Student Art Show

Every year, we celebrate our students’ artwork with an exhibit that highlights their favorite works. This will include all students’ works: youth, teens and adults. This year we also invite Joseph Charter School students to bring their CAP Class work/s to the Center to put on display.

Opening Reception Thursday, December 22 at 5 PM. The show will run from December 20 – 24. Free!

Please contact Mellica for details

The Gift of Art Exhibit

For our December show, we will present our third annual the Gift of Art, opening on Saturday, December 3, 2016 at 7 pm. The show will include an exhibit and silent auction of local art. Bids will start from $5-$300 depending on artists’ pricing. Please keep in mind that it’s a fundraiser for our Youth Art Program, so all funds raised will be used to purchase art supplies, offer scholarships, and pay instructors’ expenses.

Show Dates: December 3-17th, 2016

Opening Night Silent Auction: Saturday, December 3, 2016, 7-8:30 pm.

Categories: Watercolor, oil, photographs, glass, ceramics, collages, paper, fiber, jewelry, and other specialize crafts.


Jakob Haßlacher – Through My Filter

The Josephy Center is honored to present a very special exhibit: “Through my Filter… Jakob Haßlacher’s paintings, the LH Project’s Permanent Collection and the work of LH’s new Studio Technician, James Tingey”. The Exhibit Opening will be Friday, September 23 at 7 p.m. with wine, beer, and appetizers. But the bigger and more celebratory event will be at the Closing Reception on Friday, November 18 at 7 p.m. with a no-host bar, catered appetizers, music, and art. All events are free and open to the public.  Jakob’s and James’ works will be for sale.


What is the LH Project? Many locals may ask that question when they see the brand on trucks that drive through town. The founder of LH Project and Executive Director is Jakob Haßlacher, a native of Colorado that’s been entrenched in the Northwest for decades. He found the perfect property nestled into the east moraines just outside of Joseph. It’s the perfect place for a quiet, artistic retreat. After years of attending residencies around the world, Jakob was able to model the LH residency program from the best. Since opening it’s doors, the LH Project has established itself as one of the top ceramics residency programs in the world. Each artist is personally invited to the residency. Jakob says “as an artist-in-residence, each artist bequeaths a ceramic or pottery piece to the LH Project’s Permanent Collection as part of their residency.” Over time, Jakob has collected over 100+ pieces of artwork which for the first time is being exhibited publicly as a collection in Wallowa County.


Jakob will present over twenty-five paintings made from oil sticks. “These paintings represent my first large(r) scale attempts at using oil-based color sticks to capture the moods, lighting, temperament and qualities of the landscapes I cherish the most. Well, not all of them, but…


My dearest Wife once said that I have a unique “filter” that she has always observed, albeit subtle and tempered. I have always loved working in two dimensions. Even four sometimes. During the past Winters I decided to give three dimensional pottery a break and explore the “dark side” [as Ceramicists call it] of using color on canvas to express my relations with the World outside my window – here in Wallowa County and on travels with said Wife to the luscious Islands of Hawai’i and Maui.


I reckon my filter gets employed as I begin to lay down consecutive layers of stick. The original image usually changes; I can’t keep up with fluctuations in natural lighting and day-to-day oscillations of the environment where my easel finds respite. Photographs help, but they merely serve to “slap me upside the head”, to trigger my subconscious filter, chambered deep in my soul.”


As part of the LH Permanent Collection, over twenty works will be on display by artists: Hun Chung Lee, Crystal Morey, Stephen Braun, Lars Calmar, Ryan Matthew Mitchell, Kelly Garret Rathbone Rebo, Josh DeWeese and James Tingey.


Artists included in the exhibit include Korean artist Lee Hun Chung, who spoke at a ‘Live and Up Front’ back in 2014 and will be present at the Closing Reception on November 18. Lee’s work has been exhibited renowned galleries and museums around the world. His work exemplifies traditional Korean art with innate ability of making them unique, modern and personal.


James Tingey is a LH’s new Studio Technician and will have a selection works in the exhibit that will be for sale. James is a native of Corvallis, Oregon. He’s a ceramic artist whose work explores ideas of utility, process, material and landscape. James received his Master’s of Fine Art with a concentration in Ceramics from Ohio University in 2012, and a BS from Oregon State University in 2002, He has exhibited his work widely in over 60 nationally juried and invitational shows, and received awards from Strictly Functional Pottery National, Clemson Ceramics National Exhibition, and Studio Potter Magazine. Prior to joining the LH project, he served as Studio Technician and Instructor of Ceramics and Sculpture at Brookhaven College in Dallas, Texas.



