Lorenzen Board Room Gallery

The Lorenzen Board Room Gallery was made possible through the generosity of the Lorenzen family. Marcia Lorenzen was very involved in the renovation of the Carnegie Library building 1998-2001, lending her iconic sense of style to many of the design choices that have made the Pendleton Center for the Arts a classic space.

This space is specifically designed to support emerging artists and smaller bodies of work. Creating a complete body of work can be a transformative experience for an artist. In addition to making art, the business side of the art world is introduced, encompassing things like writing artists’ statements, understanding installation basics, greeting gallery visitors, and more.

Coming next:

Loree McKenna: Inner Journey


Loree McKenna is perhaps best known in Pendleton as a talented cellist, but back in 1970, after graduating from San Francisco State University with a degree in cello performance, she began creating tapestries. She started with hand-sewing, but when a sewing machine later became available to her, she took advantage of it.

“I am fascinated by and love the multitude of colors and textures of cloth that are available from all over the world,” explained McKenna.  “I wanted to touch and play with them. That’s why I chose tapestries as a creative medium.”

An exhibit of 27 of her works will be on display in the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts April 9 – May 29. The event is free and open to the public, and guest can call 541-310-7413 to schedule a visit.

McKenna differentiates tapestries from quilts by their purely artistic presence and their delicacy.  She uses colored yarns and embroidery threads to outline and sew the edges of her collage-like compositions.  The tapestries were made to be a component of a larger event which she calls Inner Journey.  Because of this, the tapestries are not for sale.

Loree has lived in Pendleton since 1971, teaching cello privately and in the schools, as well as playing in area orchestras.  She retired in 2019.