A Glimpse at Humanity by Jessica Holder
Aug
13
to Nov 2

A Glimpse at Humanity by Jessica Holder

Community Gallery


About the Artist:

Jessica Holder is a recent graduate from George Fox University with a degree in Cinematography and Photography.  She grew up in New Jersey and California with hopes of building a creative career after college.   Now settled in Oregon, she is pursuing Photography and desires to travel around the world capturing different people and cultures.  Holder still practices her degree with Cinematography and plans to incorporate documentary filmmaking in her future travels and career.  This will be her first Photography exhibition to portray her style and further her dream of capturing more faces.

Artist Statement:

“My artwork in style is very simplistic and consists of a short depth of focus and a vision between abstract and personal.  I am inspired to photograph people by each of their unique stories and the challenge of interpreting them visually.  The concept of this series is to find the Beauty in Everyday. I search for a story behind every face, thus began the journey of photographing the people closest to me: to create something more out of the people I interact with.  What I found was differences, laughter and a whole lot of heart and part of my dream is showcasing it to a wider audience.

In tandem with the Gallery showing, I will be hosting a Community Portrait event at the Chehalem Cultural Center on September 14th in hopes of capturing stories from a wider group of people.  Though I began with the people closest to me, I hope to find new faces in the surrounding area to tell a broader story of Newberg’s culture.”

Check out more of Jessica’s work www.jessicaholder.com

Artist Reception: Friday October 4, 5:00-8:00pm


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Art Harvest Studio Tours Exhibition
Sep
4
to Oct 26

Art Harvest Studio Tours Exhibition

Parrish Gallery


Each year, in cooperation with the Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County, the Chehalem Cultural Center proudly exhibits works from participating artists in a single curated exhibition. Start planning your tour by first viewing selections of each artist's work gathered in one place here at the CCC.

We encourage everyone to support Local Artists by purchasing original artwork.

You can also buy your buttons here at the CCC to go on the tour! 

Join us for a reception on September 13, 6-8pm


Studio Tours: October 4, 5 & 6 and 11, 12 & 13, 2019, 10am-5pm

Bittle: Gold Leaves Gluskoter: Pottery Kraft: Somewhere Sires: DundeeVineyards

2019 Artists:
Marilyn Affolter
Jennifer Bencharsky
Michael Bittle
Maggie Bowman
Dan Bowyer
Kathleen Buck
Gary Buhler
Benita Cole
Evonne Cramer
Wes Cropper
Jeanne Cuddeford
Eve Dellavalle
James Dowlen
Dorothy Eshleman
Reetsie Fuller
Charles Gluskoter
Jennifer Rose Harlow Smith
Jim Hayes
Bonnie J. Borschowa-Hickerson
Sherry Howk
Ralph Kraft
Natalia Novikoff
Adele O’Neal
Alana Pass
Dawn Severdia
Teresa Shelton
Ted Simon
Donna Sires
Peter Snow
Bradley Speer
Kathy Thompson
Steve Tyree
Toni Tyree
Vikki Wetle
Tracy Lee White
Linda Workman-Morelli




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Cosmos Marinas by Roberto Orán
Sep
17
to Nov 2

Cosmos Marinas by Roberto Orán

Grand Lobby


Artist Statement:

The theme “Cosmos Marinus” represents the beauty and harmony of marine life. I view myself as a painter and sculptor rather than a potter. However, in the last couple of years, I have enjoyed experimenting with clay. 

The idea behind these creatures is to create a conscious awareness about our marine ecosystem, which is at risk of extinction due to pollution and overfishing. We may not have the opportunity to discover all species in the oceans, but in this exhibit, I hope you feel that you are a critical part of the marine ecosystem.

My first contact with clay was at a young age when I saw my grandparents handmade their “comales.” Comal is a large circular disc of curated clay use, mostly in the small rural communities in Oaxaca and other Mexican southern states, for cooking tortillas.  Other than that, I have never had the opportunity to work with clay at all.   

During this yearlong project, my objective was to experiment with recycled clay material. The process was exhausting yet exciting.  My project began by collecting and cleaning the recycled clay, leftovers clay from the Chemeketa Community College ceramic classes. It took several months to collect enough clay to create the pieces you see around you.  As I was creating these pieces, I had to work fast and steady; recycled clay tends to dry faster as the particles are not entirely dissolved as with new and fresh clay.

Most of the exciting pieces that I made during the summer of 2018 did not make it.  I was trying to achieve something new such as creating tall and thin structures; many small marine species are large with delicate and elongated fins, tails, and physique structures.  Obviously, my technical novice working with clay took the best of the recycled material and me. One of the biggest obstacles to working with clay was gravity. The bigger pieces were the most likely to collapse during the creation or the curation process. However, I learned that the great clay masters learned, first, to be patient, and last, to have perseverance; without these skills, you are risking your sanity and the work at hand.  In other words, I pushed my abilities and resiliency to create ceramic pieces that represent my passion for protecting marine life. I ask you to enjoy this work and support the marine ecosystem preservation efforts.  

Most of the pieces on display are actual species; none of the pieces were copied from any marine source. 

The title “Microsmus Marinus” is in reference from the famous Swedish naturalist Carl Linnaeus.  Linnaeus is credited with the modern system of binomial nomenclature as a way of naming living organisms.

-Roberto Oran, September 2019

Artist Biography

Roberto Orán was born in a small village in the southern state of Oaxaca, Mexico. As a child, he liked to draw, but unfortunately, his parents could not afford to buy him a sketch pad or paints. He and his siblings even had to share pencils. The only way for him to draw was inside his head, with his imagination.

During a school’s field trip while attending middle school, he was exposed to murals in Tlaxcala and Guadalajara crafted by famous Mexicans artists. Hegreatly admired the enormity of the murals, both in physical size, as well as the number of humans represented within.  This exposure to contemporary art inspired him to dedicate himself to create his own artwork.

He came to study in the US when he was 16 years old. While attending West Salem High School, his ceramics teacher Brenda Hauswirth discovered his passion for the visual arts; painting, drawings, and clay work, and she began to nurture his talent.  The support of this educator catalyzed him to explore his passion for art in a new, dynamic way.  

He began to submit his paintings and drawings to local and state art competitions.  For different situations, not many Latino artists submitted their artwork. Even though he was proud to participate as the only representative of the Mexican community, he was also concerned.  It was during this time that he realized that art galleries lacked artwork representing the diverse populations and their experiences. He decided to change his emphasis and became more outspoken for art outlets to share the artistic values of Latinos living in the Willamette Valley.  Most of his work is a dedication to the culture, the art, and the experiences of the Latinos in Oregon. 

