is both looming and whimsical.

Not only do fifteen artists benefit from the proximity of other creatives, their work can be exhibited and shared with a wider audience, increasing the likelihood of finding collectors, but the community gains a cultural hub and a lovely evening out.

Their most recent artist reception, held Jan. 10, introduced new artists: Tina Albro, Kathleen Casteel, Sheila Coe, Bonnie Zahn Griffith, Anne Haley, Brandon Hallsted, J&S Glassworks, Gary Meddaugh, Julie Miller, Jess Portas, Denise Shives, and Katherine Wildermuth.

CAC was created by founders Lauri Borer, Patty Gardner, Tricia Harding, Ann Hooper, Dianna Woolley, and Lynn Woolson. Artists themselves, they make an effort to share a wide variety of works to showcase and enhance the city's art scene.

Combine Art Collective is open Thursday through Sunday, 11 a.m.-6 p.m, located at 130 East Rose Street, #102. The gallery will host special events periodically. Find more information at or through their Facebook page.


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