Author: Judith Walden

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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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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