Author: Judith Walden

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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Memories in Abstraction: Kathryn Cellerini Moore and Hilary Norton  

Through December 31 Artist Kathryn Cellerini Moore’s Wizard of Oz-inspired work and Hilary Norton’s encaustic art, made by a process of melting wax, will be displayed at The Arts Center through Dec. 31. This exhibit is a perfect opportunity to see the creativity and talent of local Oregon artists, while also prompting visitors to reflect on questions like: How are moments reconstructed in the memory? How do the places one lives shape who they are? What does the act of creating teach us about ourselves?  Hours: Tuesday-Saturday, noon-5p.m. Corrine Woodman Gallery  The Arts Center  700 SW Madison, Corvallis  1-541-754-1551...

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Progression: Idea to Art

Through December 14 The Barn Gallery at Corban welcomes the Skyline Artists Salon for our winter show called Progression. Each artist has explored this theme from the idea of a working artists professional progression, to a specific art works progression from an idea to art.  Show features the work of Ann Kresge, Julie Jeanseau, Cynthia Herron, Barbara Hunter, Diane Trevett, Margo McCafferty, Glenda Goodrich and Linda West. Please check website for holiday hours  The Barn Gallery 5000 Dearpark Drive The Barn Gallery, building #36 ...

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Young At Art

Through December Located in downtown Salem, Young At Art features a beaded jewelry area, craft items, and several options for painting at a reasonable cost, providing a fun way for people of all ages to explore their creative impulses.  For December,  3 kid friendly instructor-guided painting classes are offered. Created on a 11”x14” canvas with acrylic paint they include:  Dec. 21 10am-11:30am  Northern Lights with Bear: Ages 7+ (Including Adults); Dec. 21  3:30pm-5pm  Glittery Snowman: Ages 6+ (Including Adults); Dec. 22  10am-12pm Icy Unicorn (Ages 7-14) Register online. Limited spaces. Young At Art also offers open studio and painting...

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A Yearly Pop of Color

Every year when the rain and grey skies get oppressive, Salem is treated to a wonderful splash of color courtesy of Artists in Action and a host of local artists.  “Something Red,” AiA’s much loved signature show, is back for its 14th year, bringing us a chance to celebrate the work of some of our most talented local artists, and enjoy Salem’s only formal artwalk. This year there are 14 merchants hosting “Something Red” artwork. The 2015 show brought 135 pieces by 77 artists, and a similar turnout is expected  this year. “Something Red” is a juried show, with ...

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The High St. Gallery / Volume 1. A Group Art Show / Opening Reception

December  3 The High St. Gallery is pleased to present Volume 1. A Group Art Show in what will be the first group exhibition at Salem’s newest contemporary gallery. Artists Include: Nic & Sloy/Art Brewer/Richard Thompson/Julian Smith/Scott Patt/C.R. Stecyk III./Tom Cramer/Peter Halasz/Trevor Graves/Josh Tobey The High St. Gallery will be hosting scheduled Saturday evening open gallery events from Dec. 3, 2016 – Jan. 28, 2017 5:30-8:30pm. The gallery is open Thurs-Fri noon-5pm.  The High St. Gallery. 700 High St. NE Suite 180...

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Art From the Heart 5th Annual Art Among Friends Show

December 7 Come enjoy a very special art show by members of  Among Friends Respite and Time With Friends Programs.  These artists are people with dementia who, through the program, are able to express creativity through art.   With encouragement from facilitators and one another, the artists gain confidence in trying something new. In addition to expanding their ability to think creatively, the social aspect of the group helps decrease isolation, stress, and depression, and helps them feel a greater sense of control, accomplishment, and self-esteem.  There will be entertainment and light refreshments. Time: 4-6pm  Center 50+  2615 Portland...

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“Drawing Off the Page”

December 6-January 4 December focus artist Richard Bunse teaches drawing classes and manages a life drawing studio for local artists and students at the gallery. His drawings and watercolors have illustrated many national sporting magazines, including the fine press limited edition of the Diaries of Rodrick Haig-Brown.  Bunse’s  show “Drawing Off the Page” challenges us all to see art existing outside of the frame.  Beauty found in the unique and unexpected . . .and with a bit of fun in the mix.  Hours: Tues-Sat, 11am-5pm. River Gallery  184 S Main St., Independence ...

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Brand New and Not Just for Christmas

Six years is a long time to wait for something, but in the case of the newly opened Annex at Bush Barn Art Center, the wait is definitely worth it. With the grand opening in September, the elevator and other improvements bring the Art Center into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.    Prior to the installation of the elevator, the upstairs Gallery at the Art Center was inaccessible to people with certain disabilities.  Updating the building to appropriate standards for accessibility was complicated by the fact that the Art Center is on the...

