Seventieth Edition of the Gallery Calapooia Newsletter
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Gallery Calapooia Newsletter - July  2019

Featured artists for July

Rob Robinson and Cheryl French

Rob Robinson
      The four images below are from one artwork, a double-sided translucent collage. The view you see depends on which side of the collage you are looking at and the way the light is striking it. Come see for yourself at the gallery from June 25 – July 27, or better yet, at the reception onJuly 5 th (6 - 8 pm) where Rob can show you the effects and how he makes the collages.

   Rob is one of the founding members of Gallery Calapooia and former president of the statewide Watercolor Society of Oregon. He paints with acrylics and makes collages using Japanese hand-made papers and other papers and materials.

Cheryl French

     Cheryl French is a printmaker and a painter, living and working in Albany.
Most recently, she has been looking through old sketchbooks for inspiration for her
paintings. “I’ve found many wonderful drawings that I didn’t have time to turn
into paintings at the time, and now become paintings impacted by the artist I am
now, as well as that past artist.” The images come from the year she lived in
Ireland, the images collected while painting the Albany Library Children’s Room
columns and gardens throughout her life.

Her most recent works are oil paintings, but she also works as a printmaker.
Fine art printmaking uses a “plate” on which an image has been made, to transfer
ink onto paper. There are many types of printmaking, including those which use a
printing press and those which use a hand-printing process. Fine art prints are not
copies of paintings, but original art works printed with ink on paper. Multiple
copies can be made of some types of prints, such as wood block prints, while other
methods only allow for one copy of an image.
     “One of the most wonderful aspects of making art is that it forces you to
look very carefully at whatever you are drawing or painting. Looking carefully
helps me to stop and see the beauty in the world; in the way light is reflected on an
object, in the balance between shapes, in the juxtaposition of colors. For me,
nothing brings back a memory more intensely than looking at a sketch I made of a
place and time.”
Ms. French began studying art in her thirties, while working as a labor union
lawyer. She studied drawing and painting at the Seattle Academy of Fine Art, and
printmaking at the University of Washington Extension Program and the
printmaking studio, Sev Shoon. She also studied painting with Ian Roberts and
Michael Howard.

Her best known local works are the six column murals in the Children’s
Room in the Albany Main Library. She has also worked as a teaching artist in
local schools, libraries and public events.


First Friday Artist Reception
July 5, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

       Please join us on Friday, July 5th from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. to enjoy a the work of Cheryl French and Rob Robinson at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany. The reception will include the works of French, Robinson and 18 other mid-valley artists. Wine, beer and snacks will be served.

Felt Road From Orient to Occident

         On June 5, Pat Spark was able to attend the reception for this exhibit that she was part of in Budapest, Hungary.  The exhibit was held in the Vigado (also known as the Pesti Vigado) which is a lovely, recently renovated building on a park facing the Danube. It is almost directly across the river from the Buda Castle. The exhibit runs until the middle of July.


Pat across the Danube from the Vigado. It is the building with the arched windows in the center of the photo.
The Vigado, from the Buda side of Budapest.

The artists were asked to make a banner (flag) that would hang down in the center area of one of the large gallery halls. This photo is looking through to the banner that belongs to Pat in the back.

Pat’s banner is in the center, 5th banner from the left. It is called “Homage to Mark Tobey – White Writing”.
An older piece of Pat’s called Vortex: Times’ Flower. Pat was asked to bring this to the exhibit because the images are indicative of the petroglyphs of Central Asia – the area of the world where felting began.
Garments and some wall pieces were hung in another gallery, on the bottom floor of the Vigado. This is Pat’s piece called “Purple Wrap.

There were lectures on the development of feltmaking as a contemporary art form. In addition, there was traditional music and even some dance. It was amazingly crowded, but still so exciting! What a pleasure it was to see old friends and make new ones.

Introduction to Lecture.

Of course, after the lectures, there were the pictures that had to be taken for the various press media.

Me with some of my friends, Marianne Ekert Davidson, Katharina Stor, Tulla Isojunnan, Lena Sepila, Johanna Rösti-Bühler,  Ursina Hitz Jörimann, Pocs Judit, Vidak Anna, Vidak Ishti, Vidak Mari, and Vidak Istvan. Plus many others I didn’t know that well, but are part of the large, extended family of feltmakers.

