The Gift of Art

‘The Gift of Art’ Opens at Josephy Center for Art and Culture

The Gift of Art, an open, multi-media exhibit of artwork offers art for sale starting at $50, opens Thursday, December 2014 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture. The opening reception begins at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30.  This special evening will include a special silent auction to raise funds for the Josephy Center’s Kids Art Program.  The silent auction begins at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.  All art will start with a minimum bid of $50 and can be taken home at the time of purchase.  The event offers light refreshments and a no-host bar.

This exhibit is the first of the Josephy Center’s new holiday annual event that includes local artists work on display and for sale at affordable prices to encourage the community to invest in local art, gift art to friends and family or add to your collection.

“In Wallowa County, there’s an abundance of diverse talent, this exhibit celebrates those artists and allows the community to engage in collecting art at affordable prices while fundraising for an excellent cause,” said Executive Director Cheryl Coughlan.

All remaining arts and crafts will be on sale throughout the month of December, along with other arts and crafts.

Artists to look for include Konky Forster, Tyler Hays, Nancy Clarke, Debbie Lind,  Viki Abram, Joan Madsen, Whitney Freya, Jan Hohmann, Jennifer Klimza, Janie Tippett, and more.

For more information about The Gift of Art exhibit, any of its associated events or the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, please contact Cheryl Coughlan at 541-432-0505 or visit

Kathy Drake
Kathy Drake
Joan Gilbert Madsen


Janie Tippett

WC Photo Club

Wallowa Valley Photo Club Exhibit at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture


“Best of….,” an exhibit of original work by local photographers opens Friday, November 7 at 7:00 pm at the Jospehy Center for Arts and Culture. Doors ill open at 6:30 pm.

As the Wallowa Valley Photo Club’s premiere event, the Josephy Center show allows members to showcase their best work.

The Club’s mission is “To promote and educate the art and science of photography.” Founded as a non-profit corporation in 1989, the club publishes and annual calendar featuring photographs of the Wallowa Country. Members participate in photography field trips, photo scavenger/treasure hunts and workshops. The club also provides prize money for various awards at the annual Joseph Art Show and the Wallowa County Fair.

The Wallowa Valley Photo Club always welcomes new members and offers a variety of events for photographers of all ability levels. Meetings are held twice a month in Joseph and Lostine.

For more information about “Best of…..,” the Josephy Center or upcoming events, please contact Cheryl North Coughlan at 541-432-0505 or visit

The Year of the Horse

The Year of the Horse Exhibit Opens at Josephy Center for Art and Culture

The Year of the Horse, an open, multi-media exhibit of artwork celebrating the horse, opens Saturday, October 4 at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture. The opening reception begins at 7:00. Doors open at 6:30.

This exhibit is the first of the Josephy Center’s new Four Directions exhibit series, designed to celebrate unique aspects of Wallowa County history and culture, including agriculture, Native American culture, women in Art, and natural resources.

“According to the Chinese Calendar, 2014 is the year of the horse and, as horses have a long history in this community and the American West, we decided they would be a perfect theme for our first Art and Agriculture program,” said Executive Director Cheryl Coughlan.

During the month-long exhibit, the Josephy Center will also offer a series of programs centered around horses. Molly Gloss, author of The Jump-Off Creek and The Hearts of Horses, will give a reading on the evening of October 17. Artist Sam Collett will teach a workshop about drawing horses on Saturday, October 4. Rodd Ambroson and Tim Norman will teach a clay sculpting class on October 18 and 19.

The Josephy Center will feature three films, including Black Beauty, Secretariat, and Dreamer:Inspired by a True Story. Brown-bag discussions will focus on the history and use of horses in the West, and an evening of music with Janis Carper, Bob Webb and a host of other local musicians will celebrate songs about horses.

Local artist Mike Koloski is celebrating the exhibit by premiering a new painting that he will offer for raffle to raise funds for the Josephy Center and Camp Divide, a local wilderness retreat for veterans. One hundred tickets will be available for $10 each, of which $750 will benefit Camp Divide and $250 will benefit the Josephy Center.

