ARTISTS: Turn your passion into a business!

Hosted by the LBCC SBDC and Anne Whittington. Learn the basics of running a small business in this brief 90-minute seminar. We’ll cover:

-Legal Aspects
-Business Plans

$10 Suggested Donation

With 15 years experience as a business advisor and an entrepreneur herself, Anne is excited to help you follow your dream of starting your very own business! Wherever you find yourself in the business cycle, Anne is available to walk with you on a variety of issues including internet marketing, financing, and planning.

Artwork by Emily Steele

September 28-November 2, 2019

  • Artist Reception Thursday, October 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Lunchbox Artist Talk, Thursday, October 24, 12 noon

Works on view from the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection, donated to The Arts Center by her family at the end of 2018. The twelve-piece collection includes glass and steel sculptures which have not seen by the public for 30 years. The show references the collaborative spirit she inspired to complete her work, and includes photos, sketches and memorabilia from which she drew inspiration, and that document her lifetime in the arts.

Emily Steele spent the majority of her art making career in Corvallis, sold her sculptures primarily through a gallery in Los Angelas, California and the Fountain Gallery in Portland, Oregon. Her work was purchased by collectors nationwide. Steele also received several public arts commissions, the most ambitious of which can be found in the Alison Room of the First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis.

Sculptures in the collection are available for loans on longer-term placements. Contact Hester Coucke for more information.

August 27-September 21, 2019

Repetition: A study on geometric shapes, colors, and dimensions

  • Conversation from the Corrine Woodman Gallery, Thursday, September 5, 12 noon-1 pm

This exhibit showcases Levant Karayalim’s three dimensional wall hangings. All pieces are made from repurposed materials such as corrugated paper, wood, cloth, and canvas. His works combine vibrant color combinations as well as bold black and white contrasting geometric shapes.

Levant was born in Istanbul, Turkey and moved to the United States in the late 1980’s. At age 25, while living in NYC, he restored 14th-15th-16th French and Flemish Medieval tapestries that now reside in museums and residences. This talent has transformed into his artworks. He is inspired by Neo-concrete and Minimalists art movements. Work in this show focus on repetition and creating a large whole from smaller repetitive elements.

This one-day workshop will lead participants through all the steps of creating a monoprint. Start with photo references, composition, and printing techniques to end with unique, one-of-a-kind prints to take home!

All supplies provided, beginners welcome!

Schedule & Registration info:

  • Saturday, October 19
  • 11:00 am- 3:00 pm (includes break time)

    Teens and Adults (15 years and older) 

Registration fee: $60.00 per participant
Register here

Are you an aspiring young artist who would like to see your artwork made into greeting cards and sold in the ArtShop?

Family, friends, community members, and visitors to The Arts Center will have the opportunity to see your artwork in a professional format and purchase it! This could be the gateway to a lucrative hobby or a blossoming career as an artist.

Stop by the ArtShop on Saturday between 12pm and 5pm and share your work with Dawn Figueroa, the ArtShop Manager. Or contact to set up an appointment and get more information.

The purchase of a young artist’s card goes toward scholarships that support art education programs for kids!

August 15-September 23, 2019

  • Lunch Box Artist Talk Thursday, August 22, 2019, 12 noon

Tradition Turns Contemporary, honors the rich history of quilt-making while reinterpreting it through contemporary visual language and materials. Pushing the boundaries of fiber art, Dorothy McGuinness, Jennifer Salzman, and Ann Kresge, explore the essence of quilt-making.

Since quilting comes out of a domestic practice mostly executed by women, it seems fitting that three women artists are represented in this exhibit. Tradition Turns Contemporary is part of Benton County’s 2019 Quilt County, a biannual series of quilt exhibits. The Arts Center has been a part of Quilt County for many years, at times with actual quilts but more often with artwork that reinterprets the theme of quilting as “making a new whole out of smaller individual pieces.” 