Presently Orán is promoting his yearlong project in clay under the theme: “Cosmos Marinus,” which represents the beauty and harmony of marine life and its preservation.   Past projects included: resident artist for the Salem Art Association, and presiding as a master artist to oversee a mural wrapping around XICHA Brewery building on the meaning of being American and the Latino leadership in the Willamette Valley.   

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Join us for an artist reception on October 4th, 5:00-8:00pm

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Finn Builds a Galaxy by Finn Connaughton & Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr.
Sep
17
to Oct 31

Finn Builds a Galaxy by Finn Connaughton & Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr.

Grand Lobby & Mezzanine


“Finn Builds A Galaxy” is a collaboration between Finn Connaughton and Artist Michael Bernard Stevenson Jr. When given an opportunity to exhibit work at the Chehalem Cultural Center Stevenson had inquired as to whether there were any local youth who would be excited to participate in a collaborative approach to the generation of work for the show. Connaughton’s name quickly emerged, already well known for his creative talents in the community at age 6 is a major accomplishment. Connaughton hailing from Carlton, Stevenson ventured to his family home to meet for the first time. Upon entry Stevenson noticed that the house’s walls were covered in Connaughton’s artwork. Nearly a professional already, all Connaughton needed was his first big break, and Stevenson was happy to help facilitate.

The two met over toys, past, and present artworks strewn about the floor as both felt an instant chemistry. With the nature and dimensions of the installation space in mind, a preexisting excitement about sending young minds into space, and newly aware of Connaughton’s penchant for creative production Stevenson pitched collaboration to create a solar system to hang in the mezzanine space. Connaughton, simultaneously reluctant and excited, agreed, and thus planning the mission to space began. 

Over a couple of weeks of engagement the two worked to build comets, a rocket ship, a flying space creature, and a planet out of wire, wood, paper, paint, and glue. Throwing caution to the wind, the two had their minds set on reaching space by October.

Connaughton and Stevenson are both dreamers, imaginators, and cosmonauts of the future. Together they explored the valuation of each of their own greatest ideas, producing a creative output that shows their individual and collective brilliance. Each of them hope viewers can see themselves in their work, and are inspired to give priority to their own deepest inner dreams and shoot for the stars!

Stevenson’s work relies heavily on the imagination, both theirs, and those with whom they collaborate. They primarily work with young people as the desired outcomes for their creative practice is enhanced confidence, self esteem, expressive range, and belief in one’s own imagination and capability to produce on a scale and magnitude usually reserved for those who fall under the categories of “professional” and “adult.” All while developing more traditional skills, such as drawing, painting, sculptural fabrication, reading, and writing, among others, depending on the young person.

These collaborations occur as part of a larger artist project called Imagination Academy (IA). IA is a project that interweaves programming into and between public schools to cultivate confidence and expand the perspective of young people’s minds in order to help close the opportunity gap primarily for youth of color facing poverty. However Stevenson recognizes that literally every young person can benefit from IA activities as they embolden formative development skills, abilities, and understanding the likes of which are commonly ignored, neglected, and or stifled in traditional pedagogies. For each IA experience, ideas and inspirations are gathered from participants which serves to inform a process for actualizing their dreams. Participants practice new and unfamiliar practical skills that simultaneously contribute to their self-stated goals.

Stevenson is currently in his third and final year in the Art and Social Practice Program at Portland State University and is actively looking for more young collaborators in which to build new visions of the past, present, and future.


Join us for the artist reception on October 4, 5-8pm

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Roko-Mute City
Sep
17
to Nov 1

Roko-Mute City

Founder’s Lobby


Rob and Niko Smith have been exploring a collaborative process working with steel and light. These pieces are the first results of this exploration. Each piece is based on structural fields and illustrated works created by Rob, re-interpreted and technically engineered into steel plates by Niko. Each piece is deconstructed then reconstructed into lines and shapes playing with dimensionality, perspective and light."


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A Universal Feeling: a collaborative mask installation by Tony Fuemmeler
Nov
5
to Jan 3

A Universal Feeling: a collaborative mask installation by Tony Fuemmeler

Grand Lobby


In this installation, mask maker Tony Fuemmeler collaborates with sixty artists around the world to make an installation which examines our personal and collective experiences of emotion.

From the Artist:

“I am creating a set of mask forms inspired by each of the six “universal emotions”: Fear, Joy, Surprise, Anger, Sadness, and Disgust. Each of my sixty-two collaborators will receive an unpainted papier-mâché mask based on one of the six.

Collaborators are then tasked with “completing” this mask, in their own way. Art form, identity, style, experiences, history, aesthetic, nationality, and culture(s) are all explicitly invited to inform HOW they do so.

When they have finished, they each ship me their completed piece, which is then installed around a copy of the initial unfinished mask of the emotion they received.”

UNIVERSAL EMOTIONS

“In the 1960’s, a group of research psychologists including Paul Ekman put forward the idea that there were a set of facial expressions/emotions that were universally and consistently understood across all human cultures: fear, joy, surprise, anger, sadness, and disgust.

Whether you’ve heard this articulated before or not, this idea has made its way into our lives. Omnipresent in messaging apps are emoji with essentialized expressions frequently utilized to quickly convey a feeling. I recently discovered there’s even an app for representing various emotions based on these studies. I think I first heard about it in theatre training, where masks of these emotions are sometimes used to explore these emotional states through the actor’s bodily expression and breath.

This set of emotions have also been explored by visual artists in many media. In his book Making ComicsScott McCloud builds on the research of Ekman and also on the work of Gary Faigin to further explore how these basic emotions combine to form more complex expressions. I am indebted to all of them.”

WHO’S INVOLVED?

“This project aims to see how the universal is particularized, so I have included a wide net of disciplines, spanning the visual and performing arts. I want to be surprised by the results of the collaboration.”

Artist Reception: November 8th, 5:00-8:00pm

This project is funded in part by Yamhill County Cultural Coalition

This project is funded in part by Yamhill County Cultural Coalition

 

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Reveal / Conceal : the Transformative Masks of Tony Fuemmeler
Nov
5
to Jan 3

Reveal / Conceal : the Transformative Masks of Tony Fuemmeler

Parrish Gallery


Masks offer a unique sort of transformation. They are full of paradox: masks reveal and magnify even as they conceal. Despite their obvious and observable presence as objects, masks in performance can so engage the viewer that we forget they are there. They can seem to defy their static form and move in front of the audience. They hold a kind of magic. The masks in this exhibit were designed to be worn and performed. Rather than server as a disguise, they are intended as the true face of the character presented. Many are three-quarter masks, completed by the face of the actor; others are designed to cover the whole face, or sit above it. All of them significantly inform the way an actor moves.

