Author: Judith Walden

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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Artist Fair May 27-28 

Celebrate the holiday weekend surrounded by beautiful flowers and amazing art, as  Schreiner’s Iris Garden again hosts its yearly art fair. Artists from around the valley, many who return yearly to paint in the display gardens, gather to show and sell their creations.  Iris themed work will abound.  Artisan wines will be available.  Come enjoy the flowers and catch up with your favorite local artists.  Artists are scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, most stay through Monday. Cost: Free. Time 10:00am-6:00pm  Schreiner’s Iris Garden,  3625 Quinaby Road...

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Arts and Flowers: Staying Relevant in a Changing Market

Selling art in a small market when people worry about shrinking incomes, and when online venues continue to take bigger bites of the pie, is a challenge. How does a gallery remain fresh, attract customers, and showcase it’s artists in the best way possible?  In the case of Elsinore Framing & Fine Art, a longstanding staple of downtown Salem’s business and art community, the answer is to be creative and evolve with the changing times. In the words of general manager Brent Allen.  “The Elsinore Framing & Fine Art is working hard to become one of Salem’s premiere galleries...

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“A Spotlight on Associates” May 2-27

River Gallery  presents their yearly show highlighting the work of the Associate Partners. This collection of unique and original art  encompasses a wide variety of styles and media.  The Gallery states that “Their creative energy and support are important to the success and future of our gallery and the arts in our communities.”  A reception is set for May 6th, from 6-8pm.  River Gallery’s associates are: Dan Wenger,  Dean Hanson,  Deb Wallig,  Dorene Steggell, Ginny Gibson, James Hockenhull,  Jeff Hess,  Jo Hockenhull,  John DeVoe,  Michelle Oldenkamp (Jula Girls Jewelry), Laurie Chambreau,  Nathelle Norfleet,  Pam Serra-Wenz,  Rich Bergeman,  William Shumway....

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Artist-in-Residence: Kai River Blevins May 1-31

During their residency, Kai River Blevins will be working on a chapbook exploring the intersections of gender, sexuality, mental health, and whiteness. Kai uses a mixture of traditional and experimental syntax and forms to manifest the critical perspectives which are often silenced by our society. Their work examines how we produce knowledge, construct/interpret our realities, (re)create and resist privilege and oppression, and negotiate (our) morals through the body. Kai will also be teaching a community workshop engaging gender and sexuality norms through creative writing. Kai often facilitates trainings and workshops around LGBTQ issues and activism at venues ranging from...

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“Random Small Pieces” May 3-29

The main level show entitled “Random Small Pieces,” was created by May featured artists Pamela Edwards and Elaine Tan. For this exhibit, Edwards and Tan have designed and created unique works using randomly chosen small stones, rocks, gems, pearls, seed pods, and glass, tile, and found metal bits. Tan’s jewelry designs are bold, asymmetrical, and organic, combining color, texture and contrast to bring out the natural beauty of imperfection, while Edwards concentrates on stunning mosaics that evoke a sense of mystery and intrigue, using techniques that are fresh and evolving.  An artists’ reception is scheduled for First Friday, May...

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Greater Than The Sum Of Our Parts; An Idea, A Show, The Memory Of A Friend

Gestalt means “unified whole.” It refers to theories of visual perception developed in the 1920s which attempt to describe how people tend to organize visual elements into groups or unified wholes.  In short it is the concept that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. For the newest show at High Street Galley, local artist and gallery owner Michael Hernandez started with an idea for a show featuring the work of several artists in a way that embodies the concept of Gestalt.  The participating artists work in a variety of media.  Hernandez explains that his staging...

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Aliferous: having wings Through May 1

For the month of April, Lunaria’s main gallery features paintings by Lori Rodrigues, and new work by jeweler, Helen Nute Wiens. Together they present their show titled, “Aliferous: having wings”. Although she has been working in watercolor and acrylics, for this show Rodrigues has revisited the use of conte crayon, mixed media, pencil, and pen-and-ink. She also gives a nod to the show theme with her own touch of fantasy involving wings. Jewelry artist Helen Wiens’ work for the show combines the warmth of etched and fold-formed copper with glass, cement, and porcelain. Hours:11am-5pm  Lunaria Gallery 113 N Water...

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Celilo Falls – The Center of the Universe: One Place and its struggle between sacred and secular power Through May 5

Six Native American artists celebrate the presence of art and culture along the Columbia River and the traditional fishing, trading, cultural, and spiritual center of Celilo Falls.  Artworks by Lillian Pitt, James Lavadour, Pat Courtney Gold, Ed Edmo, Toma Villa, and Ka’ila Farrell-Smith comment on the significance of Celilo Falls and the enduring culture of the people of the river.  Related events: Stories of Celilo Falls told by Ed Edmo, Shoshone-Banncok storyteller May 3rd, 1:00-4:00; Chemeketa Makes with Ka’ila Farrell-Smith, a community art making event making healing flags and a large installation artwork. The Gretchen Schuette Art Gallery  Chemeketa Community College  4000 Lancaster Drive NE...

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April Focus Artist Andrea Peyton Through April

River gallery presents the quirky, diverse, humorous and empowered world of focus artist Andrea Peyton. Known for her ceramic sculptures: dogs with attitude, the faces of women, and most recently, totem sculptures, Peyton’s work is inspired by her diverse interests, her joy in her chosen medium, and a wry sense of humor. She uses a variety of media including ceramics, glass, mosaic, and has recently added assemblage and collage to her repertoire. She is drawn to the tactility of different materials-their character and the way they interact. Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. River Gallery 184 S Main St. Independence...

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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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