2017 CVG Show includes one-of-a-kind $80,000 rhino bust

“Rhino Bust” by Jeffro Uitto is one of 126 pieces of art on display at the 2017 CVG Show at the Collective Vision Gallery in Bremerton. The exhibit opens Jan. 21 and continues through Feb. 25. — Photo by Terryl Asla/ Kitsap News Group

BREMERTON — The 10th annual 2017 CVG Show opens Jan. 21 at Collective Visions Gallery, 331 Pacific Ave., Bremerton. The exhibit preview is from 11 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., when the CVG Gallery will close so the awards can be made. The gallery will then reopen a 7:30 p.m. for the opening night reception.

The professionally juried exhibit features 126 pieces by 120 artists from across the state. The work includes photography, paintings, sculpture, furniture and several steam-punk inspired projects.

Perhaps the most unique piece is “Rhino Bust” by Tokeland artist Jeffro Uitto. The life-size, realistic bust of a rhinoceros is constructed out of many, many small pieces of salvaged wood of every shape and texture. Gallery officials say Uitto told them it took him 10 years to collect just the right pieces to finish the work.

“Rhino Bust” is priced at $80,000, which is in line with what the artist’s work sells for in Taiwan, CVG officials said.

For more information about the show, the gallery and hours, go www.collectivevisions.com.

— Terryl Asla is a reporter for the Kitsap News Group. Contact him at tasla@soundpublishing.com