Dorothy McGuinness (Everett, WA), paints strips of watercolor paper and creates baskets in unique and intriguing forms. Her work is colorful, experimental and definitely not you “grandmothers basket.” The shapes look like complicated math formulas. McGuinness says, “approaching my work as a puzzle drives me to discover new shapes and weaving innovations. I often think, how can I get this shape or pattern combination? What if I use these colors in this combination in this order/ What if…”

Jennifer Salzman’s (Creswell, OR) work has moved from photography to mixed media, as she combines photography with textile and embroidery techniques. She uses black and white photography to convey a sense of tradition and history, as present in traditional (bed) quilts but makes it contemporary through imagery and mixing of unrelated techniques and materials. Salzman uses “old” technology, such as film-based photography and traditional embroidery, to create new mixed media-based narratives.

Ann Kresge, a Salem, OR artist, is a printmaker and bookmaker who created artworks from small artists’ books to site-specific installations. Both art forms share the idea of “many small parts forming a larger whole” in common with quilting, as well as a propensity of storytelling. Books have many pages; her larger print work is dominated by a fascination with patterns. In traditional quilting, the reused materials from old clothing told a disguised story, so does Kresge’s work. Kresge explains:

With roots in printmaking and book arts I employ approaches inherent to those media: thinking in layers, series and sequence. Though experimental and expansive in my mix of materials, I am consistent in my artistic concerns. Through my explorations and resulting work I am interested in providing the viewer the opportunity to make connections and discover their own narratives and iconographies.


cover image: Christopher Campione “The Sea”

The Arts Center invites artists to submit works that relate to the idea of light. This is open to the artist’s interpretation, and all mediums are welcome. See below for details, important dates, and restrictions.


  • Sept 28: Deadline to submit work
  • Nov12 – Dec 21: Exhibit dates “About Light”
  • Nov 14: Thursday Reception
  • Nov 21 & Dec 19:  Corvallis Arts Walk
  • Nov 27: WEDNESDAY Lunchbox Art Talk
  • Dec 23 Monday: Pick up unsold & purchased work




Joan Lise, Eclipse (detail)


All little bit about the show, About Light

Consider light. It is crucial to life on Earth. In the Pacific Northwest, sunlight’s absence, as well as its importance, become starkly clear in the fall and winter months. The winter solstice marks the beginning of sunlight’s gradual seasonal return. Light also occupies metaphorical territory: many spiritual traditions use light as a symbol.

Light is the opposite of heavy. Light colors, light moods. The light of my life. lists myriad definitions of the word light. We invite you to interpret light in two- or three-dimensional works of art. Works can be figurative or literal representations of any aspect of light. The challenge for this exhibit is to represent light.

** Artwork CANNOT include any physical or artificial working light source, such as bulbs, torches or any other powered light source. Because the gallery will be lit with the usual combination of track lights and natural light, it will drown out light sources incorporated in the artwork. An intended light source is suitable, such as lanterns, candlesticks, etc. All other materials are welcome.

This exhibit is part invitational and part open call. To supplement the works of several invited artists, we ask local art makers to participate. We have room for as many as 70 works of art. The deadline to commit is October 1, 2019. Online applications for open entries will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register in the form below. We will accept commitments to participate until we have all spots filled. We will notify everyone who registers and will create a backup list of as many as 15 pieces.



MV Moran, “Light and Dark”

This exhibit is The Arts Center’s holiday show and also a fundraiser. We hope to bring lightness to the dark days of December AND to be able to offer art for sale as a gift opportunity. Towards that end, we are seeking a variety of price levels.

Size restriction: for 2D work roughly 12 x 12 inches; for 3 D work: no more than 12“ in any direction.

How to Apply:

Email the following information to Hester at

  • Name:
  • Address:
  • Phone:
  • Title:
  • Media:
  • Dimensions in full inches (example: 12 x 24 NOT 11 5/8 x 24 3/8):
  • Sales price $ (the work must be for sale):
  • Commission: Indicate whether you would like to receive a 50% commission – OR – donate 100% of the sale price to The Arts Center.
  • A brief written description of the work, no more than 200 characters

Photographs of indicative works or of the specific work you will exhibit are much appreciated but are not required. Email PDF, no larger than 25MB.


August 1, 2019

5:30 – 7:00 pm

Stop by the monthly Artist Meetup, bring a work in progress (song, music, painting, sculpture, etc.) to share or just come to enjoy the company of local and regional artists.

Stop by, say hi, share, listen, enjoy. Light refreshments will be provided.

This event is free and open to the public.

***This event is located in the Basement of The Arts Center (Sorry no elevator)***


The Arts Center invites you to submit artwork for the Corrine Woodman Galleries 2020 exhibition schedule.

