Author: Judith Walden

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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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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