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.
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.
Youth Open Mic Poetry Reading, Wednesday, May 1 @ 5:00 pm
In celebration of April Poetry Month 2019, Grades K-8 poets, living in Linn or Benton County have sent poems and artwork to the 14th Annual Youth Poetry Celebration. All poems submitted are exhibited in the Corinne Woodman Gallery at The Arts Center. Last year over 100 young poets participated.
The show ends with a celebration and Open Mic Poetry Reading. Each youth participant receives a modest cash award. Reception, Youth Open Mic and Award Announcement is Wednesday, May 1, 2019, 5-6:30 pm.
Award certificates are selected by poetry and art judges, and awarded for poetry and artistic presentation in several age categories.
Three artists share their personal approaches to watercolor painting with images from around Oregon. Doyle Leek, Midge Black and Humberto Gonzalez share their work in the Corrine Woodman Gallery.
Represented are traditional plein aire techniques, “controlled spontaneity” and more precise use of the medium.
Thanks to Debby Sundbaum Sommers for selecting works for this show. She is a print maker and painter and former graphics artist for Oregon State University.
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.
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.
October 9-12, 2018
Thurs, October 11, 5-8 pm Art Bar @ The Arts Center**
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.
October 16 – 27, 2018
Reception October 18 5:30-7:30 pm, Corvallis Arts Walk, 4-8 pm
The Arts Center exhibits photographs collected by Christopher Rauschenberg, a photographer himself. The title “Eclipsing” stands for more than the solor eclipse we experienced last year. It is also a time-honored photography technique. Rauschenberg explains:
“In 1979 there was a total solar eclipse in the Portland area. Too late, I realized that I had missed a great chance to “educate the public about photography” by having an Eclipse Show (at Blue Sky Gallery) that had no photographs of the sun and moon. The total eclipse of the summer of 2017 gave me a second chance and I took it.
If you picture a photographer at work, you are likely to picture them moving side to side while looking through the camera — trying out various compositions with various combinations of foreground objects eclipsing the background ones. “Eclipsing” is a primary aspect of photography but it’s not part of people’s understanding of the medium. If you don’t notice something unless it makes the sun go dark in the daytime, maybe you’re really not paying attention as much as you might.
If this exhibition and/or the accompanying catalog tempt you into occasionally closing one eye and playing with lining things up and eclipsing, then I’m happy. The world is, among other things, a visual playground and play is always important work.”