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The East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts is a beautiful space for viewing a wide range of artwork. Funded by the East Oregonian, publisher of the local daily paper since 1875, the gallery is flanked by large windows original to the building, bamboo floor and more than 1800 square feet of display area.


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You can view more highlights of our past exhibits and read about the artists here.


The works were created as part of Crow's Shadow's "Golden Spot" residency program, made possible through the support of the Ford Family Foundation. Golden Spot Award artists include Pat Boas, Arnold J. Kemp, Eva Lake, Susan Murrell, Jenene Nagy, Storm Tharp. The exhibit is traveling from a recent showing at PDX Contemporary Art in Portland, one of the west coast's premier galleries and one that represents the work of Crow's Shadow founder James Lavadour.

In 2010 Crow's Shadow was one of three Oregon nonprofit organizations to receive a Golden Spot grant from the Ford Family Foundation, so named because each institution is located in a scenic region of the state. Under the Golden Spot residency Crow's Shadow provides a series of two-week printmaking residencies for Oregon mid-career visual artists guided by Tamarind Master Printer Frank Janzen.

Crow's Shadow and the Pendleton Center for the Arts have shared a long, productive association, each helping to support and foster the success of the other. More information about CSIA and the Golden Spot residencies can be found

Oregon Artists in collaboration with
Crow’s Shadow Press      
Feb 7 - March 1, 2013

July 5 - July 26, 2013

He has long made works based on landscape. Growing up in eastern Oregon, the dry and rocky geology of the Great Basin was a strong influence. That reductive landscape continues to be an important source of inspiration, but Wyckoff is now generating more complex compositions suggested by slash piles of discarded trunks and limbs left behind by lumbering operations or jumbles of rocks and smashed trees rolled downhill by avalanches.


Recent compositions reveal a new approach to his entangled subject matter.  He has mimicked the interlaced limbs and branches found in the natural world by weaving together strips from the discarded margins of his prints.




Christy Wyckoff has been a working visual artist for over 40 years. He graduated from the University of Oregon in 1968 and earned an MFA in Printmaking at the University of Washington. From 1979 to his 2012 retirement, Wyckoff taught at the Pacific NW College of Art.


New Works
March 7 - March 30, 2013

Visitors to the East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in April were greeted by a sea of portraits that vibrate with brilliant color and lend tender insights to the inner lives of the characters portrayed. The paintings – more than 40 in all – by Hermiston artist Arlen Clark.


Clark has been painting for the past 35 years. He took one art class with northwest painter Sandra Campbell when first became interested in painting. “She didn’t teach us how to paint, she just told us we could paint anything we wanted, any way we wanted,” says Clark. “I spent the next several years trying to figure out what I DID want to paint, and how I wanted to paint it.”


Like many successful artists, he started out his exploration of painting by making copies of paintings by the old masters. He made several paintings after Vermeer’s iconic works, but didn’t connect with the style. Shortly after, he made a trip to St. Thomas and was struck by the vibrant colors and lush foliage. He also was interested in painting portraits of his wife, Linda, from old photographs. At the same time, he was voraciously studying art history and the work of all the icons of modern art. This deep exploration has giving his work a rich collection of associations. Viewers might recognize references to everything from Picasso and Gauguin to Australian aboriginal work.


Clark says he thinks about the paintings all the time, usually working on one painting at a time until the character and surroundings are fully fleshed out. He works as a janitor at the Hinkle rail station west of Hermiston. “I don’t have to think much at my job, it’s mainly just repetitive tasks, so as I do my work I think about the compositions.”

April 4 - April 27, 2013

Made possible through the generous support of Alerita Burns

“Keiko Hara: Prints 1981-2013” is a retrospective exhibition of more than 30 years of Hara’s printed work exploring variations of an on-going theme.


The series, entitled "Topophilia", conveys a sense of the place inside each human being where an exceptional inner power exists. 


“It is our individual topophilia that connects us while at the same time cultural and political boundaries separate us,” says Hara. “As an artist, I want to transform this topophilia into my artwork.”


