VANCOUVER, Wash. — New gallery shows at Washington State University Vancouver will feature images by Michele McKeag Larsen and paintings by Ernest Lucier.

Beginning Dec. 30, digital images by Michele McKeag Larsen will be featured in the Student Services building gallery. Larsen, a Vancouver artist, discovered photography as a teen when her father gave her an Olympus OM-1. Many of her images are digitally altered and play with contrasts and colors. Although the subject of each piece is typically an “ordinary” object, Larsen’s creative alterations take the images into a surreal realm. The show will continue through the end of February.

In the Engineering Life Sciences building gallery, a collection of oils and watercolors by Camas artist Ernest Lucier will be installed Jan. 3 and on display through the end of February. Lucier’s work is greatly influenced by the folk art movement that prevailed in areas of New England. His colorful work reflects a simple, reflective style of painting that focuses on his childhood experiences on a farm in New England.

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. The galleries will be closed for the holidays Dec. 24-25 and Jan. 1. 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.

Editor’s Note: Scanned images from the Larsen exhibit are available by contacting Molly Parrish, WSU News Bureau,