Tony Fuemmeler is an award-winning mask maker, puppeteer, and director who makes work for theatres locally, across the country, and abroad. After earning a degree in Theatre Design, he continued his study in mask making and performance at the Dell’Arte International School and with master artists in Bali, Italy and the US. He currently works out of his studio in Portland, Oregon.

Artist Reception: November 8th, 5:00-8:00pm


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Art CUBED
Aug
13
to Sep 7

Art CUBED

Central Gallery


The Art CUBED exhibition is made up of a variety of three dimensional artworks  that have been graciously donated to the Chehalem Cultural Center for our annual fundraiser, Night of the Moon. Each year, local artists are invited to donate an original art pieces that is then auctioned off at this event.

We all understand the difference that creativity and self-expression make in our lives and can make in the lives of others. The proceeds form these donated artworks will allow the Chehalem Cultural Center to continue providing opportunities to experience art and culture. Together, we use the power of the arts to inspire and enrich the community. 

This year our featured artists are:


Veronica Bartlett
Carissa Smith-Burkett
Nana Goto Bellerud
Tony Fuemmeler
Linda Hayes
Cindy Hoskisson
Don Hoskisson
Alicia Nilo
Adele O’neal
Scott Parrish
Renee Powell
Joe Robinson
Teresa Shelton
Bradley Spear
Don Sprague
Mark Terry
Ann Weber
Linda Workman-Morelli
Marilyn Worrix


 

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Biological Dissonance by Amanda Triplett and Tammy Jo Wilson
Jul
2
to Aug 30

Biological Dissonance by Amanda Triplett and Tammy Jo Wilson

Parrish Gallery 


Biological Dissonance is an exhibition about the irrepressible metamorphosis of the human body and beauty within the organic form. Artists Tammy Jo Wilson and Amanda Triplett blend their creative expressions in this compelling and tactile exhibit about the biological body, through works of encaustics, paintings, prints, fiber and textile installations. Pairing together their individual approaches to process and medium, they build a visual dialogue expressing the visceral nature of the vessels to which all humans are confined and examining the relationship between flesh and bone; and society, cultural experience and self awareness.


About the Artists

Amanda makes sculptural fiber works and installation from salvaged textiles. Studying art and art history at Sarah Lawrence College, she graduated in 2004. She has shown in the Bay Area and Pacific Northwest including Kaleid Gallery in San Jose, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, COCA in Seattle, Art House Gallery in Berkeley, Ford Gallery, Multnomah Art Gallery. Most recently, she created a tactile, sculptural nest for a inclusive, multi-sensory group exhibit at Paragon Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Amanda was a 2016 Glean artist-in-resident, where she was given access to the Portland dump to glean waste materials to make sculpture and installation. She lives and works in Portland, Oregon.


Tammy Jo Wilson is a visual artist residing just south of Portland, Oregon in historic Oregon City. Her artwork focuses on conversations around the changing body, navigating identity, and the implications of racism, sexism and prejudice in contemporary society. She creates artwork using a broad variety of media including photograph, video, pastel drawing, encaustic, fabrics, ceramics, and paint. She received her BFA in Photography from the Pacific Northwest College of Art and her MFA from San Jose State University. She has exhibited her work nationally and received several art grant awards. Most recently was awarded the Leland Ironworks Gold Spot Artist Residency. In 2017 Wilson and her husband artist Owen Premore co-founded  the arts organization Art in Oregon (AiO). This statewide 501c(3) non-profit works to foster culturally rich regional communities through partnerships, advocacy and investment in artists, businesses, educational spaces and community spaces. AiO believes in building and sustaining art patronage through pride in Oregon artists and pride in art ownership. Additionally Wilson works in the art department at Lewis & Clark College as the Visual Arts & Technology Program Manager.

Visit the websites of Tammy Jo Wilson’s Website and Amanda Triplett

Artist Reception July 5th: 5:00pm-8:00pm


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Unconditional |  by Rachel Wolf
Jun
4
to Aug 3

Unconditional | by Rachel Wolf

Central Gallery 


Artist Statement:

The art of alchemy is the transmutation of matter, a process wherein something is changed from one state to another in order to achieve a higher or more valuable form. My photographic work takes from the alchemists this idea of transmutative elevation, which in my projects are achieved through light and chemical action.


This exhibition is a photographic dialogue between digital and analogue, film and paper. On the one hand it is a celebration of impermanence, while on the other it endeavours to capture the magic of passing moments. This attempt to photographically suspend magic is achieved by removing the camera and directly exposing paper and film with light and chemicals–making these primary photographic elements the tools, subjects and chemical process that create the final image.


Scanning the paper and film fixes the unstable images, contributing its own anomalies while virtualizing the alchemical process underway. The images that result from this transmutative process invite us to consider our notions of what a photograph is, must or can be. Perhaps they are not merely representations of something else in the world, but can be themselves that something of the world.



Artist Bio:

Rachel Wolf specializes in camera-less photography, alternative/antique processes, and immersive environments through light-based installations. Rachel is an educator and speaker in the field of photography. She has exhibited her work nationally, including; New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Cincinnati, Seattle, and Portland. Recently her work was acquired into the City of Portland’s public art collection and she has been the Artist in Residence at Rose Villa in Milwaukee, OR. Rachel is a founding member of FO(u)RT Collective, a multi-disciplinary arts collective that creates/curates exhibitions and events. Originally from Anchorage, Alaska, Rachel earned her BA from Hampshire College and her MFA from Pacific Northwest College of Art. Rachel currently resides in Portland, OR.




Artist Reception: June 7, 5:00-8:00pm

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The Glory of Oregon by Brad Isom
Jun
4
to Aug 3

The Glory of Oregon by Brad Isom

Founders Lobby



About the Artist:

Brad Isom, born in 1948 has lived a diverse life. A Vietnam Combat Veteran, a business owner and working in the Hospitality industry led him to finally pursue his passion for art after retiring in Oregon.

This exhibit will feature selections of his watercolor paintings of landscapes in Oregon.

“Artists, as a whole are very visual people.  I take images that visually appeal to me, and then put my style to work to bring about a desired result.  My style leans toward realism, but when the painting is finished, I never quite get there. My style incorporates strong color, often overexaggerated, a love affair with light and shadow, and total control of the pigment on the paper.  My favorite subjects are both the northwest and southwest landscapes, still life and wildlife.

