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Last night was the opening of a show of large portraits of contemporary women leaders painted by Salem artist April Waters.  She’s been working on the paintings since 2006 when she began with a portrait of activist Cindy Sheehan after visiting Sheehan’s Texas encampment.  Each portrait is over six feet high and they are quite stunning as a set.  They look very good in the Mary Stuart Rogers Center corridor gallery at Willamette University, but you have to go outside to get a bit of perspective:

April gave an interesting commentary on the paintings and the process (here she is standing in front of Cindy Sheehan)

and then we took a look.  The show is up until May 16th and is well worth visiting (for information on hours and directions call 503-370-6855).