Other artists to look for include exhibit curator Leslie Leviner, David Crawford, Michele Baird, Ed Pitts, Dennis Reinke, Mark Kortnik, Carol McLaughlin, Jan Holt, Linda Bauck, Kathy McCrae, Leslie Lamb, Rene Fleming, and many others.

For more information about The Year of the Horse exhibit, any of its associated events or the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, please contact Cheryl Coughlan at 541-432-0505 or visit

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David Crawford, photo: Kendrick Moholt
David Crawford, photo: Kendrick Moholt
Molly Gloss
Leslie LeViner
Leslie LeViner

For the Love of the Figurine

For the Love of the Figurine –
See Porcelain Figurines by Chris Antemann & Photographs by Kendrick Moholt Exhibit Opening, Saturday, August 2 at 7 p.m.

For the Love of the Figurine, an exhibit featuring the porcelain figurines of Chris Antemann and photographs by Kendrick Moholt opens at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon on Saturday, August 2. The opening reception will begin at 7:00. The exhibit will run through the month of August. On Tuesday, August 5, at 7 p.m. Chris and Kendrick will speak about their art and collaboration as part of our LIVE & UP FRONT ARTIST LECTURE SERIES The event is free and will have refreshments and drinks.

Inspired by 18th century porcelain figurines, Antemann’s work employs a unity of design and concept to simultaneously examine and parody male and female relationship roes. Characters, themes and incidents build upon each other, effectively forming their own language that speaks about domestic rites, social etiquette, and taboos. Themes from the classics and the romantics are given a contemporary edge; elaborate dinner parties, picnic luncheons and festive celebrations set the stage for her twisted tales to unfold.
Moholt uses unique portrait angles and large-format printing to project the figurines onto a human scale.
Chris’s original work and Kendrick’s photographic renderings have appeared together at the Museum of Art and Design in New York City, the Portland Art Museum in Oregon, and the Bellevue Arts Museum in Washington, and are in numerous private collections.

Both residents of Wallowa County, Antemann andMoholt craft their work surrounded by the majesty of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. This will be their first local exhibit.
In addition to maintain her private studio, Chris is currently the artist-in-residence at the historic MEISSEN® porcelain manufactory at their artCAMPUS.
Kendrick’s photographic images from wild and remote corners of the world, celebrate the beauty and diversity of the planet. In addition to running Kendrick Moholt Photography, he is also co-owner of Bio-Resources, Inc., a biological consulting firm.

Photo of Kendrick on the Antarctic Peninsula overwhelmed by penguins Photo: © Kerry Wollman
Photo of Kendrick on the Antarctic Peninsula overwhelmed by penguins
Photo: © Kerry Wollman
Chris working at the MEISSEN® artCAMPUS in Germany. Photo: © Maik Krause
Chris working at the MEISSEN® artCAMPUS in Germany.
Photo: © Maik Krause


The Art of War

Art Out of War Exhibit Opens at Josephy Center for Art and Culture – Exhibit Opens Monday July 7 with reception at 7 – no-host bar and refreshments.


Art Out of War, an exhibit of ceramic art created during the LH Project’s Veteran’s Residency, opens at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture on Monday, July 7, 2014 with a reception at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30.

This exhibit features the work of four artists who draw upon their experience as combat veterans to inspire and inform their work. During the month of June, each artist has created a variety of work that will debut at the Josephy Center and then become part of a nationally traveling exhibit.

Returning artist Daniel Donovan, who served in the army from 2001-2009 and spent 2003 in Iraq spoke says of his work, “Being a combat veteran, as well as having an unhealthy obsession with existential philosophy and science fiction, has opened my eyes to how truly brief and absurd our lives are…..I work to give these concepts and ideas form, to translate our absurdity into beauty.”

