Originally from Detroit, MI, Chris Page is currently dividing his time between New York City and New Orleans. He primarily in oil and draws in graphite. After foundational art studies at the Los Angeles Academy of Figurative Art, as well as private studies with local masters, Page relocated to New York for intensive work at the Art Students Leagues. He holds an MFA in Painting from the New York Academy of Art and a Ph.D. in Historical Musicology from U.C.L.A. He has exhibited nationally and his drawings have been published in many volumes, most notably the “Stokes of Genius” series.

Chris Page describes himself as a figurative representational artist, interested in the human figure, anatomy, realism, and structure. Page’s art is divided fairly equally between drawing and painting, but at the very root of it lies his dedication to excellence in draughtsmanship, which is fundamental to his work. He primarily draws from life using graphite, charcoal and Pan pastels, and in painting, he favors a limited palette à la Anders Zorn. Although he is adept in the Alla Prima style of painting, he favors the multi-layer, indirect approach of glazing and scumbling. Page attributes his artistic proficiency to consistent practice and dedication. To paraphrase Woody Allen, “success is 90% showing up.” That is what he does. In Page’s own words, “I show up, I work, thereby facilitating to the best of my human ability a greater opportunity for whatever truth there might be to show up as a result. It is all that I can do. It is a lot. It is enough.” See more of his work at


Subjects/Media Taught:

Drawing Closer to Life Workshop at The Arts Center (October 2019)

Other teaching experience: The New York Academy of Art, New York City; The Grosse Pointe Artist Association, Grosse Pointe, MI. Dungarvan, Ireland (scheduled 2020)

February 5-March 2, 2019 | Corrine Woodman Gallery II

  • Conversation from the Corrine Woodman Gallery, Thursday, February 7, 12 noon – 1 pm
  • CAW (Corvallis Arts Walk), Thursday, February 21, 4 – 8 pm
  • Companion exhibit at CEI Artworks (408 SW Monroe, Corvallis)

The Arts Center’s Corrine Woodman Gallery and CEI Artworks are proud to present I See Faces, Drawings by Amy Turner. Bruce Burris of CEI Artworks has organized both of these posthumous exhibits. Turner was a well-known figure in Corvallis and Burris is aiming to let her work not be forgotten.

Isabelle Havet, Art Historian, Linn-Benton Community College writes about Amy Turner’s work:

“The exhibition I See Faces offers a glimpse at the visual landscapes created by Amy Turner. Complex, joyful, and deeply personal, Amy Turner’s drawings defy easy interpretation and classification. We are offered vibrant yet fragmentary visual experiences of the artist’s kaleidoscopic and tessellated perceptions. Teeming with life and energy, these drawings present worlds in which each form appears interconnected. Interwoven figures, objects and decorative shapes overwhelm the page in intricate visual tapestries…”                  

For more information about Turner’s work:


Every First Thursday, 5:30-7 pm

The Artist Accelerator kicks off the fall season with an Artist Meetup at the Arts Center Thursday, October 4, 5:30-7 pm.

Bring a WIP, work in progress (song, music, painting, sculpture, etc.) to share or just come to enjoy the company of local and regional artists. We’re celebrating the start of fall, art in the community, and we will be announcing new programming of the Artist Accelerator Program.


Tara Pierce teaches Drawing, Painting Fundamentals and Environmental arts.

About Drawing, Painting Fundamentals  “Exercises and techniques set up new ways of thinking about drawing and painting. The exploration of materials, study of light, positive and negative space, line quality, portraiture, still-life, composition, and more, with examples from the great master artists to inspire you inform my teaching in these areas.”

About Environmental Arts  “Create artwork that shares your passion for our earth. Explore the history of environmental art for inspiration. Examine various materials and processes and venues of famous environmental works.” In these classes students can select their own cause, and learn to create art with a message to better our planet.


Tara Angelina Pierce grew up in Northern California where the redwoods meet the rugged coastline. Nature has always been a huge part of her life and an influence on her artwork. Shortly after graduating with a BFA in Painting from the Pacific Northwest College of Art, Tara created TAP: fine art for a cause. This marked the dedication of her artistic career toward creating positive change among individuals and society. Her artwork focuses on the issues our oceans face; whimsical, inviting images meant to ignite the conversation about ocean conservation in a positive light. 

Pierce enjoys hosting an “Art & Science ChitChat” along with her exhibitions, providing the opportunity for all to learn strange, exciting facts about the salt water subject matter filling her canvases in a way that spreads hope for the future by sharing the good environmental news and practical, fun ways anyone can get involved. A discussion with Q & A follows so that everyone can be part of the conversation.  

Pierce joined The Arts Center in November 2016, and wears many hats. On any given day her efforts can go from volunteer placement to marketing to education, and back. 

Her favorite artist quote was spoken by Pablo Picasso when he said,

“Learn the rules like a pro, so you can break them like an artist.”

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