Selected Past Exhibits

We’ve been proud to host a wide range of exhibits in the East Oregonian Gallery, from blue-chip icons of contemporary art to notable northwest talent to local emerging artists whose work is on the rise. You can browse through materials on some of our past exhibits a the Oregon Arts Commission’s Oregon Visual Arts Ecology Project. Check out some of our favorite exhibits below.

Jenny Morgan: New Work

October 4-31, 2018

 

When Jenny Morgan worked at Ghost Ranch in the 1990’s, one of the perks of the job was being able to take classes with the visiting artists who taught there. When a master of Polish papercutting visited at the New Mexico facility, Morgan was intrigued. She never imagined that the craft technique would form the foundation for a serious artistic practice.

Morgan’s newest papercuts were on exhibit Oct. 4-31, with free admission thanks to support from Coldwell Banker/Whitney & Associates.

Polish papercuts – wycinanki (pronounced vee-chee-non-key) – were traditionally made by peasants to decorate their cottages. They depicted scenes from everyday life and special events like weddings and holidays. It was an inexpensive way in the mid-19th century to decorate homes, and women often worked with sheep-shearing scissors.

In creating her contemporary images, Morgan uses tiny manicure scissors, working meticulously for hours at a time. Starting with drawings she’s made on the back of special, flexible yet strong paper, she sometimes folds the paper into halves or quarters to create symmetry side to side or top to bottom. Her designs are inspired from a range of influences, from favorite musicians and songs, to characters from literature, to chance encounters.  Visitors to the gallery can use their smart phones to listen to Morgan talk about each piece, and sometimes, listen to the songs that served as inspiration.

Morgan’s work was noticed many years ago by the PCA staff and board members at different charity auctions. She was generous in donating her framed images to support local nonprofits and families in need but didn’t see herself as an artist. In 2008 she was invited to exhibit small pieces in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery, and for the first time, buoyed by the response she got from viewers and buyers, she understood that she was doing important work. Last year, the exhibit committee at the Pendleton Center for the Arts recognized that the work she was doing warranted an invitation to exhibit in the East Oregonian Gallery, a space reserved for established artists, and she started in on the major body of work that visitors will see.

Concurrent with the East Oregonian Gallery exhibit, Brian Purnell and Alice Thomas had work on display in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery.

 

 

 

Tap on each image to launch audio of Jenny talking about what inspired it.

Blackbird

Tree of Life

Please Don’t Leave Me

Ode to Magritte

 

 

 

 

 

Isobel

Oden, Zeke, and the Ghost of Jackson Pollock

My Soul is Free

Fly Away and Landing

 

 

 

 

 

Desert Song

Botanicals

Mercury is Dead

Adrift

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie Zahn Griffith: Pure Color

September 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bonnie paints the western landscape using the rich pigments of pastels and oils. Working in a representational yet impressionistic approach, she tells a story with her paintings; one that will resonate with the viewer from their own viewpoint.

“I am drawn to these mediums because they allow my best representation of the landscape with the brilliant pigments creating texture, light and mood in my paintings. My goal is to create works that draws the viewer in; allowing them to use their senses to experience the time of day, the warmth or coolness, the message of the painting – for themselves, to merely “get lost” in the work, experience it and make it their own. If that happens, then I have done my job.”

Bonnie grew up in north central Montana on a ranch near the Missouri Breaks. Early on she experienced the rugged country, the big skies, the vegetation of this landscape mostly from the back of a horse. Memorable childhood vacations included trips to Glacier Park to enjoy the sharp contrasts of the landscape from central Montana. These trips continued through the years and painting some of the views of the park has been part of those experiences. Her parents were ranchers; her mother a talented visual artist; her father a musician. Art appreciation came early and studying the effects of light on the landscape and the colors were imprinted deep. She declared at an early age that she was an artist and that carried through along with a career in the medical arena until she began painting full time in the mid 1990’s.

Bonnie has studied with several instructors such as Lorenzo Chavez, Robert Moore, Ned Mueller and others in developing her work. She works mostly en plein air, taking every opportunity to paint from life.

“My work turned the proverbial corner once I started painting seriously from life. You learn to see better, to capture light accurately and express yourself differently when working from photos. I do studio work as well, often with the aid of plein air studies.”

The artist is a current resident of southwestern Idaho and spends significant time painting in Montana and Utah throughout the year. She participates in numerous plein air events in the western US, judges competitions and offers workshops in pastel techniques, both studio and plein air. Her work is represented by galleries across the western states. Collectors include corporate and private throughout the US, Canada and Australia. Bonnie’s work can be seen on her website , Instagram (@bonniezahngriffith) and her Facebook page (Bonnie Griffith Landscape Artist).

