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.
  • Want to creates something larger? Multiple 8×8 panels that make a diptych or triptych welcome.
  • 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 >>

FMI and Sign-up to Participate:  Kimberly Long at

June 20 – August 9, 2019 | Around Oregon Annual

  • CAW/Reception: Thursday, June 20, 5:30 – 8 PM
  • Lunchbox Artists Talk: Thursday, June 27 at 12 noon
    • with artists, Jennifer Lommers, Diane English, and Suzanne Getz
  • The Arts Center will be closed July 4
  • Corvallis Arts Walk: Thursday, July 18 4 – 8 PM

The Around Oregon Annual is a juried art exhibition that embodies the talents and artistic diversity of visual artists throughout Oregon, including both emerging and established artists. Artists from all over the state can submit work, and each year a different guest juror is invited to curate the show. This year’s juror, Sandee McGee, is a visual artist and Gallery Director at Umqua Valley Arts Center.

Read the juror’s statement here >>

Selected Artists: Mark Allison, Richard Bergeman, Ron Bunch, Kathleen Caoario, Lauren Carrere, Daniel Cochina, Susan Circone, Patrice Cook, Hester Coucke, Renee Couture, Katie Dillard, Angela Passalacqua, Diane English, Susanne Getz, Patricia Giraud, Leslie Green, Sarah Grew, Nancy Helmsworth, Maria Renée Johnson, Marilyn Joyce, Bob Keefer, Ann Kresge, Jennifer Lommers, Barbara Martin, Chi Meredith, M.V. Moran, Uyen-thi Nguyen, Gail Owen, Susan Rudisill, Karen Russo, John Saling, Susan Schenk, David Scott, Yelena Shabrova, Monte Shelton, Bill Shumway, Sidnee Snell, John Subert, Subarna Talkuder Bose, Caroline Viene, Bruce Vincent, Libby Wadsworth, Roka Walsh, Martha Wehrle

Artist Awards:

  • First Juror’s Choice: Marilyn Joyce: First Shadows on the Playa
  • Second Juror’s Choice: Sidnee Snell: Degeneration
  • Third Juror’s Choice: Maria Renée Johnson: Beneath the Blue Moon

ARTISTS: Join us on Monday, February 4, from 5:30-7:00 PM and hear from one of our current exhibiting artists, Kristy Kún. Learn how she makes her living as an artist and what her days look like. On Feb. 13 we’ll hear from our other exhibiting artist, Pete Goldlust! Don’t miss these talks!

These are just a few of the topics to be discussed as we explore the business of art. Learn first hand how to be more a more successful artist.

Remember – It’s OK for an artist to be financially successful!

$5 Suggested Donation

Kún forged her artistic mettle apprenticing as a woodworker and upholsterer during her early twenties. Dedicating thirteen years to building mortise and tenon constructed furniture from reclaimed wood, her respect for materials and craftsmanship in their reverential structure, is planted deep.

Ten years ago Kristy began the transition from wood to wool. The change in materials fostered a change in lifestyle; A quieter environment with materials that require more gentle and personal attention, rather than tools and industrial equipment. She operated a handful of studios and businesses over these years, each becoming a treasured place to foster ideas, share materials and techniques, and host local and international instructors in a variety of industrial and textile arts. “I’ve taken this time to work slowly through my own ideas, learn from others, and develop a sustainable practice of my own in felt making.”

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.


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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Wednesday, January 23, 5:30-7pm

ARTISTS: Is your art a hobby or your business? How do taxes affect an artist? If you contribute a piece of art to a charity, is it tax deductible? 

These are just a few of the topics to be discussed and as we explore the business of art and its tax affect. Learn how to be more successful with better record keeping and a better understanding of taxes for an artist. 

Remember – It’s OK for an artist to be financially successful! 

$5 Suggested Donation 

Alyce Chapman, CPA has been in public accounting for over 35 years, licensed in California and Oregon. Most of this time has been spent working with individuals and small business. She feels her role is to better educate her clients so they can make informed business and tax decisions. Alyce is a partner in the accounting firm of Anderson Group LLC, CPAS in Corvallis.

