Author: Judith Walden

Upcycling to Awesome -One Life at a Time, One Bottle at a Time

Last summer I wrote about NuvoGlas, a small business started by teacher and artist David Pluister, creating upcycled fire polished and etched glassware from used bottles with the goals of helping the environment by reducing the glass that ends up in landfills, and helping the community by providing employment and training for homeless people.   At the time of the last story,  Pluister was about to launch a crowdfunding platform aimed at getting capital to move the business out of his garage.  After an election that has given us an administration with little interest in climate and ecological  issues, ...

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Design and Substance by Tyvoll and Winner Through  April 9

Currents Gallery displaying together for first time, the works of Blenda Tyvoll and Maria Winner.   Tyvoll’s  favorite way to paint is to scrape, add layers, glaze and stamp the surfaces in order to achieve unique texture.  Winner gains inspiration from travel.   As a fiber artist, she continually challenges herself with each piece to find what fibers capture a texture; what colors will bring it to life; what stitches reflect design, movement or shape?  An opening reception is scheduled for March 18 from 5-8pm during McMinnville’s Art & Wine Walk.  Hours: Mon-Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun, 11am-3pm. Currents Gallery 532 NE Third Street McMinnville 503-435-1316...

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Draw Near Through April 22

Internationally known artist Heidi Preuss Grew lives in Salem and teaches drawing and sculpture at Chemeketa Community College.  Her artwork straddles real and fictional worlds.  “Draw Near” features sculptures that combine animal and human features.   Preuss Grew has been featured in numerous solo and group exhibitions in the United States, Asia, and Europe. A two-time Oregon Arts Commission Artist Fellowship recipient, she was elected into the International Academy of Ceramics in 2007.  She has participated in international symposia, residencies, and exchanges in multiple countries.  A reception is scheduled for Fri. March 17 from 5:30-7:30pm. Hours: Tue.-Fri., 10 am-5...

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Open Painting Studio Mondays

The Willamette Art Center on the Oregon State Fairgrounds is Salem’s only community art center for hands on activities, with a primary focus of ceramics.  The on-site gallery will now be open to painters on Mondays for a weekly creative and social break.  Painters of all mediums will enjoy setting aside time to work on individual creative projects while socializing with other artists. Bring lunch, art supplies, and join other artists in the Oaks Gallery!  Time: 10am-6pm  Cost:  $7 for 1 day or $30 for members; $8 for 1 day or $35 for 5 days for non-members.  Willamette Art...

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Paint What’s in Your Heart

Sometimes we make art. Sometimes we promote art. Sometimes we teach and mentor. Sometimes, like local painter Becki Trachsel-Hesedahl, we do it all. Trachsel-Hesedahl, known for her luminous translucent watercolors, gorgeous florals, and occasional quirky forays into collage, is featured artist at Elsinore Gallery during March. The show, “There is a Season — In Life and Nature,” is comprised of her new work. As she prepared for the show, the theme, which was originally based on the biblical quote “for everything there is a season,” actually evolved into its current form. She cites nature and people as inspirations for...

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Cherry Blossom Art Show Through April 29

In conjunction with the Cherry Blossom festival, which will be held this year on the 3d Saturday in March, Artists in Action and CCTV are holding a Cherry Blossom Art Show.  This show will feature work in a variety of media by AiA members.  CCTV is also hosting one of the Parasols commissioned by the Oregon State Capitol for the Festival. These Parasols have been painted by AiA members and will be displayed by merchants throughout downtown Salem. Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 11am-9pm; Saturday 11am-7pm; Sunday-Monday, Closed. Capital Community Television  575 Trade Street SE 503...

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Floral Impressions March 3-31

Lunaria’s main gallery treats visitors to “Floral Impressions”  featuring works by artists  Jane Castelan Buccola and Robert Fox. In her new floral abstracts, Castelan Buccola uses the form of the flower to convey color and mood in a style that is both lively and expressive. As a nod to spring, Fox follows suit with a botanical theme for his work. He has created a kaleidoscope of delicate and unique floral forms. Each piece is hand blown of borosilicate glass in his Salem, Oregon studio. Opening reception is Friday, March 3, 7-9pm.  Hours: 11am-5pm Lunaria Gallery, 113 Water St. Silverton ...

