Author: Judith Walden

Beauty and Balance, Conflict and Creativity

Running a member owned gallery is a time consuming labor of love that requires balancing the needs of the member artists and consigners with the need to keep the gallery fresh and inviting to people so that they will keep coming back.  Currents, which has seven partner/owners as well as representing 65 other artists, has chosen to have five juried shows scattered through the year with carefully chosen themes designed to both inspire creativity and to be intriguing to visitors.  Their July show, “Yin/Yang Synergy of Opposites” is one of these.  Gallery partner Marlene Eichner describes their choice; “ancient...

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68th Annual Salem Art Fair & Festival July 21-23

The Art Fair is back, featuring live music, theatre and dance on two entertainment stages, two craft beer and wine gardens, more than 20 food booths, the Santiam Hospital Kids’ Court with family art activities, a plant sale and, of course, awesome ART.  Including 216 artists representing 20 states and two Canadian provinces, this long running favorite attracts more than 35,000 visitors and helps fund the Salem Art Association’s core programs.   Time: Fri 21st, 10am-7pm; Sat 22d, 10am-7pm; Sun 23d, 10am-5pm. Cost: $5 Day; $10 Three-Day Pass; $3 Youth Student on Saturday (with Student ID); FREE for Children...

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Rosalynn Rothstein: Ikebana Through July 31

Ikebana is the Japanese art form of floral arrangements.  For her work as Artist in Residence, Oregon artist  Rosalynn Rothstein will create an Ikebana installation in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center. Rothstein, who studied for 10 years at the Sogetsu school, plans to create a large-scale installation.  This is a rare opportunity for Salem art lovers to see something which is rarely done outside of Japan.  Rothstein holds an MA in Folklore from University of Oregon, and a BA in Comparative Literature from Grinnell College. Her art has been shown widely throughout Oregon.  Hours: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm; ...

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“Portraits” with Dean Hanson Through  August 26

The beauty of film, the unique personal nuances of its development, and the energy between subject and photographer are presented in Dean Hanson’s show “Portraits.”  He says, “This exhibition portrays people that have entered my life over the years… sometimes for a moment in time, sometimes becoming lifelong friends. John Singer Sargent once said, “Every time I paint a portrait, I lose a friend.” I am happy to say that I have made more friends than I have lost. Included in this exhibit are some of the photographs most loved by the subjects, as well as some of the...

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Upcycle Fashion July 8-August 26

A fun and imaginative meld of creativity, sustainability, and fashion, Upcycle Fashion is an exhibition showcasing garments created from repurposed, disposable materials. Materials may include cardboard, steel/tin, recycled fabric or clothing, aluminum, plastics, paper cartons, chipboard, newspaper, mixed papers (magazines, junk mail, and catalogs), paper bags, and more. This show both promotes visual arts and consumption alternatives, making our world more sustainable, more fashionable, and more fun. Hours: Tues-Fri, 10am-5pm; Sat-Sun, Noon-5pm. Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St. SE Bush Barn Art Center 600 Mission St. SE...

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An instrument, a sculpture, an interactive experience

Found object sculpture meets music with incoming Artist in Residence, Oregon composer, singer/songwriter, filmmaker, and artist Stephen Cohen, who is promising to design and create a “very, very big, playable string instrument using wood, metals and found objects” during his residency at Bush Barn Art center. The piece will then be available to view and play during the Salem Art Fair. Cohen started playing guitar in his teens. He performed professionally, recorded albums with his first band The Tree People, and earned a bachelors degree in art from the University of Oregon, where he began making music themed jewelry...

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Watercolor Society of Oregon Show at Elsinore Gallery Jul 5, 2017 – 5:00 PM – 8:00 PM

WSO, a 51-year-old statewide non-profit watercolor organization includes over 900 members. WSO has a long tradition of featuring many of Oregon’s finest water media painters, working in a broad spectrum of styles, and provides educational opportunities both for its members and others interested in the visual arts. The Traveling Show tours Oregon for five months at various locations around the state, and will be featured at the Elsinore Gallery through July.  The exhibit includes 20 pieces which were juried into WSO’s bi-annual Exhibitions by noted artist and juror Jeannie McGuire (AWS, PWS)  Hours: 9am-6pm, Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm, Sat; Closed Sun. ...

