ARTISTS: Need help figuring out the online selling game? Curious on the ins and outs of liscensing work? Check out this lecture!

Jennifer will share how she brings her creativity into the role of marketing and selling art – discussing the fundamentals of creating a body of work, preparing work for sale, creating digital images of your work, finding your audience, and embracing new skills along the way.

$10 Suggested Donation


A lifetime of creative endeavors and a passion for nature eventually brought Jennifer to a painting career spanning the last 13 years which celebrates the joy and beauty of the world around us. After receiving a BFA in painting at the University of Washington and following a prior career in Information Technology, Jennifer finds her audience both in person and online and successfully shares her art worldwide.

The Steele Collection
Exquisite sculpture work by Emily Steele in steel and glass.
The Arts Center became trustees of the collection in 2018, along with endowed support for the benefit of public art in Corvallis.


The Arts Center, including the Art Shop, will be open 10 am-6 pm Saturday, September 28 and 10 am-5 pm Sunday September 29, to support the Fall Festival! Preview the stunning Art for the Heart 8×8 gallery and immerse yourself in The Steele Collection exhibit, celebrating the art and life of Emily Steele, sculptor, maker and collaborator.

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

The Art Center is honored to unveil the masterwork of artist Emily Steele, with a special reception on Thursday, October 17, 5:30 pm -8 pm. The show features sculptures of exquisite movement, detail, and composition last exhibited over 30 years ago. The Steele family has endowed The Arts Center to care for this exquisite collection for public exhibition and long term loans. The exhibit also coincides with the gala fundraising event ”Art for the Heart”, Saturday, October 5, at CH2M Hill Alumni Center on the OSU Campus. The Arts Center will honor Emily and Bob Steele. Her family’s commitment to The Art Center and the Corvallis creative community are an inspiration.

Emily developed a unique form of sculpture for free-standing, three-dimensional art forms in antique stained glass.  She expanded the traditional techniques with the use of steel support frames. Steel frames were locally constructed by Finstead Steele and several craftsmen remember the projects and Ms.Steele fondly. Ms. Steele sourced her material from the then starting Bullseye Glass, and far as New York where she had access to imported hand-blown glass from throughout Europe and the United States. 

Emily’s first exhibit at The Arts Center was with Boyce Lundstrom, founder of Bullseye in 1975 . The current exhibit will consist not only her glass sculptures and wall pieces, but also paintings, drawings and preparatory sketches.

Ms. Steele has been involved with The Arts Center for over 40 years. She served on the Board of Directors and on the Exhibition Committee member. She and her family have a passion for the arts, and have put an emphasis on art being accessible for everyone. The Steele Family Fund and the Steele Collection Fund are helping to make that possible. Her family wants to assure the work in the Steele Collection can be shared with the public, both at The Art Center and by arrangement of long-term loan to museums, galleries and public art exhibits.

For more information about the collection >>

A companion show by the Fire and Light Glass Guild will be on display October 8-November 9 in the Corrine Woodman Gallery. 

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

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

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.


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

The Arts Center is a member of the Mid-Willamette Valley Art Trail — “Fifty Miles of Art” along the Hwy 99W corridor.  Pick up a brochure at here, or any of the other twelve participating galleries, and create your self-guided art adventure to McMinnville, Independence/Monmouth and Corvallis, Oregon.

Gallery Preview YouTube Channel >>


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