Executive Director, Cheryl Coughlan states, “we are very thrilled to have Jakob’s work alongside the LH Project’s Permanent Collection – I think this show clearly demonstrates Jakob’s love for art and the artists that create it. His hard-work and passion at establishing and managing the LH Project confirms his status as an influential art collector as seen through the professional quality of work in the permanent collection as well as ability to create artwork with ease. As a community we are so lucky to have the LH Project here and hope to continue partnering with them on future endeavors.”


Complimentary programs include a Brown Bag on Tuesday, October 4 at noon with Jakob and James entitled “Ceramics 101”,  a “Live and Up Front with Jakob and James” our artist lecture series on Tuesday, November 15 at  7 p.m. and James Tingey will be teaching a potter’s wheel class for beginners in October (dates to be announce, please contact Josephy Center if interested). Lastly, the Closing Reception with Jakob, James and more artists will be held Friday, November 18 at 7 p.m.


Crystal Morey- LH Permanent Collection
Crystal Morey- LH Permanent Collection


Jakob Hasslacher -oil stick medium
Jakob Hasslacher -oil stick medium4147



Wild Landscape 2016 Gallery

2016 artwork and prizewinners

Native American Art Show

Featuring Crow’s Shadow Institute of the Arts prints, Indian art, & regalia. 

June 4 – 28

The Josephy Center’s third annual Native American Art Exhibit opens on June 4 at 5 p.m. The exhibit is a mixture of old and new Indian Art; twelve prints from Crow’s Shadow Institute of Art, including work from Lillian Pitt, Jim Demonie, Wendy Red Star, Rick Bartow and more; and historical regalia from private collections (Celeste Whitewolf and more)….The opening reception includes refreshments, music and libations, and will be in conjunction with the annual Joseph Art Walk, which goes from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m.. The exhibit runs through June 28.

During the month of June we will have complimentary programs to the exhibit. First, Brown Bag Lunches will be held on three Tuesdays. First, June 7 we will be welcoming Nez Perce Fisheries; on June 14, Wil Phinney, editor of the Confederated Umatilla Journal. Finally, on June 21, at noon, we will show two 20-minute Nez Perce films “Of One Heart” and “Nez Perce: Portrait of a People.”

This year we welcome two Native artists in residence: Celeste Whitewolf and Allen Pinkham, Jr.  Celeste will teach a basketry workshop from June 21-June 24, and Allen will be here at different times during the summer and fall to work on a traditional dug-out canoe. More news on this as the project grows. 

My Years in Wallowa County

Exhibit Opening Friday July 1 at 7 PM  

Sam’s Years in Wallowa County Showcase runs through August 2

My Years in Wallowa County: Paintings and Drawings by Realist Painter and Draftsman Sam Collett


Exhibit Opening Friday July 1 at 7 PM  

Sam’s Years in Wallowa County Showcase runs through August 2


The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is honored to present a new art exhibit, “My Years in Wallowa County: Paintings and Drawings by Realist Painter and Draftsman Sam Collett” opening Friday, July 1 at 7 PM with a reception including food, drink and music. Sam is a long time resident of the county. His subject matter is diverse: portraits, figurative, floral animals and landscape. Sam’s work combines his love for the land and the people that live here. All are rendered with the traditional ‘Realism’ technique. His portraits are of his friends at work, at play. He captures their essence in a split-second moment sharing their passion, whether it’s sculpting (Rodd Ambroson), playing the guitar (Tom Hutchinson) or ready to shoot with a video camera (Gwen Trice).


Sam also teaches painting and drawing workshops at the Josephy Center. His next painting workshop is on August 20 and 21. Find out more at our website:

Sam also hosts a “Live Drawing” group for artists to come and draw or paint with a live model. Upcoming dates to be announced on this webpage


He received his formal education at Westminster College studying with Don Doxey followed by study at graduate program at the University of Utah Art Department with Albert Handell, Earl Jones and Alvin Gittins; and again studied with Albert Handell in Woodstock, New York.

