Author: Judith Walden

October Basket Month September 27-November 5

October features three outstanding basket artists: Carol Horvath, Mariana Mace, and Vivian Byers, dedicated to the history and traditions associated with their particular area of interest. All three collect most or all of their own materials, and do the processing, dying and storing of each – a labor intensive process, but one which helps connect them to the final pieces. Associated activities through the month include: Carol Horvath window show; basket talk by Mariana Mace on basket identification and care;  basket classes by each of the artists. Hours: Tues-Sun 11am-5pm (Closed on Mon)  River Gallery 184 Main Street, Independence http://www.rivergalleryart.com  503 838...

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Where the Magic Happens: 2016 Willamette Valley Open Studio Tour

When we look at a piece of art, we wonder about the artist, how the piece came about, and what was the inspiration behind it. Sometimes we meet the artist and ask our questions, but rarely get a chance to see where the artist works. Now, after a two-year break, the Willamette Valley Open Studio Tour is returning. Sponsored by Artists in Action, 16 Marion and Polk County artists will open their studios to the public for a self-guided driving tour. Media include a wide variety of painting styles, drawing, photography, digital painting, metal, mixed media, and fiber. Items...

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Insight and Imagination Through Oct. 28

Presented in conjunction with the semi-permanent exhibit highlighting the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive, Insight & Imagination highlights the work of 23 of Salem’s current population talented artists. The show, which has been curated by Dayna Collins, includes artists of all ages and a range of media including  painting, textiles, assemblage, ceramics, book making, and photography.  The pieces represent the artist’s favorites, and have been selected from their private collections or borrowed from the collections of their admirers. An unusual addition to the display is artist sketchbooks and a sampling of their tools, giving viewers a glimpse of their creative...

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7th Annual  Fiber Arts Show Sept 12-Oct 9

This much-anticipated yearly event features the diverse talent and lush textiles of the Willamette Valley and beyond. The original fiber art includes wall pieces, art to wear, 3-D soft sculpture, and more made with wool, cotton or synthetics, either sewn, knitted, felted, painted, printed or by other unique processes.  This is a juried show open to Oregon artists. The show will run from Sept 12-Oct 9, with an opening reception scheduled for Sept 19 during McMinnville’s Art and Wine walk.   Currents Gallery 532 NE Third St. McMinnville 503 435 1316   http://www.currentsgallery.com   Hours: 10am-5pm Mon-Sat; 10am-2pm....

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“!Pura Vida!” Through Oct 3

“!Pura Vida!,” is an exhibit of Mesoamerican-inspired artwork by Silverton painter Lori Rodrigues and Salem  ceramicist Bruce Fontaine. The show includes  paintings  depicting the landscape, flora and fauna of Costa Rica and Yucatecan ruins as well as ceramic sculptures and vessels that draw from the iconography of indigenous cultures. Rodrigues’ mural projects can be seen in several Oregon State Parks, the city of Saint Paul, at the state fairgrounds, and in Silverton. Fontaine’s pottery forms and sculptures reflect influences from Yucatecan folk art and Mayan art, and  depict a range of human emotional experience, most notably humor and joy....

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Anton Povlenko Sept 10-Oct 22

A self-taught painter who copied paintings of masters in his youth, Anton Pavlenko immigrated to the US from the Ukraine with his family in 1990.  Taking up plein air painting later in life he describes his viewpoint and style, “For me, a good landscape painting is always born outdoors – out there in the elements. I focus less on capturing a visual snapshot and more on a dynamic observation which employs all my senses.”   His work has been featured in numerous publications and exhibitions and is in several private and public collections across the country.  Bush Barn Art...

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Art Up Close: Artisans’ Village At The State Fair

Tucked into the State Fair away from the games, rides, bright lights, corn dogs and swirly fries is a special place dedicated to another kind of fun.  Artisans’ Village highlights the skilled art/craft work of a selection of mostly Oregon based artists. For the last 9 years it has been facilitated by Willamette Art Center (WAC) which engages a small army of volunteers to help with the planning and coordination and works daily through the fair to help everything go smoothly for both artists and fair goers. Artisans’ Village is a popular destination in the fair for people who...

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Oregon State Fair, Aug. 26-Sept 5

Everyone knows about the  State Fair’s range of entertainment, animals,  concerts, carnival games, rides, exhibits and food. For art lovers there is also a broad range of creative work to enjoy. The Fair’s Creative Living area features 20 divisions dedicated to crafts and hobbies, with both juried competitions and exhibits of  collections.  Paper arts includes juried exhibits in various card making techniques, quilling, scrapbooking, and other paper focused arts. Fabric arts are represented by exhibits of needlework and clothing, quilting, spinning, and weaving. There is also the popular Fine Art, Photography, and Calligraphy exhibit, which attracts talented artists from...

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“Art Laundry” Three Years of Collaboration, Connection, and Ironing

Three years ago a pair of artists and long time friends got together to do a collaborative show and decided to….iron in public?  The experience was so much fun, and such a success they repeated it last year in Project Space. This year  “Art Laundry: Evidence of Life” will be staged in Compass Gallery from August 8-11, although the non-performance portion of the show, featuring drawings by Schneider, and Hull’s monoprints and quilts,  will be up from Aug 2-31. Who are these artists, and how does ironing relate to art? The artists are well known local painter, teacher and...

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Oregon Scenes – Salem Public Library Main Hall

    Seventeen landscape paintings by Salem artist John Eells depicting the Oregon coast, forests, mountains, Columbia River, eastern deserts and the Willamette Valley are on display at Salem Public Library through August. A variety of styles and media including oils, watercolors and acrylics are included. The mood of the paintings is mostly restful except for one revealing the Amtrak Coast Starlight roaring southward. Library hours: 10am-9pm. Tuesdays-Thursdays; 10am-6pm. Fridays and Saturdays; 1-5 pm. Sundays 585 Liberty St. SE...

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Homer Davenport Community Festival August 5-7, Coolidge-McClain City Park

  Silverton’s popular annual festival includes a line-up of family-friendly small-town activities including Homer’s Parade, 10-K Fun Run, annual Classic Car Cruise-In, the annual “Davenport Races,” and annual crafts fair, food court and music stage  Also, the Main Street Coffee and Bistro in partnership with the City of Silverton will host a special exhibition of eight original Davenport cartoons.  Davenport, a native Oregonian, had no formal art training but became one of the highest paid political cartoonists in the world. He is known for drawings satirizing Gilded  Age and Progressive Era figures. The cartoons, which date from 1894 through...

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“Can’t See the Forest for the Trees” – River Gallery

    River Gallery partner Dale Bunse, has created an installation piece  meant to explore the idea of altered space. Bunse, who is  known for graceful ceramic vessels featuring carved animals, is also an accomplished painter, focusing mainly on landscapes. With “Can’t See the Forest for the Trees,” Bunse challenged to himself to “create an environment that will hold the attention of the viewer who is used to 30 second sound bites and flashing images.”  Visitors can experience Bunse’s creation  through the month of August. Hours: Tues-Sat 11am-5pm. http://www.rivergalleryart.com 184 Main St. Independence...

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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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