A veteran of the Army National Guard and Operation Iraqi Freedom, Ash Kyrie says in his artist’s statement, “Right now is the first time in American history that the civilian population has almost no sacrifice or connection to the war that it waged.  For example, during WWII Americans made patriot gardens to ease the precious food supplies for the war effort. . . . Are the red strings that connect us to the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq so veiled that we ourselves do not know they exist? I believe that we understand our relationship to the war, but we consciously chose to not recognize it.”

The Josephy Center recently hosted a program and exhibit dedicated to remembering WWII and the impact it had on local veterans, their families and community members. The Art Out of War exhibit brings this awareness to current military conflicts.

“It is important to hear directly from the participants (of military conflict), and the arts provide form where the experience and its result can be remade into something tangible,” said artist Jesse Albrecht, who served from 1996-2006 in the National Guard and was in Iraq from 2003-2004. “Something that allows the outsider – non-combatants – a chance to feel a sliver of our emotions their tax dollars paid for. It is vital to remove the spin from the combatants’ experiences.”

Through its residency program, The LH Project offers an intimate, private setting for nationally and internationally recognized artists to nourish their creative process surrounded by the beauty of the Wallowa Mountains. This residency, dedicated to artists who are also veterans is an opportunity unavailable anywhere else in the country. The work created here arises from deep exploration facilitated by the serene environment, the diverse facility, and sense of community.

For more information on Art out of War or the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, please contact Amy Zahm at 541-432-0505 or visit For more information about the LH Project, visit

Event is free but donations are welcome.

Jesse Albrecht
Jesse Albrecht
Ash Kyrie
Daniel Donovan
Giuseppe Pellicano

World War II Exhibit and “World War ll Memory Exchange”

Upcoming Highlights

Call to Wallowa County Community

For June 2014 World War II Exhibit and “World War ll Memory Exchange” at The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will honor the people who served in the armed forces during World War II, the factory workers, victory gardeners, civil defense wardens, and all who lived through this crucial period in American history with a month-long World War II Exhibit beginning Friday, June 6 from 12-4, a two-day special event entitled, “World War II Memory Exchange” will be on Friday, June 13 and Saturday, June 14 from 11-4 as well as supporting programs exploring the War through music, video oral histories from local vets, and films on Thursday nights.

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture invites the community to come and participate in the Exhibit and/or “the Memory Exchange.” The Exhibit will show a variety of memorabilia for the month of June but “the Memory Exchange” will encourage community members to reserve a free space for one or both days that exhibits a personal collection of World War II memorabilia such as, ration books, photographs, old magazines, uniforms, letters, stories, medals, posters, war bonds, victory garden photos, newspaper articles, propaganda, model planes, tanks , ships, old toys, antiques, and any other things that pertain to the World War II era in Wallowa County and around the world.

All interested persons with submissions for the exhibit or the “Memory Exchange” should contact Rich Wandschneider or Cheryl Coughlan at 541-432-0505.


Bronze Star
Alvin Josephy receiving the Bronze Star for his actions in Guam by Brigadier General Robert Denig in Spring 1945.
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Alvin Josephy interviewed Platoon leader Paul Smith on Guam during the drive for Agana/U.S. Marine Corps



