Author: Judith Walden

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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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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