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Young Artists’ Showcase March 11-April 22

Now in its eighth year, the Young Artists’ Showcase exhibits the artwork of hundreds of students from Marion, Polk, and Yamhill counties.  In addition to participating schools, SAA accepts up to two hundred works of art from individual K—12 students in the three-county area on a first-come-first-served basis.   A reception and awards ceremony is scheduled for Saturday, March 11, from noon-3pm. Hours: Tue.-Fri., 10 am-5 pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 pm. Closed Monday.  Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St. SE ...

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Stronger Together: Images from the Women’s March in Salem March 12-28

In response to the local community’s current political and social atmosphere, this exhibit, curated by Barry Shapiro, looks at the Women’s March in Salem through the eyes of two photographers who use their cameras to regularly document daily life. Diane Beals and Greg Zurbrugg cast their trained eyes at an important local event. They found the uplifting strength of commitment and community. Their images capture and preserve this worldwide day of solidarity as it happened in Oregon’s capitol city. Hours: Tue.-Fri., 10 am-5 pm; Sat.-Sun., noon-5 pm. Closed Monday.  The Annex Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St. SE ...

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“Everything Starts With Drawing”—A look into one artist’s process

Do you love studio tours?  Many people do.  It is a chance to see where “the magic happens” and get a  look at the creative space of a favorite artist.  Unfortunately, most artists clean up, shine up, de-clutter, and generally make their space attractive for the tour.  You see the space, but not the process.  Salem Art Association’s Artist-in-Residence program (AIR) lets visitors  actually see the process.  In 2010 SAA decided to dedicate former classroom space for an artist in residence.  Since then The Annex and the printing studio have been enlarged and remodeled.   For artists, this program...

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RON WOLF PHOTOGRAPHY SHOW Through February

The Barn Gallery and Maker Space at Corban University is one of the area’s newest art venues. This month it will play host to the latest work of popular local photographer Ron Wolf, who is known for his use of striking color and eye catching composition. Wolf’s photography catches images of the wild places where most of us don’t go, and sometimes the surprising bits of hidden wildness that are right around the corner. His use of metal print for his pieces gives his colors a new level of luminosity. The gallery is open during the Barn’s open table...

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KITSUKE: THE ART OF WEARING KIMONO GALLERY EXHIBIT Through May 17

Translated simply as a thing to wear, the kimono is so much more! Once everyday wear for everyone in Japan, the Kimono remains a traditional costume used for special occasions.  Characterized by exacting workmanship and hand sewing, each garment is an individual work of art. Come explore the art and craftsmanship of this iconic Japanese garment and learn the secrets of kitsuke. The exhibit was guest curated by Mako Hayashi-Mayfield with support from Kathy Andreas, Gretchen Coppedge, Takako Elting (Traditions by Takako), Misao Sundahl, Akiko Suzuki. Terry Baxter, Takako Masuyama, Hiroko Newman, and Susan Turner.  Hours: Mon-Fri, 10am-3pm. World...

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Off the Safe Path

We were all beginners once.  We all started following the rules, learning and perfecting the skills to create in our media. We all hope to become “good,”  and achieve a point where we use the media to express our creative view instead of just “making stuff.”  How do we get there?  Do we follow the safe, well-defined path or branch off into uncharted territory and maybe crash and burn?  Do we follow accepted norms or experiment with something new and different? Maybe we do both, like ceramic artist Anne Hirondelle, whose show “Small Revolutions” at Hallie Ford Gallery is...

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Lunaria Gallery Collaborative Shows February 3-26

For February Lunaria artists present two collaborative shows.  In the main floor exhibit, Love is in the Air, while upstairs in the loft exhibit you can find  Fire and Ice. All gallery members will bring in work that they feel fits the themes. The loft show includes works that deal with warm and cool colors and subject matter that relates to temperature relationships and extremes. Love is in the Air will showcase work that has to do with love and Valentine’s day.  An opening reception is scheduled for First Friday Feb. 3, from  7-9 pm.  Hours: 11am-5pm Lunaria Gallery,...

