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The Exhibition Program
     The Exhibition program utilizes two gallery spaces: the Main Gallery and the Corrine Woodman Gallery. The exhibitions of the Corvallis Arts Center are an integral part of the ArtCentric's mission, providing artists opportunities to share and market their work, and giving educational opportunities to the community.
 
The Main Gallery
     The Main Gallery is dedicated to local, regional and national exhibitions. The Exhibition Committee, which consists of representatives of the affiliated visual art guilds, LBAC Board member(s) and artist members at large, choose the exhibits. The Exhibition Committee strives for a well-balanced program each year, both in the media used and in the variety of artists presented. For more information on The Exhibition Committee call Hester Coucke at 541-754-1551.
Printmaking Traditions and Innovations: Tallmadge Doyle, Susan Lowdermilk, Ken Paul, Nicole Rawlings, John Saling and Greg Pfarr.

October 2 - 26, 2003
Gallery Talk and Reception Thursday October 2, 5:30 - 7:30
Printmaking presentations & demonstrations Saturday October 11 and 18, at noon. Free of charge.

Six Oregon printmakers have joined forces and show their work at the Corvallis Arts Center from October 2 - 26: Tallmadge Doyle, Susan Lowdermilk and Ken Paul from Eugene, Nicole Rawlings, John Saling from Portland, and Greg Pfarr from Corvallis.

Printmaking is one of the lesser known fine arts media, yet it is a dynamic and expressive media that has a long and rich history. There is mystery about printmaking as well, enhanced by this history and its complex and various techniques. Then on another level, not everyone fully grasps the difference or can visually distinguish between limited edition original fine arts prints and mass produced reproduction prints. Printmaking Traditions and Innovations showcases a variety of print media through the personal visions of the participating artists.

As one of the artists states: "A print is a mark made from another object. Everyone is a printmaker. We leave our marks, our fingerprints, our impressions everywhere we have been". But after that it becomes quickly more complicated. The exhibit will educate non-printmakers on fine arts prints and their processes.

All participating artists are working in essentially traditional printing techniques, but each has found interesting innovations, special approaches and a wide range of conceptual ideas. Between them they cover woodblock, engraving, etching (line etching, roulette, aquatint, dry point, spit bite) lithography, monoprints and monotypes, and combinations of all of those. Some of the finished art pieces should be seen as mixed media, with the application technique chine collee.

On October 11, noon at the Corvallis Arts Center Tallmadge Doyle, Greg Pfarr and Nicole Rawlings will speak about and demonstrate etching related print techniques. Doyle combines etching with chine collee, Pfarr will talk about soft ground and sugar lift, Rowling's will show a video of herself working on spit bite in the studio.
On October 18 Susan Lowdermilk will demonstrate woodblock printing, and show some of her bookwork as well. John Saling handles copper engraving and Ken Paul will talk about lithography.

The Corrine Woodman Gallery
   The Corrine Woodman Gallery exhibits work by members of CAC/LBAC affiliated art guilds. There are ten exhibits annually,
with two to four members showing at a time. On occasion, the curator selects guest artists to complement the roster.
     To exhibit in the Corrine Woodman Gallery one needs to be a current guild member. Once a year, in October, a "Call to Guild Artists" is published in the Artspirit, the ArtCentric web site and Guild newsletters. Representatives of the visual art guilds serve as jury for their peers. Performing and literary guilds have other opportunities through the CAC/LBAC.
Monthly Exhibition Schedule
     There are nine exhibitions in a calendar year, plus Winterlight (the CAC/LBAC holiday gift show), several of which are eagerly anticipated annual events :     

     February: The Community Open Exhibition. Anyone in Linn or Benton Counties can bring in one of his or her original artworks. The Exhibition Committee will hang all pieces. In 2004 the bringing-in-date is Saturday, January 31, noon-4 PM ONLY. The only restrictions are size and weight: one person of average strength should easily be able to move the piece. Works shown previously at the CAC are not eligible. The Exhibition Committee dedicates awards in several categories. Categories are: 0-8 years old, 8-13 years old, 14-18 years old, adult two dimensional, photography, fiber and three dimensional. The awards are made possible by the Corvallis Arts Center Howland Endowment Fund. A Public Choice Award is honored with a ticket to the ArtCentric Chocolate Fantasy or a $25 gift certificate to the ArtCentric ArtShop.
     April: The Guild Curated Show. By turn, each of the visual art guilds has the opportunity to curate an exhibit in their field. The shows reach further than the membership of the guild, but strives to exhibit work done regionally on a specific theme chosen by the guild. These shows are invitational or juried.

June: The Around Oregon Annual. Each year a juror is invited to make a selection from slides. Great care is taken in the selection of the juror, both in the terms of the juror’s sensibility as well as the geographical area they represent. We have expanded the regional approach of the Willamette Valley Juried exhibition to a state wide emphasis.

     July: An exhibition with a connection to science and/or technology, sponsored by da Vinci Days Festival. The exhibits follow the themes set by the da Vinci Days Festival. For 2003 Road to Discovery and 2004 Nature's Canvas. Artists interested in submitting a proposal for a da Vinci Days exhibit are requested to keep the themes in mind.
     August and September: A bi-annual countywide series of quilt exhibits, coordinated by the Benton County Historical Museum. 2003 is a Quilt County year, with a Quilt walk on September 17. ArtCentric will be open 5 – 8 pm. The next Quilt County is in 2005.
     October: Willamette Valley Juried Exhibition. Each year another outside juror is invited to make a selection from slides. Great care is taken in the selection of the juror, both in terms of the juror's sensibility as well as the geographical area they represent. Recently the regional emphasis of the exhibit has been expanded to the entire state of Oregon. Artists can submit up to two slides representing one or two pieces; three-dimensional pieces may be represented by two slides (four slides maximum). Awards are selected by the juror from the actual works in the exhibit, not the slides of those pieces.
     Note: To optimize the opportunities for artists, the show will be scheduled in June from 2003 onwards.

     
Call to Artists
 

Please contact our curator, Hester Coucke at 541-754-1551 or hester@artcentric.org, to find out more information about exhibition opportunities.

     
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