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Reception for photo 'retoucher' Minthorn scheduled for Feb. 9 PENDLETON, Oregon - An artist who is seeing international success is making the 7,000 mile trip back to Pendleton in February to share photographic works that celebrate transformation and th e retouching process. The public is invited to a reception for Whitney Minthorn on Thursday, Feb. 9 from 5:30-7 p.m. at the Pendleton Center for the Arts. M inthor n i s a m u l t i - m e d i a a r t i s t whose past work includes printmaking, beadwork and photography. His photographic works have been displayed throughout th e n a tion, i n cl u d in g an exhibition at the Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian. He has served as an official media team member for the United Nations World Conference on Indigenous Peoples in Norway and New York, capturing portraits during the historic event. These days he's fascinated with using Photoshop as a tool to apply techniques that have been used in darkrooms since the beginning of photography in the early


1800's. He's currently working as a highend retoucher specializing in beauty, portrait and fashion. He spends a fair amount of time these days in Southeast Asia and his client list includes Dep, the Vietnamese editions of ELLE; Harper' s BAZAAR and L'Officiel, Men's Health Magazine in C h i n a , N a t i v e Peoples Magazine and Samsung. Instead of being focused solely on the finished product of his work, he's fascinated by the process. "I build layers on top of a photo dodging and burning (lightening and darkening) small areas until light distribution on a photo becomes even and free of distractions," he says. "I create an art piece by removing the base photograph leaving behind only dodge and bum layers which I then colorize." Minthorn is an enrolled member of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation and works with and promotes Native models. He studied painting at the Institute of A m erican I ndian Ar t s (IAIA) in Santa Fe, New Mexico, as well as fashion and textiles at Cambridge Regional College in England,

and holds a certificate in photography and digital manipulation from Oregon College of Art and Craft. In 2016 Minthorn was one of 34 artists selected by Portland2016 Biennial curator Michelle Grabner for an exhibit at one of the project's 25 partner venues. The Biennial was considered the largest and most comprehensive survey of Oregon art ever. In conjunction with the main exhibit, painting by Mark Thompson will be on

display in the Arts Center's Lorenzen Board Room Gallery. Both exhibits are supported by Cayuse Technologies with additional funding from the Wi l d h orse Foundation. The gallery is open Tuesday through Fridays, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from noon to 4 p.m. Admission is free to the general public. For more inf ormation, contact the Pendleton Center for the Arts at 541-2789201 or visit online,

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