VANCOUVER, Wash. — New gallery shows at Washington State University Vancouver feature art by Polish orphans and works from the NW Print Council.

Through Dec. 27, paintings and drawings by children from the Bęc Gallery at the Demptowo Orphanage in Gdynia, Poland, are on display in the Student Services building gallery. The Galeria Bęc is part of the Dom Dziecka, or “Children’s Home,” in Gdynia, a port on the Baltic Sea and Gulf of Danzig.

The exhibition is “a collection of hearts, characters, attitudes and needs and because of its extent, openness and diversity…gathers all that are in need as well as those willing to share their time and ideas.” The pieces on display are courtesy of the Seattle-Gdynia Sister City Association.

The NW Print Council show includes original prints from 12 different NWPC artists and will be on display through the end of December. An original print is a work of art intended for reproduction. The works in this exhibition are each the product of the artist’s hand, from inception through the completion of either hand printing or the use of an etching or lithography press. Featured works include stone lithograph, linoleum relief, etching, engraving on copperplate, photogravure, monotype, and monoprint.

The NWPC supports contemporary printmaking by promoting the practice, appreciation, and collection of original prints through exhibitions and educational programs. Founded 21 years ago by a group of professors from regional institutions, the NWPC currently boasts membership of more than 150 artists from Oregon, Washington, Alaska, Idaho, Hawaii, Montana, Alberta and British Columbia.

Both galleries are open during building hours — Monday through Thursday,
8 a.m. to 9 p.m. and Friday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gallery exhibits at WSU Vancouver are coordinated by the Office of Campus Advancement. WSU Vancouver is located at 14204 NE Salmon Creek Avenue. For more information call (360)546-9600.