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Empty Bowls

November 19-20 The Willamette Art Center  presents its 10th annual Empty Bowls sales event. All proceeds go to Marion Polk Food Share to benefit the hungry.   Empty Bowls are perfect hand made Holiday gifts. All bowls are fired with food safe glazes, dated and marked “Empty Bowls.”  Some patrons consider them to be collectables and return annually to pick out a new bowl. This year the sale is on November 19 from 9-5 and November 20 from noon-4. There are approximately 1400 Empty Bowls crafted by the WAC potter volunteers each year, but come early because they sell...

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Give the Gift of Art

November 14-January 15 Currents  yearly Holiday Show features an imaginative and diverse selection of art including  paintings, paper cutting & carving, pottery, mosaics, prints, fiber art and jewelry as well as glass, clay, wood and metal sculpture, lanterns and musical instruments. New in the gallery will be book folded art as wall hangings or table art. Two receptions are scheduled for the show; Nov. 19th, and Dec. 17th  from 5 PM to 8PM during McMinnville’s  Art & Wine Walk.   Hours:  Mon-Sat, 10am-5 pm;  Sun. 11am-3pm Currents Gallery  532 NE Third St., McMinnville  503-435-1316 ...

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Late Bloomer

Through November Lunaria’s loft show features guest artist Musa Jaman, a Pacific Northwest native who now lives in Portland.   Many of her oil and pastel paintings are in a large format, emphasizing color, line and contrast, taking the familiar flower subjects into a completely different view than is usually presented.  She  refers to her latest body of work as abstract organics.  It incorporates an approach of creating an alternative perspective on familiar subjects.  She explains that living close to nature has helped form her approach to creating imagery and  exploring the connection between nature, science, and art. Hours:...

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The Art of Necessity

Pottery is made of earth, formed by hands, and transformed by fire.  It represents dualities.  It can be everyday vessels or beautiful sculpture.  It can last for centuries or be broken by a careless bump. It is one of the things that made civilization possible, and something we barely notice. The exhibit “Figure and Form: African Ceramics from the Keith Achepohl Collection,” brings us something unusual in gallery offerings; unique, innovative,  powerful pieces which are also humble, functional, and created by mostly anonymous, mostly female artisans.  An emeritus professor of printmaking from the University of Iowa, Keith Achepohl  collected...

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BLACK, WHITE & GRAY GALA

November 5-29 The Black White and Gray show is one of Keizer Art Association’s most anticipated events. Each year talented local artists are challenged to create works which are entirely done in black, white and/or gray, including any frame or matting.  The subject is left to the individual artist, and all media are welcomed.  This year’s show runs through Nov. 29th with a reception scheduled from 3-6pm Nov. 5th and includes awards, refreshments, a raffle, and a great social time. Everyone dresses in their finest Black, White and Gray, with lots of sparkles thrown in. Hours: Thur-Fri, 1-4pm Sat,...

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ANNUAL ART IN MINIATURE SHOW

November 2-26 Back and bigger than ever,this year the Elsinore Gallery’s Annual Art In Miniature Show includes over 20 artists participating. Each original will be 12 x 12 or smaller and range from wildlife to landscape and floral subjects. Artists include Brent Allen, Lee Bogle, Dan Bourdet, Susan Bourdet, Vicki Brink, Carolyn Canoy, Suzanne Denning, Craig Ericksen, Jody Farley, Barbara Folawn, Airi Foote, Becki Hesedahl, Robin Humelbaugh, Jens Lerback, Rob Mullen and more. A reception is scheduled for First Wednesday, Nov 2nd from 5-8pm.  Hours: 9am-6 pm. Mon-Fri; 10am-5pm. Sat.  Elsinore Gallery 444 Ferry St SE 503 581-4642 ...

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SAQA REGIONAL: BLENDING POETRY AND CLOTH

Through December 24 Blending Poetry and Cloth is a traveling showing of art quilts created by members of SAQA, an international non-profit organization dedicated to promoting the art quilt and the artists who create them. . Blending Poetry and Cloth entries required that the artist reference a piece of poetry, a song or a quotation in creating their composition. Poetry and art have been inextricably linked for as long as they have both been in existence – one illuminating the other and requiring the use of multiple senses.   The juried show consists of 35 art quilts which are...

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New Space, New Opportunities: A Dream Realized

People who checked out the “Spencer Reynolds: Pacific Drift”  show which opened on September. 17th are aware that Salem is lucky enough to have a new art venue.   The High Street Gallery is the newest venture of artist and designer Michael Hernandez.   Hernandez, who holds a degree in  Art & Design from Cal Poly University, spent over 20 years living in Portland  working for Nike. He was active in  the Portland art community, showing his paintings in solo and group shows.  Three years ago he started his own design consultancy,  The Bruin Co., as the beginning of...

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