GC artist Marilyn Lindsley showing at Salem Art Fair and Art on the Green in Coeur d’Alene, ID

 Salem Art Fair and Festival

Over 200 artists, live music and entertainment on three stages, art activities for the whole family in the Kids’ Court area Craft beer and wine gardens, food and drink vendors, local organizations in the Cultural Community, Mission St. Parks Conservancy annual plant sale.
Dates:   July 19-21
Location:  Bush’s Pasture Park, 600 Mission St. SE, Salem, OR 97301
Admission:  $5 Day,  $10  3-day pass
Look for Marilyn Lindsley at booth:  #185 
For more info visit their website at:

Art on the Green

Over 165 artists, a variety of musicians and performers, Children’s Art Garden, food and drink vendors, craft beer and wine gardens all join in the celebration of art, creativity and friendship at Art on the Green.  Free shuttle bus between the festival and downtown Coeur d’Alene.
Dates:  August 2-4
Location:  The campus of North Idaho College, Coeur d’Alene, ID
For more info visit their website at:

GC artist Linda Herd showing at Art and Wine in the Garden at Garland Nursery, June 27 and 28

For more information visit:
For more info about Linda Herds jewelry visit:
Garland Nursery
5470 NE Hwy 20,
Corvallis, OR 97330

George Rodriguez: Embellished Narratives at Hallie Ford Museum in Salem

Seattle artist George Rodriguez (American, born 1982) creates figurative ceramic sculptures that explore his Chicano heritage, political issues surrounding the US and Mexico border, and the shared humanity of people around the world. 

Organized by curator Jonathan Bucci, this major exhibition presents work created over the past 10 years. Ideas of ceremony, ritual, and cross-cultural mythology all combine in Rodriguez’s bold yet whimsical artwork. Inspired by childhood memories, international travel, border politics, and the history of art, his richly decorated and tactile sculptures draw the viewer in with a mixture of humor and gravity to address concepts of community and identity in our global culture.

For more info visit their website at:

Visiting Hours
Tue-Sat: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Sun: 1-5 p.m.

Hallie Ford Museum of Art
Willamette University
700 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301

Local happenings and upcoming events

New Fabric store opens June 15th in downtown Albany

"Brigitte's Place is a fabric store focused on bringing fashion fabrics and trims to garment sewers. We've sourced fabrics fron India, Denmark, Japan, Italy and some from China. We are looking to bring in an even greater variety as time goes on. We also carry patterns from several independent pattern designers and will continue to to expand oue selection. Classes have been scheduled for July and August with more being created for September through the end of the year. Please come join us for our "Sewcials" every 2nd Tuesday of the month from 9-11 am and every 1st Friday of the month from 5-7 pm. Bring a project to sew, or just come to chat with like minded people, it's entirely up to you. Hope to see you soon. Feel free to stop in any time. Maybe we can do drinks sometime."

Brigitte DeValois

325 First Avenue
West, Albany, OR, 97321.
For more info you can find her website at
or email at

New Art Gallery to open in downtown Albany

 Gallery Calapooia is pleased to welcome The Crow's Foot, a new art gallery opening soon in downtown Albany. It is the dream of Tricia Greaves, a local artist who is well known in the community. Despite some construction permit hiccups, the gallery will open sometime this summer. IF you would like more information, you can contact Tricia by email at: Watch this space for news on the opening.

The Crow's Foot gallery is located at:

243 Third Avenue SW
Albany, OR 97321

Crazy Daze July 11,12 and 13

Gallery Calapooia will again participate in Crazy Daze, July 11, 12, 13.  Our artists will be setting out some of their merchandise on the sidewalk in front of the gallery, offering them at crazy reduced prices!  Look for special offerings like the pottery of John Stahl, as well as sale prices on some of our jewelry, paintings, prints and cards.  We will also have some reduced prices on selected items inside the gallery.  Some of our artists will do demonstrations during the three days of the event.  Join us to see artists at work!   


 Albany Summer Passport Program

Gallery Calapooia is participating in the Albany Downtown Assn.  Summer Passport Program.   This is a free children’s program offered through a partnership of the City of Albany, Albany Visitors Association, Albany Downtown Association, Albany Regional Museum and the Monteith Historical Society.  You can grab your passport at the kick off event June 8 or later at the Albany Visitor’s Association and start visiting, collecting stamps, and possibly winning prizes.


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.

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