Author: Judith Walden

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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EARL NEWMAN AT RIVER GALLERY Through October

Harvard graduate, teacher, and iconic poster artist Earl Newman is  featured at River Gallery during October.  The internationally known artist has created silk screened images for the Monterey Jazz festival for 50 years, as well as posters for the Oregon Shakespeare festival, the OSU theater department, and the Oregon Coast Aquarium.  Some of his work is part of the Smithsonian’s permanent collection.  Newman is also a 40 year Oregon Country Fair vendor.  His philosophy: be accessible, engage people, and have affordable art. River Gallery  184 Main Street,  Independence 503 838 6171...

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“IT’S SEW FINE” October 10 – November 13

Fabric Artist Marlene Eichner makes  one-of-a-kind wall hangings, pillows, purses and screens that show a whimsical sense of color and design.  Her fabrics are high quality with many being her own hand dyed and printed work.  The styles range from highly abstract to complete realism, using applique, free-hand machine embroidery, and mosaic and quilt piecing.  An opening reception is scheduled for  Sat. Oct 15, during the Art Walk, and the show runs through Nov 13.  Hours: Monday – Saturday, 10am – 5 pm, Sunday 11am – 3pm  Currents Gallery 532 NE Third St., McMinnville...

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WILLAMETTE ART CENTER 10 YEAR CELEBRATION October 22

Join  Willamette Art Center (WAC) as they celebrate their 10th year of operation with an open house from 12-4 pm on Saturday the 22nd.  There will be refreshments, demonstrations and tours.   The first president of the board, Sue Schroeder and the current president, Ed Daly will cut the cake at 1:00 pm.  Ceramic artist  Wendy Steinberg will be engaging visitors in creating a collaborative sculpture.    Willamette Art Center Oaks Gallery  2330 17th St. NE ...

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PAN AT SAA October 16-30

Print Arts Northwest (PAN) is a nonprofit organization of professional printmakers who advocate the art of printmaking by providing exhibitions, professional development and educational programs that promote the creation, appreciation and collection of original artists’ prints.  A showing of 28 prints from PAN artists will be in the Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center during October.  Works in intaglio, relief, monotype and silkscreen are represented.  Exhibiting artists include: Jules Altfas, Kristine Blodget, Lise Drost, Dennis Floyd, Jan Fowler, Kristin Kohl, Liv Rainey-Smith and Ann Truax.   A panel discussion with PAN artists titled “The Nature of Prints” is...

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Art for Safety Awareness: A Community Effort

What do the Salem Police Department, Roth’s Markets, bicycle shops, and local artists have in common?  Interest in making Salem safer for everyone.  It was this goal that prompted Britta Franz and Lorraine Dye, the artistic dynamo behind last summer’s fun and colorful “Bus Shelter Paint In,” to organize this summer’s volunteer safety awareness poster contest. The “Save a Life WEAR BRIGHT AT NIGHT” poster contest was free and open to all ages. The goal was to raise awareness and encourage safe behavior during the summer when people are out later and children are out of school.   In...

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The Annex Grand (Re)Opening & Fine Art Friday

September 23  5:15-8:00 pm The Annex at the Bush Barn Art Center is reopening at a special event featuring a temporary exhibition titled  “looking forward: LOOKING BACK,“ which includes audio interviews and art from past SAA artists. Art by Andrew Myers, Eric Tautkus and Chris Casarez will also be on view. The Re-Opening is the culmination of a five year Access Art Project fundraising campaign and eight months of extensive renovations, including an elevator connecting to the Bush Barn’s second-floor gallery, and  other improvements making both buildings compliant with Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards for accessibility.  Bush Barn...

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Spencer Reynolds: Pacific Drift

September 17, 24, and October 1 The High St. Gallery, Salem’s newest art space committed to showcasing artists and serving as a creative outlet for the community is proud to announce a solo art show featuring Brookings artist and gallery owner Spencer Reynolds.  Reynolds’ art reflects the majestic and mysterious beauty of his hometown’s landscape in southern Oregon. He says “I cannot escape the ocean’s deep influence on my art. It weaves itself into everything I create.” A reception is set for Sept 17, 5:30-8:30pm. Hours: Thurs-Fri. 12-5pm; Sat. 5:30-8:30pm.  The High St. Gallery  700 High St. NE, Suite...

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Strange and Wonderful: American Folk Art from the Willem and Diane Volkersz Collection

September 17 – December 22  The world and art of 32 “outsider” artists from across the country is highlighted in this exhibit. The term “outsider” art was coined to refer to contemporary folk art created by self-taught artists from outside the mainstream art scene. Many were the children of sharecroppers and former slaves and tended to live in rural areas and lack formal education. Most started their artistic careers late in life and used ordinary material to create their artwork.  Willem and Diane Volkersz, became intrigued with the storytelling and narrative aspects of outsider art and began collecting in...

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