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Art Talk  “Passion, Painting and Poetry” February 7

Poet and performer  Addyse Lane Palagyi,  will give an interactive presentation where she will discuss how to combine the passion of  painting and poetry within one project. Guests will be provided with materials to create abstract paintings based around Addyse’s published poetry, which she will read aloud. Addyse has been a Professor of Theatre, and has taught at six major American universities. She has also been an arts advocate abroad in Russia, China, Mexico, Hungary, and Ukraine. As a performer, she has made stage appearances from New York to Los Angeles, including benefits such as Jimmy Carter’s Habitat for...

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Exciting New Work from Established Artists February 13- March 12

This show  features five of Current’s especially gifted artists.  Victor Guschov, Rosemarie Caffarelli and Debby Denno are painters and illustrators whose work ranges from highly stylized and abstract to traditional landscape and cityscape. Gerard Brehm and Dave Hanson both work in three-dimensional mediums.  This show promises to be elegant and inviting; the diverse subjects and mediums complementing each other in a coherent, appealing display.  An opening reception is scheduled for Saturday. Feb. 18th from 5-8pm during McMinnville’s Art and Wine Walk. Hours: Monday-Saturday, 10am-5 pm; Sunday 11am-3pm  Currents Gallery 532 NE Third Street McMinnville 503-435-1316...

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Rights, Expression, Controversy: The Importance of Protecting Expression That Makes Us Uncomfortable

The Last Judgment, on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel  was censored.  After Michelangelo’s death one of his students was commissioned to paint draperies over the “offensive” nudity of many of the figures. Continuing prudery and damage to the original underlying painting have retained the draperies through restorations, and the only image of the original work is a copy by Marcello Venusti, commissioned in 1549 by Cardinal  Alessandro Farnese, who feared the original would to be destroyed.    So why am I talking about censorship in a space usually devoted to showcasing  local art and artists? Because an incident...

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Wild Women 2017 January 17-February 28

The start of a new year and once again, River Gallery brings you a reason to celebrate: Wild Women 2017.  This year’s theme “Goddesses, Divas and Crones”  has our artists thinking and creating in all manner of directions.  An opening night reception is set for Saturday, January 28th, from 6pm to 9pm, giving you a chance to meet the artists with their creations, wander our wonderful town of Independence and sample the restaurants, and enjoy refreshment and music at the gallery.   A great way to lighten up the new...

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Of the Body: Recent Work by Willamette University Students Jan 21, 2017 – All Day

Of the Body is a group exhibition curated by Cayla Skillin-Brauchle that meditates on physical, social, societal, and personal aspects of the human body. Art in the exhibition spans a variety of media including: video art, drawing, animation, mixed media, and more. All work has been made by current undergraduate Art Majors in the Willamette University Art Department. Exhibiting artists for this exhibition include: Nastja Nykaza, Ant Proctor, Molly Austin, Thea Phillips, Genevieve Lawrence and Clarice Benz.  Hours: Tuesday-Friday, 10 am-5pm;  Saturday-Sunday,  Noon-5pm. Bush Barn Art Center  600 Mission St. SE (weekly Tuesday through Sunday until Feb...

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The Salem Public Library Foundation’s inaugural Salem Reads: One Book; One Community Program -Through February

In this event a book is chosen that has special interest to the community. Local artists are invited to interpret the author’s work.  Salem Public Library will exhibit the work during  February.  An opening  reception is scheduled for Tuesday, January 31st from 5:30-7:00pm. “Spare Parts” by Joshua Davis was chosen to be the first. An underdog story about four undocumented Mexican-American teenagers from Phoenix who form a robotics team, and with $800, used car parts and a dream, they build an underwater robot that wins the national robotics competition. On Tuesday, February 21 there will be a talk by...

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