Sam has more than twenty years of teaching experience in objective (realism) painting and drawing; those venues include Salt Lake Art Center UT, University of Utah, The Kimball Art Center Park City Utah, Kings Cottage Art School, the Peterson’s Art center, and workshops at The Crossroads Arts Center Oregon, Pendleton Center for the Arts, Wallowa Lake Art Workshops, College of Southern Idaho, Moses Lake Art Center, and Dahmen Barn Union WA.


Sam Collett’s work has been exhibited at the Salmagundi Club New York, American Pastel Society New York, Degas Pastel Society New Orleans, Louisiana, Oil Painters Of America four times, Salon International Juried Competition at the  Green house Gallery Texas, one person show  Kimball Art Center Park City, Utah,  University Of Utah , Boise State University Idaho, Salt Lake Art Center Utah, one person show  Springville Museum Utah,  one person show Bountiful Arts Center Utah and numerous galleries.


Many of the works are for sale. The exhibit runs until August 2 at 6 p.m. Please stop by and help celebrate one of our counties most talented artists. Our new summer hours are Monday – Friday 10-6 and Saturdays 12-4PM. Closed Sundays.


Please contact Cheryl Coughlan for any questions: 541-432-0505 or email at


Artshop Spotlight Exhibit


RE: Josephy Center for Arts & Culture

Date: Show will be on display May 13th-May 30th.

Contact: Gwen Shoemaker, Resource Coordinator, 541-432-0505


art shop -1The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is excited to announce the “Art Shop Spotlight Exhibit” on display from May 13th – May 30th featuring both local and regional artists from our Art Shop.

The Art Shop provides a space for invited artists to exhibit and sell their work that is unique to Wallowa County, including work from Kathy Willett, Ted Juve, David Martin Nancy Lincoln, Anne Robinson, Barry Crawford, Tim Norman, Bob Fergison, Teri Jones, Russell Ford, Toni Marie Jones, Nancy Clark, Mary Edwards, Karyl Kolb and more. We are excited to welcome several new artists to the Art Shop: Michele Chapin (ceramics) and Verna Gonzales (jewelry).

As part of the Josephy Center’s mission to bring Native Americans back to the Wallowa County, the Art Shop highlights Native American artists’ work, including photography from Dawna VanKomen and representation by other artists. We also highlight work that extends the reach of, and compliments, our exhibits. The shop also sells books by local authors and a selection of books that relate to the Alvin Josephy, Jr. Library. In addition to art, books, and one-of a kind mixed genre artists’ works, there is a selection of Josephy Center swag: t-shirts, sweatshirts, JCAC decals, etc.

The Art Shop is always looking for new artists; please contact Gwen at if you would like to sell your work in the Josephy Center Art Shop. The Art Shop is open during regular gallery hours Monday – Saturday 10-4 p.m.


The Wild Landscape of Eastern Oregon 2016

The Wild Landscape of Northeast Oregon – Wallowa, Baker and Union Counties: A Juried Photography Exhibit Josephy Center for Arts & Culture Joseph, Oregon 


Click here to view the online gallery,
see our prize winners,
or to buy an original photograph on our online store!


Contact:  Cheryl North Coughlan  541-432-0505 or

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in Joseph, Oregon is honored to present our second annual juried, prized exhibit of “Wild Landscape” photography from Northeast Oregon (including Wallowa, Baker and Union counties). The opening reception is Saturday, August 6 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30 p.m. The exhibit will have 45 photographs by 14 photographers. This exhibit is the second of this theme, celebrating eastern Oregon’s wild landscapes. The judge is Dennis DeHart, Associate Professor of Photography with Washington State University. He will be speaking on Friday, August 5 at 7 p.m. for our ‘Live and Up Front’ artist lecture series.  Both events are free but donations are welcome.

Northeast Oregon has been featured in the “Seven Wonders of Oregon” advertising campaign to enhance Oregon’s tourism and promote beautiful places in Oregon.  With this in mind, the Josephy Center would like to share the diverse geography and natural beauty of this area through photography. Northeast Oregon is home to many highly talented photographers who explore its wild landscape.  Each photograph will demonstrate some feature of the region, from its river canyons to its bench grass prairies to Eagle Cap Wilderness. Our goal is to capture the diversity and beauty of wild NE Oregon (Wallowa, Baker and Union Counties). Sharing the region through these photographs will allow a viewer to see the aesthetic quality and artistic skill that’s involved in capturing the area’s beauty in a wide array of geological settings: Hells Canyon National Recreational Area, Wallowa Lake, Zumwalt Prairie, Eagle Cap Wilderness, and the Wallowa Mountains. Prizes will be $750 for first place, $500 for second, $250 for third, and honorable mentions at $100 and a people’s choice award that will be voted on at the Opening Reception.

