Join us this August for our 3rd annual Arts Alive!

Arts Alive is the premiere community arts event dedicated to raising the visibility of working artists in our city and region. Each summer we bring together creative artists, writers, performers, and musicians from all over the area to share their studio processes and art with the larger community. They have included ceramicists, jazz musicians, printmakers, glass artists, jewelers, poets, storytellers, and MORE.

Arts Alive 2020 is a virtual festival held on August 14 &15. Join us online to discover new artists, music, poetry, and new mediums. This is a great opportunity to engage with the arts while staying safe. As always Arts Alive encourages the public to watch, make, and participate!

Tickets: Donation-$15

2020 Events:
Music Performances
Women in The Arts Panel
Poetry Readings
How-To Videos
Craft kits
and MORE!

2020 Participating Artists:

Ace Stardust, John Donoghue, Skittish, Phoenix Duo Ceph Poklemba Mia Vance, Bar Scott, Keith Steven, Phillips Bowers, Marilyn Lindsley, Leah Kahn, Gypsy Prince, Linda Edwards, Kimberly Long, Joan Linse,
Citlalmina Rios, Justin Lodge, Patrick Buermeyer, Alisha B. Whitman Art, Jen Hernandez, Brian Egan, Sharon Kaplan, Diana Rose Ryan, Edith Wolfe, Erin MacAdams, Sharon Rackham King

Literary Arts Fund, Corvallis-Benton County Public Library, Majestic Theatre, Whiteside Theatre

Business Sponsors: Foundry Collective, Downtown Corvallis Association, PEAK Internet, Burcham’s Metals, 2 Towns Ciderhouse, The Merri Artist, American Easel


The City of Halsey invites artists to submit work for monthly shows in their Halsey Community Center, as soon as they can open back up to the public.

The community Center may be used for an evening reception, but in general, viewing hours are limited to regular business hours:  Mon-Fri, 8 am – 12 noon, 1 -5 pm.

For More Information:  541-369-2522, email:, or go to for an application. 

Call for Work: Enshrine (part of Art’s Alive! online festival hosted by The Arts Center)

Deadline: July 15, 2020

Description: To enshrine is to designate as sacred, loved, respected, and worthy of remembrance. Enshrine is a call for artwork that makes visible the personally sacred. This project is a chance to express reverence for what is meaningful to you through art and share it with your community.

The Work: Create a “shrine” that is a collection of several objects or images that together conveys reverence for a person or idea. Shrines usually contain multiple images because the subject ofthe shrine is complex and cannot be understood with one image alone. Submissions may take the form of a photograph of a physical shrine, a photograph or scan of a collage or painting, or a computer-generated image.

Venue: All submissions will be accessible for viewing through The Arts Center’s website. This is an open exhibition, there will be no jury process and all work will be exhibited (The Arts Center keeps that privilege of not posting work that is derogatory to any person or group, let’s keep this positive!)


  • Digital Image: As stated above, the work can be a photograph or scan of a 2D or 3D work, or a computer-generated image. Please make your image as clear as possible. Small 2D work can be scanned. Photographs of larger 2D work and 3D work must be well lit. Please crop out backgrounds that are not part of the art. The organizer retains the right to crop or alter the image for the best result. The higher the resolution and larger the size, the better.
  • Artwork Info: Please include:
    • Your name
    • Title of artwork
    • Media and/or technique used (for example: Acrylic on Canvas, or Rocks, Wood, and Fabric)
    • Optional: Write a short explanation for your shrine. Please keep this below 100 words.

Submitting the Work: Email your digital image along with artwork info to: by 11:59 pm on July 15, 2020.


Kids will learn how to use shapes and their favorite animals to imagine their own fantastical creatures and tell stories about them!

Teaching Artist: Jen Hernandez

Schedule/ Registration:

Illustrating Myth Creatures for Kids Fee per student: $50

  • Dates: July 6 – July 10
  • Time: 10:00 am – 11:30 am
  • Ages: 6 – 9

*Materials will be prepared in kits ahead of time for pick up the Friday before camp.