Miniatures to Murals – a Retrospective

 Miniatures to Murals  – April 5-25, 2014

“What a privilege to present the work of these very special Wallowa County artists”, said Mike Koloski, of the new exhibit to open at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon. Koloski is guest curator for the exhibit “Miniatures to Murals – a retrospective exhibition honoring the work of four beloved artists of Wallowa County”. The exhibition featuring the art of Bob Fergison, Barbara Fredrick, Gene Hayes, and Eva Slinker will open at the Center on Saturday, April 5th with a reception from 7-9pm. The show will continue through 29 April. On Saturday, April 12th, Koloski and the honored artists will host a “Walk Around” of the exhibit at which they will discuss the artworks and field question from the audience.
Bob Fergison
Bob Fergison in his studioBob Fergison brings to his art a very diverse background in terms of education and work experience. Born in Seattle, he spent his formative years and much of his adult life in Portland, Oregon. Educated at Lewis and Clark and Reid Colleges, Bob served as photo interpreter with an Army intelligence unit near Heidelberg, Germany. He has worked in blue collar jobs for the Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. He also worked as a cook/chef, and spent six years working in the slurry room of Parks Bronze. Bob at other times put on a suit and worked in the corporate world in sales, marketing, and as publisher/editor of nationwide corporate newsletters. For years he was a competitive runner and as a senior ran marathons in 3+ hours. Bob not only makes art but he has actively supported and promoted the arts in Wallowa County and the region. He generously opened his home to visiting artists and has hosted innumerable dinners and after glows around art events.
For many years a lively party and discussion could always be found at Bob’s apartment after an art opening or concert. He was also active in arts organizations and served as chairman of the Eastern Oregon Arts Council. Bob was recognized by the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce, as the Leader in the Arts for the year 2006. In 2005 Bob left Wallowa County to live in Seattle closer to his children and the Fred Hutchison Cancer Institute where he was being treated for two different cancers. Then given only eight months to live, five years later, his oncologists pronounced one of his cancers to be in deep remission, and the other, while incurable, could be treated and “managed”. Before the ink dried on that prognosis in 2010, Bob returned to the County to live again in Enterprise.
Throughout his medical regime, Bob has remained positive and has coBobFergison - Familyntinued to practice his art despite the fatigue brought on by medical treatment and failing vision. Artistically Bob Fergison’s art expresses the flamboyance of his talent and personality. His bold, direct pen and ink drawings of figures and architecture demonstrate his skills as a draughtsman as well as his keen sense of composition. Bob’s scenic oil pastels are favorites among his patrons. These strikingly colorful pieces are in many private collections around the region. His oil paintings may be alternately full of lavish color or as spare as Japanese brush paintings. Or, a single artwork may incorporate all of the above! Regardless, Bob’s work always shows the directness and immediacy of his hand and keen mind. The Josephy Center is pleased to honor Bob Fergison not only for his wonderful art but also for his selfless service to the Wallowa County art community .
Barbara Fredrick
BarbaraFredrickBarbara (Tippett) Fredrick was raised on a large cattle ranch located on lower Joseph Creek. From childhood she was inclined toward the arts, creatively drawing on the world around her for inspiration for her paintings. Barbara worked primarily in watercolor, although she did experiment with oils. She loved to paint miniatures, but also produced some larger works, many of which grace the walls of her relatives’ homes. These depict branding scenes and ranch life often featuring her brother Don (Biden) and other family members. Barbara loved to paint chickens, cows, the hills where her family ran cattle, and scenes of daily country life. She toured the family ranches with her camera, taking photos to use for inspiration and models.
In 1972, Barbara opened a small gallery along Hurricane Creek Road to showcase her art. The Tippi Gallery (after her maiden name Tippett) was the first of its kind in Wallowa County. Here she sold her paintings as well as pressed flowers arrangements framed in gold frames. Later, after the Wallowa Valley Arts council was formed she exhibited her work at the newly inaugurated Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts. Barbara also showed her art in Hawaii, where she and her second husband, Arnold Fredrick, spent their winters. The Fredrick’s owned the Arrowhead ranch on Alder Slope. There, Barbara had a sunny studio in which to paint. Barbara graciously hosted many events at her home fostering fine art and cultural events in Wallowa County. Barbara’s art hangs in many homes in Wallowa County and is in private collections throughout the country/world. Unfortunately many of her artworks were lost in a fire in the Fredrick’s Valley Heights home.
