Wallowa Valley Photo Club Exhibit

Exhibit Reception – Sunday, November 15th from 2 -4 PM

They sell a yearly photography calendar showcasing Wallowa County. Click the image to buy the 2016 calendar from our gift shop!
They sell a yearly photography calendar showcasing Wallowa County. Click the image to buy the 2016 calendar from our online gift shop! Also available in-store at Josephy.

Please join us for our third annual Wallowa Valley Photo Club exhibit. This year’s theme is a showcase of club member’s best and favorite works over the years. Please join us for the reception that includes refreshments. The exhibit will be on display from November 13-November 30. There will be refreshments served.

This year’s theme is a showcase of the best work from members such as; Adele Buttolph, Jean Falbo, Ron Gray, Debbie Lind, Madison Falk, Marietta Herinckx, Marilyn Goebel, Linda Bauck, Trena Jones, Gail Hillock, Tamara Sanner and Larry Smith. Exhibitors selected their photos and shared them with fellow club members who helped critique the work. Please join us at the opening to vote for the People’s Choice Award and the event provides the opportunity to learn more about the photo club, meet fellow members and join the club.

Wallowa Valley Photo Club was organized in 1989 when local resident and photography instructor, Doris Woempner, suggested the idea of a club to her photography students. The following year students who had been working in a local darkroom produced The Club’s first black and white calendar. In the years following they produced a two-color calendar and then through the generosity of one member they were able to go full color. Vendors throughout the Wallowa Valley have calendars for sale for 2016.

Club member, Linda Bauck stated “throughout the year we offer classes, field trips, time for sharing, as well as supporting related events such as the Wallowa County Chieftain/Photo Club photo contest, the Wallowa County Fair, and entering images in exhibits at the Josephy Center throughout the year.”

The Wallowa Valley Photo Club is a nonprofit organization. Most members live in Wallowa County but as time has passed, we’ve added more members from out of the area. The common goal is they all love to photograph in Wallowa County.  The club’s mission is to promote the art of photography through education, events and the sharing of information and ideas. Membership reflects a full gamut of photographers, from beginners to professional.  One of the best traits about the club is, each club member shares their knowledge and experience to help fellow members reach their goals. They all share a love of the art of photography and a love of Wallowa County.
This is the third year Josephy Center for the Arts and Culture has hosted an exhibit of photography by club members. Our first show was a reflection of the results of our annual photo scavenger hunt, an activity that helps us develop skills and an eye for that photographic opportunity, our second show, in 2014 was focused on some of our best and this year, 2015, will be a showcase of some of our best images, plus a reflection on our challenges and technique development from a workshop in the summer led by club member, Barbara Parker.

Photo by Madison Falk from Juniper Jam


Student Art Exhibit

We have many students from a number of studio classes that are offered to a variety of age groups at Josephy Center! We would like to give them a chance to show you what they have been creating. There will be a sub show with the Wild Landscape on exhibit August 27, lasting until September 3rd.

Come celebrate our brave, intelligent students who are very successful at learning new skills, and medium! And don’t forget to vote for our People’s Choice Award at the opening!

Opening Reception Thursday Aug. 27 at 5 PM.

Hard Luck Seven: Lyle Witherrite

On Friday, September 4 at 7 p.m., the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is presenting an exciting opening reception for Imnaha artist Lyle Witherrite. The exhibit is entitled, “Hard Luck Seven Art Show” and will be on display until October 2, 2015.

This special art exhibit is a collection of eclectic ideas from Lyle.  His work encapsulates a world unknown to others through enormous three-dimensional metal artwork, larger than life drawings, and fantastical multi-media works.  Each piece extends and challenges the boundaries of normal by size, appearance and subject matter. Enter Lyle’s world, it will be like no other art exhibit that has been seen at the Josephy Center.

On Thursday, September 24 at 7 p.m., Lyle will speak at the Live and Up Front at the Center. Lyle will talk about self-taught process and the ideas that lay behind the artwork.

This is Lyle’s first solo exhibition and the Josephy Center is honored to host a local artist that comes from a generation of Imnaha ranchers.  Lyle has been working as an apprentice for Chuck Frasier’s Ironworks.  He’s trained under Chuck as a blacksmith and welder but for all intensive purposes, he is a self-taught artist.  Lyle will be presenting over 20 works that range from paper to metal-works.

This exhibited is supported by a grant from Oregon Cultural Trust.