She lives in Junction City with her husband, 5 large dogs and 3 cats. In her free time she is an avid quilter and knitter. She is passionate about art and is currently a board member of The Art Center..  Join us Wednesday, January 23, 5:30-7:00 pm to learn more. 


This lecture is part of the Artist Accelerator Program and Artist Residencies. The Artist Accelerator Program receives support from the Literary Arts Fund of The Arts Center’s Endowment Fund, James F and Marion L Miller Foundation, and The Oregon Cultural Trust, supporting 1,563 non-profit arts organizations throughout the state.



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January 8 – February 16, 2019

  • Artist Reception, Thursday, January 17, 5:30-7:30 pm
  • Lunchbox Artist Talk, Thursday, January 31, 12-1 pm
  • How I Make a Living as an Artist:
    • Kristy Kún, Monday, February 4, 5:30-7 pm
    • Pete Goldlust, Wednesday, February 13, 5:30-7 pm

The Arts Center Exhibitions and Artist Accelerator Programs are excited to showcase the work of two successful mid-career artists, Pete Goldlust and Kristy Kún. Both forged two very different career paths that allow them to be successful full time artists. Their creativity extends beyond the artwork they produce, to include the means with which they have crafted their careers. What they have in common is careers that did not follow straight lines, and both said ‘Yes’ to creative collaborations that inspired their current work.

Goldlust started out as a studio artist, attended graduate school (School of the Art Institute of Chicago), then attempted the traditional path of seeking gallery representation for his installations and art work, but ended up in the field of public art through collaboration, luck and perseverance. His pivot point came from working on temporary arts installations in empty storefronts, and becoming a junior partner to an artist working in the public art field. Through their partnership Goldlust discovered the collaborative nature of public artwork gave him a lot of freedom to be creative, and that he enjoyed working with fabricators for large budget projects.

Felted ridges artwork Kristy KunKristy Kún began with a business background in fine crafted wood furniture and transitioned into working in fiber arts. After moving to the Northwest she began importing and reselling wool, hosting workshops and preparing textile samples of what she sold. Kún’s felt construction techniques are based on her knowledge of wood joinery, and are unique in that it is done when the felt is dry, before the actual wet and friction felting process.

She credits fellow artist Greg Wilbur’s invitation to join him at Frogwood Collaborative as a decisive moment in her career as a working artist. Frogwood is an annual gathering of professional artists and makers who share ideas with each other. Kún sees herself primarily as a collaborator, and this environment gave her the opportunity to work through her ideas with others.

Kún has continued with an entrepreneurial model for being an artist. She sells raw wool and kits with materials for projects, and teaches in her studio, at institutions here and abroad and through online sales platforms.

A color catalog celebrating the careers of these two artists, and an exhibit of The Arts Center’s first cohort of resident artists, was published 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.

Showing in tandem with The Art of Being an Artist is the Resident Artist Show, four emerging artists sharing the Corrine Woodman Galleries after completing four-month artist residencies through the Artist Accelerator.

Thanks to the Miller Foundation and Oregon Cultural Trust for their support of the Artist Accelerator Program.

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November 15-December 29, 2018

Artists, Makers and Tinkerers are celebrate “TOYS” in a show for the holiday season. The resulting collection is a delight for kids, dogs, cats and grown-ups alike. The exhibit is part invitational and part open. The show is also a fundraiser, so each work in the show is for sale. Makers and The Arts Center and share the sale price 50/50.

About the Toys:

They may be for play (functional), but also for pure decoration (non-functional), and are made out of most any materials including wood, glass, clay, metal, wire, paper, plexiglass, fabric or fiber. There are also a few 2D representations of toys. The only parameter was that they may be no bigger than roughly 1 foot in all directions, and even this rule was broken.