“Paint to Live Improvised Cello Music” Fee per student: $40

Dates: NEW Dates: July 27-30

Time: NEW Times: 3-4 pm Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday (instruction and working) Thursday (show and tell)

All Ages (younger children are welcome with adult supervision)

Register here

Paint or draw to live, improvised cello music, receiving a soul-warming, magical atmosphere in a structured, meditative, calming environment. Focus and tune in with yourself, express your creativity in your art, and recharge your batteries, while letting yourself be inspired by the audible experience! Supply your own materials and set up your workspace for your project and we’ll meet online on Zoom for a connecting group experience.

Additional Notes:
We will be meeting and interacting online through zoom. Please make sure you have your workspace set up next to/in front of your computer, so you can hear the live music and see Sabina playing music as well and see the other participants making art while you are also visible (being filmed by your computer.)
If you have any questions, raise your arms visibly. We will verbally interact at the start and at the end, and perhaps a few times in between. I will mute all participants during certain intervals of music-making to minimize audible disruptions.

Prepare an empty paper or canvas, watercolors (or other paint/crayons/color pencils or such) as well as additional tools as a waterproof table cloth, cup of water, paper towel, pen, and eraser or whatever you might need.

You will let yourself be guided by the music and don’t yet need to know what you’ll be creating.
If you have additional questions, feel free to email me ahead of the start of the class:

June 2 – July 3, 2020


Where Does Redemption Come From?

During the month of June Shuo Cai is creating site-specific work answering this question in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. His Virtual Performance Art Installation will be presented through a series of live stream and time-lapse videos on a variety of sharing platforms.

The image Cai will be creating is inspired by the deity Avalokiteśvara, associated with compassion. The deity is known all over East Asia, in a total of 33 different manifestations including female manifestations, all to suit the minds of various beings. His/her name means “Lord who gazes down (at the world) and “who perceives the world’s lamentations”; he/she hears the cries of sentient beings (humans and animals) and works tirelessly to help those who call upon him/her. To represent the relationship between supplication* and giving, Cai will make a number of circles of his handprints.

In his words:

“These handprints will be centered on me, arranged in multiple concentric circles throughout the wall. This was inspired by a Buddhist icon, Avalokitesvara. I thought that the God who redeems the world must have had a most helpless moment.”

*a form of prayer, wherein one party humbly or earnestly asks another party to provide something, either for the party who is doing the supplicating (e.g., “Please spare my life.”) or on behalf of someone else.


Submission Deadline: August 3, 2020

The Maude Kerns Art Center invites artists to submit to the 27th annual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) Exhibit, October 9 – November 2, featuring two- and three-dimensional work related to the theme of the Mexican Day of the Dead.

The Día de los Muertos celebration blends the ancient harvest rituals of the Aztec god of death and the Roman Catholic holidays of All Saints and All Souls days. The celebration honors the dead and acknowledges the link between the communities of the living and the dead.

Submissions must be postmarked by Monday, August 3. Artists are invited to submit up to five pieces for consideration by the jury. Digital images should be submitted on CD or flash drive in jpeg format (medium-sized at a resolution of 300 dpi or higher). One image per piece. There is a $15 submission fee.

For an application form, visit the Art Center’s website at or contact Sarah Ciampa at the Maude Kerns Art Center at 541-345-1571.


Dr. Steele chose to begin passing from this world, by stopping food and water, and his death came Sunday morning, April 19, 2020. Even through  many rounds of chemo, his drive and sense of community kept him determined to do all he could to keep active and connected. We know the loss of his weekly Squirrel’s and Beanery visits with dear friends took its toll.
We are so grateful that Bob, Emily and their family had the foresight and leadership to set so many positive things in motion for community arts to thrive through future support for The Arts Center, and donation of the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection for public enjoyment.  Our warmest thoughts are with Emily and the Steele Family.
We also are thankful for the dedicated time and support from so many friends and supporters, that makes The Arts Center a place they both cherished.