DEADLINE: Oct. 6, 2019, midnight

Who makes the selection? The Arts Center Exhibition Committee reviews submissions. This committee also selects the exhibitions for the Main Gallery. The committee includes representatives from art guilds in the area as well as artist members at large.

Eligibility: This call is open to artists from the Willamette Valley. It can be work by up-and-coming as well as established artists, young artists, those working in non-traditional as well as under-represented media or subject matter, artists interested in experimenting with the gallery spaces, and those interested in curating their own exhibits in any of these categories.

Most visual art media, including video but excluding performance, will be considered. Jurors will look for work of high quality and imagination, and work that engages viewers. Jurors will also consider the appropriateness and suitability for the available spaces.

Artists who have had a solo or two-person exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Galleries in 2019 are not eligible.

The Gallery Spaces: There are two Corrine Woodman Galleries. The Arts Center will exhibit the work of one to two artists per exhibit. When two artists are included, works from both individuals will be placed in both galleries.

The Corrine Woodman Gallery I occupies space in the front of the building, just off the ArtShop. This intimate space measures 7.5 feet by 9 feet, with a total of 23 linear feet of useable wall space. Artists are expected to have some familiarity with the gallery space before submitting.

The Corrine Woodman Gallery II includes a ±15-foot-long wall close to the building’s back entrance. It occupies a high-traffic area, and it’s specifically equipped for large work or murals. It can accommodate smaller pieces, including small three-dimensional work (no more than 5 inches deep).

Terms and Conditions:

  • Work previously shown at The Arts Center is not eligible.
  • The Arts Center receives a 50 percent commission on artwork sales.
  • Work is to have been completed within the past two years unless the proposal is for a retrospective.
  • Submissions must represent the work that will be exhibited but does not need to be the exact pieces that will be shown.
  • The Arts Center will send notifications regarding submissions electronically.
  • If you want confirmation that a submission has been received, send a request to for confirmation.

Method of Submission: 

  • Submit name and contact information.
  • An outline or short description of the proposed exhibit no more than 3,000 characters including spaces.
  • 10 images (no less, no more). Exhibits will be selected from these digital images.
    Image File Guidelines:
  • JPG files only.
  • Each image should measure 1,920 pixels on the longest side.
  • Images should be standard web resolution of 72 ppi/dpi.
  • Image files must be no larger than 2MB.
  • Name each image file to include: number, artist name, title, medium, dimensions using whole numbers (24 instead of 23.5 in.)
  • Do not use digital imaging software to place a watermark or embed a name or any other information onto the image.


  • Oct. 6, 2019: Deadline to submit proposals
  • Nov. 4, 2018: Exhibit Committee meets for selection
  • Nov. 12 through Dec. 17: Artists notified electronically
  • Questions or FMI:
    • email with the subject: “CWG Submission 2020”
    • Call 541-754-1551 extension 658, Mon – Thursday 9 AM – 2 PM

The Critical Eye: Works from Rich Bergeman, Phil Coleman, Marjorie Kinch, Bill Laing, Jack Larson, John Morris, Jim Magruder, Dave McIntire, and John Ritchie

Corrine Woodman Gallery

July 2 – 27, 2019

Conversations from the CWG: Thursday, July 11th, 12 noon

The exhibit – The Critical Eye – serves dual roles: to show work by individual photographers, and to show the importance of having a supportive artistic community. Such a community sustains artists by providing a sounding board of peers and creating an instant audience.

Early in 2010 Rich Bergeman, Phil Coleman, Marjorie Kinch, Bill Laing, Jack Larson, John Morris, Jim Magruder, Dave McIntire, and John Ritchie started meeting monthly to critique each other’s work. The group currently consists of eight members, all actively engaged in their art. A founding member, Dave McIntire, died recently but his work is included in the exhibit. McIntire’s artistic style and critical input profoundly influenced the whole group and the exhibit would be incomplete without him.

The photographic styles and interests of the members are completely different, ranging from landscape photography to portraits, abstract work and everything in between. They developed a common critical language based on composition, intent, subject and artistic impact to help each other grow and evolve their personal styles.  For the next nine years the group continued to meet and share their work, influencing each other’s artistic thinking and helping each other grow as individual artists.

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