The Mid-Valley PhotoArts Guild
beginnings of the PhotoArts Guild can be traced to 1985, when a small
group of photographers began meeting twice a month in Corvallis to share
their passion for their art with others. They met not only to discuss
aesthetic and technical issues, but also to explore methods of broadening
the community's exposure to fine art photography. They soon acted on their
resolve by inaugurating an on-going, rotating exhibit of members' work
at a local café.
*In January 1990, the PAG organized an invitational exhibit at the Benton County Historical Museum in Philomath. In the summer of that year, the PAG participated in an "exhibit exchange" with the PhotoZone photographers' cooperative in Eugene. As a result, PhotoZone was represented in the Humanities Gallery at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany while PAG members displayed their juried photographs at the PhotoZone Gallery in downtown Eugene.
the summer of 1991, the group taught a series of weekend photography workshops
open to the community that focused on a wide range of beginning to advanced
photographic techniques and concerns.
1992, the group organized the Not Necessarily Silver Photography Show,
a major regional exhibit in the Theatre Gallery of the Corvallis Arts
Center that drew photographers from throughout the Northwest.
In 1993, the guild brought more of its photography to the community by
participating in the annual Corvallis Fall Festival.
During the mid-1990s guild membership increased. The guild continued to
promote photographic education and practice by hosting guest speakers,
member critiques and field trips. Topics often focused on changes occurring
in photography from new digital media.
1998, the group organized the State of Oregon Photography show, an invitational
exhibit at the Corvallis Arts Center.
1999, the PhotoArts Guild and the PhotoZone Gallery in Eugene hung a joint
exhibit at the Guistina Gallery in the LaSells Stewart Center.
November/December of 2001, the guild organized and mounted a collaborative
exhibit with local poets called "Mary's Peak: Sentinel of the
*In 2003, the guild is planning another major photographic exhibition to be hung at the Guistina Gallery at the OSU LaSells Center.