Brian Sostrom: New Work

August 2018

Brian Sostrom loves the physical nature of painting; the movement created, the bold marks, subtle blends, and strange ticks in the paint that seem to belong for no logical reason.

“The best work I make is the work I couldn’t possibly reproduce,” he says.

Sostrom will be exhibiting his work at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in August, beginning with an opening reception on Thursday, August 2 from 5:30 – 7:00 PM. The event is free, and membership is not required.

After spending a large portion of his life in front of a computer making digital art, creating something with a physical presence is important to him. Sostrom attended Washington State University, experimenting with all types of mediums, then learning about computer generated art and design. His commercial credits include a range of book cover designs, illustrations, and video games. While he considers his painting to be a vast departure from his on-screen pursuits, viewers often describe his paintings as having a “digital quality.”

“I have really become obsessed with mark making; the contrast between the sharp and soft use of paint. The unusual result of various ways of applying paint is a fascinating thing to me.”

While he loves the work of masters like Gerhard Richter, Albert Bierstadt and J.M.W. Turner, it’s important to him that his work feels new and fresh as opposed to simply following the old traditions.

“I am always experimenting with my approach and materials,” he said. “It drives my creativity and nurtures my curiosity.”

One distinct and unique quality that is immediately apparent in the work is the surface texture.

“For years I was building up translucent surfaces with acrylic medium because I love the physical depth. At a certain point I was literally spending too much time waiting around watching paint dry. I thought, ‘why not buy plexiglass and try that?’ I waited about two years before actually trying it. I loved the slick, non-absorbent surface. It is unforgiving and captures every mark I make.”

These marks often evoke landscapes that feel familiar. While his paintings don’t depict distinct places, they are firmly rooted in the land and water of the Pacific Northwest, where he was born and raised. Based now in Idaho, he grew up around the rural Northwest and has strong ties to Astoria, which explains the prevalence of water in his imagery.

Sostrom’s paintings seek to elicit a personal, emotional response, with moody darks and luminous lights that combine to create places that are at once empty and eternal.

Roberta Jones

in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery
August 2018

Concurrent with Sostrom’s exhibit in the East Oregonian Gallery, local artist Roberta Jones will exhibit her monotypes and mixed media works in PCA’s Lorenzen Board Room Gallery. Jones holds a master’s degree in painting and served as an art instructor and art coordinator in Pendleton for many years. She’s considered one of the pillars of Pendleton who fostered the art and music scene decades ago, laying the foundation for what’s now a vibrant cultural community.

In this new body of work, she is interested in the formal aspect of art making but also things like movement abstraction.

“I love the dynamism of space and shapes,” she says. “I don’t want to label things for the viewer; I want the viewer to move closer, then step back. Your view and interpretation of an artwork changes greatly when you step back.”

Though she is also known for her sculpture and painting, it’s printmaking that was Jones’ refuge as her late husband became ill and continues in her journey through dealing with grief.

“When I’m making prints, I’m operating on an unconscious level,” she said. “I’m working water-based ink onto a glass plate, and at some point it’s no longer in motion. At that stage I cover the plate with paper and rub the back of the page with my fingertips.”

Jones then peels back the paper and decides whether she needs to respond to the image with additional marks. She sometimes incorporates pencil, collage or other mediums, but always keeps the imagery open to interpretation.

“It’s a way for people to see into themselves and to see into my thought process too,” she says.

Katherine Treffinger: New Work

July 2018

Open Regional Photography Exhibit Recap

We had 147 entries in this year’s Open Regional event. Our congratulations go out to Larry Wright, winner of this year’s Best of Show award, and to Adam Sims, whose photo “Face Rock” garnered the most votes for the Jacqueline Brown People’s Choice Award.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Adam Sims was born in Eastern Oregon in 1988 and has lived here his entire life. He didn’t develop his interest in photography until 2007, and he is completely self-taught through research and practice. Adam Sims has always been interested in the natural world around him. He believes that photography has given him the opportunity to not only appreciate the beauty around him but interact with it as well. Adam’s work is always simply titled with the subject and date the photograph was taken.

 

Louise Bourgeois:

Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

We were proud to present work by one of the most important artists of the 20th Century in the East Oregonian Gallery here at PCA. Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was a French-American artist whose work explores themes of childhood, domesticity, family, gender roles and sexuality. While her room-sized spider sculptures are probably the most recognizable works of her long career, she was an accomplished printmaker whose works on paper were created over a span of 70 years. The images selected from the collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation provided an important overview of her work.

 

 

Chuck Close:

Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation

If you love ink, paper, and masterful printmaking technique then Chuck Close is probably one of your favorite artists. His explorations into how shape and color can be combined to create images that appear to be continuous tone from afar but are abstract up close are a delight to see in person. More than 1000 kids got to learn about his life and work, and many were inspired by his ability to overcome obstacles to become successful.

