Seventy Fourth Edition of the Gallery Calapooia Newsletter
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Gallery Calapooia Newsletter
 November 2019

Featured Artists for October
Rachael Oehler and J.J. Jones

Rachael Oehler
"Landscape in E Major" by Rachael Oehler
"Landscape in E Major" by Rachael Oehler
Colored Pencil Artist, Rachael Oehler

Rachael Oehler’s award-winning colored pencil artwork is largely born of the rolling hills, friendly faces and natural beauty of the Willamette Valley, as well as from her travels. A love for nature, portraiture, and the NW landscape led her to pursue Art and Biology at Western Oregon University. While she developed her understanding of color and glazing as an oil painter, colored pencil is her chosen medium for precision and luminous layers of color.

Her finely detailed landscapes highlight the subtle textures and tones of the terrain, transformed by the magic of atmosphere and light. Another focus for Rachael is portraiture, where she looks beyond accurate depiction to reveal something of the life and character of her subjects.

My Grandmother, The Butterfly Whisperer by Rachael Oehler
"My Garndmother, the Butterfly Whisperer" by Rachael Oehler
“I strive in my work to capture those fleeting moments of glory from nature, and the vitality of the human spirit. A landscape that appears flat and ordinary in one minute, with a sudden shock of sunlight, can become an exquisite chord of color. I often find this glory in the crevices: in the life-worn lines of a face, the glowing horizon, or the contrast of innocence and harsh reality. Brilliant art hones in on these details and imperfections and makes you see the world with fresh eyes.”

Gallery Calapooia is located in the historic Flinn Block in downtown Albany, and recently celebrated its 6th year of bringing fine art to the community. The gallery is the cooperative effort of 21 member artists, working in a range of styles and media. Openings are held on First Fridays throughout the year, offering new featured artists each month. The gallery is open Tuesday through Saturday, from 11—6.

"Great Horned Owl" by Rachael Oehler
Bowl by JJ Jones
Bowl by JJ Jones
JJ Jones - Finding the Art beneath the Bark
JJ Jones loves to look for what he calls the “art beneath the bark”. He
has been turning wood for over 20 years now, and he always finds
satisfaction in seeing the beauty that his work brings out in the wood. A
retired educator, Oregon small business owner and realtor, JJ says that
“woodturning has been a great aesthetic hobby for my retirement years,
giving me an opportunity to express myself through the arts.”
Burl Vase by JJ Jones
Using mainly Myrtlewood, maple, oak, and walnut, JJ creates a
fascinating array of items, both decorative and utilitarian. He has 3
lathes which enable him to turn a wide range of sizes. Very large items up
to 40” in diameter can be created on the largest of his lathes, which he
built himself with the help of a friend. Using the smallest lathe, he is able
to turn delicate pieces just a few inches high. He is skilled at the very
difficult “hollow turnings", which are hollow vessels with narrow necks.
“I have studied a number of expert turners that have come to Oregon
and California from England, Ireland, Japan and Australia as well as from
many local experts.”
Bowl by JJ jones
JJ doesn’t cut down trees for his artwork. The wood used in his
woodturned objects comes from trees felled by arborists and storms, or
cut down by homeowners to thin trees on their property. He especially
enjoys working with burls, the large lumps often seen on trees which are
the result of some kind of stress, such as injury, virus, fungus, insect
infestation or mold growth, resulting in a uniquely patterned wood, highly
prized for its beauty. JJ loves to turn this burl wood to reveal the unique
patterns, often incorporating some of the roughness created by the stress
on the tree into the finished artwork. After 20 years of refining and
honing his skills, JJ's work now reveals the natural art hidden under the
rough bark, recapturing the life of the tree in the richness of the wood
and in the beauty of his turnings.

First Friday Artist Reception
November 1, 6:00 - 8:00 pm.

Come join our featured artists, Rachael Oehler and J.J. Jones, along with other Gallery Calapooia artists. Along with a variety of refreshments, live music will be provided by Rose and Thistle.

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 Crow’s Foot Gallery. Don’t miss the fun in Historic Downtown Albany!

The work of Rachael Oehler and J.J. Jones will be featured October 29th - November 23rd.

Gallery Calapooia - Wearable Art
Wearable Art

Gallery Calapooia is participating in Albany’s holiday “Downtown Unwrapped”  with our first” Wearable Art/Ladies Night Out” event.   We will be open the evening of  Nov. 7, 5 – 8 p.m.  Apple cider, wine and cookies will be served.
In addition to our own textile and jewelry artists, Gallery Calapooia has invited five guest artists who are bringing a variety of beautiful and functional wearables:
Rachel Murray – hand painted handmade purses
Nancy Bryant -  handmade jackets
Cris Kostol – silver and semi-precious stone jewelry
Chris Seale -  handmade textile items
Marty Balogh – FLAX clothing
Please join us for an exciting and enjoyable start to the holiday season.

Gallery Calapooia Christmas stockings
Christmas Stockings on Display

Gallery artists were issued a challenge to create a Christmas stocking using their own medium for the holiday display window.  Check them out! They will be on display in the front window for Downtown Unwrapped and the holiday season. And yes, they are for sale.

Karen Miller artwork
The Big Show of Little Art!
3rd Annual 8 x 8 Community Open Exhibit
Jan. 28 – Feb. 22, 2020

Mark your calendars and begin working on your new piece for the upcoming Community Art Show at Gallery Calapooia – The Big Show of Little Art 2020! 
In 2020, we will be accepting the work of approximately 120 artists. This will be approximately 95 2-D pieces and 25 3-D pieces. We will take in the first 120 pieces, with some adjustments as needed. So this means that people can only enter one piece and they will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. All art work must be for sale and cannot have been shown in previous Gallery Calapooia Community Exhibits.
Art work entry must be hand delivered to Gallery Calapooia, 222 1st Ave. SW, Albany, Oregon 97321. The submission dates are January 17 and 18, 2020, Noon - 6:00 PM. The detailed Call to Artists and the Entry Form are available online or at Gallery Calapooia. They must be completely filled out, signed and submitted with art work. 1-541-971-5701
Work cannot exceed the dimensions of 8 inches x 8 inches x 8 inches, including any frame, backing, case or stand.  All wall-hung work must be exactly 8" x 8". 8" x 8" canvases and other supplies can be purchased for the exhibit at: The Frame House, 434 W 1st Ave, Albany, OR 97321, 541-928-7676.
2D art work must be ready to hang with a tight wire across the back at least 2 inches below the top. The wire cannot extend above the edge of the work and no alligator (sawtooth) hangers allowed. 3D work must be ready to display on shelves or stands. All art work must be securely identified on the back (2D work) or bottom (3D work) with the title, price and artist’s name.
The reception for the 8 x 8 exhibit will be on Feb. 7, 2020, from 6-8 PM at Gallery Calapooia.


Local happenings and upcoming events

Paintings by Marjorie Kinch will be on display at Sybaris Bistro during November.
"Mt. Hood at Sunrise" by Marjorie Kinch              
Sybaris Bistro,
442 1st Ave.
W, Albany

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.


Artists Invited to Apply for Membership 

Artist Application form for membership in Gallery Calapooia
Membership and application information

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occurring at the gallery.
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Gallery Calapooia Inc. receives support from the Oregon Arts Commission, a state agency funded by the State of Oregon and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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