I have completed 500 to 600 paintings in my life; 90% of them after 2000; and will continue to create the beauty I am so passionate about. “

Artist Reception: Friday June 7, 5:00-8:00pm



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Ikebana Exhibit by Nana Goto Bellerud
May
9
to May 11

Ikebana Exhibit by Nana Goto Bellerud

Grand Lobby


Nana Goto Bellerud is originally from Japan and has been studying ikebana for over ten years.  She has been actively exhibiting at the venues including the Portland Japanese Garden, Portland Art Museum, and many other places, as well as teaching classes and workshops.  Her goal is to inspire and intrigue people with ikebana!

Come and talk with Nana as she sets up her arrangements on May 9th between 3:00pm and 5:00pm.

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Nana will also be teaching a workshop before this exhibition on April 20th!

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Stratifying the Unknown by Clairissa and Colby Stephens
Apr
30
to Jun 28

Stratifying the Unknown by Clairissa and Colby Stephens

Parrish Gallery


Stratifying the Unknown is a collaborative project by Clairissa and Colby Stephens.  The drawings, photographs, paintings and sculptures composing this body of work explore the ways horizon lines shape our understanding of place and space and one’s location within it.


”We became captivated by horizon lines when we moved to Reno, NV in 2011.  Distinctly different from our Western Oregon Stomping grounds, we were captivated by the desert and the 360 degree view of horizon lines that it offered.  As avid backcountry explorers, we use a compass for navigation: a process that is heavily dependent on horizon lines.  And so we began to consider the various ways that horizon lines impact our lives.  But lines do not simply demarcate the boundaries of three dimensional space: they also trace the ways that humans, animals, plants, and water move through it." 

Visit the websites of Clairissa Stephens and Colby Stephens

Artist Reception: May 3rd, 5:00-8:00pm

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Art For All Youth Exhibit
Apr
2
to Jun 1

Art For All Youth Exhibit

Community Gallery


The Art for All project is a partnership with Providence’s Outreach Program with an objective to connect to all members of our community – providing them with the tools to create their own form of expression.  This project mission is based in the belief that when our community listens, learns, and experience the way others think – it makes us more empathic people and enhances our humanity.  Consisting of a series of workshops led by artists, students discovered creative expression by different mediums (ceramics, paint-pouring, watercolor). This exhibition is a collection of many of the works made by these students during workshops for everyone to enjoy.

Artists Reception: April 5, 5:00-8:00pm


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Little Small by Linden Eller
Apr
2
to Jun 1

Little Small by Linden Eller

Central Gallery 


During a year spent working with children at an international kindergarten in Maebashi, Japan, artist Linden Eller developed a curiosity of “childhood amnesia,” which explains that most adults’ first memory is between the ages of 3 - 4, oftentimes even later. In response, a new series began by recreating collaged versions of drawings by the children, who ranged in age from 2 to 6 years old. This project is a reflection on what is lost, kept, altered, and shared during the first years of life. This collection was originally exhibited in March 2018 at Maebashi Works Gallery in Maebashi, Japan.

Artist Reception: April 5th, 5:00-8:00pm

See more of Linden Eller’s Work

lindeneller.com / instagram.com/lindeneller / facebook.com/lindeneller

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Asian Art Collection | on loan from Royal Arts Gallery
Mar
5
to Apr 26

Asian Art Collection | on loan from Royal Arts Gallery

Parrish Gallery + Founders’ Lobby + Grand Lobby


This exhibit is generously on loan from the Royal Arts Gallery in McMinnville, OR


The majority of the works on view are paintings by artists who are from the “Yunnan School” of painting.

Since the late 1980’s the term “Yunnan School” has been applied more broadly, to encompass, not only all of the artistic production coming from this region, but also the very distinctive style and techniques of a small group of highly respected, enormously talented, avant-garde artists associated with this province and its schools, who introduced a Renaissance in Chinese art.

Just south of Tibet, Yunnan is bordered by Myanmar, Laos and Vietnam and allows for 28 ethnic minorities living and preserving the uniqueness and diversity of their language, colorful costumes, jewelry, their folk traditions and festivals.

After the Communist victory in 1949, new laws demanded the abandonment of thousands of years of traditional, classical Chinese art forms in favor of rigid, hard line Socialist Realist propaganda artwork. All artwork that came before 1949 was condemned as anti-revolutionary and bourgeois and was attacked at every level.

The anti-intellectual fury that ensued, reached its height during the Cultural Revolution (1966-1976) when non-conforming artists were regularly ridiculed, beaten, tortured imprisoned and sometimes even killed for their independent views.

Some of the victims of this horror were banished to the extreme southwest province of Yunnan, some fled there.

To the extraordinary mix of people, cultures, climate, landscape, etc. in Yunnan, now were added sophisticated, university educated artists, authors and New Age thinkers who rather than being oppressed by their exile, flourished by being far away from the scrutiny and forced conformity of Beijing.

When Mao Zedong died in 1976, the oppression of artists and intellectuals slowly started being lifted. The native artists, the forced exiles and the voluntary exiles of Yunnan started to plant seeds for their own Cultural Revolution. A movement that took the best elements of the ancient art of the Buddhist caves, blended it with the rich folk art of the region, incorporated the Western art concepts of Picasso, Miro, Modigliani and Rivera and the natural beauty of the magnificent jungles and mountains of Yunnan and combined them to create a totally new and unique art form, so beautiful and so finely executed that it has taken the art world by storm.

Lu Hong cautiously credits the following five artists as being the founder and initiators of this brilliant art movement, based, in part, on the dates of their emigration from China to the United States: Ting Shao Kuang (1980), Jiang Tiefeng (1985), Zhou Lin (1987) and He Deguang (1987). Each of these artists shares similar cultural roots, but each has branched out in different directions to create their own unique masterpieces.

Exhibition Reception: April 5th, 5:00-8:00pm

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Photographic Intentions  by Angela Holm & PhotoClub PDX
Feb
5
to Mar 30

Photographic Intentions by Angela Holm & PhotoClub PDX

Central Gallery 


In January 2018, seeking to be part of a photographic community in which she could learn and grow, Angela Holm created Photo Club PDX. The group meets monthly with the goal of becoming better and more creative photographers. For the past year the club has worked on projects together, competed in creative challenges, shared work, gone on outings as a group and have developed as photographers. This show represents the photographic successes that Angela and Photo Club PDX have created during 2018.

