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Jacob Elshin (born St. Petersburg, Russia, 1892; died Seattle, 1976), “Miners at Work,” (1937-38, oil on canvas, 5 by 12 feet), collection of the City of Renton, Washington, courtesy of U.S. Postal Service. ©2019 USPS. Photo courtesy: Hallie Ford Museum of Art

Remembering ‘Forgotten Stories’ of the Great Depression

The Hallie Ford Museum of Art exhibits 70 pieces produced by Northwest artists during the New Deal.
After an initial reluctance to paint Astoria’s iconic bridge and tankers, Paul Polson says he has embraced them with his own style, such as this oil, “Astoria River Walk.”

Paul Polson: ‘I like to feel every place l go, I learn from it’

The Astoria artist has gone from designing giant inflatables to painting the city's landmarks.

Chasing the Light

Shining through: Astoria's LightBox Photographic Gallery is a bright beacon in dark times.
“Candle” by Natalie Niblack (oil on canvas, 2020, 48 by 36 inches)

Balancing the beautiful and the horrific

Artists Natalie Niblack and Ann Chadwick Reid explore climate change in a Chehalem Cultural Center show.

A fresh face for an old society

Museum veteran Faith Kreskey is leading the Lincoln County Historical Society into the future.

Converge 45: Popping up with the times

Chehalem Cultural Center and Converge 45 respond to a year of crisis with a show of contemporary posters.

A little ArtSpark in Eugene

As schools shut down, arts teachers in Lane County shift online and take the art to kids across 16 districts.
When Christine Wichers saw how her painting, “At Home Day 9” turned out, she thought, “Dang, that’s just how I feel.” The painting is part of the Hoffman Center for the Arts’ “Creating in Place” virtual show. Photo courtesy: Hoffman Center for the Arts

An invitation to ‘unleash the artist’

Manzanita's Hoffman Center responds to the coronavirus shutdown by asking artists to take part in a virtual show.
Jennifer Kapnek’s work exploring trees, such as this fig, opens March 3 in the Chehalem Cultural Center.

Music, poetry, and visual art, all within walking distance

Wine country calendar: A little of everything at Linfield, new shows in Newberg, and Salem goes steampunk.

Land and Water: By Necessity

A gathering of Native American activists and a documentary film join the battle against climate threats.

Vision 2020: Brenna Crotty

The CALYX editor says "men would benefit a lot from reading female-centered narratives."
Carissa Burkett and Sean Andries are excited about the Chehalem Cultural Center’s new Cox Family Culinary Enrichment Center as an avenue to explore art and culture. “So much of our culture is wrapped up in the food we eat and the people we share it with,” Andries says.

Vision 2020: Sean Andries and Carissa Burkett

Leaders of Newberg's Chehalem Cultural Center look forward to more performing arts and a new culinary center.
Ka'ila Farrell-Smith

Vision 2020: Ka’ila Farrell-Smith

The Southern Oregon artist and activist creates art “rooted in Indigenous aesthetics and abstract formalism.”

Vision 2020: Martin Majkut

Rogue Valley Symphony leader: music education in the schools is the key to getting people into concert halls.
Rachael Carnes says Eugene has a robust theater scene, including long-running Oregon Contemporary Theatre, which is “curating a season that is as bold and as innovative as one you might see in Portland or Ashland.”

Vision 2020: Rachael Carnes

As her career soars, a Eugene playwright says "access is the foundation for a vibrant arts scene."
A Deadly Wind by John Dodge

Remembering the Big Blow

Book author John Dodge will speak in Cannon Beach about the 1962 Columbus Day Storm.
John Olbrantz, Maribeth Collins director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art in Salem, says his projects this year range from increasing museum staff to doing research on Scottish artist David Roberts for a future exhibition. Photo courtesy: Willamette University

Vision 2020: John Olbrantz

The director of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art praises Salem's thriving arts and culture community.

Vision 2020: Christopher Acebo

A leading Oregon theater artist says extending equity to all groups is a way forward for everyone.

Vision 2020: Darcy Dolge, Sarah West, and Nancy Knowles

Leaders of an art center in La Grande say funding cuts could have been dire, but the community stepped up.

A soldier’s journey

Charles Burt charts a course from the rigors of military life to the rigors of an art academy.