January 8, 1937 — April 19, 2020

Dr. Robert (Bob) E. Steele Jr. passed peacefully at his son Tom’s family home on April 19, 2020 after a lengthy and brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was born January 8, 1937 in Kansas City, Missouri. Robert grew up in Nevada, Missouri where he graduated valedictorian from Nevada High School in 1955. He enjoyed managing his own dance band for four years while in high school. He matriculated to the University of Missouri where he was a proud member of Beta Theta Pi and graduated valedictorian in 1959 with a degree in chemistry and served as president of 14 organizations. In 1963, Robert graduated cum laude from Harvard Medical School. He next completed a Harvard internship, where his research done during this time later received a national award for best basic research of the year. Following his internship he married Emily Stephens, where their adventure began while he served two years in the Navy in Taiwan and Vietnam. He completed an orthopedic residency in 1971 in which he served as Chief Resident at Massachusetts General Hospital.

The family, which now included three children, moved to Corvallis in May of 1971, where he joined the staff of Good Samaritan Hospital until retirement in 2006. Dr. Steele founded the joint replacement institute where he performed the second total hip replacement in the state of Oregon and the first total knee replacement. He served on many committees including the board of directors, the long range planning committee, and served as medical staff president.

Bob, as he was almost exclusively known in the Corvallis community, had many fond associations over the nearly 50 years in which he resided. Bob enjoyed being a founding member of the Corvallis Episcopal Church’s men’s breakfast group, of playing clarinet in the Corvallis Community Band’s summer concerts for 35 years, and as loyal member of the Tuesday night Squirrel’s group and the Thursday beanery bunch where he was very proud to have attended all 20 of the annual bicycle and ski trips. Bob was an environmentalist who loved bicycling, skiing, and white water rafting.

Bob was an avid cyclist who rode to and from the Hospital rain or shine for 35 years but for the infrequent Corvallis snow days. He was a very devoted and loving father who made family dinner a ritual. He always rode his bike home in time for dinner only to return to the hospital to do his rounds and to attend to his many responsibilities after the family meal. During his nearly 56 year marriage his greatest passion was the advocacy of, the devotion to, and the support of Emily’s art career and that of the Corvallis Arts Center.

He is survived by Emily, son Ed, daughter-in-law Amy; son Tom, daughter-in-law Kelli; daughter Linda, son-in-law Christian; grandchildren: John, Grace, Savannah, Brian, Henry, Jayden, Christian, Lily, Colton, and Logan; and many loving extended family and friends. Due to the current isolation requirements a funeral service will be held at the Church of The Good Samaritan on a future date yet to be determined. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Arts Center Foundation Steele Family Fund at 700 SW Madison, Corvallis, OR 97330.

McHenry Funeral Home assisted with arrangements.

The Importance of High Quality Photos:
Understanding Pixels, Resolution and File Types
with David Paul Bayles


In this not-too-technical class, artists will learn how to easily and confidently manage the images of their artworks for submissions, giclee printing and press requests. Learn to understand the juried submission guidelines and how to submit exactly what they request.

Topics Covered:
What a pixel is and why they are so important
How to properly re-size your images for juried submissions
A simple folder and file management system for artists so you can easily locate the image you want and always maintain an original, pristine image of your artwork
When, where and why to use Jpegs, Pngs, or Tiffs
The difference between DPI and PPI
Why the “Save As’ command is your best friend
The importance of high quality photography of your artwork as one of the foundations of your art career

About David:
David Paul Bayles has been a professional photographer since graduating with honors from Brooks Institute of Photography in 1980. Twenty-three years after graduating, his alma mater asked him to give the commencement address and awarded him an honorary master’s degree. His commissioned images have been published in numerous national and regional magazines, websites and corporate reports. His fine art photography is held in museum and private collections. He is currently working on his second book of photographs that will accompany his traveling exhibition titled Sap In Their Veins.

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Beginning July 16, we will be open to the public Thurs-Sat, 12-5 pm. Masks and physical distancing required.  

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Many Programs have gone Online!

A number of Creative Connection opportunities are offered virtually:

Our Artist Meetup community has move online, too:

State Save, Be Well! And see everyone soon.

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