More Past Exhibit Highlights

Sept. 25 - Oct. 24, 2009

Marie Watt: Pendleton Stories in the East Oregonian Gallery




Marie Watt is a multidisciplinary artist who lives and works in Portland, Oregon. Born in 1967 to the son of Wyoming ranchers and a daughter of the Turtle Clan of the Seneca Nation (Iroquois / Haudenosaunee) Watt identifies herself as "half Cowboy and half Indian." Formally, her work draws from indigenous design principles, oral tradition, personal experience, and Western art history. Much of her work uses reclaimed wool blankets as their material and inspiration.


Bonnie Day: First Aid


In the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery Pendleton artist Bonnie Day will be showing an exhibit of mixed media works that incorporate slip-cast ceramic works that she created in the Arts Center’s ceramics lab. Day holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from University of Oregon and plans to continue her studies after a move next month to Boston.

Both exhibits are made possible

through the generous support of

Colleen and Jeff Blackwood.

We invited faculty, alumni and select students from the fiber arts department at Oregon College of Art and Craft to share their new work. Embodying Oregon’s legacy of individuality and independence, OCAC has been championing artmaking through craft since 1907. The offerings by 28 artists displayed the beauty, versatility and sense of adventure that marks today’s contemporary crafts scene. Made possible through the support of Umpqua Bank.


In the Fireplace Annex Gallery:

New Work by Amy Foss


In the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery:

Photography by Denise Henkle Owen

James B. Thompson: The Vanishing Landscape features paintings and prints and focuses on an important body of work the artist has been developing for some time that explores the transformation of the western U.S. Thompson holds a bachelor of arts degree from Ripon College in Wisconsin and a master of fine arts degree from Washington University in St. Louis. He has been on the art faculty at Willamette since 1986.


The exhibition will be accompanied by a 52-page monograph written by Henry M. Sayre, author, curator and distinguished professor of art at Oregon State University, Cascade Campus. The monograph will be distributed by the University of Washington Press, Seattle and London


The exhibition has been supported with funds from the Hallie Ford Museum of Art Publication Fund, the Department of Art and Art History's Mark and Janeth Sponenburgh Endowment Fund, and College of Liberal Arts Dean's Office at Willamette University, and by grants from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the City of Salem's Transient Occupancy Tax funds, and the Oregon Arts Commission.


Art critic Bob Hicks of The Oregonian recommended the exhibition, calling Thompson’s art “a considered and sophisticated grappling with matters of space, color and mark-making.” Read his review here.

January 21 - March 6, 2010

James B. Thompson: The Vanishing Landscape




In the Lorenzen Board Room Gallery view the photographs and digital manipulations of Tabatha Ball.

Both exhibits are made possible through the generous support of Diana and Gary Zimmerman

OCAC @ PCA - October 30 - November 14, 2009

Open Regional




May 20 - June 17, 2010


Made possible through the generous support of Banner Bank.


Eric Quaempts walked away with the big prize at this year’s Open Regional Exhibition at the Pendleton Center for the Arts, joining 16 other artists who earned cash awards for their efforts. Each year for more than 30 years the Arts Center has hosted a carry-in exhibit, encouraging professionals and amateur artists to share their work. Both adults and amateurs vie for more than $1000 in prize money, provided through the generosity of Banner Bank of Pendleton.


This year 150 photographs were entered into the contest, and the subject matter spans a wide range of topics, from landscape to portrait to flora and fauna, as well as abstract images. Quaempts’ photo, “Dream Fish” appealed to judge Charly Bloomquist for its movement and light-play. Bloomquist, photography instructor at Whitman College in Walla Walla, responded to the way the photo departed from a simple representation of fish and allowed the viewer to bring their own interpretation to the image. The photo features Jungle Perch that Quaempts documented during a trip to Australia last year.


Mikayla Rinehart took home first place in the Teen division with her photo, “Emily”. Rinehart, a sixteen year-old Pendleton High School student, started taking photography classes this year at school and then heard about the Art Rocks Teens classes at the Arts Center. Through the program, Rinehart had the opportunity to work with local photographer and instructor Tabatha Ball.


First Place in the Adult category went to Larry Wright of Prosser, WA, Second went to Mona Dingber of La Grande and Third Place went to Robert Parrott of Pendleton. Teen Second Place went to Kayla Hogge of Pendleton and Alena Swearingen of Pendleton.

Honorable Mention:


Mikayla Rinehart

Christina Sanchez

Nicholas Jennings

Amy Neal

Michael Sell

Amy Rogers

Amber Flaiz

Marcia Stewart

Jessie Street

Marilyn Lieuallen


People’s Choice: Jessie Street >>


Monica Stobie: THREADS

June/July 2010

Made possible through the generous support of Les Schwab Tire Centers


Stobie’s pastel imagery captures the mystery and magic of the earth. Her paintings of animal forms and primitive rock art messages reflect a reverence for her surroundings---both past and present. Stobie received her degree in Art Education in 1976 from Eastern Washington University. She taught art in junior and senior high schools for 15 years and has lectured at seminars in Washington and Oregon.


Much of the interest in Native American symbols and animal imagery found in Stobie’s work comes quite naturally. She grew up on an apple ranch near the Yakama Indian Reservation in Washington State. She attended school with the Yakamas, and worshipped at a Catholic Mission bordering the reservation. 


Since discovering rock art several years ago at a site near the Snake River, Stobie has researched petroglyphs extensively in the United States, Mexico and the British Isles. She has worked with researchers documenting newly discovered rock art sites in the southwest U.S.

Pendleton Round-Up at 100

Design Binding Competition

July - August 26, 2010


Made possible through the support of

Colleen & Jeff Blackwood

We asked artists from across the country to create unique bindings for Pendleton Round-Up at 100: Oregon’s Legendary Rodeo. Each artist received an unbound text block that was then transformed into a bound volume using a variety of materials and techniques. Fourteen entries were received, and Sabina Nies of Ashland, Oregon was awarded the award for best binding. (Image above right.) Nies’ piece featured a case binding, bison leather with goat and sheep onlays, hand made paste paper, and leather headbands and was housed in a clam-shell box with round-up logo inlay, bison suede and bookcloth. Judge Kathryn Bedford Brown was especially impressed with Nies’ reflection on the spirit of the event. Nies wasn’t familiar with the Pendleton Round-Up, the third largest rodeo in North America, but was so intrigued after reading the book’s pages that she bought tickets to attend the 100th Anniversary event in September.


Nies described her concept this way: “For the cover I chose Oregon raised Bison leather as a tribute to the American Buffalo. The Native American pattern and the American Starts and Stripes are a symbol for the friendly get-together of both Nations. The Native American décor on-lay pattern is taken from the Indian Beauty Winner Caroline Motanic (1952). The hoofs in ‘metal’ symbolize the cowboy horses while the blind impressions stand for the Native American horses and for the ghost of the ancestors.”

(left) Detail of binding by Constance Wozny, (center) display of some tools of the trade, (right) detail of binding by Karen Hanmer

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