Photography Talk Lecture Series

When we think of our favorite artist, regardless of medium (musician, sculptor, painter – doesn’t matter), their work is recognizable to us.  When we hear their beat, see their brushstroke – it resonates as their own.  That artist has a unique style and that is what we recognize.   Do you know your style?  Can you effectively communicate through your artwork?
The Salem Photo League is hosting the second presentation of “Photography Talk” lecture series, highlighting the work of art and landscape photographer Joel Zak.   Joel will explore how photographers express themselves artistically and how they can each develop their own unique style.
Joel is an award winning photographer residing in Salem.  He creates captivating images for business, residences, web sites, multimedia presentations and publications worldwide.  Visit to see more of Zak’s work.
Date & Time: Thursday evening, February 21, from 6:30-8:00pm, downtown at the IKE Box Coffee Shop, 299 Cottage Street NE.  There will be a door prize of a signed original print from the photographer.


“Tick Tock”
Call for Art

Red Raven Gallery invites established and emerging artists to submit artwork for an open, all media, juried show, entitled “Tick Tock.”  This is a show featuring functional clocks with an art twist for their first, of what will be, an annual event.  Entries are due Feb 21, 22, or 23 from 11:00-5:30pm.  Work will be exhibited at Red Raven Gallery, March 5th-30th.  Entry forms are available at Red Raven Gallery and online at


New Art Talk Show

“Talking About Art” is a new talk show on KMUZ 88.5 FM, hosted by Eric Wuest.  The show will focus on arts in the mid-Willamette Valley, where Wuest will talk with, and about, the people who make it.
The show airs every 2nd and 4th Friday from 8:30- 9:00am.  Next Show: February 8, with guest, Mary Lou Zeek of the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery in Salem.
For more information visit or like them at:


art listings

Oct 19 – Feb 11
Visual Artist applications for the 64th Annual Salem Art Fair & Festival are now available online ( Ranked 11th in the nation, the Salem Art Fair & Festival is the major fundraiser for the Salem Art Association. For more information contact Debbie Leahy, Director of Fundraising, at 503-581-2228 x 314. Bush Barn Art Center.

Jan 8 – Feb 16
The Last Supper, a thought-provoking series of painted plates illustrating final meal requests of death row inmates in the United States, The Last Supper installation project now consists of 500 plates. Artist Julie Green, an associate professor of art at Oregon State University, started the series in the early 2000s and intends to paint about 50 plates annually until the death penalty is abolished. Green said she sees the plates as a way to humanize individual inmates, and to bring home the gravity of the death penalty issue by the sheer number of plates she has created. She uses cobalt blue mineral paint on found and vintage tableware. Gallery hours: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m. The Arts Center.

Jan 11 – Feb 23
This exhibition in the A.N. Bush Gallery showcases the wide range of aesthetic and conceptual strategies employed by contemporary artists,  providing our community with an opportunity to encounter an eclectic and geographically diverse selection of art. The strength of the selected artists (from Oregon, Washington, Connecticut, Kansas, California, Ohio, Namibia and Finland) is the multiplicity of approaches to art making they represent. Working in different media, their art reflects differences in experience, temperament and style. Bush Barn Art Center

Jan 16 – Feb 11
Currents Gallery announces “Make it Red” January show that features the color red. Hours: Mon-Sat 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Currents Gallery

Jan 18 – Mar 16
This exhibition brings together Bush House Museum and 15 other local historical-cultural organizations for its When We Were Young: Childhood Around the Valley exhibition. This group exhibition will focus on the lives and other activities of children growing up in the Willamette Valley from the late 1800s through the 1940s. Bush House Museum will focus on Sally Bush’s photographs of children taken in the early 1900s at her family’s Victorian home in Bush’s Pasture Park. For more information, contact Ross Sutherland, Museum Director, at 503-363-4714. Willamette Heritage Center.

Jan 19 – Mar 24
Manuel Izquierdo was an important Portland sculptor and teacher. His steel, wood, and stone sculptures were based on mythological figures as well as abstract and biomorphic plant and animal forms. Organized by Professor Emeritus Roger Hull, the exhibition features over 50 sculptures and a wide range of works created during Izquierdo’s career. . A full-color monograph by Professor Hull will accompany the exhibition. Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Feb 1 – Feb 25
Chelsea Goin is a Silverton-based jewelry designer who specializes in one-of-a-kind necklaces, bracelets, and earrings. Her pieces include sophisticated pearls and semi-precious gem stones. Her current show was inspired by French Romance with sweet colors in the pinks, reds, and purples. All of her designs are elegant yet perfect for everyday wear. Lunaria Gallery.