Angela Holm
Alicia Hill
Abigayle Tarsches
Andrew Greenhill
Cherie Savoie Tintary
Cora Coronel
Darnell McAdams
Lori Ackerman
Luke Olsen
Michal Rubin
Michelle Swanson
Ralph Daub
Zeb Andrews


Artists Reception on First Friday Artwalk: March 1st, 5pm-8pm

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A Catalyst of Empathy by Tim Timmerman & Stan Peterson
Jan
8
to Mar 2

A Catalyst of Empathy by Tim Timmerman & Stan Peterson

Parrish Gallery


Mixed Media works by Tim Timmerman and wooden carvings by Stan Peterson explore narratives that speak with sincerity through a somewhat whimsical lens, striving as best as they are able to encounter the “other” with benevolence and generosity.   

Artist Bios

Tim Timmerman

Tim Timmerman is a professor of art at George Fox University in Newberg Oregon. He has taught college students how to make stuff for twenty-five years. He received his MFA from Washington State University, and his BS from Biola University. Tim’s work has been exhibited in over twenty-five solo shows from Washington D.C. to Southern California, and has participated in over sixty invitational, juried, and group exhibitions. In addition to being an artist and professor, Tim has led over fifty experiential men’s weekends, is a humorist, sojourner, curator, writer, blogger, goodness seeker, storyteller, collector, truth hound and a notorious friend, uncle and brother.

Stan Peterson

Always a walker, from his early days as a mail carrier in SE Portland, to travels far from home. Stan always remains on the lookout for “moments of significance” which tell a story. 

Stan has been exhibiting his carved and painted figures since 1981 when William Jamison gave him his first solo show in what was to be the Pearl.  Since then the work has been exhibited and collected nationally. He carves basswood with hand tools and uses a variety of colorants for finishing. The only power tool used is a bandsaw with the remaining cutoffs often becoming his handheld “rescue dogs”

Artist Reception on February 1st, 5-8pm


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35th & Harrison  | by Abi Joyce-Shaw
Jan
8
to Mar 2

35th & Harrison | by Abi Joyce-Shaw

Founders Lobby


Artist Statement:
35th & Harrison considers the ways in which temporary housing is transformed from an impersonal to personal space. Personal possessions, acts of care and traditions make these spaces our own. The objects one selects to display and live alongside provide a tangible reflection of the resident’s character, or, by extension, a reflection of the relationship between people.
This body of work contrasts the objects my partner and I brought to our apartment with the fixed architectural features and surrounding environment. The works explore how we have created a home that reflects us within the framework of an architecture that remains unchanged with each new tenant.

Artist Bio:
Abi Joyce-Shaw is a painter, drawer and pyrography artist based in Portland, OR. She earned her BA in Studio Art at Lewis & Clark College located in Portland, OR. Her work has been shown at the Hoffman Gallery and most recently in Blackfish Gallery’s Recent Graduates Exhibition in July of 2018.

Artist Reception: Friday February 1, 5-8pm

www.abijoyceshaw.com/gallery


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Abstractions in Pixels: digital works by Lisa Zahler
Jan
8
to Mar 23

Abstractions in Pixels: digital works by Lisa Zahler

Community Gallery


Exhibition Statement:

This body of digital work seeks to turn ordinary photos or image finds into vibrant, visually compelling abstractions thru manipulation and color enhancement. In her virtual studio, the artist heads down an unrestricted path of creative self-indulgence and experimentation. The resulting abstract art emerges when her mind’s eye is pleased with what it sees and the image no longer resembles the original. Each of these digitally created works is lab-printed on exhibition fiber paper using archival inks.


Artist Statement:

When I enter my studio,

the muse in my mind leads me down a path

of creative self-indulgence and exploration

(or not).

Pixels, vectors, paints, papers, objects

(or not).

The result: an eclectic collection of artwork,

digital or tangible, serene or edgy

(or not).

Compositions are intricate or simple

(or not).

Abstract

(or not).

Worthy

(or not).

Some are for others, all are for me.

-Lisa Zahler

Image: Smoken Mirrors, Bright Tones, 2017 36” x 24” digital print on fiber paper

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Histories Take Form
Dec
11
to Feb 2

Histories Take Form

Grand Lobby


Histories Take Form is a group exhibition featuring works made during Public Annex's Thursday class at Taborspace in Portland from April 2017 - June 2018


Featured Artists:
Eleanor Bailey
Chrissy Chapman
Sierra Kind
Elmeator Morton
Marc Roder
Heather Kreger
Rachel Warkentin
Dena Wilder
Jamond Williams
Larry Supnet

Exhibition Statement:

We all have a story to tell - a personal history to express - and we all have our own unique way of expressing and making that story known to others. Histories Take Form explored and documented untold personal histories through mark making, 3-D composition, weaving both fibers and tales, and recorded oral or performed storytelling.

Public Annex is a non-profit organization in Portland Oregon that provides accessible urban farming and art programming, focusing on inclusivity of people with developmental disabilities. They are working towards a culture where people all along the disability spectrum can work, create and experience life together!

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Youth Selfie Portrait Show
Dec
7
5:00 PM17:00

Youth Selfie Portrait Show

Calling Young Artists!

ART Elements Gallery and The Chehalem Cultural Center

are partnering up to host the

4th Annual Selfie Portrait Show!

Students up to 18-years-old are invited to artfully create a current self-portrait and

submit it to The Chehalem Cultural Center for the annual selfie show!

To submit your Selfie Portrait, drop off your artwork at The Chehalem Cultural Center

the week of November 27th-30th between 9am and 6pm to be included in the show.

Join us for a Reception Celebration to view the self-portraits!

Where: The Grand Ballroom at the Chehalem Cultural Center

When: First Friday Art Walk of December on December 7th

Time: 5pm-8pm

Awards to be announced at the reception at 7pm

**Artists can take their artwork home at the end of the reception, or pick up from the center the following week.

Also during the Reception you will have a chance to:

Take a Selfie With Your Selfie and a Selfie with the Elfie and hashtag #selfieportrait2018

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Restropectiva  del Maestro Hampton Rodríguez
Oct
9
to Nov 30

Restropectiva del Maestro Hampton Rodríguez

Founders Lobby


"Growing up in the Dominican Republic, I was profoundly influenced by the intellectual pursuits of the contemporary abstract art movement in my country, Dominican Republic. After exhibiting my work in Spain and Belgium, I arrived in Oregon in March of 2002.  Since then, I became a different artist.

The focus of my work shifted to capture the idiosyncratic culture of Portland’s diverse neighborhoods; the cadence of people’s lives there, the scenes of cultural clashes, Urban vs. Rural.  And the development of images that tap into shared concepts and feelings.

