An all-acoustic music event performed by local musicians!

The focus is folk music. Other musical genres are welcome. Both individuals and groups and a variety of instrumentation are encouraged.

Free and open to all, both performers and audience.

2nd Tuesday of each month
Time: 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.

The Arts Center, 700 SW Madison, Corvallis

Contact Kurt Smith at k_smith1342(at)comcast(dot)net or phone at 541-270-6369

LOCAL FOLK is a partnership of the Corvallis Folklore Society and The Arts Center, Corvallis


Local Folk

Apply now for  2019/20 Artist Residency >>

Deadline: September 5, 2019, at 6 PM

The Artist Accelerator Program is comprised of professional development programming, networking events, and residencies for emerging artists. Artists in residence participate in supportive peer development through casual critiques, professional development lectures, progress meetings, and preparation of a body of artworks to exhibit at The Arts Center. Artist Accelerator residents are selected for professional and personal growth potential, as well as an ability and willingness to contribute to the growing artist community.

2019/2020 Residency Expectations & Details:

  • There are 6 Residencies available. 2 painting and 2 ceramic on-site at The Arts Center and 2 open media (not needing ventilation) off-site.
  • Off-site residencies are generously hosted by the Downtown Corvallis Association and are open to artists working in any media that does not require ventilation. This can include, installation, sculpture, music/sound, some painting, writing, drawing, and other media. This does not include ceramics or spray painting. 
  • Residency cost is $800 with up to $200 in scholarships as available.
  • Residencies run Sept. 30 – Dec. 20 with studio clean out no later than Jan. 4
  • Residents are expected to attend the majority of Wednesday evenings events Oct-Dec 2019 and monthly Thursday evening events on the first and third Thursdays. Wednesday evening events are Progress Meetings and Professional Development Lectures. Thursday events are the Artist Meetups (soft critique and discussion) and Corvallis Art Walks (CAW).
  • Professional Development Lectures will cover: 
    • Going into Business (Business basics)
    • Professional Artist Practices
    • Money Matters (Taxes and Finance)
    • Applying to Galleries & Exhibitions
    • Selling Online
    • Marketing & Branding
  • Residents are required to host open studios during CAW evenings in Oct. Nov. and Dec. 2019
  • Residents are required to participate in the end of residency exhibit that will run Feb. 19 – March 14. Residents are expected to work with the Exhibit Director and meet exhibition deadlines, during and after the residency.

Questions? Contact Claire Elam 



2018-19 Resident Artists

The first resident artists were featured in a catalog documenting artwork created during their residency, shown in tandem with the Art of Being an Artist, and exhibit for mid-career artists Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún.  A video documents the results of the first artists’ four-month residencies, and in the video below residents talk about their time as residents:


Justin Lodge | Painting

Justin Lodge is a artist and educator living and working in Albany, Oregon. He was born in Chardon, Ohio in 1976. Justin holds a Master of Landscape Architecture from Rhode Island School of Design (2005) and a Bachelor of Fine Art from the Cleveland Institute of Art (2000). His current paintings are based on observing the clutter that fills his own mind as observed through meditation. Justin paints multiple skyscapes that exist in the same space, contained in forms that twist and overlap each other. These contorting forms mimic the behavior of thoughts and emotions when observed in the mind. He choose to represent these as skies because of the infinite variety of moods a sky can evoke; from bright and luminous to dark and foreboding. Justin has found most significant about the residency so far is the opportunity to show his work both in the gallery and in a publication. These opportunities have given him the impetus to focus on producing and defining his work in a way he has not  before. He has also benefited from being in communication with other artists, both in the studio and at the lectures. The lectures on professionalism and the business of art have given great information and set a tone for how to get yourself and your work out in the world. 


Photo of Kimberly LongKimberly Long | Ceramics

This opportunity has opened a whole new world to Kim and her work. Growing up in Pueblo, Colorado she was fortunate enough to be surrounded by local artists. The Sangre de Cristo Arts Center invited school age students to engage with the arts and the artists. This left a lasting impression on her to always create and make. Kim is excited to be a part of a program with an encouraging community again. After recently moving to Corvallis, her imagination started to run wild and anytime she looked outside, she began to understand the origins of folklore.

In the trunks of trees there are hidden entrances. After a rain and during a sun break, the gems of raindrops sparkling on the branches. Moss grows to soften some of the roughest surfaces. It is almost as if there are tiny whimsical wanderers out there trying to make our lives a little more enchanted. Naturally, Kim wanted to encourage these wanderers to stay. She began making Gnooks. Gnooks are doors and dwellings that invite whimsical wanderers to open the eyes of humans to all that is naturally enchanting. Getting to work at The Arts Center provides an artistic development opportunity that she never anticipated. Kim is eager to grow professionally, artistically, and confidently with an inspiring community.


Tara Robinson | Painting

Tara Rodden Robinson, Ph.D., is an artist and illustrator. A biologist by training, she presents natural organisms with biological realism while expressing emotion and narrative through color and subtle anthropomorphism. She explores the spiritual nature of the natural world by depicting animals as sacred and worthy of recognition as individuals. Her current series of paintings, entitled “Prayers for Irrational Beasts,” reflects her deep love for nature as well as her  anguish over the destruction of habitats and the loss of biodiversity. Her intent is to give the viewer an intimate and personal experience of each animal. She works in acrylics, watercolor, and colored pencil. When asked what she valued most about being an artist in residence at the Arts Center, she said, “As someone who works at home, I love coming to the Arts Center every day to be part of a community of creatives. I love meeting people and sharing our stories. Most of all, I value the opportunity to contribute to the lives of others through sharing my art and my love of nature.”