 

Frank Janzen: Above/Below

“Having grown up with abstract art as my first love I am surprised, in some ways, to be doing ‘landscapes’. I arrived in 2001 and it wasn’t until 2005 that my artwork changed and I have become fascinated with the plateau area with it’s many shapes, patterns, colors and the multiplicity of forms that it takes on under varying light and weather conditions.

After a two-year drought of any art making, the Above/Below series came in being and is a continued exploration of not only the external land that we see but also a glimpse of possibilities of what may lie underneath.

Over a period of time of studying the patterns in the land, driving back and forth to work, it struck me that the soft, gently rolling hills actually form triangles which is one of the most stable geometric forms. This is noted not only in the hills but also in the fields laid out in strange angles with the greens (of which there are many different hues) blending into various ochres and into the grays and browns of raw earth. The jet-blacks of a burnt stubble fields only accentuate and intensify the surrounding colors.

The smoke is an ephemeral element, visible when created by the fire below and dissipating unseen into the summer haze when the burning is complete. The only control that I have in creating the smoke on paper is the number of matches used. What patterns come out are totally beyond my control so I become fascinated by using the hard-edged contours to respond to it.”

Frank Janzen, Tamarind Master Printer

 

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Reflections on the Columbia Plateau

Each year artists and printmakers descend on Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts and create works on paper inspired by the amazing landscape surrounding the studio, nestled in the foothills on the Umatilla Indian Reservation. This exhibit showcased the best work made in the past 5 years.

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We Tell Ourselves Stories
in Order to Live

This traveling exhibit is a showcase of the 12 Oregon artists honored by the Ford Family Foundation with Hallie Ford Visual Arts Fellowships. View some of the best work being done in the United States, accompanied by a fantastic 20-page catalog you can read online or pick up in print during the exhibit.

View more images from the exhibit when it was at the Museum of Contemporary Craft HERE

Read up on Joan Didion and find several great essays HERE

 

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live is organized by the Museum of Contemporary Craft in partnership with Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, Oregon. The exhibition is made possible by major funding from The Ford Family Foundation, along with the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Oregon Arts Commission (OAC).

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2010  Daniel Duford, David Eckard, Heidi Schwegler
2011   Sang-ah Choi, Bruce Conkle, Stephen Hayes
2012  Ellen Lesperance, Akihiko Miyoshi, Michelle Ross
2013  Mike Bray, Cynthia Lahti, D.E. May

Other exhibits in the East Oregonian Gallery

Joanne Donaca.  July/ August 2004

Contemporary Western Exhibit. (Patricia Freeman Martin, Joey Lavadour, Marlene Lavadour, Suzanne O’Rourke, Lillian Pitt, Richard Stapleman, Zan and Patience Traughber, Duff Severe, Cass Spangerude), September 2004

Palma Corral and Aaron Engum, October 2004

Frank Janzen: Land Whispers, January, February 2006

Places: Four Points of View (Cheryl Cosner, Roy Anderson, Jim Simpson, Joyce Anderson). May/June 2006

Colleen Sargen/Andrew Geaslend: Mixed Media. June/July 2006

Don Gray/Don Gray: A Two-Man Show, July/ August 2006

Jan Beitel and Randy Gundlach, September 2006

Healing Through Art: Women, AIDS and Hope in South Africa, October 2006

Carole McCarty: Cloudscapes, Jan/Feb 2007

Glenn Grishkoff: Brushing Away the Dust, March 2007

Eva Lake: Earth Quake, May/June 2007

Squire Broel, June/July

Lillian Pitt: Ancestors, July/ Aug 2007

Doug Gisi: New Work, Sept/Oct 2007

Bonnie Zahn Griffith: A Hundred Mile Radius, Sept/Oct 2007

Mare Blocker: Palouse Narratives, Oct/Nov 2007

Margaret Jamison: Inner Circle, Jan/Feb 2008

Printers Trifecta: Three Print Portfolios curated by MaLynda Poulsen Jones, Feb/March 2008

Jean Christofori Howton, April 2008

Art/Craft: New Intersections (Bill Piper, Claude Birt, Ed Brannon), June/July 2008

Kat Galloway: The Belted Galloways, July/Aug 2008

Jeremy Lilwall: Internal Rhythms of Madcap Inquires, August 2008

Philip Miner, Sept 2008

Catherine J. Lee, Oct/Nov 2008

Michelle Acuff, February 2009

Meredith Re’Grimsley: Honey and Pearls Feb, March 2009

Julia Henning, April 2009

Woven Works by Northwest Masters (Joey Lavadour, Pat Courtney Gold, Joe Fedderson, Mary Schlick, Patrice Hall-Walters), June/July 2009