This February, Barbara passed away in Punaluu, Hawaii. The entire Wallowa County arts community mourns Barbara’s passing. We regret that Barbara did not live to experience the warm regard generated through this retrospective exhibit. Nonetheless, we feel privileged to show Barbara Fredrick’s lovely, beautifully, intimate art — Art that clearly depicts her love for the rural life of her childhood and the flowers and animals that epitomize the country life of Wallowa County
Gene Hayes
Gene HayesAt 92, Gene Hayes is the most senior of our honored artists. Gene was born and grew up in Wallowa, Oregon. Graduating with the Wallowa High School class of 1943, like many of his generation, he was soon in uniform serving his country. As an army scout and Browning automatic rifleman he made his way unscathed through Australia, New Guinea, and the Philippines, only to soon after lose an arm to a feed mill at home in Wallowa County. Gene had drawn since he was a youngster, and determined to continue, he trained his left hand to take over the task. Gene attended the Turner Art Center in San Francisco and later Oregon Tech in Klamath Falls, studying commercial art and sign painting. After a short stint at logging and working for the Forest Service, Gene took up his brush and never looked back. Gene’s work is vast and varied.
His studio/gallery in Wallowa is filled with his art. Every wall and horizontal surface sings with brilliant oils and watercolors. Beneath the hanging art are completed canvases stacked three deep against the wall. Binders are full of his drawings in pencil or ink. As if to emphasize that his art cannot be contained by mere walls, Gene Hayes’ murals decorate buildings from Wallowa to Joseph and outside the County in Umatilla, Oregon. This prolific legacy is due in a large measure to Gene’s unpretentious, workmanlike approach to making art. Even as a nonagenarian, Gene’s easel and work space is completely set up and ready to go. One is likely to find him at work, pulling mountains, fields, and animals from his long experience and setting them onto paper with his brush. Beyond their colorful beauty, Gene’s paintings reflect the tradition and history of the region. Indian encampments, farm work, ranching, long gone buildings populate his work, recording much that is no longer with us.
Throughout the years Gene has been an enthusiastic participant in art festivals, quick draws, plein air events, and other artist gatherings. The Josephy Center is honored to exhibit his work and recognize his artistic contribution to the County’s heritage.
Eva Slinker
Eva SlinkerEva Havas Slinker was born to Hungarian parents, in Cuba, in 1929. Emigrating to the U.S. she grew up in Oakland, California and attended college in Michigan to study music. She met her second husband, Al Slinker, in the Bay area. They moved to Wallowa County in 1968 and purchased a ranch on the Alder Slope. She threw herself into the role of consummate ranch wife and partner in a sheep and cattle operation that at one time ran 500 sheep and 100 head of cattle. She was an active member of the Cowbelles, rode horses, branded calves and took part in roundups with many of the local ranchers. But Eva’s passion for the arts was also strong. Her love of all things Art placed her in the foreground of the emerging visual, literary and performing art scene of the County. Eva was instrumental in organizing Fishtrap and the Wallowa Valley Arts Council.
She was a founding member of the Eastern Oregon Arts Council (ArtsEast) as well as the Eagle Cap Fine Arts Camp. Statewide Eva served on the Oregon State Arts Commission from 1981 to 1985. After her youngest daughter, Sam, graduated from Enterprise High School, she actively began her own personal visual art career. Eva returned to college at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, receiving her BA in 1987. She followed that with a MFA from Portland State, in Portland, Oregon. Artistically, Eva was experimental – willing to explore new medium and styles. She seems at ease with everything she tries. While her early paintings inspired by her life on the ranch, are very representational watercolors of rural buildings, landscapes, and canyons, her later work became more abstract and Expressionistic often incorporating mixed media and assemblage.
Eva is also a fine draughtsman and comfortable with portraiture and figurative work, including animals. Her travels and classes took her all over the Southwest and Mexico. She brought back from her travels paintings of vibrant flowers and tropical beaches to spice up her oeuvre. Serious illness befell Eva in the late 1990’s. She was inspired by this to form groups centering on art as a healing force. Eva moved to the Salem area in 2004 to be close to her son and family and her sister. She is now 83 and resides in an assisted living facility in Salem. While the Josephy Center is privileged to exhibit a collection of Eva’s work that stands on its own artistic merits, we wish that Eva could travel to enjoy it with us. Unfortunately this is not the case. Nonetheless, we can, remember her as an inspiring example of an artist who truly understands the benefits of endlessly seeking, learning, experimenting, and expressing. We honor her as not only an excellent painter but also as one of the energetic forces that created the vital artistic community that the Josephy Center serves today.
“Miniatures to Murals” can be viewed at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, 403 N. Main St. in Joseph from April 5 to April 29, 2014. For more information about the Center, see or call 541-432-0505.