Claire Elam | Ceramics – Peer Mentor

Claire grew up with a very close relationship with nature and small communities. These relationships developed throughout her adolescence and when it came time to leave for college she followed the course and chose to go somewhere very small, in the woods, and community focused. Claire has always sought arts education even when she was a small child. Never satisfied with the camps or community college classes she attended, it wasn’t until college that she felt like her limits were fully stretched. Claire has always been in love with painting and the tactile nature of paint. However, along the way her community convinced her to explore ceramics. She spent the following 4 years covered head to toe in clay, plaster, and glaze. The historical connection that paint has with natural elements has always intrigued her and clay has been no different and is very obviously connected to the earth. Claire focuses much of her artwork on the physical connections between nature and communities. She is inspired by the determination and practice of Yoko Inoue, and how she manages to keep a strict practice filled with humor and whimsy. She recently re-discovered the work of James Turrell and his focus over the decades while still creating work that is disorienting and hauntingly beautiful, astounds Claire. Vija Celmins is a long time favorite of Claire’s and she adores the attention to detail and the painstaking processes Celmins uses. Claire is excited to be mentoring Kimberly Long and sharing her ceramic knowledge in such a close and intimate manner.

** We will be taking a break from yoga this summer. Yoga will start up again in the fall.**

Yoga in the Gallery is held most Mondays and Wednesdays!  Mondays: 7-8pm and Wednesdays: 9:30-10:30am (check daily calendar)

Join us for yoga in an amazing space surrounded by artwork! This drop-in class is coordinated by a community volunteer thru partnership with The Arts Center. Suggested donation $5 per session. If you have questions or comments for the organizer of the Yoga Class, please contact

Support of this class comes from annual membership donations and weekly donations from participants and our generous instructor.  Since its beginning in 2013, Yoga class participants have contributed over $3500 to The Arts Center’s programs. 

The next time you stroll along the Corvallis downtown waterfront, be sure to take a peek at the Madison Street side of the Great Harvest Bread building – you’ll be treated to local poetry.

The History of the Poetry Marquee

In 1998, Linda Modrell, then a Benton County Commissioner, was presented with the sign of the defunct Midway Theater (formerly located on Hwy 20). Modrell wanted the sign preserved and enjoyed by the public. David Livingston of Endex Engineering generously volunteered to restore and hang the sign on an Endex-owned building, on the corner of First and Madison Avenues.

Once the sign was in place, Livingston approached The Arts Center about filling the sign with artwork. Hester Coucke, The Arts Center’s Curator, suggested that poetry would be an art form true to the original purpose of the sign: a means for displaying words. The Arts Center volunteers curate the poems, and Endex Engineering continues to provide volunteer help in hanging the new poems periodically.

Did you know?

The Art Center reviews submissions from poets for potential display at the Poetry Marquee located on the side of the Great Harvest Bakery in downtown Corvallis.

Are you that Poet? Send in Your Poetry for Consideration!

  • Poems should be a maximum of 6 lines long
  • Poems can be of any style but they should be appropriate for all audiences
  • Poets of any age can submit
  • Poets must reside in Linn or Benton County
  • Email submissions are preferred, but hard copies are accepted (though they will not be returned)
  • Submissions are reviewed all year long, please limit to three poems max.
  • Poets can only be on the marquee ONCE per calendar year.

Email poetry submissions to  “Poetry Marquee Submissions.” 

Visit the Poetry Marquee in person!  

Go to Great Harvest Bread at 134 Southwest 1st Street, Corvallis, OR — the sign is hung on the South side of the building. Locate on Google Maps.

Winter Dusk, Diamond Lake

That elegant nymph, the new moon,
lounges against a volcanic peak.
Snow blown across ice.
In other seasons, I forget lakes keep secrets.
Silence is the mother of
a raven is the father of silence.
Marjorie Power

Autumn Leaves

Make the autumn leaves fall
Jump in them, jump in them
until the snowy owls call
My mom says it’s time to go to bed.
But I lay awake in the dark
with pictures of leaves and rain in my head.

1st Place Winner, Youth Poetry Contest 2010

Engage Heart, Mind and Body

  • Grow your child’s creativity and imagination for life. Arts classes and camps explore other cultures, space, nature, and pure fantasy, with a variety of art media and making processes.
  • Arts Classes and Workshop for adults share new techniques in a variety of media or professional skills for your art businesses.
  • Specialized arts programs engage youth artists who would not otherwise have an opportunity to express themselves with art. Youth From High Risk Situations – Arts Education Outreach


SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for Youth Artists — FMI Contact our Education Coordinator

Download Scholarship Form

Engaging art experiences for children to grow imagination and creativity. Explore the cultures of other countries. Youth learn more through maker projects in a variety of media.

SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE:  Scholarship Application Form 

FMI Contact Education Coordinator, John Byrne

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