Author: Judith Walden

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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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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