In my recent work, I have been trying to capture the fleeting human expressions of anger and hope, desire, and sadness.  My work is egalitarian, surrealistic, and filled with people’s mystiques. I strongly feel that an artist belongs to the place he lives, a universal evolution of feelings and juxtapose realities that are reflected in my work and my own personal life."

-Hampton Rodríguez

Artist Reception: November 2, 5:00-8:00pm

Declaración del artista:

“Creciendo en la República Dominicana, fui profundamente influenciado por esa búsqueda incesante e intelectual de la corriente artística abstracta de la época en mi país, Republica Dominicana.”  Después de exhibir mis trabajos artísticos en España y Bélgica, llegue a Oregón in Marzo del 2002. Y desde entonces, me transforme en un nuevo artista.

“El enfoque de mi trabajo artístico cambio.  Ahora, trato de capturar la idiosincrasia cultural de los diversos distritos de Portland y regiones de Oregón; la cadencia convencional de las vidas, las escenas de enfrentamientos culturales, urbanidad vs. campestre.  Y el desarrollo de imágenes que se inspiran en las emociones y conceptos compartidos.

Ahora en trabajo artístico, he esto tratado de plasmar esos momentos fugaces de odio, esperanza, deseos, y tristeza del sentimiento humano.    Mi estilo es igualitario, surrealista, y lleno de misticismo humano. Creo firmemente que un artista pertenece al lugar donde vive, una evolución constante de emociones que se yuxtaponen con la realidad y son reflejadas en mi trabajo artístico y en mi propia vida personal.”


Recepción para el artista: noviembre 2, 5:00-8:00 pm

Para ver la obra del Maestro Hampton, visita su página de internet:  www.hamptonrodriguez.com


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Suspended Moment by Yukiyo Kawano
Oct
2
to Nov 24

Suspended Moment by Yukiyo Kawano

Grand Lobby


Suspended Moment:  Fat Man and Little Boy

by Yukiyo Kawano
 

Artist Statement:
Little Boy (folded) (2011):


The bomb dropped on Hiroshima on August 6, 1945 was a gun-shaped uranium bomb. This bomb was called Little Boy.


My subject is suspended in mid-air and made of tanmono silk and momen from a kimono, with my Japanese hair woven into it.

Aunt Shoko sneakily handed me this kimono on my last trip back to Hiroshima. I dream of Grandmother putting this on, a rather provocative kimono that shows her iki, an intricate allure. Cyan blue, it is the color of Shinbashi-iro, as in Shinbashi, Tokyo, the red-light district before the war.


Seventy years later, I re-traced the hand stitching of Grandmother, with a seam ripper between my fingers. I feel "Mono no aware", a gentle sadness, a wistfulness, reflecting on the ephemera of things.

As I freed patterns from the conformity of the repetitive kimono frame, suddenly there emerged the original long tanmono pieces outside of time. Being erased, they resembled something else. A different hue. A shadow. And within its perpetual folding, in the foreboding darkness, a new shape– that of the atomic bomb.

In resurrecting this, I juxtapose weightlessness with the power of distraction by the gravity of the subject. It has been a ritual-like practice, almost passive or unconscious. Of my forgetting nothing, leaving out nothing.

     Uranium bomb

        Kimono of Cyan Blue

        a gentle sadness


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A Sense of Wonder | by Kay Danley
Sep
25
to Jan 5

A Sense of Wonder | by Kay Danley

Central Gallery


Artist Statement
Wonder: “a feeling of surprise mingled with admiration, caused by something beautiful, unexpected, unfamiliar, or inexplicable”
What is it to be alive? How do moments that affect us give rise to meaning and memory? And how do we as individuals maintain and cherish a sense of wonder in our world?
In our troubled times, a sense of wonder in our everyday lives often becomes inconspicuous given the stresses, problems and tragedies of our world. The momumentality of a landscape, it’s intimate reflections and shadows, the gesture of a child on a summer’s day, the joy of wind and sea, the loneliness of feeling isolated, this is the grist of life. Where do I find a ‘sense of wonder’, and how do I express this state? Herein lies a point of departure, an opportunity to visually interpret a special moment. It might seem that exploring this theme is trivial. There is no grand societal message in these reflections. However, art and painting can help us explore our humanity. What could be more important?
The series “ A Sense of Wonder” began as a result of my interest in the stage of life that begins as innocent, mysterious and magical, and transitions gradually into knowledge that experience and people are not always what they seem or should be. Confusion and doubt arise and innocence is eventually challenged. My interest is in the internal dialog that results from the transition and how to express that.
I consider myself a process artist, what activity there is on the canvas or panel is not planned. It is intuitive and experimental in nature. It takes many sessions to wrestle with the piece to make it my own. I find the layers of frequent failure interesting and part of the process. I usually respond to something visual in my world, an interaction, a gesture, a feeling, a subtle shift of some kind, anything that comes to the surface. I use all resources available to help me express what has energized me. My work usually has some semblance of representation, it is connected to the world of reality but is highly interpretive.
Drawing is important as a fresh and accessible portal to the intuition. With drawing, there is no brush or tool separating the creative experience from the surface. It is immediate and powerful. I use drawing to inform my paintings, to work out ideas without hesitation. The only tool is usually a small piece of charcoal that seems part of the hand. And the hand connects directly to the first impulse.The lump of dusty charcoal is the substance that makes a mark, but it also becomes a flying planet, a meander through a summer meadow, the boom of the surf or the bubbling of an approaching wave.
Kay Henning Danley 2018

Artist Reception on October 5th: 5-8pm

www.kaydanley.com


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Lake Monotypes Installation by Katherine McDowell
Sep
18
to Nov 3

Lake Monotypes Installation by Katherine McDowell

Mezzanine Gallery

 

"My “Lake Monotype” series (2008-present) of abstract seascapes contains over 300 one-of-a-kind prints."

"I have a need to explore, experiment and play during my process. I intend to decode the
secrets behind the visual interpretation of our natural world - the qualities of light, the
subtleties of texture, the harmonies of color. I experiment with various techniques and
compositions, but most importantly, my process satisfies the universal human need to play."
-Katherine McDowell

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Home Today: Drawings by Matthew Sproul
Aug
20
to Nov 10

Home Today: Drawings by Matthew Sproul

Community Gallery

Artist Bio

I was born in Barnstable, Massachusetts in 1960. I have three brothers, one is older than
me, two are younger. My father is from New York; he was a sailor and carpenter. My mother
and her side of the family are from New Zealand.
I grew up in New England and in Vista, California before moving with my family in 1973 to
Newport, Oregon. I lived at the coast for eleven years, graduating from Newport High School in 1978. I went on to O.S.U. in 1978-79. Then I returned to Lincoln County, working as a banquet waiter. I studied at the U of O from 1984-87, after which I moved to Portland in 1988 where I have since resided.
My interest in art arose in 2002 when all around my downtown neighborhood there
appeared a lot of life-size, fiberglass cows, decorated in many different ways using vibrant
colors. I made a photographic survey of the “Cows for Kids” sculpture installation. In addition to fine art I love cats and hockey.

