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.

Around Oregon Annual, juried by Sandee McGee
June 20 – August 9, 2019
HOURS: Tues-Sat, 12-5 pm

Group exhibit by professional artists from Oregon

For Call to Artists: Deadline March 17: LINK

An opportunity to exhibit at Art for the Heart
with a chance to be previewed in the Corinne Woodman Gallery

Art for the Heart
Saturday, October 5, 2019
CH2M Hill Alumni Center | Corvallis, OR

The Arts Center is hosting Art for the Heart on Saturday, October 5, 2019 at the CH2M Hill Alumni Center in Corvallis. The event is the largest fundraiser of the year for The Arts Center. This event replaces the long standing chocolate-themed event held in past years and has been reimagined with a new 8×8 Gallery featuring the art of established, emerging, and youth artists from the region.

Participants in the 8×8 Gallery will donate their work in support of The Arts Center and all art will be available for purchase for $40 on the night of the event. A preview of art will be shown in the Corinne Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center the week before the event.


  • Size of the art: 8”x 8” (2D) or fit in a 8”x 8”x 8” box (3D). Finished pieces must be no larger than 8”x 8” including the frame or 8”x 8”x 8” including supports and displays. All art work must be display ready.
  • A gallery frame canvas or wood panel does not need a hanging fixture on the back. 3D pieces will be displayed on tables.
  • Art does not need to comply with any specific theme and any medium is accepted as long as it fits the 8”x 8” format.

How to Submit: Download and fill-out the Donation Form. (Forms also available at The Arts Center.) Drop off artwork before September 17 at The Arts Center’s Art Shop. OPEN HOURS:  Tuesday-Saturday, 12 – 5 pm. (Closed July 4 Holiday.)

As a service to artists, The Art Shop is selling 8”x 8” wood panels for $5 each. Panels are available: Tuesdays-Saturdays 12 PM – 5 PM. You may also create your own 8” x 8” art base or purchase a frame elsewhere.

Art that does not sell can still be donated, or you may pick-up at The Arts Center’s Art Shop on Tuesday, October 9 through Saturday, October 12. Art not collected during this time frame will become a donation to The Arts Center and sold through the Art Shop as a 100% donation to The Arts Center. 

Art Donation Form to fill out and attach to your Artwork >>

For more information, contact Kimberly Long at

The Arts Center presents

Trystan Reese @ The Whiteside Theatre

Trystan shares his  story of life, family and transition with us. 

Trystan Reese sprang into the public consciousness in 2017 when he decided to tell his trans pregnancy story in the mainstream media. He and his partner, Biff, are also the adoptive parents of Biff’s biological niece and nephew. They are proud to have expanded the public conversation about trans reproductive justice, queer families, and what it means to be a father. He regularly tells the unique story of his family’s creation to audiences across the country. 

He is the Director of Family Formation at Family Equality Council, a national nonprofit dedicated to supporting LGBTQ+ families and those who wish to form them. 

REGISTER NOW for this FREE Event!
Tickets available through Brown Paper Tickets

An Evening with Trystan Reese kicks off programming about transgender identity using the arts as a means of communication and connection: 

Our Thanks for support of this event, exhibition, and associated programming: 

Counseling and Psychological Services, Oregon State University

Jim and Ruth Howland Fund of The Arts Center Endowment Fund


An Iris Stands Tall: A mother’s journey, a daughter’s transition

  • April 23 – June 14, 2019
  • SPECIAL Kick-off Speaker Event, Friday, April 26 – Trystan Reese at The Whiteside Theatre @ 6:30 pm
  • Artist Reception: Thursday May 9, 5:30 – 7:30
  • CAW: Thursday May 16, 4 – 8 PM – Artist will be present
  • Panel Discussion Beyond Binary: Thursday, May 30, 6:30 pm, moderated by Corvallis City Club moderator Steve Schultz and Corvallis Advocate Editor Stevie Beisswanger. Includes Michelle Bachand, Therapist;  Lorena Reynolds, Sibling and Lawyer Advocate, Rev. Amber Churchill First Congregational Church, Teddy Garish, Corvallis Transgeneder Support Group, and artist and mother Annette Sabater
  • Sinking City POP Festival, Saturday, May 11 

An Iris Stands Tall: “A Mother’s Journey, a Daughter’s Transition” is an art exhibit about gender identity.

The Arts Center recognizes the important role the arts can play helping people communicate and understand the social construct of gender and cultural identity formation. Gender identity, more newly understood to be a social construct, is moving us beyond the binary. Conversations surrounding gender identity and expression are not always easy or without controversy. Since the visual arts excel as a way to process information through non-verbal cues and feelings, The Arts Center presents this work to open conversations about this theme.