Participating artists:

Pat Berman, Rich Bergeman, Trish Browning, Roberta Casteel, Hester Coucke, 
Rutger and Judith Coucke, Brian Egan, Suzanne Getz, Anthony Gordon, Jess Graff, 
Jen Hernandez-Cornelius, Kathy Jederlinich, Ann Lahr, Kimberly Long, Marta Maxwell, Karen Miller, Lauren Ohlgren, Susan Pachuta, Rani Primmer and Peggy Sharrow.
Artist Talk:  Kimberly Long, Rani Primer, Susan Pachuta:

 “Giftwrap” at the Exhibit:

Thursday, December 20, 5:30-7:30 pm is a “last minute shopping and gift wrapping” event during the Corvallis Arts Walk. Patrons who bought work to give as a Christmas gift may pick up their purchase that day and have it gift wrapped. We’ll leave an image of the toy in its place.


Thanks to Corvallis PakMail for sponsorship support of TOYS.Logo for PakMail of Corvallis

stunning glass and steel sculpture by Emily Steele

Steele Public Art Commission – First Presbyterian Church, Corvallis, OR.

Celebrating a Life in the Arts | Emily Steele

Emily Steele graduated from Oberlin College in Liberal Arts, and furthered her studies in the newly revived field of glass art with Richard McDonald, noted stained glass craftsman in Boston, Massachusetts, and C.B. Anderson of Portland, Oregon where she learned the Tiffany technique used for windows in the 19th and early 20th centuries.

After moving to Oregon, she established her own studio, and employing these techniques as a basis for her work, developed a unique form of sculpture for free-standing, three-dimensional art forms in antique stained glass.  She has expanded the traditional copper foil-lead technique by a special process which permits the use of steel and other strong metals as support under the lead.  Using stained glass as a medium for her sculpture, the viewer is provided with different impressions from multiple angles as different shades of color are superimposed.  These impressions can be further heightened by different direction and intensity of light source.

All glasses used in Ms. Steele’s sculptures represent the finest quality of hand blown materials throughout Europe and the United States. 

The Arts Center is the Trustee of the Emily Steele Sculpture Collection. The Steele Family donated eleven works for display and enjoyment by the public. 

Emily Steele Vita >>

–Excerpt from an article by Terry Lawhead, Glass Art Magazine February 1975

Emily Steele works with hand-blown antique stained glasses to create three dimensional free-standing sculptures that inspire, in the freshest most direct manner, an appreciation of all that is bright and clear and possessing natural strength.  The play of light upon surface—be it wood, still water, or stone—involves us in one of our most enchanting experiences.  An observer renews a forgotten innocence, lost or misplace in the turbulence of modern living, that affirms the unity of our being with all the beauty around us.  Emily’s sculpture, composed of cut pieces of stained glass enclosed in thick bands of lead, is organized in such a manner as to affect the passage of light using the same delicate qualities as an object in nature.  The many sided figures are endlessly new and unique as the viewer alters his perspective.  Much as a mountain stream in sunlight presents an infinite set of sparkling reflections, the impressions of the glass evoke the delightful expectancy one senses in organic movement.

The time devoted to such sculpture dictates a passion which transcends cleverness or pride in workmanship: an energy is released and is linked to the growing identity of the creation.  Each sculpture inhabits a place in time as a consequence of the effort expended in design and exacting work, but far more important is the lasting emotion the figures kindle in the eyes and heart of the beholder.  If these glassworks could talk to us they would sing.  Enthusiasm and earnestness is suspect in a time of doomsday ethics and reserved hopes, but the almost magical brilliance of the sculptures remain with the viewer as he walks away and returns to the demands of living in the world.  The image retained is not easily put into words, but again Emily has a favorite poem.  It is the final stanza of the poem After the Storm by Boris Pasternak, from a collection of poetry translated by his sister Lydia Pasternak, and it speaks of our holy attempts to resurrect wonder and regain beauty and grace in our lives:

It is not revolutions and upheavals

That clear the road to new and better days

But revelations, lavishness and torments

Of someone’s soul, inspire and ablaze.

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