Artist Statment

"I illustrate buildings with figures in pencil, marker and collage. When completed I photograph and print the drawings.  The reason for doing so is that my medium is non-permanent Crayola markers.  I use them because they are simple, atypical and buoyantly colored.

I’ve been depicting architecture since 2010. “It is nothing less than life itself taking form,” Frank Lloyd Wright.  

My early pictures have three dimensions, the new ones have two.   I chose the latter method for its expressive quality, as well as to highlight and celebrate this aspect of drawing, painting and collage.

In all of the pieces here the fields are essentially abstract.  They are bands of color chosen mostly to be complementary, though in places they do suggest landscape features and in that sense are open to interpretation by the viewer." — Matthew Sproul, January 10, 2018

Artist reception: August 24, 5:30-7:30pm

A big THANK YOU to My Personal Framer for generously framing two pieces for this show!

 

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2018 Art Harvest Studios Exhibition
Aug
14
to Oct 20

2018 Art Harvest Studios Exhibition

Parrish Gallery

Studio Tour | October 5, 6, 7 and 12, 13, 14

Artist Reception Friday, August 24th, 5pm-8pm

In cooperation with the Art Harvest Studio Tour of Yamhill County, the Chehalem Cultural Center proudly exhibits works from participating artists in a single curated exhibition. Start planning your tour by first viewing selections of each artist's work gathered in one place here at the CCC.

We're also a button pick-up spot, so get your buttons here at the CCC! 

2018 Participating Artists:
Dorothy Eshleman, Bonnie Hickerson, Natalia Novikoff, Ted Simon, Steve Tyree, Toni Tyree, Marilyn Affolter, Mike Bittle, Maggie Bowman, Benita Cole, Evonne Cramer, Donna Delzell, James Dowlen, Reetsie Fuller, Jim Hayes, Sherry Howk, Ralph Kraft, Terry Peaseley, Doug Roy, Adam Rupniewski, Rick Schanche, Marilyn Worrix, Jennifer Bencharsky, Kathleen Buck, Gary Buhler, Wes Cropper, Jeanne Cuddeford, Jennifer Harlow-Smith, Adele O’Neal ,Pamela Quataert, Donna Sires ,Peter Snow ,Bradley Speer, Kathy Thompson, Linda Workman-Morelli, Susan Day, Dwight Evalt, Jill Gailey, Julia Hamilton, Mark Hamilton, Teresa Shelton, Shannon Ray

Top images from left to right: Bradley Speer “Salt Vase Torn Rim Square”, Jim Hayes, Marilyn Affolter “Glacier Blue”

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Art Squared Exhibition
Aug
14
to Sep 8

Art Squared Exhibition

Central Gallery


The Art Squared exhibition is made up of a variety of artworks  that have been graciously donated to the Chehalem Cultural Center for our annual fundraiser, Night of the Moon. Each year, local artists are invited to donate an original "squared" art pieces that is then auctioned off at this event. 

We all understand the difference that creativity and self-expression make in our lives and can make in the lives of others. The proceeds form these donated artworks will allow the Chehalem Cultural Center to continue providing opportunities to experience art and culture. Together, we use the power of the arts to inspire and enrich the community. 

Participating Artists:
Mandy Main, Mark Terry, Theresa Andreas O'Leary, Jillian Sokso, Pamela Quataert, Kathy Johnson, Lynn Wallace, Charlie Hyman, Sharyl Fickas, Alicia Nilo, Rachel Wolf, Julie Delano, Beyah Smith-Burkett, Chase Vostinak, Sandy Shuler, Kimberly Kahoot, Nancy Jo Mullen, Pamela Cato, Linda Workman-Morelli, Toni Tyree, Jon Conchuratt, Donna Sires, Georgia French, Sheryl LeBlanc, Meghan Hedley, Kris Horn

Artist Reception August 17 from 5:30 - 7:30.

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Land, Sea and Sky: An Abstract View by Shellie Garber
Aug
14
to Oct 6

Land, Sea and Sky: An Abstract View by Shellie Garber

Founders Gallery


Artist Statment
Shellie Garber is a self-taught artist who lives and works in Portland Oregon. She is also a Registered nurse. Shellie began painting in the summer of 2015, and soon discovered that she has a deep passion for creating abstract art. Shellie paints nearly every day after work, and on weekends and is growing quickly as an emerging new artist. Shellie utilizes several mediums to explore color, composition and mark making. Most of her work is in acrylic, collage, oil pastel and pencil. “I see my paintings as a unique language of images. This is my personal way of sharing what’s inside. I paint from instinct and intuition and like to keep my artwork spontaneous and fun. I feel more connected to myself and others through my art.”

Exhibitions and Awards
2018 Clackamas County Arts Alliance Artists Exhibition Program. 3 month solo exhibit February-April 2018 Beavercreek Health Center, Oregon City. 2017 December. “Big 500” Pioneer Place Mall, Portland Oregon. 2017 November-Current Bluestone Fine Art Gallery. Philadelphia, PA.  2017 October through December. Tanner Building Solo Exhibit. Pearl District, Portland Oregon. 2017 September “Little by Little” Fundraiser/Art Exhibit. Milwaukie, Oregon 2017 June. Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts. Open show. Lake Oswego, Oregon. 2017 June 11. Saatchi Art “Artist of the Day” Sitewide and social media feature. 2017 May. Saatchi Art Spring Cataloge featured  “Pink Cadillac”. 2017 April. Gallery at Cerulean, Portland Oregon. 2017 March. 12×16 Gallery, Sellwood Oregon. Month long exhibition featuring emerging women artists. 2016, September. Verum Ultimum Gallery. Catalyst exhibit. Portland Oregon. 2016, June. Lake Oswego Festival of the Arts, Lake Oswego Oregon. Blue ribbon winner for “Gazebo”

Artist Reception: August 24th, 5-8pm

Andes                                         Along The Trail                             Rock Me Gently
$550                                          $550                                              $450
Acrylic and pencil on canvas     acrylic, collage and pencil          acrylic and oil pastel on
20 x 20 x 1.5                               on cavas,  20 x 20                        canvas, 20 x 20 x 1.5