Women’s Art: Women’s Vision

Women's Art, Women's Vision

March 1-25, 2014

Women’s Art: Women’s Vision
" The Fall of Man " Kelly Garrett Rathbone
” The Fall of Man ” Kelly Garrett Rathbone

March is designated as National Women’s History Month to ensure that the history of American women will be recognized and celebrated in schools, workplaces, and communities throughout the country. The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is honored to present an exhibit entitled, Women’s Art: Women’s Vision, in honor of Women’s History Month, opening March 1 with a reception at 7:00. Financial support has been provided by the Oregon Arts Commission and the local chapter of AAUW.  In addition to an art exhibit featuring the works of local and regional women artists, we have programs that range from a Collage Art Workshop to a conversation about Title IX at our Brown Bag Lunch and a Tea with local pianist Gail Swart. The Center will also host a variety of events including films, musical performances, lectures, readings and discussion groups.

Executive Director and curator for the show, Cheryl Coughlan said, “After a year of excellent exhibits, it was time for the Josephy Center and the community to celebrate women in the arts, and women in history.  The month of March honors the extraordinary and often unrecognized determination and tenacity of women. They have demonstrated their character, courage and commitment as mothers, educators, institution builders, business, labor, political and community leaders, and CEOs. Their lives and their work inspire girls and women to achieve their full potential and encourage boys and men to respect the diversity and depth of women’s experience. Women have made great progress in the later part of 20th Century but there is still some growth and success women can achieve. This community has an abundance of women artists who have committed their vision to an artistic purpose but haven’t had the opportunity to share it with the community.”

IMG_7122More than 25 artists from the Northwest will be included in the art exhibit.  Some of the exhibiting artists are professional and some have committing their life to their artwork.  Here are a few artists participating:  Kathy Drake, Jennifer Klimsza, Shelley Curtiss (local Joseph bronze artist), Leah Johnson (local Joseph painter), Ashley Stoddard (painter, raised in Wallowa County, lives in Ogden, Utah), Kim Morris (fiber artist from Wallowa), Leslie LeViner (Joseph painter), etc.

Notable events include a one-day “Book and Collage Workshop” by artist Elizabeth Sloan on Saturday, March 1 from

Women's Art, Women's Vision

1 p.m. to 5 p.m.  A noteworthy Brown bag on Tuesday, March 4 will discuss women and agriculture in Wallowa County.  Katy Nesbit will moderate the program.  On Thursday, March 6, Cinema Night presents Gwen Trice’s “The Logger’s Daughter” with a special discussion afterward.  On Friday, March 7, Lidia Yuknavitch, Portland author of Dora: A HeadcaseThe Chronology of Water: A Memoir will speak at the Josephy Center at 7 regarding Women & Writing and teach a writing workshop at Fishtrap on Saturday, March 8.  On March 14 and 15, Dr. Rebecca Hartman, an Associate Professor of History from Eastern Oregon University will be teaching a Women’s History Course entitled, “History of the U.S. Women’s Movement: Struggle for Equality(HIST 310).
On Sunday, March 16, enjoy tea from 4-6 accompanied by Gail Swart on piano.  Another Brown Bag Tuesday, March 18 with local professional women discussing Title IX and its results from enrollment of women in athletics programs, to the dramatic increase of women in professional schools.

This art exhibit provides an excellent opportunity to honor women and their accomplishments. Please contact the Josephy Center for additional information 541-432-0505.

Georgia O’Keeffe, one of history’s most famous painters said, “The men liked to put me down as the best woman painter. I think I’m one of the best painters.” 

Credits: Top- “The Dawn of Man”ceramic arts,  Middle: Kelly Rathbone, Middle: Ashley Stoddard – painting, Bottom: “Double Vision” Multiple Media by Valerie Rosen