Feb 1 – Feb 28
“Sacred Scraps” is a group show featuring  artists Tory Brokenshire, Stephanie Brockway, Shelly Caldwell, Jennifer Campbell, and Dayna Collins. These five northwest assemblage artists have come together and created an exhibit  showcasing their use of found, recycled, and discarded treasures. Raw materials, found objects, the tools they use, and unique finished pieces of art will be incorporated into the display. Hatfield Library,  Willamette University.

Feb 1 – Feb 28
As the featured artist for the month of February in the Camas Gallery’s Rental-Sales Program, Jennifer has taken the figure and brought it to life through progressive degrees of abstraction and heightened color. Her aim is to provoke the viewer into new and exciting responses to a form they see on a daily basis. Bush Barn Art Center.

Feb 2 – Feb 26
For the month of February, Keizer Art Association announces the Annual Photography Show. This is a juried show, open to all Oregon artists. Hours: Thursday & Friday, 2 p.m – 4 p.m.; Saturday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Keizer Art Association.

Feb 5 – Feb 28
Featured artists, Becki Trachsel-Hesedahl and Linda Jacobson, have come together to create “Art from the Heart,” Red Raven Gallery’s February show. Becky uses transparent watercolor to create juicy, luminous landscape close-ups. Linda Jacobson presents a larger world-view with unique textile designs that incorporate fabric, metal or gemstones to produce landscapes filled with color, texture and movement. The group- show, “Red Velvet,” incorporates work from Red Raven member artists. Both shows run February 5-28, with an opening reception on February 6, 5:00-8:00pm. Red Raven Gallery.

Feb 5 – Mar 2
If your childhood home could hear you, what would it say? It might have been an apartment in the big city, a farm down a country road, or rambling house with many kids and pets — there’s a place from our past that will stay with us forever. Home is a group show that asks artists to create a piece that salutes their childhood home or memory of living there. If only walls could talk. The Mary Lou Zeek Gallery will be presenting a group show of 25 artists who have started with a central theme of “Home”.  Opening reception will be Friday, February 8th from 7-9pm.  Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.

Feb 11 – Mar 16
Dieng has collaborated with VanHouten-Maldonado on “An Interactive Installation,” an exhibit that draws inspiration from a history of heroes and antiheroes in Mexico and Senegal. The exhibit examines the way history is represented in a contemporary context in the information age. Viewers are asked to interact with the work using a provided lens, in order to investigate cultural history and ethnicity using contemporary tools. A clash of digital and analog cultures determines a hybrid aesthetic of history and ethnicity, the artists say. Artist Reception Feb 16 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Linfield College.

Feb 8
A special after hours event hosted by Lunaria artists to help guys pick out a Valentine gift for that special person in their life. We’ll have “personal shoppers” on hand to help you select that perfect gift as well as complimentary gift wrap.  We have also implemented  ”wish lists,” where anyone can visit the gallery and record what art or jewelry they would love to receive. Men’s Night Out will be Friday, February 8, 6-9 pm. Light refreshments will be served. 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Lunaria Gallery.

Feb 12
Docents provide a guided tour of the “Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal” exhibition each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Hallie Ford Museum of Art.

Feb 16
Join Gallery Director Catherine Alexander for a family-friendly tour of the contemporary art exhibition currently on view in the A.N. Bush Gallery. This exhibit of eclectic works representing a variety of media, subjects and styles—has been curated by Andries Fourie, Associate Professor of Art at Willamette University. Bush Barn Art Center.

Feb 17
Join Oregon printmaker George Johanson and Professor Emeritus Roger Hull as they discuss Manuel Izquierdo’s prints. Johanson will show his film on Oregon printmakers, which includes a segment on Izquierdo. 2:00 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Hallie Ford Museum.

Feb 19
Docents provide a guided tour of the “Manuel Izquierdo: Myth, Nature and Renewal” exhibition each Tuesday at 12:30 p.m. Hallie Ford Museum of Art.


Bush Barn Art Center
600 Mission St, Salem
(503) 481-2228

Currents Gallery
532 NE Third Street, McMinnville
(503) 435-1316

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
700 State Street, Salem
(503) 370-6855

Keizer Art Association
980 Chemawa Rd NE, Keizer
(503) 390-3010

Linfield College
900 SE Baker St,  McMinnville
(503) 883-2200

Lunaria Gallery
113 North Water Street, Silverton
(503) 873-7734

Mary Lou Zeek Gallery
335 State Street, Salem
(503) 581-3229

Red Raven Gallery
440 Ferry St., Salem
(503) 798-9973

Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial Street SE, Salem

The Arts Center
700 S.W. Madison Ave, Corvallis
(541) 754-1551

Willamette Heritage Center at The Mill
1313 Mill St SE, Salem
(503) 585-7012

Willamette University
900 State St., Salem
(503) 370-6300


Keizer Art Association
“Around the World”
Entries Due: February 27, 3-7pm

2013 Silverton Fine Arts Festival Poster Contest
Entries Due: March 15