Seventy Second Edition of the Gallery Calapooia Newsletter
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Gallery Calapooia Newsletter
 September 2019

Featured Artists for September
Melissa Babcock Saylor
and Dennis Johanson

Melissa Babcock Saylor works in cut paper and collage.  Most of the paper used in her work is hand painted by Babcock Saylor.  She also cuts out rubber stamps to print interesting designs on her papers as well as using old postage stamps that were given to her by a gallery members spouse.

Melissa's artwork is colorful and a bit whimsical.  She enjoys making art with children and animals in them, and continues to work as an children's book illustrator.  Her latest book Also an Animal is available at the gallery.  In addition, Melissa serves as lead painter at the Albany Carousel and is an active member of the City of Albany's Arts Commission.

My pottery career started  in 1976 where I learned the basic techniques of throwing on the wheel, trimming, and glazing. After 2 years I started teaching beginning pottery classes at OSU.
While trying to find out how the clay body reacts to fast and wet throwing versus throwing slow and dry I developed a process I call Porcelain Swirl. By incorporating 2 colors of Porcelain I was able to observe how clay particles move when thrown on the wheel.       
Having my own studio I am free to investigate new art possibilities using different mediums such as Porcelain Turtles swimming amongst Copper Seaweed on Repurposed Mahogany Wood.
I occasionally teach pottery in my studio and enjoy doing throwing demonstrations for different public events.
My fulfillment comes from pushing the boundries of pottery and producing pottery that others can enjoy at affordable prices.

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

The artists of Gallery Calapooia will celebrate their SIXTH ANNIVERSARY on September 6th with a special First Friday reception. In addition to featuring the work of cut-paper artist Melissa Saylor and ceramicist Dennis Johanson, the public will meet the two new artists who recently joined the gallery! J.J. Jones, a wood turner, became a member in August. His excellent skills are a perfect match to his artistic vision (see August newsletter for more info about J.J.). Mary Ridler is a painter whose whimsical images will bring a smile to your heart. You already may be familiar with her work: Mary is also one of the painters at the Albany Carousel!

Along with the usual refreshments, we will be serving cake and punch. You won’t want to miss this special celebration!

September 6th also marks the 5th Anniversary of THE NATTY DRESSER, that fantastic men’s haberdashery located just two blocks from Gallery Calapooia. The celebration will be an all day affair, with door prizes, raffles, and FREE birthday gifts with purchase! From 5-8pm, enjoy a slice of cake and sparkling wine, and the musical talents of Ms. Lonna Capaci. Stop in and get a free shoe shine!

Other businesses participating in Downtown First Friday include Albany Regional Museum, Urban Ag Supply, No Dinx, Cronies Antiques, Eclectic Zebra, Sniffany’s Pet Boutique, and the newest art gallery in Albany, Crow’s Foot Gallery. Don’t miss the fun in Historic Downtown Albany!

The work of Dennis Johanson and Melissa Babcock Saylor will be featured August 26 through September 28

GC welcomes new artist Mary Ridler

Gallery Calapooia is proud to present the animation artwork of local painter, Mary Ridler.  Mary grew up in Idaho and lived in Utah until a few years ago when she moved to Albany with her family. Whimsical acrylic paintings are done on canvas and paper, and often feature characters of her own design.
Some of these characters are based on her cats and their engaging personalities. She likes to paint places she’s been as well as places she wants to go. She has also volunteered extensively as a painter for the Albany Carousel.
Mary says “I love to create art from real life places or situations but make them seem like they come from a story. My goal is to make people smile.”

Ceramics by Shannon Ross at
Good Earth Gallery in Bellingham, Wa

Shannon Ross has been juried into an international ceramic show in September. The show is at Good Earth Pottery’s ceramic gallery in Bellingham, WA which has a long history of 50 years and represents over 40 ceramic artists. The theme of the show is “Pitcher Perfect” and you can see Shannon’s artwork below which was selected for the show. There is a reception for the show on September 7 th from 3-6pm.

Here is the website for the gallery and show info:

Karen Miller's work on display at Benton County Historical Museum

Gallery Calapooia fiber artist Karen Miller has two quilted pieces in the current show at Benton County Historical Museum, 1101 Main St., Philomath. As part of "Quilt County", these quilts are the creations of the Studio Art Quilt Associates. The theme for the show is Boundaries.  The quilts will  will be on display now through September 21.

For more information visit the Benton Historical Society website:

My Feltmaking travels around the world
Pat Spark

       I have been doing various fiber art techniques since the late 1960s, but it is really feltmaking that has lead me on a wonderful, merry chase around the world since I first learned it in 1975. Because of this textile, I visited Hungary in the 1980s, while it was still behind the iron curtain and later visited it several more times. I traveled to teach in Sweden, Finland, and the Republic of Georgia. I did research in the Netherlands, Italy and Russia. I was even sent as a US cultural ambassador to Kirgizia to show traditional felters, contemporary approaches to making this textile!  This wonderful textile has sent me around the world!
      Join me as I explain how felt is made and share with you the adventures I’ve experienced in almost 45 years of working with it.
Friends of the Albany Public Library, September 13, 2019.  12:00 Noon at the Main Library, 2450 14th Avenue SE, Albany. 

Local happenings and upcoming events

Bill Thompson’s fascinating vinyl creations will be on display at Sybaris beginning on September 3rd.              
Sybaris Bistro,
442 1st Ave.
W, Albany
Gallery Artists at the Oregon State Fair
Two Gallery Calapooia artists will be showing their work at the Oregon State Fair, August 23 through September 2.
Nancy Anderson has two pieces in the calligraphy show, which is located in the Visual Arts building.

J.J. Jones, our newest member, will be participating with the Willamette Valley Woodturners to offer demonstrations of wood turning  August 28 - September 2 in the Columbia Building.  You can find J.J.’s demonstration anytime during Fair hour on Satuday, August 31st.  
New Art Gallery to open in downtown Albany

 Gallery Calapooia is pleased to welcome The Crow's Foot, a new art gallery in downtown Albany. It is the dream of Tricia Greaves, a local artist who is well known in the community. If you would like more information, you can contact Tricia by email at:

The Crow's Foot gallery
243 Third Avenue SW
Albany, OR 97321

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.


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