Artist Annette Sabater documented her journey through the gender transition of her daughter. Making artwork gave her an opportunity to express her feelings and doubts as she researched and learned the process and outcomes of the transition. It yielded a large body of artwork Sabater has begun use as an activist in support of people who are transgender. Her work is a testimonial that serves as a starting point for a conversation in the safe sanctuary of The Arts Center.

The Arts Center acknowledges that this exhibit is a parent’s process of understanding beyond the binary. The imagery used is very personal, and may feel different and perhaps stressful for other gender non-conforming, gender-fluid, nonbinary or trans people.

In tandem with this exhibit, the Corrine Woodman Gallery will feature “Plus Voices” artwork by local artists about gender identity, curated by Rosalie Lingo (May 3 – June 1, 2019).

A panel discussion, special speaker Trystan Reese, and Corvallis DIY’s annual music festival were also scheduled to accompany this show. 


In Annette Sabater’s own words:

“My child began medical treatment to transition from an adolescent boy into a young woman at age sixteen. Although her father and I knew this was a possibility from early childhood, the realization that we were entering a new journey with our child into the transgender world was mysterious and at times full of doubt and grief.

Over the course of three years, my emotions and knowledge of this new world grew and changed. My art integrates my observations, research, experiences and interactions. Expression through art helped me process and understand my child on many levels and led me to accept and honor my daughter. This is both a vulnerable and proud process for me.

Through my art I explore my journey as I was led to deeper levels of understanding of my child.


Our Thanks for support of this exhibit and associated programming: 


Thursday, January 10, 12-1 pm

Resident Artists Justin Lodge, Tara Robinson, Kimberly Long and peer mentor Claire Elam are open for questions about their residencies in The Arts Center studios.


Lane Arts Council is seeking professional visual, craft, and performance artists to add to their teaching artist roster. Teaching artists work with students and teachers to create educational arts activities, teach new skills, and develop creative thinking. All artists, regardless of art form and practice are encouraged to apply, however, priority consideration will go to artists working in:
  • Ceramics/clay
  • Nature and science art
  • Vocal music
  • Instrumental music
  • Cultural expression and arts, including: Native storytellers; Pacific Northwest Native artists; Latinx visual, music, and dance artists; East Asian music/dance/art (Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Taiwanese, Thai, etc.); Bollywood, Bharatanatyan, Odissi and other Indian dance forms; Middle Eastern/Northern African music/dance/art; South African music/dance/art; South American music/dance/art (Argentinian, Brazilian, Colombian, Venezuelan, etc.);
Applications will be reviewed starting January 7th, 2019. The position will remain open until filled.
Questions? Contact: Eric Braman, 541-485-2278,

January 3 – February 2, 2019

  • Thursday, January 10, 12 noon – 1 pm, Conversation from the Corrine Woodman Gallery

As part of their residency in The Arts Center’s Artist Accelerator Program, Kimberly Long, Justin Lodge, Tara Robinson and Claire Elam exhibit their work in the Corrine Woodman Gallery.

The Artist Accelerator Program is dedicated to the professional development of established as well as emerging artists. In it, artists learn career-building skills that boost confidence, artistic abilities, and economic proficiency. The residency has provided these four artists with studio space at The Arts Center for four months, access to lectures and critiques, participation in artist talks, partnership with the Corvallis Arts Walk, and this exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Gallery.

Gnook by Kimberly LongKimberly Long, who works in clay, creates storylines about small creatures all around us. All her work is developing around that idea. She makes small environments for them to live in such as houses, small woodlands, and free-standing doors. Long started with polymer clay and used the residency as an opportunity to start working in natural clay.

Painting by Justin LodgeJustin Lodge can be described as a landscape painter, but he presents his subject matter in abstract and unrelated ways. By combining pattern and landscape he creates a new awareness of his theme. Lodge has exhibited a series at CEI ArtWorks Gallery in Corvallis, where landscape was captured in nine circles within a square panel. He used the residency to break with that idea. He moved away from the regular, symmetrical pattern of the nine circles. Shapes he now favors look like swirling ribbons. The viewer gets small glimpses of sunset skies and early morning mountains, while other parts of the ribbons show a plain backside. It is like a contemporary surrealism, without the estrangement of objects. Lodge had previously worked in oils but extended his reach in materials to gouache for this residency.

Tara Robinson OwlTara Robinson has a background in biology, studying birds. It is no surprise all her paintings have birds in them. She concentrated her residency on a bird of prey surrounded by pink poppies. Like Lodge’s work, Robinson’s images have a surreal quality, but in a style more reminiscent of scientific illustration. Robinson uses a mix of traditional painting techniques as well as Adobe Photoshop. The end result is a hand-painted image or an illustration prepared for printing or the screen.