Narrowing the selections from the incredible variety and quality of entries proved to be a daunting task for our judge. Dennis reflects that his criteria in jurying the Wild Landscape photographs “included evaluating the quality of craft in terms of how the photographs were articulated. For example, the quality of the tones and color, understanding and use of light, and composition including framing, and picture design, all played roles in my reading of the images. Thoughtful statements about the work, including input about the photographer’s process, conceptual motivations, and other information that helped me to contextualize the photographs, also played a contributing factor. Evaluating photographs on a computer screen can be a tricky business in regards to visualizing how the final images play out in physical form.”

Matterhorn, by Robert Kemp
Matterhorn, by Robert Kemp

As a part of the wild landscape theme, the Josephy Center will be hosting a 5-week photography class with Ellen Bishop, beginning September 8 from 7 p.m. to 8:30 in the JCAC basement. Call to register – signup will be available online shortly.

We will also host two Tuesday afternoon “Brown Bag” discussions regarding the wild landscape, dates and speakers to be announced. The gallery hours are from 10 to 6 Monday through Friday, and noon to 4 on Saturday.

Dennis DeHart will be available for online portfolio reviews for $50 by appointment only from August 4-6. To arrange please call Cheryl or email her at


JUDGE – Dennis DeHart


Boat House by DeHart
Boat Houses by DeHart

Juror’s Statement:

My criteria in jurying Wild Landscapes included evaluating the quality of craft in terms of how the photographs were articulated. For example, the quality of the tones and color, understanding and use of light, and composition including framing, and picture design, all played in role in my reading of the images. Thoughtful statements about the work, including input about the photographer’s process, conceptual motivations, and other information that helped me to contextualize the photographs, also played a contributing factor. Evaluating photographs on a computer screen can be a tricky business in regards to visualizing how the final images play out in physical form.



DeHartDeHart bio:

Dennis DeHart’s fine art photographs and interdisciplinary projects are informed by the connections, conflicts, and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. Dennis has exhibited broadly, including dozens of solo exhibitions, numerous on-line media and art contexts, and over 100 Group shows nationally and internationally. Dennis received his MFA in photography from the University of New Mexico in 2002. He previously served as an Assistant Professor of Photography with the State University of New York College at Buffalo and is an Associate Professor of Photography with Washington State University in Pullman, Washington. During the fall of 2016 and Spring and Summer of 2017, Dennis will travelling with his family to artist residencies throughout the world including in Malaysia, Thailand, the Netherlands, and Santa Fe, New Mexico. His artistic practice/research will focus on water rights, place, and cross-cultural exchange. You can learn more about Dennis:

Cover photo by  David Jensen

Women’s Art Exhibit

The Josephy Center is honored to present our third annual Women’s Art Month. This month’s exhibit, inspired by National Women’s History Month, opens with a reception on Friday, February 26 at 7 p.m. The Center will celebrate women through readings, two art workshops, the art exhibit, music performances, films and Brown Bag discussions for the entire month of March.

Executive Director Cheryl Coughlan says, “I look forward to the Women’s Art Exhibit every year, we have incredible women artists who deserve recognition and the Josephy Center is the perfect venue to celebrate their work.” Artist Leslie LeViner juried the submitted artwork. We will have a People’s Choice Award given at the exhibit opening. More than twenty-five artists from the Northwest will display their work in the exhibit. These women are from all walks of life: working artists, students, retirees, mothers and career women. A few of the participating artists are Leslie LeViner, Shelley Curtiss, Aimee Jungmann, Cynthia Harvey, Faith Hulse, Jean Falbo, Jennifer Klimsza, Mary Zeise, Nancy Clarke, and more.

Women-themed events will take place throughout March including three Brown Bags: Tuesday, March 1 at noon, we welcome Stacy Green to speak about Wallowa Memorial Hospital’s “Circle 100”, Tuesday, March 8 at noon, musician Janis Carper will be here to sing and talk about the Music Alliance and lastly, we will have Ann Browder from Soroptomist on Tuesday March 15 at noon to tell us who the Soroptomists are and what they do.