Barns in the Rural Landscape

Barns are at the very essence of rural living and it’s rolling landscape. Wallowa has a number of barns throughout the county that are historical, beautiful and add to some of the most breathtaking views in the country. The Josephy Center is honored to present “Barns in the Rural Landscape” exhibit opening Friday, October 9 at 7 p.m. The exhibit commemorates and celebrates the barn in the rural landscape.  In the exhibit, viewers will have the ability to see the barns in different seasons, compare the different styles and invite people to go out and photograph or paint them on their own.

Executive Director Cheryl Coughlan commented on the exhibit. “The ‘Barn’ exhibit is part of our annual ‘Art and Agriculture’ series, we strive to bring the highest quality of artwork to the community with local interest in mind.” Many local artists and art collectors will be presenting their works:  Mike Koloski, Marilyn Goebel, Sam Collett, Dennis Reinke, Jan Holt, Larry Nicholson, Kendrick Moholt, Rob Kemp, Janie Tippett, and more.

The opening reception will feature libations, refreshments and local music. The exhibit will run from October 9 to November 11. The Josephy Center’s hours are Monday through Saturday from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. Many of the pieces on exhibit are for sale.

Photography photo by Cheryl Coughlan

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This exhibit has been made possible by the generous support of the Oregon Cultural Trust.

LH Veteran’s Ceramic Show

‘Art Out of War’ is an exhibit of ceramic art by veterans from LH Project Residency Program.   The opening reception will be at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture on Friday, July 10, 2015 with a reception at 7:00 pm. Doors open at 6:30.  The exhibit is in conjunction with the LH Residency Program for the month of July.  Along with the reception, the Josephy Center will present two “Live and Up Front: Artist Lecture Series”, the first on Tuesday, July 14 and the second on July 21 both at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m.  In addition to the lectures, the Josephy will also host a tour of the LH Project’s ceramic studio campus on Friday, July 17.  Tour enthusiasts will meet at the Josephy Center at 5:30.  All events are free but donations are welcome.

This exhibit features the work of six artists from across the country – Daniel Donovan, Jesse Albrecht, Ash Kyrie, Giuseppe Pellicano, Jill Allen, and Al Tennant. Each artist draws upon their experience as veterans to create their work. With six artists’ work on display, a central theme is weaved together with a diverse array of artistic styles, personal expression and vet experience. During the month of July, each artist will create a variety of works, as part of their residency program at LH. This new work along with the exhibit at the Josephy Center will become a traveling exhibit. Work is already on display in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

First time resident Jill Allen served as a Supply Specialist in the US Army from 1989-1992 and spent 7 months in Saudi Arabia and Iraq during Desert Storm/Desert Shield.  She is now a studio artist working and teaching in Philadelphia, PA.  Her sculptural pieces reference her interests in the mysteries of “other worlds”, such as micro-worlds, the galaxy, and the world of science fiction. 

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 the sense of community.

For more information about the LH Project, visit www.lhproject.org.

List of Artists:
Ash Kyrie
Giuseppe Pellicano
Jesse Albrecht
Jill Allen
Thomas Dang
Al Tennant

Friday, July 10 at 7, doors open at 6:30 pm – Opening Reception

Tuesday, July 14  at 7, doors open at 6:30 we will host a “Live and Up Front” Artist Lecture with 2 of the residents who will give slide show presentations about their life and work.

Friday, July 17 at 5:30,  LH Project tour

Tuesday, July 21 at 7 “Live and Up Front” – 2 artists


Pottery: Jesse Albrecht

Nuunimnix Art Show

2015 marks the 50th anniversary of the establishment of Nez Perce National Historical Park.  As part of the year’s celebration events, the park reached out to Nez Perce artists to form the Nuunimníx Art Show.  In nimiipuutimt, the Nez Perce language, nuunimníx means “our very own.” With this art show, Nez Perce National Historical Park sought to celebrate Nez Perces and Nez Perce descendants that make traditional items for family, friends, and loved ones – items that exemplify the word nuunimníx.  The Nuunimníx Art Show honors the artists, their teachers and elders, and the culture and community that lies at the foundation of the artists’ work. Runs May 30 – June 27.

This show also marks the debut of our permanent Alvin Josephy life exhibit upstairs in the loft. Come check it out!


Timber, Logging and The Mill

The April show at the Josephy Center, “Timber, Logging, and the Mill,” will celebrate the timber industry and its history in Eastern Oregon and opens Friday, April 3 at 7 p.m.  The artwork–crafts and furniture made of wood and paper; photos, paintings, sculpture–will all revolve around wood, from trees in the forest to the manufacture and transportation of lumber, and to the many and diverse products fashioned from wood.  Featured artists include David Martin, Tom Clevenger, Gabriel Manca, Scott Schmidt and historical logging photos from the Wallowa History Center and Marilyn Goebel.

