Sixty-fourth Edition of the Gallery Calapooia Newsletter
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Gallery Calapooia Newsletter
January, 2019  

Featured artists for January
Shannon Ross and Anna Harris

Gallery Calapooia welcomes new artist Shannon Ross

Gallery Calapooia is delighted to present the hand-built ceramic artwork of Shannon Ross, our newest member.  Her imaginative hand-crafted vessels are both elegant and utilitarian, bringing a unique twist to functional household items.  During the month of January, Shannon’s work will be featured along with the whimsical paintings of Anna Harris. 

Shannon is a native Oregonian and recently moved to south Salem with her husband Rob, who is her biggest supporter, and her Boston Terrier, Dot.  She has been doing ceramic work for over 30 years, first learning it in high school.  Her degree in interior design contributed to her interest in the building and construction of her pieces, which she creates with mid-range firing clay.  A mix of porcelain and 10% paper, this clay is stronger than porcelain alone.  Even the thin parts of her pieces are sturdy, allowing her greater freedom in the design.

Shannon loves to make ceramics that bring elegance, sophistication, and merriment to the everyday.  Her work shows many influences, from ornate Art Nouveau illustrations of flowers to paisley patterns.  She incorporates details from the natural world and, inspired by elements like birds, plants and animals, gives each piece a life of its own.  Her glazes, too, are unique.  “I fire my pieces sometimes 3 or 4 times to get the right color or detail. I use glazes that are layered so that the pigments interact, giving depth and variation to the colors.  I often challenge myself to develop unorthodox practices such as incorporating separate components like stone, shells, mineral specimens or fish skin, and attaching them after firing.”  

Working with clay, Shannon finds that the details or forms often change along the way, and this adds to the adventure of creating.  Each hand-built item is a truly one-of-a-kind creation, infused with levity, humor and character.  Come join us in January to welcome Shannon Ross to our Gallery Calapooia family!

Anna Harris sees the natural world with a delightful, imaginative eye.  Each of her acrylic paintings reflects her sense of humor, along with an uncanny understanding of the personality and character of her living subjects.  You can’t help but smile when you look at Anna’s work, because each creature has a life of its own. 

Anna does her paintings on a variety or surfaces, from canvas to unfinished wood, sometimes cutting out the figures or incorporating the bark edge or the woodgrain into the design so that the presentation, as well as the subject matter, is interesting.  She involves us with her mystical menagerie by giving them period-appropriate costumes, musical instruments, tools or paintbrushes so the creatures often go a little beyond the animal world and step into ours.  

First Friday Reception January 4th, 6:00 - 8:00pm

For the month of January, we’ve paired Anna’s paintings with the hand-built ceramics of our newest member Shannon Ross.  The result is an uplifting and whimsical interpretation of life.   Please come and see this lively combination January 2 through January 26.  The opening reception will be on Friday evening January 4, 6pm-8pm.  Join us to shake off the post-holiday blues and celebrate these two amazing artists! Wine, beer and snacks will be served.

Gallery Calapooia will host their 2nd annual exhibit of 8" x 8” art works in February, 2019. A non-juried community-wide show, this event is open to everyone - new artists, veteran artists, young and old artists. Whether you are showing your work for the first time, of have been showing for years, The Big Show of Little Art is a wonderful opportunity to share you talent and you love of art with the entire community. The 8 x8 works of art will be on display from Jan. 29 through Feb. 23. Our community’s creations will be celebrated with a special public reception at the gallery on Feb. 1, 2019, from 6 - 8 pm. These wonderful little creations will be perfect Valentine gifts, so please join us for the refreshments and the fun!

For all the entry details, see the Call to Artists.

Then download the Entry Form , fill it out, print it, and bring it with your artwork to submit it at the gallery. Submission dates for hand-delivering your artwork to the gallery are:

Friday, January 18, Noon – 6:00 pm
Saturday, January 19, Noon – 6:00 pm
Sunday, January 20, 2:00 – 6:00 pm

A reminder – Be sure to properly wire your paintings and other 2D artwork. Example below.

Gallery Calapooia Artist Bill Thompson collaborates with Albany Civic Theater

Gallery Calapooia artist Bill Thompson will have his vinyl art displayed in the ACT lobby during the January performances of Love & Information. What's more, Bill is creating 15 new artworks especially themed for the show.
Like a scroll through a Facebook feed turned into live action, in Love and Information a troupe of exceptionally versatile actors portray over 100 characters in 57 vignettes by turns hilarious and heart-wrenching. Smart and tender-hearted, this whirlwind dramatic comedy explores the ways people try to connect with and understand each other in our modern age of information overload and ever-shortening attention spans.

To purchase tickets, please visit the Albany Civic Theater website:
Albany Civic Theater
111 First Ave. W. Albany, Oregon 97321​ | 541-928-4603

Local Happenings and Upcoming Events

Artwork by Bill Thompson at Sybaris Bistro

The layered vinyl images of of GC artist Bill Thompson will be on display at Sybaris through the month of January.

Sybaris Bistro, 442 1st Ave. W, Albany.

Bakery and sprinkle company, Natural Sprinkles opens in downtown Albany

Natural Sprinkles specializes in dye-free, all natural sprinkles and baked goods.

202 Second Ave SW
Albany OR, 97321

Sniffany's Pet Boutique moves to 222 1st ave W.

Sniffany's Pet Boutique features all natural human-grade pet foods, both dry, canned, and refrigerated, as well as pet toys, accessories, etc.Their new location is

222 1st ave W.
Albany, OR 97321

For more local events see Albany Downtown Association and Albany Visitor Center.

Gift Registry and Gift Certificates

Let Gallery Calapooia help you with special gifts by using our Gift Registry. Come in, note items in our gift registry that you would like to receive as gifts, and let your loved one know so that he or she can get you the perfect gift at Gallery Calapooia. We also have Gift Certificates available.

Gallery Calapooia is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Donations to the gallery are tax-deductible.


Gallery Calapooia is now accepting applications for membership

Artist Application form for membership in Gallery Calapooia
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