‘Tis the season for us to nag you for a little support for your local artists this holiday—art is a thoughtful personal gesture as a gift, and throwing some dollars into the Corvallis arts economy means something, too. Now, on to characterizing this particular month’s Corvallis Arts Walk: season cheer and downright reflection at many venues, with scattered other goodies.
Sadly, we must report that Jeff Hess will be closing his downtown studio. The timeline is a bit unclear, but he was not listed for this month’s Arts Walk at press time. This adds to last month’s announcement that Studio262 will be shuttering its doors come mid-January.
(Above Image: “Tea Party” by Montage Collective Juried Exhibit artist Catherine Fitzsimmons)
THE ARTS CENTER • 700 SW Madison Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m. Reception for With Wings and Tails. Local and regional artists were invited to share their animal friends. Exhibit includes works in clay, prints, woodcarving sculptures, paintings, drawing, and photography. Participating artists are Christopher Adams, Liisa Barden-Rahkonen, Carol Chapel, Faye Cummins, Anthony Gordon, Patricia Giraud, Adriana Huyer, Frank Kolwicz, Renee McKitterick, Stan Peterson, and Sara Swink.
STUDIO262 • 425 SW Madison Ave., Ste. H-1 • 4 to 8 p.m. Goodbye Bash. This gallery invites attendees to its final arts walk, Holiday Show. Because it is preparing to close, all art supplies are for sale at substantial discounts during this last big community party. And, in true party fashion, there will be cake.
BISON! BISON! • 354 SW Madison Ave. • 5 to 9 p.m. Featuring Muriel Condon with a collection of small works in graphite and colored pencil. Her work creates scenes without context, focusing on unexpected juxtapositions of everyday objects. With seeming intention, Condon works between realistic and impressionist representation, placing and choosing objects with a purpose—though imparting meaning is left to the observer. Artist reception will be during the Arts Walk from 5 to 9 p.m.
ARTWORKS (CEI) GALLERY • 4th St. & Monroe Ave. • 4 to 8 p.m. Cara Tomlinson: Props and Propositions. The artist writes, “My work has a variety of overlapping concerns, exploring construction and evolution of self, boundaries of subjectivity, and the interconnection of self and environment through a grounding in material, process, and the history of painting. In dialog with the long and varied tradition of modernist abstraction, I explore the intersection between painting and sculpture and the extension of painterly language into dimensional applications. The role the studio plays in my work is both structural and theoretical—it becomes the subject of the work as well as the frame for the process. Much of my recent work arises out of paying attention to the ecology, evolution, and residue of the studio process and reusing and re-purposing material left over from other processes. This work is formally driven and playful—studio objects co-exist with painted surfaces. These forms interbreed and engage each other. Objects influence paintings and paintings become inspiration for objects.”
VOICES GALLERY • 301 SW • 4th St., Ste. 160 (new location) • 4 to 8 p.m. Closure & Renewal. As the year ends, this gallery’s artists depict endings and beginnings.
KAREN WYSOPAL • 230 SW 3rd St., #208 (new location) • 4 to 8 p.m. After a hiatus from last month’s Arts Walk to regroup in a new larger downtown studio, this artist is excited to open for December Arts Walk with many new, larger alcohol ink paintings. Also, you’ll find colorful holiday cards, small originals, and lots and lots of prints.
ART IN THE VALLEY • 209 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m. The featured exhibit titled Imagine showcases new work by oil painter Beatrice Rubenfeld, who delights in the beauty that’s out there and translates it into her own vision. According to the gallery, this artist focuses on color and nature.
PEGASUS GALLERY • 341 SW 2nd St. • 4 to 8 p.m. The Movable Feast of Art. This gallery hosts an annual rotating exhibit of local and regional artwork: paintings, prints, photography, ceramics, fiber arts during the holidays. This year’s exhibit features paintings and mixed media by Bill Shumway, Rachel Urista, Debi Friedlander, and Paige Shumway; prints by Kevin Clark, Bonnie Hall, and Jim Howland; photography by John Ginn, Don Ferguson, Jeff Hess, Ben McReynolds, Denise Gholsen, and Corwin Willard; and ceramics by Jan Dymond, Barbara Markello, Becca Lemon, Dale Donovan, and Jay Widmer.
BRITTNEY WEST STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., Studio #3 • 4 to 8 p.m. New additions to Brittney West’s Animal Activist Artwork series, with eco-prints available for purchase. As usual, West invites guests to pick her brain.
FRED AMOS STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., Studio 12 • 4 to 8 p.m. Landscapes and floral paintings ready for framing that make great last-minute purchases for Christmas.
RACHEL URISTA STUDIO • 340 SW 2nd St., Studio 12 • 4 to 8 p.m. Oversized Abstraction. Come view the beginning of a rather big abstract painting, spanning 7.5 feet by 5 feet, while you browse original art, fine art prints, and coloring books by the artist.
FAIRBANKS GALLERY • Fairbanks Hall, 220 SW 26th St. • 4 to 8 p.m. This annual Montage Collective juried exhibit draws from a pool of OSU students of all majors, traditionally providing a wide spectrum of work in matters of genre, background, and intention. One of the most diverse exhibits of the year, it includes local artists Caroline Moses, Johnny Beaver, Angelica Ingeman, Mike Chasco and many more. This year’s featured juror is Bruce Burris, who has made a career of establishing programs that provide various supports for artists who are considered to be at risk or considered to be/have disabilities. Burris is the current director of CEI Artworks in downtown Corvallis.