The Wallowa Nez Perce managed the forests of Northeast Oregon and used their products from time immemorial. Their yew wood bows were famously traded across the region, and their seasonal burning of the forests is being emulated today. With white settlement, houses, barns, roofs, fences, pens, and living and working with wood–and eventually with mills and the logging industry–became a keystone of the regional economy and culture. In time, the lumber business assumed a major role in Oregon’s statewide economy. Its rises and falls, hiccoughs and spurts, have changed and channeled lives from the Wallowas to the Statehouse in Salem ever since.

The month-long art show will be accompanied by brown bag lunch discussions on April 7 with logger and mill-owner Jim Zacharias will discuss the past, present and future of the timber industry. On April 21, David Schmidt will be here to discuss his business Biomass Intergrated Systems.  The evening of the 7, we are honored to present our Live and Up Front, artist lecture series – wood artist Tom Clevenger who will explain his process and discuss his artwork.  On Thursday April 9, we have a series of films on logging forests at 7, and a film on April 23 at 7 p.m. “A Wild American Forest”.  And lastly, on April 29 at 6 p.m. a presentation by Oregon State University  . The Center’s goal is to bring this important part of Eastern Oregon life to the fore. Artists, writers, millworkers, loggers, firefighters, and storytellers are invited to join us in the work.

If you have questions about the exhibit and accompanying activities, please contact Josephy Center Director Cheryl Coughlan at 541-432-0505, or at info@josephy.org.


1950’s: Building the American Dream

The Josephy Center presents the 1950’s! This multi-medium exhibit will run from the opening reception on Friday afternoon, April 8th through Monday April 25th.

Press release
April 23, 2015

1950s: Building the American Dream

May is “Fifties” month at the Josephy Center, and we are looking for Korean War vets, wheat growers, mill workers, timber fallers, and anyone with stories of Wallowa County and eastern Oregon through and in the wake of the Korean War.In May of 2014 the Josephy Center honored the people who served during World War II, and the factory workers, farmers, victory gardeners, civil defense workers, and all who lived through this crucial period in our nation’s history.

This year, we are following with the post-War period, especially America and Wallowa County in the 50s. We will interview Korean War vets and widows, and men who went to college or bought a house with the GI Bill, but we will also follow the post-war mechanization of agriculture and the housing and lumber boom that followed WW II. Brown bag lunches will feature agriculture in the fifties, PTAs, hospital auxiliaries, and other women’s organizations that grew in the fifties. Writer Craig Lesley will be here on May 14 to read from his many books set in eastern Oregon in the fifties. On May 15 and 16 there will be a mini car and tractor show in the Josephy Center parking lots, and on Saturday, May 16, a “sock hop” to celebrate the period.

We invite people with uniforms, medals, helmets, pictures, and other mementos of military service to bring them in. If you have cars or tractors from the time, a chrome kitchenette, radio console, or early hi-fi record player,if you are a veteran or farmer or logger who remembers switching from horses to machinery, or if you were or your mom was an early member of the Wallowa County Soroptimists, get in touch with Cheryl or Rich at 541-432-0505. We would like to talk with you.

And we need items for display throughout the month. We invite people with uniforms, medals, helmets, pictures, and other mementos of military service to bring them in, and people with other signs of the times—from 78 rpm records to “mangles” (the home automatic ironers that showed up in yard sales in the seventies) to two-man chain saws—who are willing to loan them for the month of May to let us know.

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Black and White

The Josephy Center is honored to present a new exhibition, “Black and White” opening Saturday, February 7 at 7 p.m. The show presents more than 20 artists and photographers from around the Northwest.


The works on display comprise of a diverse array of drawings, paintings, sculptures, prints and photography that evoke a distinct vocabulary of mass, line, texture and form through an innovative handling of black and white as its main attribute.


What is the allure of artwork and photography that uses only black and white?  Curator Kendrick Moholt comments “Tone is a powerful visual language that emphasizes form.  It can evoke a unique emotion.  Color is powerful but at times it can be distracting from the subject.  When you remove color; the subject, the composition and the vocabulary totally change and boldly  invites a view of the subject’s essence whether it’s a two or three dimensional art.”


Among artists showing, there are 10 photographers; one of which is from Portland, MC Reardon who is a visual artist and a poet, as well as a high school student from La Grande, Alicia Wight.  We have several pencil and charcoal artists such as Kirk Skovlin, Sam Collett, and more.  Also, lithograph artists such as Keith Kirts, ceramicists, Jennifer Hawkins-Connolly and pen and ink illustrations by Kate Wheeler and Maggie Lynn Holcomb, painters Jennifer Klimzsa and Leslie LeViner, and more. Refreshments and no host bar. Suggested donation $8.