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Nicole Hoeft – Artist for the Month of June Through June

Abstract painter, Nicole Hoeft presents a show of mixed media paintings. Hoeft, an abstract artist lives in Salem. Her original works and prints are in private and corporate collections across the country including Seattle, New York, Dallas and San Francisco. She describes her work as a series of stories.  “Every painting has a story that reveals a small glimpse into a moment or period of life. Some works take days to complete, while others start and stop over weeks.”  Hoeft works with molding pastes, inks, acrylics, charcoals, oil mediums and glazes.  Hours: Mon-Thurs, 10am-6pm; Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; Sun,...

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July Art Workshops for Kids July 10-14

Registration deadline is July 6 for a fun series of kid’s workshops taught by some of Salem’s local artists.  Registration is available for individual classes, or for the entire five days at a discounted rate. Monday: Making Art in Multiples with Julie Jeanseau;  Tuesday: Aquatic Collage with Robin Cunningham;  Wednesday: Wonderful Windsocks with Jennifer Gimzewski; Thursday: Mini Sculptures with Nancy Kurz; Friday: Instrument Making with Stephen Cohen. Time: 2-4:30 pm. Age: 6-9years.  Registration: $25 Day | $100 Five-Day Descriptions and online registration: www.SalemArt.org/programs/annex/art-workshops.  The Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center  600 Mission St....

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River Gallery Buzzes Into Summer

While admitting they have a place in nature, many people’s reaction to bugs is a heartfelt EEEWWW!   River Gallery artist Carol Chapel has a different opinion. Chapel is fascinated by the intricacy of all parts of these tiny creatures that share our world.   She says, “Insects are so easily ignored, considered a nuisance, or smacked with a newspaper. They don’t get the appreciation they deserve for their beauty and place in our universe!”   She joins the June Focus Artist Anna Mallard and several other brave River Gallery partners and associates for “Bugging Out,” a wonderful, quirky, creepy,...

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Summer in the Valley Through  July 2

The Silverton Art Association Borland Art Gallery presents “Summer in the Valley,” an exhibit of outdoor summer themed artwork in any medium. This exhibit is in conjunction with the Lunaria Gallery and White Oak Gallery to promote artists in the local area.  Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am- Noon; Sat-Sun, Noon-4pm. Silverton  Art Association Borland Art Gallery  303 Coolidge Street 503...

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Changing Keys Through July 3

‘Changing Keys,’ is an exhibit of instrument parts transformed into furniture, folk art pieces, and jewelry. In the process of deconstructing two unusable pianos, artists Linda Jacobson and Genie Stewart acknowledge the craftsmanship required for the creation of the original instruments. Starting with two old, never to make music again, pianos and some miscellaneous extra pieces, the idea was to make a desk, a bar, and some tables. Projects evolve.  There are those things, and many random others inspired by the components themselves. The work started in October 2016.  Jacobson was especially drawn to the keys, while Stewart gravitated...

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“Shapes and Textures” by Kathleen Buck June 12-July 9

Award winning artist Kathleen Buck will be the featured artist at Currents in a show titled “Shapes and Textures.”   Buck is known for her watercolors and acrylics which incorporate textured collages to create depth in her paintings of animals and people.  Her new series of acrylic paintings explores bold shapes and textures. She loves creating abstract shapes and textures on the painting surface and then making the painting come alive with a recognizable story or subject. An opening reception is scheduled for  June 17, 5-8 pm, during McMinnville’s Art and Wine Walk.  Hours: Mon-Sat, June 17th, 10am-5pm; Sun,...

