Autumn at the Arts Center: Upcoming Exhibits and Events

Crypsis by Heather Bromer; part of the (SUR)Face Forward Design Show
Crypsis by Heather Bromer; part of the (SUR)Face Forward Design Show

Echoing The Majestic, The Arts Center has some great fall events coming up to round out the last portion of 2013. Here are just a few selections!

Having started on August 22nd, the Barbara Setsu Picket jurored (SUR)Face Forward Design Show has The Arts Center packed with 34 pacific northwest artists that employ fiber or textile methodology in their work. Everything from fabric abstracts to what can only be described as quilt paintings, visit for a demo of what’s on display and then head out there to soak up a unique show.

The start of October will see the 11th annual Around Oregon exhibit in the main gallery. A collection of 25 artists from around the state, ranging from established to up and coming, this juried show promises to include a strong and diverse collection of what Oregon has to offer. While browsing the content, which you can do by visiting, I was blown away by the sheer variation being offered. The juror having made the selections is none other than Bonnie Laing-Malcomson, who is the Arlene and Harold Schnitzer Curator of Northwest Art at the Portland Art Museum. Not to be missed, the show runs from October 3rd until Novermber 16th. The winner of the juried award will be granted a solo exhibit at The Arts Center in 2014.

Also coming up at the beginning of October is their Pre-Owned Art Sale. A unique event referred to by the motto “recycle, reuse, re-art,” this is a great opportunity to buy some fantastic artwork while helping to support some of The Art Center’s programs, such as ArtsCare and Arts Education. On the 4th from 11am and lasting until 6pm, anyone can show up and donate original artwork. The only rule is that the work has to be original, as in no reproductions, although posters from museums or gallery shows are allowed. Then on October 5th from 9am until 2pm, the donated collection is available for sale. Prices start as low as $1!

The rest of the year will see an exhibition from prominent Oregon potter Kristy Lombard, a Day of the Dead celebration and much more. For additional information, don’t hesitate to check out

By Johnny Beaver