Because the printing process may be repeated any number of times, an edition of prints is produced in which all of the prints are the same. However, instead of an edition of images, Hara often creates a series of one-of-a-kind images. Each print is a variation created by changing registration, inking and overlaying during the image-making process each time a new print is pulled.


Changing lights and reflection from certain environments adds yet another layer of imagery to Hara’s hand printed work. Tools and technology go beyond their mechanical, functional uses to create a bridge between human hands and the soul.

Made possible through the generous support of Marjorie Iburg.

October 2013 - Peter Bryan studied at the Institute of American Indian Arts and earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree from Memphis College of Art. His major art influences include DaVinci, Caravaggio, Jackson Pollock, James Lavadour and the art of the Southwest.


Bryan is a head injury survivor who credits the therapeutic power of art making with helping him to cope with various effects of his injury. He sought refuge in sketch books as a child and continues to sketch today. His latest sketch books led him to the series for the Works on Paper exhibit.


The works are done on a heavy paper using dimensional fabric paint, cattle markers and other unconventional mark making tools. The implements produce clean lines with great contrast and clarity and a color variety and texture that Bryan likes.

Upcoming Exhibits



September 4 - 27, 2014 - Peter Johnson


October 2 - 25, 2014 - We Tell Ourselves Stories In Order to Live: the works of the Nine Recipients of the Hallie Ford Foundation Fellowship in the Visual Arts


November 20 - December 27, 2014 - The Art of the Gift

Susan Murrell: Embedded

March 6-29, 2014


Susan Murrell lives and works in La Grande, Oregon and her site-specific installations,
paintings and works on paper are exhibited nationally. She has been awarded residencies at international programs including Yaddo and Ragdale, and in 2012 she was a recipient of the Golden Spot Award at Crow's Shadow Institute for the Arts.

She is an Associate Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University. This exhibit was made possible through the support of Shari & Dave Dallas.

Check out a selection of work by Jenny Morgan and Arlen Clark HERE.

Both were featured on the March 22 episode of OPB’s State of Wonder.

R. Keaney Rathbun

April 3-25, 2014


Rathbun’s mixed media sculptures and screenprints are autobiographical narratives. The images are figurative and gestural, and are deceptively simple metaphors of human experience. They are joyous and whimsical, emotional and poignant. They represent an optimistic and naïve spirit embracing the moments that make up his life.


Free admission made possible through the generous support of Read & Bose, PC.


See a video of Keaney talking about his creative inspiration and techniques HERE



Gregory Pierce: Obscurities Below Grade

August 7-30, 3014

Natural history and human events are continually woven within layers of soil, rock, and ice beneath us. Over time, erosion blurs distinctions between human detritus and natural features that create a landscape. Details soften and blend leaving only traces to trigger one’s imagination. I find tantalizing analogies to how memory and history are much like sedimentary layers of earth: sequentially embedded experiences of the world eroded, distorted, and altered by time.

By emulating geologic processes of landscape formation, I balance creative control with fluid dynamics of molten rock that takes its natural course. Rather than reproduce traditional vistas, I condense experience and memory, combining aspects of reality into imaginary visual abstractions. The resulting forms are like personal building blocks that communicate my observations, internal emotions and connection to place.

*Note: All of the rock are free range and regionally sourced materials. No environmental features were harmed nor defaced during the collection process.


Open Regional Photography Exhibit

May 8 - June 27, 2014


Photographers from around eastern Oregon and southeast Washington entered more than 120 photographs in the 2014 Open Regional Exhibit. Todd J. Tubutis, executive director of Blue Sky Gallery awarded more than $1,200 in both teen and adult categories to a number of notable entries.

All awards were made possible by the generous support of Banner Bank


Congratulations to the following award winners:



Best of Show - Larry Wright
Adult First - Katie Pearce

Adult Second - John Allen

Adult Third - Mona Dinger

Teen First - Kipling Bose

Teen Second - Lacey Baird

Teen Third - Alizabeth Wendt

Honorable Mention - Susan How

Honorable Mention - Mike Brandhagen

People’s Choice - Louis Dougherty

Above: Exhibit-goers selected Louis Dougherty’s photograph, “Eagle Cap Alpenglow” as the winner of the People’s Choice Award.