Author: Judith Walden

Quilt Show – Charles & Martha Brown House

    The historic Brown House will host a quilt show of local handcrafted quilts Friday and Saturday August 12 and 13th from 10am-3pm. Raffle tickets will be on sale for a beautiful quilt. Tickets are $3 each or 2 for $5. The drawing will be at the Brown House tea on October 22, 2016.  The house was built by Charles Enoch Brown in 1902-03, and is the most significant surviving Queen Anne in Stayton. The house was saved from destruction by the Santiam Heritage Foundation, and is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The show...

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Against Expectations: Art That Might Never Have Been Created

Random events can change everything.  If a painter named Jan Zach (1914-1986) hadn’t been working in New York when the Nazis invaded his native Czechoslovakia he may have never gone to Brazil, or moved to the Pacific Northwest where he  became a teacher at the University of Oregon. He would have missed the gorgeous plant life of Brazil, and the rough coasts and huge logs of British Columbia which had a defining effect on his work. He may never have met Russell Childers (1915-1998), or helped Childers’ work gain  widespread attention. Retrospectives of the work of these iconic northwest...

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For People and the Planet -Art, Environment, and Transformation

People don’t think of their glassware choices as either socially or ecologically conscious, but a  local business wants to change that.  I recently spoke to David Pluister, artist, teacher, father, and  entrepreneur who took time  to update me on the evolution of NuvoGlas. A few years ago, Pluister started NuvoGlas after reading about creating upcycled glassware by fire polishing cut bottles.  Pluister quickly realized that the process wouldn’t translate well to a high school classroom, but was struck by the possibilities for benefiting the local economy and environment. NuvoGlas was born in Pluister’s garage  with the dual goals of...

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They Came, They Saw, They Sketched

At 9am on the second Saturday of every month a group of local artists called the Salem Sketchers meet,  fan out, and draw for an hour.   At the end of the time, the artists regroup and share their drawings, frequently taking pictures to post to Facebook.  The group came together after a workshop at the Art Department when some of the participants were so inspired to continue sketching they organized monthly meet-ups. The Sketchers evolved into an informal, supportive group which is open to everyone who wants to sketch, regardless of  age or skill level.  The group lists...

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Bird by Bird, Art Talk, Community Art Show & “Save a Life Wear Bright at Night”

Bird by Bird River Gallery 184 S Main St. Independence 503-838-6171 Focus artist Christine Hannegan brings new work featuring Oregon birds. Hannegan works in oils and has been observing and painting birds for years. In her words; “ ‘Bird By Bird’ is a good description of my new work as well as my lifestyle. The most recent oil on canvas paintings are all about my garden and the bird visitors that I try to attract . My motives are simple,I hope that my paintings express some of the love I have for the birds in my garden.” Through July...

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Hot in the city

Would you like to have a fun evening out,  the chance to view and maybe purchase  wonderful art created by some of Salem’s talented artists, and feel great about supporting a valuable community resource?  If so, the second “All Fired Up For Art” benefit auction is for you! What would life be like without art?  Empty, dull, less civilized, less—human.  Art makes us better people. It gives a voice to feelings, engages our imaginations, and brings beauty, joy, and hope.  Wendy Steinberg, this year’s coordinator of Willamette Art Center’s “All Fired Up For Art” observes “there is almost nothing...

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