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Beauty Right Outside The Door

Through June and July The Governor’s Cup, always a supporter of Salem artists, will host the work of  Recinda Jeannine, a recent transplant from Los Angeles.  A photographer whose love of photography began at age nine when she was given her first camera, Jeannine characterizes her art schooling in photography as “purist, in the sense of the use of film.”  Much of her work was in black and white, and concentrated on people as subjects  in order to tell a story which generally revolved around emotion,  the human condition, love, angst, or the beauty of being human. Recently her...

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Reaching Out From the Inside-Inmate Art Show June 7-24

In June Elsinore’s Gallery 444 will feature an “Art For A Cause” benefit. Visions of Hope will be the primary beneficiary as well as the organizations being supported by the artists at Santiam Correctional in Salem.  This show features the work of Adults In Incarceration who are working as artists to support local and international charities.  A First Wednesday reception is scheduled from 5- 8pm. June 7 Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-5pm. Elsinore Gallery 444 Ferry St SE  503...

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Contemporary Abstraction Through June 24

This exhibit explores different approaches to contemporary, abstract art through the work of Julia Bradshaw (photography), Ellen George (sculpture) and Elizabeth Magee (painting).  Bradshaw creates topographical landscapes and geometric shapes from source-photographs that refer to the fore-edges and top-edges of paperback books.  George was born on Galveston Island, among her earliest memories are visions of tiny aquatic life, teeming in drops of Gulf water, collected and seen under the microscope in her parent’s laboratory, which continue to influence and inform her work to this day.  Magee’s paintings exist between culture and nature. By engaging with the histories of painting...

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Behind the Beyond: Psychedelic Posters and Fashion in San Francisco, 1966-71 June 3-August 27

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of “The Summer of Love,” this exhibition organized by artist Gary Westford and drawn from his extensive personal collection,  features more than 100 iconic posters, historic photographs, and related ephemera that highlight the development of the “psychedelic” art style. Included are twenty examples of clothing charting the influence of psychedelia on the worlds of both street and high fashion. The exhibition will also feature a light show by Bill Ham who created the revolutionary swirling backdrops to many legendary rock concerts of the time.  Hours: 10am-5pm,. Tues-Sat; 1-5pm. Sun;. Closed Mon. Hallie Ford...

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Share Your Dreams at “The Witness Tree”

We all dream, wish, and hope, but sometimes hopes are put on the back burner.  We all create as children, but sometimes as adults we forget that creativity.  Local artist Sepha Nisbet wants us put those hopes out in the universe and remember that creativity.  This is the focus of her teaching, her “Magic Brush” painting parties, and her series of Intentional Creativity collaborative art pieces called The Witness Tree Project, the third of which will be showing at Currents Gallery from May 15th through June 10.  For this piece, a large gold and copper swirled tree, reminiscent of...

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High School Art Mentorship Program Exhibit Through May 30

Salem Art Association’s High School Art Mentorship Program (HSAMP) is a unique program that provides creative high school students with professional development opportunities, including a one-on-one mentorship with a professional artist.  This year participating students are:  Katherine Benz, Emma Bjornsrud, Leah Borden, Emma Decker, Mitchel Garson, Monet Gaudette, Marie Heuberger, Samuel Hoskins, Paige King, Olivia Webster, Emma Wiseman, and Minna Zhou.  Mentors are: Sarah Bibbs, Paula Booth, Dayna Collins, Kelly James, Kristin Kuhns, Corrine Loomis Dietz, Rich McCloud, Heidi Preuss Grew, Jim Richards, and Rollie Wisbrock.  Enjoy an exhibition of the work of these talented young artists through May...

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Turned On!: American Blacklight Posters, 1967-71 May 13-Jul 16

In the late 1960s the blacklight poster industry took off in studios all over the country, but was primarily centered on the West Coast. Poster artists experimented by using printing inks that fluoresced under blacklight bulbs that emitted ultraviolet light, making posters that appeared to glow and magically radiate their own light.  Turned On!: American Blacklight Posters, 1967-71 offers viewers an opportunity to experience the fun of stepping into a 60s style blacklight room featuring 10 posters and an Op art dress.  This unique show was organized by artist Gary Westford and drawn from his personal collection.  Hours: 10am-5pm ...

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