Claire ElamClaire Elam works in clay and watercolor, though she concentrated her residency on clay. She took this opportunity to make larger work than she can create with the means she has at home. Her work is hand built and includes elements of functional objects as well as sculpture. Some of her work might be used as a vase, for example, but it also could certainly stand on its own as a decorative object. She based her design on human body parts, often abstracting them.

Showing in tandem with Residencies from AAP are two mid-career artists sharing the Main Gallery: The Art of Being an Artist.


A color catalog documenting both shows is available for purchase ($10 each) thanks to support from The Ford Family Foundation.



The Artist Accelerator is a foundations professional development program for visual artists, artisans, musicians and writers. Established and emerging artists work to gain career-building skills that boost economic proficiency and confidence. The program offers artist residencies, business development lectures and regular critique meetups.

Thanks to support for The Artist Accelerator Program from The James F. and Marion L. Miller Foundation, Oregon Cultural Trust, and residents of the City of Corvallis.

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February 26 – April 18, 2019

The Annual Jim and Ruth Howland Community OPEN is our most popular exhibit and for good reason. Everyone is invited to participate!

Unlike other curated shows at The Arts Center, the Howland Community OPEN Exhibition invites ALL people living in Linn or Benton Counties to show their art. Professionals exhibit alongside youth and the gallery walls are filled with the creativity of over 200 artists.

Art making is a valuable means of expression for beginners and seasoned professional artists alike. The exhibit reflects the joy of art-making and the engagement of our community with the visual arts. Awards are given for several categories, including Youth, People’s Choice, 3-Dimensional Works, and Small but Mighty.

Calendar: February/March/ April 2019:

  • March 14 – Brown Bag Art Talk, 12 noon
  • March 21, April 18 – CAW (Art Walk) 4:00 – 8:00 PM
  • March 21  – Reception/CAW/AWARDS, 5:30 – 7:30, (Award announcements approx. 6 PM)
  • April 19, 20 – Pick up Artwork, 12 – 5 PM Friday, Saturday
  • April 22 – Gallery Wall Painting — make sure your piece is safely gone! 


Thanks to Exhibition Sponsorship support from Citizen’s Bank.

Logo to Citizen's Bank

Thanks to Ruth and Jim Howland for establishing the Howland Fund within The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund to support the Community OPEN Show Awards.


New: Curator’s Trophy for a Small but Mighty Work, anything roughly one foot (12 inches) all dimensions, or SMALLER!

VOTING for the People’s Choice Award

    • Visitors may cast up to 3 votes with small post-its supplied by The Arts Center front desk
    • Voting can be for different pieces or all for one piece — however you wish to vote
    • Votes accepted from February 26 – March 20 (HOURS: Tuesday–Friday, 12 – 5 PM.
    • There is no voting on the day of the Reception, Thursday, March 21.

Award Winners 2019:

First Name Last Name Title Category Awards
Jonathan Long Welcome to Petonia 0-7 Honorable Mention
Brooklyn Beam Doodling with Gramma Mimi 0-7 Honorable Mention
Grace Whitman Mermaid 0-7

Honorable Mention

Lucy Whitman Me and My Butterfly 0-7

Honorable Mention

Hazel Ryan Princess 0-7 Award
Abner Palmer Matatoro 8-13 Honorable Mention
Kwei, Wyatt Vicek A Day at a French Cafe 8-13 Honorable Mention
Mevih Vicek Rescue at Sea 8-13 Award
Ally Willard Conflicted 14-19 Honorable Mention
Jacie Amis Headrush 14-19

Honorable Mention

Soren Figueroa Lightning Ice Storm 14-19

Honorable Mention

Annie Berry Untamed Lion Face 14-19

Award + People’s Choice Award

Morgan Barnett Harvest Omen No. 1 Non-professional

Honorable Mention

Jeri Le The T-Shirt Shop Non-professional

Honorable Mention

Jaidey  Contractor Ascelepian Calix Non-professional


Muriel Condon Basket Case Professional Artist

Honorable Mention

Mathew Nelson My Funny Valentine Professional

Honorable Mention

Carol Chapel The Nest Professional


Gary House Politics Non-professional

Curator’s Choice

Carolyn Sparling Tipsy Cups 3D



**The Arts Center does not accept responsibility for damage to artwork not picked up by Saturday April 20, 5 PM. Artwork not picked up by Saturday April 27 will be considered a donation to The Arts Center.

Photo credit: Joan Linse

2019 Exhibition Schedule – Illustrated

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