We are excited to host two art workshops in March: first on March 4 from 4-6:30 p.m., Jennifer Klimsza will host a “Wine & Painting” class. This is for the total beginner and costs $40 + $10 for supplies. Each student will get a 16” x 20” canvas and will learn the basic painting skills with acrylic. Students will leave with a beautiful completed work of art. On Sunday, March 20 from 10-4 p.m. we are honored to have book artist Roberta Lavadour here to teach a “Book Arts” class (cost is $75 + $7 for supplies). During this one-day class students will create a distinctive leather travel journal that can be used for anything from writing to creating plein air watercolor sketches. We’ll look at the ways that sound structure and creative design elements can work together to make a book that will be sturdy enough to go anywhere. No previous experience is necessary. Roberta Lavadour lives and works in Pendleton, Oregon. Her work is fueled by her rampant curiosity, and explores everything from found objects and thrift store finds to family history and current events. She received an Oregon Arts Commission/ National Endowment for the Arts Visual Artist Fellowship in 2001. All interested students should pre-register online at, or call 541-432-0505, or register in person and leave a deposit or pay in full to reserve a spot.

On Friday, March 4, at 7:00 p.m., the Josephy Center and Fishtrap will host a Women’s Writing Panel with three women writers with strong ties to Wallowa Country in an evening of readings and discussion. Memoirist Liz Enslin, novelist Mary Emerick, and journalist Anna Bird will each read for 15-20 minutes, and Amy Zahm will then moderate a panel addressing the special joys and problems of being a woman writer.

Enslin’s book, While the Gods Were Sleeping: A Journey Through Love and Rebellion in Nepal, was recently nominated for an Oregon Book Award in creative non-fiction. Mary Emerick chose to write her years of Alaskan experience in novel form, and The Geography of Water, published recently by the University of Alaska Press, is receiving glowing reviews. Enslin and Emerick both live in Wallowa County now. Anna Bird, who graduated from Joseph High School and the University of Oregon, is a staff writer at 1859 Oregon Magazine in Bend, where “The Storied Life of Alvin Josephy” appeared in the November 2015 issue. Admission is by a donation. Books will be for sale by Mary from the Bookloft. A non-fiction writing workshop will be offered on Saturday, March 5 at Fishtrap, please call for details 541-426-3623.

Thursday, March 10 at 7 p.m. “The Woodmans”, a documentary film about a family of artists. Francesca Woodman was on the cutting edge of photography in the 1970’s when her life was cut short at age 22 by suicide. Her artistic family talks about their work, family and Francesca’s amazing repertoire.

Saturday, March 26 at 7 p.m., Women’s Music and Reading Event in partnership with Wallowa Valley Music Alliance. Join us and hear the great songs and writings of Janis Carper, Heidi Muller, Carolyn Lockhart, Jennifer Hobbs and more.

Women’s moth provides an excellent opportunity to honor women and their accomplishments. The exhibit and events are made possible by the generous support of Soroptomist, Oregon Cultural Trust, and the Collins Foundation. 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.

Please attend our opening reception Friday, February 26th at 7 PM – free and open to the public! Donations welcome. The exhibit will be up and running through March 29.

Following are links to women’s programs at Josephy during the exhibit:

March 1 & 15 – Noon: Women’s Brown Bag Lunch Lectures

March 4 – 7 PM: Women’s Writing Panel Discussion

March 5 – 4 PM: Wine & Painting Class

March 10 – 7 PM: Cinema Night: The Woodmens, about Francesca Woodman

March 20 – 10 AM: Book Arts Class

March 26 – 7 PM: Women’s Music Showcase

Sculpture: Cynthia Harvey

Photo below: Ellen Bishop

Illustration: Roz Crews

“Divide” Oil Painting: Aimee Jungmann

Acrylic Painting: Jennifer Klimsza

Basket / Cover Art: Mary Zeise


Wings: Flight in Fine Art


This exhibit is a juried show focusing on the theme of flight. Wings as subject may be open to interpretation. Open reception will be April 1 at 7 PM. It features local artists and will run throughout April until May 11. 

Come see work by William Burkett (Joseph), Silje Christoffersen (Enterprise), Debbie McIntosh (Pendleton), Minae Lee (Portland), and other local and PNW artists.

“Moth Wings” by Minae Lee.