Nelson Sandgren: An Artist’s Life

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art

700 State St. 

503 370 6855

May 14-July 17

Corvallis Oregon artist and teacher Nelson Sandgren (1917-2006) created art in three primary media—watercolor, oil, and lithography.  His decades long career gained him viewers across the Pacific Northwest, up and down the West Coast, in museum exhibitions nationwide, and in gallery shows in Europe.  A concise retrospective exhibition of the paintings and prints of this important local artist will be on view at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art through July 17.  Organized by Professor Emeritus and Senior Faculty Curator Roger Hull, Nelson Sandgren: An Artist’s Life features 33 works of art drawn from public and private collections throughout the region. The exhibition is accompanied by a full color, hardcover book with an extensive essay by Professor Hull that places Sandgren’s work within the broader context of American and modern art.


Keizer Heritage 

Center Museum 

and Keizer Community Library

980 Chemawa Road NE


503 390-2370 

Keizer Heritage Museum features rotating displays to showing collections on loan from people in the local community. The current collection is the Legos Exhibit,  which showcases a Lego set donated by a local Keizer couple. The display includes original creations by the collectors, contemporary takes on the old Lego themes, and in the Library, a Lego Robotics display and awards from the Summers’ participation in Oregon Robotics Tournament Outreach Program’s First Lego League. Stop by, check out this interesting collection and view Legos in a completely new light. The display runs through June 30. Free. Museum hours: Tues-Thurs, 2-4 pm; Sat 10am-4pm.


A to Z Alphabet Show

Currents Gallery

532 NE Third St.  


503 435 1316

Currents Gallery presents a show celebrating literacy and the joy and beauty of the written language.  This is a juried show open to all Oregon artists in any media.  The  pieces depict one or more alphabet letters, in any language, in the artist’s own style and medium.  The show opens May 17, and runs  through June 13.  An opening reception is scheduled during McMinnville’s Art and Wine Walk on May 21st, 5-8 pm.


Chloe Raymond & Totem Shriver

Camas Gallery

Bush Barn Art Center

600 Mission St. SE  


May 7-June 25 

The abstract woodcarvings of Chloe Raymond

and Totem Shriver are featured at Bush Barn’s Camas Gallery through June 25th.  Raymond, who lives and works in Bend Oregon, uses the organic qualities in the wood juxtaposed with geometric forms to create her pieces. Her current body of work revolves around the theme of time—as in both the conception of an idea, as well as the carving process itself. Totem Shriver,  an adjunct professor who teaches art foundation courses at Linfield College, focuses on providing a beautiful experience and a conduit for thought for his viewers, with a goal of  creating  “something simple and beautiful that will last for all time in someone’s mind as a special moment.”