                                                   

 

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Super Ply by Barbara Martin
Jun
12
to Aug 4

Super Ply by Barbara Martin

Founders Gallery

Artist Statment

"My ongoing Super Ply series consists of black and white acrylic, oil pastel and pencil paintings on bare plywood. I begin with a random hand doodled abstract monotype on the bare wood, then paint with 2 small brushes and my hands. I add details with oil pastels and pencil. I usually work in silence alone in my studio, but some of these have been created live at art events and reflect the mood I sense in the room. As a process painter, I allow each painting to develop organically so the character and context are not planned at all. Any text becomes clear at the end when the painting resolves itself. This series is supplemented with works similar in style and media but using color." Barbara Martin

Artist Reception: July 6th, 5-9pm

Tag You're It                                 Don't Be the Bunny                      Say Cheese

 

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Intimate Spaces by Tyler Mackie
May
29
to Aug 4

Intimate Spaces by Tyler Mackie

Parrish Gallery


Artist Statement:

Intimate Spaces is a retrospective body of sculptural and two-dimensional work that manifests the divine, wounded, and everyday contradictions of a lived female experience. 

The work employs notions of the body, movement, ritual, and objectness - making space for comfort to exist inside discomfort. In these spaces, revelrous rebellion is pursued in all that feels deliciously wrong.  I make a space where it is necessary for the unsettling to be interwoven within the decorative and pretty.  Here, handicraft traditions engage in an obscure grasp with the abstract and surreal. Familiar home good materials have taken on a new life and gain a strange anonymity, discreet yet related to their former function. Questions of access and consent are raised in liminal encounter with the work. Who, or what, gains access here? …or here? What is it permissible to touch, fondle, or penetrate? 

How does a witness process gestures that are permitted to simultaneously swaddle and smother? How do we communicate pleasure and pain? It is good for the feelings of the viewer to experience a delicious conflict. Acknowledging conflict makes room for the authentic response. 

Look to those moments where we are vulnerable and drawn to hold space for one another. Intimate Spaces advocates that we make room for a careful, compassionate, and uncomfortable practice. It advocates for the tender ways that we express joy, anger, delight, pain, and the beauty of being viscerally, unapologetically human.

Bio:
Tyler Mackie holds a B.F.A in Studio Arts from Oregon State University (2005), and an M.F.A. in Studio Arts from Louisiana State University (2009). Her work explores relationships between performance, visual, and craft-based communities, with an emphasis on the female experience. Themes push engagement with the sensuous, dis/comfort, and moments of public versus private. Recent projects include Bridge for Blankets, an installation on the Broadway Bridge (2013), creative contributions are ongoing as a member of the international, collaborative collective, Expanded Draught (2009-present), and she has shown recently at Wolff Gallery, Furthermore @Bison Building, as well as with Killjoy Collective.  

Artist Reception: June 1, 5:00pm-9:00pm, Artist talk at 6pm

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Herbert Hoover's Oregon Boyhood: Years of Growth by the Hoover-Minthorn House
May
29
to Aug 4

Herbert Hoover's Oregon Boyhood: Years of Growth by the Hoover-Minthorn House

Central Gallery

Herbert Hoover's Oregon Boyhood: Years of Growth

Herbert Hoover came to Newberg, Oregon in November 1885 from West Branch, Iowa as an orphaned 11-year old. When he left from Salem in 1891 to join the first class at Stanford University, he was a self-confident 17-year old aspiring to become a mining engineer. He achieved even more in his roles as an outstanding engineer, a great humanitarian, a president during the Great Depression, and an elder statesman. The influence of Hoover’s Oregon years has only recently been understood through new biographical interpretation.

This is an original exhibit created by the Hoover-Minthorn House Museum and the NSCDA-OR for the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Reception on June 1st, 5-9pm

 

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Resonance | by Pamela Quataert
May
22
to Jul 28

Resonance | by Pamela Quataert

Mezzanine Gallery

Rhythm and harmony in Nature. The works are based on harmonious scenes the artist sees every day in rural Yamhill County.  A few are recognizable; most are abstracted. All explore colors and shapes that vibrate or “sing” with each other and resonate within her.

From the Artist

Why do I paint?  Because it’s satisfying, exciting, challenging, rewarding. Satisfying to turn a blank, two-dimensional surface into dynamic, energetic art. Exciting to record images as they emerge with lush colors. Challenging to relate images to each other. Rewarding to activate and involve viewers’ imaginations when they look at the work.

What and how do I paint?  I often paint series from the natural world. These are simplified to capture and express a subject’s vitality. Multiple layers of paint are added and subtracted with various tools to communicate energy and depth. Triptychs often unfold to demonstrate stages, rhythms and connections much like the seasonal changes of a landscape.

What and who has influenced my work?  My background as a Mental Health Therapist has impacted my work. It partly explains my desire to express impressions in paint and use harmonious colors that uplift and energize. Paul Cezanne, Georges Braque, David Park and Abstract Impressionists, especially Willem de Kooning have influenced my work.

Artist Reception on June 1, 5-9pm
Q & A with the artist at 6pm during the reception

Image: "Red Fellows" acrylic on wood panel 

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Paintings by Pamela Cato
May
1
to Jun 30

Paintings by Pamela Cato

Community Gallery

Pamela Cato is an emerging Newberg artist employing new, reclaimed, and recycled materials.  She enjoys experimenting with a wide variety of traditional and alternative media in creating contemporary intuitive art.  

 

Recently Pamela joined the art group at Chahalem Senior Center where she pursues her artistic muse. She finds abstract visual communication to be a therapeutic and rewarding process.  By exploring visual expression with use of a broad color palette she creates vivid and energetic works.  

 

In addition to painting, Pamela enjoys sewing, knitting, and woodworking. She is currently experimenting with fiber and wood art.

Artist Reception on May 4th, 5:00pm-9pm

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Paper Gardens Retrospective
Apr
16
to Jun 2

Paper Gardens Retrospective

Founders Lobby

The Arts Alliance of Yamhill County has been supporting creative writers and poets for 25 years through Paper Gardens, a program that welcomes submissions to be juried, with winners included in the annual Paper Gardens publication.  This competition continues to be open to children, youth and adults who live, work or go to school in Yamhill County.  In conjunction with the 2018 cycle, the Chehalem Cultural Center will be exhibiting a retrospective of the 25 publications from each year that this program has been running.  

Join us for the awards ceremony on May 3, 2018 in the ballroom and view the collection of publications that this program has produced over the past 25 year. 

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