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Art from the quarantine life

Artists emerge from the shutdown with work created in isolation, and live theater returns to the Yamhill County stage.

Joe Wilkins, a Linfield professor, is a finalist for a 2021 Oregon Book Award in poetry.

Joe Wilkins: ‘I’m always writing poems’

The Oregon Book Award finalist talks about poetry collections, the Western sensibility, and his love of chapbooks.

“Sophia’s Garden” by Lisa Brinkman (eco-prints of sumac, eucalyptus, and maple on raw silk canvas, cold wax and oils, 30 by 30 inches)

Lisa Brinkman: ‘A collaboration of life with Nature’

The artist’s eco prints, at the Chehalem Cultural Center, are an earthy mix of abstraction, symbolism, and collage.

Spring awakenings in Yamhill County

The pandemic thaw continues, with a lecture by Trystan Reese, music, visual art, and a camillia fest.

“Indifference,” by Aron Johnston (oil on linen panel, 48 by 36 inches, 2018), was inspired by the 2017 fire set by teens that burned 50,000 acres in the Columbia River Gorge.

Pictures worth more than a thousand words

A narrative art exhibit at the Chehalem Cultural Center tells stories that “provide insight into the human condition.”

“Two Different Kinds of Love,” by Alyce Vest, won the Best First-Time Filmmaker Award.

And the winner is… the McMinnville Short Film Festival

Last month’s all-virtual festival receives rave reviews, and we tell you which films took home the honors.

Ross Gay, poet

Linfield University hits its streaming stride

Poetry, podcasts, theater, dance, and music are all available virtually from the McMinnville school.

The community quilt includes nearly 50 squares embroidered by people who participated in conversations with Ellen Knutson on what it means to be American. Embroidered details address everything from racism and disenfranchisement to liberty and compassion. Photos by: David Bates

How to make an American quilt

A conversation about the difference between America's ideals and its reality leads to a Newberg fiber arts show.

Ludovic Houplain’s 2019 animated film, "My Generation," is an eight-minute drive down a freeway where the scenery is a glitzy panorama of capitalism, finance, surveillance, sports, politics, religion, and mindless entertainment.

McMinnville Short Film Festival: Good things in small packages

The 10-day festival starts this week, bringing 127 films, none longer than 20 minutes, to the comfort of your home.

"Becoming: Orlando Dugi" in McMinnville Short Film Festival

McMinnville Short Film Festival gets real

Documentaries play a big role in the festival, with particular focus on the environment and Native Americans.

Derek Sitter, director of "Tutu Grande," has spent more than 30 years doing stage and film work and also owns the Volcanic Theatre Pub in Bend (currently closed because of COVID).

Derek Sitter: Exploring the ties between privilege and trauma

The Bend filmmaker talks about ‘Tutu Grande’ in the upcoming McMinnville Short Film Festival.

"Early Morning Canyon Road," by Riva Wolf (oil on linen, 25 by 30 inches)

Riva Wolf: Under a black cloud, a bright palette emerges

A McMinnville retrospective shows the late artist’s range, from echoes of the Holocaust to Fauvism.

Chitty calls the bottling crew the true heroes of the winery. In “Dancing” (June 2020), he has captured a woman working on a section of th line that has been divided by perspex screens in response to the pandemic. “We see her reflection and get a glimpse of her neighbors on the line. She is dancing her way through the task, drumming along to Latin beats. There is joy here, which the pandemic-driven precautions cannot suppress.”

Photographing the craft and grit of winemaking

Adrian Chitty's work celebrates the unseen people who "work so very hard to get that wine in your glass."

“Chocolate Cake & Ice Cream,” an animated short about friendship between a dog and cat by Steve Cowden of Lake Oswego, is on the schedule for the McMinnville Short Film Festival.

Bright spots peep through in Yamhill County arts forecast

Many events are canceled or scaled back for 2021, as gathering in crowds remains unlikely, but it’s not all bad news.

Zemula Barr combines photography with text in her memories of her stepfather’s cottage. Accompanying “Funeral” (pigment print, 13 by 19 inches, 2020), she writes: “I wish we could have held your funeral at the cottage this past year, but COVID – one thing I’m glad you’ve missed out on – got in the way. Maybe next year.”

‘Domestic Landscapes’: Exploring the residue of lives lived

A show at the Chehalem Cultural Center considers the ramble of clutter that makes up home.

Of “September” (pastel on paper, 26 by 38 inches, 2019), Britt Block says that Ed Grenfell Park has everything she is drawn to in painting: water, rocks, trees, light, land.

Britt Block: Paintings about presence

A Yamhill County artist visited a local park over a year and came away with a series of pastels expressing her life.

A rendering by Scott|Edwards Architecture shows the future LaJoie Theatre in the Performing Arts wing of the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg. This view is looking north at the facility, which will be on the second floor. Photo courtesy: Chehalem Cultural Center

Chehalem Cultural Center expansion makes A-list

The planned performing arts wing wins the support of an influential statewide arts lobbying group.

“Chrome of Fire II,” by Sandra Wood (38 by 30 inches , watercolor)

Not your grandmother’s watercolors

The Watercolor Society of Oregon’s show in Newberg debunks stereotypes about the medium.

Elnaz Resaei plays Nahal, recipient of a surprise birthday party, in “We Were There,” a film by Saeed Vahidi and a 2020 award-winner at the McMinnville Short Film Festival. Photo courtesy: McMinnville Short Film Festival

McMinnville Short Film Festival marches on — pandemic or no

Organizers are coming up with two scenarios for February, and a virtual fundraiser this weekend will feature greatest hits.

“To What Future,” by Maria Berg, is among the featured works in the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s show in the Chehalem Cultural Center in Newberg.

Linfield Theatre thinks outside the pandemic box

Yamhill County calendar: A "season like no other" on campus, plus a watercolor show and film festival preview.