Anne Greenwood, July 2009

Artist Series Tapestries from the Pendleton Woolen Mills, Aug/Sept 2009

Marie Watt: Pendleton Stories, Sept/Oct 2009

Oregon College of Art and Craft Invitational, Nov 2009

James Thompson: The Vanishing Landscape, Jan-March 2010

Jennifer Ishimatsu, Views: Open and Obstructed, March/April 2010

Steve Henderson: In Search of Quiet Places, April/May 2010

Monica Stobie: THREADS, June/July 2010

Pendleton Roundup at 100: Design Binding Competition, July/Aug 2010

Sandra Jones Campbell: Recollections, Sept 2009

MaLynda Poulsen: The Gilded West, Oct/Nov 2010

Sam Collette: Recent Works, Jan/Feb 2011

Sandra Harris March, April 2011

Janice Jakielski May, June 2011

Kevin Boylan: Windows, June-Aug 2011

Doug Kaigler, Aug/Sept 2011

Patricia Freeman-Martin: Works on Paper, Sept/Oct 2011

Mary Farrell: Line Upon Line, Oct/Nov 2011

Melinda Thorsnes, Feb 2012

Nell Warren/Greg Misarti: Remnant, March 2012

Glass of Eastern Oregon (Kevin Boylan, Andy Nichols, Tom Dimond, Jake Kurtz, Brent Wydrinski, Russel Ford, Charlene Fort), April 2012

Dawn Forbes: Creature Comforts, July 2012

Margaret Jamison:Character Studies, July 2012

Generations: Betty Feves, Aug/Sept 2012

Jessica Plattner: Babyscapes, Oct 2012

Oregon Artists in Collaboration with Crow’s Shadow Press, Feb 2013

Christy Wyckoff: Landscapes Observed and Created, March 2013

Arlen Clark: 30 Years of Painting, April 2013

Keiko Hara: Prints 1981-2013, July 2013

Clay Invitational, Aug 2013

Don Gray, Sept 2013

Peter Bryan: Works on Paper, Oct/Nov 2013

Stephen Wadner/Tom Clement, Feb 2014

Susan Murrell: Embedded, March 2014

Keaney Rathbun, April 2014

James Thompson: Linear Metaphysics, July 2014

Gregory Pierce, Aug 2014

Peter Christian Johnson, Sept 2014

We Tell Ourselves Stories in Order to Live, Oct 2014

Reflections on the Columbia Plateau, Feb 2015

Whispers: Collaborative Quilt Series, March 2015

James Lavadour Venice Biennale Preview Exhibit, March 2015

Open Regional Exhibit, April/May 2015

Aaron Robert Miller: Accomplishments, June/July 2015

Frank Janzen: Above/Below Series, Aug 2015

Dale DeGabriele: Images of Round-Up, Sept 2015

Hiroko Cannon: New Work, Oct 2015

Tom Prochaska/Christy Wyckoff: In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney, Feb 2016

Frances Stilwell: Oregon’s Botanical Landscape, March 2016

Nika Blasser: light mirror | mirrow shadow, June 2016

Mike King: SMASH HITS! July 2016

Peter Rock: SPELLS, Aug 2016

East Oregonian Photography Exhibit: (Kathy Aney, E.J. Harris, et. al.), Sept 2016

Arlen Clark: New Works, Oct 2016

Whitney Minthorn, February 2017

Chuck Close: Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, March/April 2017

PDX->PDT (Amjad Faur, Bean Finneran, Ellen George, Johannes Girardoni Elizabeth Knight, James Lavadour, D. E. May, Kristen Miller, Wes Mills, Megan Murphy, Vanessa Renwick, Tad Savinar,  Adam Sorensen, Barbara Stafford, Storm Tharp, Terry Toedtemeier, Gus Van Sant, Molly Vidor, Nell Warren, Marie Watt, Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson, Masao Yamamoto), July 2017

Small Works Invitational (Joyce Anderson , Roy Anderson, Judith Baumann, Lorie Baxter, Nika Blasser, Kevin Boylan, Hiroko Cannon, Shari Dallas, Bonnie Griffith, Carl Merkle, Penny Michel, Michelle Miller, Brian Purnell, Amy Rogers, Lori Sams, Alice Thomas) August 2017

Malcolm Phinney: Prairie Paintings, Sept. 2017

James Allen: Book Work, Recent Excavations, Oct. 2017

Wilderness and Sublimity: Photography and the Conservation of Hells Canyon, Feb. 2018

Louise Bourgeois: Selections from the Collection of Jordan D. Schnitzer and His Family Foundation, March/April 2018

Katherine Treffinger: New Work, July 2018

Brian Sostrom: New Work, August 2018