Point Rouge

Josephy Center for Arts and Culture is excited to bring together some of the finest art galleries in Wallowa County:  Stewart Jones Designs, Phinney Gallery, TW Bronze, Valley Bronze, Dennis Reinke Studio, Edge of the Wilderness, and Aspen Grove Gallery, under one roof, in our Point Rouge Exhibit.  Point Rouge means “red dot” which is the art world’s famous symbol that indicates sold. Come view a variety of hand picked pieces by each gallery at our Opening Reception on November 3rd at 7PM.

Exhibit will run through November 29th.  Don’t miss out on this rare opportunity!



The Gift of Art

The third annual Gift of Art December auction and show will make a large collection of affordable art available to  community members, with half of the purchase price dedicated to buying supplies, instruction and scholarships for art students. Items on display until Saturday, Dec. 23.

Opening Night Silent Auction – Friday, DECEMBER 8, 2017, doors open at 6:30, bidding starts at 7 p.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m.

Most works will have an opening bid from $5 to $300.  A lower minimum is an option for donated works that do not require an artist’s commission. Attendees will bid on the works in $5 increments for 90 minutes. Art is taken home by the highest bidder at the end of the evening. The artist-donor will receive up to half of the final price. Unsold art will stay on display until the end of the month, priced at the minimum bid price artists provide us.

This exhibit supports the continuation of our seasonal Youth Arts Program!


West Travels East

Exhibit opens with reception on Friday, September 29 at 7 PM
Runs through November 1


Borrowing from the long history of using wax as a medium in painting the assembled artists apply their individual sensibilities to bring forth their muse. What is common between them is a dedication to the craft of encaustic painting. Landscape of the world we can see around us to landscape of interior worlds are combined in this exhibit.

Portland artists include Jeff Gunn, Andrea Schwartz-Feit, Kirk Weller, and Robert Procter.

Visit their website to see more:

Jef Gunn, http://www.jefgunn.com

Kirk Weller, http://www.circleofsky.com/about/

Robert Procter, http://robertprocterfinearts.net/robertprocterfinearts/Welcome.html


Still Remembering Summer Mountains – encaustic by Jef Gunn
Kirk Weller
Robert Procter


Wilderness & Sublimity: Photography and the Conservation of Hells Canyon

The Third Show in Josephy Center for Arts and Culture’s
Wild Landscapes Series


The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in NE Oregon is developing a fine art photography show celebrating the wild lands and conservation of Hells Canyon.  The show’s opening reception is August 5, 2017 at 7 PM and will run until September 26.  It is our hope to then provide the show to other venues in Oregon, Idaho and nationally.  We have self published a book (http://www.blurb.com/b/8073187-wilderness-sublimity) to share both the art from the show and the amazing success story in land conservation.  The Josephy Center is offering an art residency, including a five day Snake River whitewater expedition through Hells Canyon, to six professional outdoor photographers and one writer.  The six photographers, who have committed to the trip, are: Boyd Norton, Jason Yale, Amy Gulick, Terry Donnelly, Rick McEwan, and Kendrick Moholt.  Cam Scott, a published writer and poet, has accepted the position of resident writer.

In the late 1960s, the last wild, un-dammed section of Hells Canyon was under threat of flood by damming.  Engineering field surveys and core sampling was underway and companies were in the courts trying to decide if the dam was to be run as a private or public corporation.  During this time, photographer Boyd Norton ran the river by raft, published photos in the January 1970 issue of Audubon Magazine and, with Brock Evans of the Sierra Club, took his photographs to the desk of Senator Bob Packwood.  Senator Packwood was astounded by the beauty and scale of Hells Canyon. Boyd, and other members of the Idaho Alpine Club, founded Hells Canyon Preservation Council. HCPC, with the support of  many other groups and Senator Packwood, worked for eight years to protect the great gorge.  The result was one of our nation’s greatest successes in natural resource conservation and it was inspired by the art of photography.  Mr. Norton has agreed to provide the Josephy Center his original work as a basis for our celebration and to participate in the creation of new work in 2017.  In addition to Mr. Norton, we have invited five more leaders in outdoor photography to create and show fine art photographs captured in the canyon.  All artistic decisions on how the 2017 photography is produced will be the responsibility of each artist. It is our expectation and vision that some of the art will be similar to the original photographs taken by Boyd Norton, but most will be a fresh, new and extremely different interpretation of the landscape that has been preserved.  This comparison and contrast with the past work will dramatically demonstrate what the preservation of North America’s natural treasures can provide for future generations.  And, this unique body of work, old and new, will be a shining example of how fine art photography can be a driving force in shaping our world.

We appreciate the support from Ann Werner, Winding Waters River Expeditions, anonymous private donors, and the Collins Foundation in helping to make this exhibit happen

Assignment photo for 1859 Magazine. Cropped version used a Cover Photo for the magazine.


Rafting Hells Canyon- Snake River.
A panomic view from Suicide Point in Hells Canyon.

Don’t forget to stop by the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture to get your copy of the Wilderness & Sublimity book for $62.00 or go to http://www.blurb.com/b/8073187-wilderness-sublimity for online purchases.







Gianluca Giarrizzo: Descent – Figurative Sculpture, Painting and Drawing

The Josephy Center is honored to present Gianluca’s solo exhibit, “Gianluca Giarrizzo: Descent – Figurative Sculpture, Painting and Drawing“. Exhibit opens Friday, July 7 at 7 PM with an opening reception and will run through until August 2.

Gianluca Exhibit Interview 


Gianluca’s Bio:

I grew up in Powell, Wyoming, and without realizing at the time, was inspired by the example of my father, a professor and painter. Drawing was a part of my childhood, and it always seemed that Santa just had a surplus of sketchbooks.

Even though art was a part of life, the realization of my passion for creating began when I was attending Lewis and Clark College in Portland, Oregon. I went to Lewis and Clark for a number of reasons: baseball, art, philosophy, and I was excited to experience a new city and culture.

Sculpture became something that captivated me right away, and my professor Mike Rathbun was an incredible mentor, among all the wonderful professors I had. Towards the end of college, I studied drawing in Rome for a summer semester. Drawing from the masters every day was simply incredible, and took my appreciation and interest in the figurative tradition of sculpture to a different place of conviction.

After graduating, I spent the summer working at Coleco Foundry in Cody, Wyoming, where I learned to take sculpture through the full bronze process. This was a powerful experience that gave me a window into the collaborative efforts and behind-the-scenes of bronze, as well as a new appreciation for the medium. I apprenticed for sculptor Gerald Shippen during this time as well. He is a remarkable figurative sculptor, and was/is a constant inspiration through his work and teaching. In addition to bronze, stone carving became a process I wanted to develop further. The excitement through struggle I find during the search for form and gesture in this medium is undefinable.

After the summer following my undergraduate degree, I went to New York City to start a visual art program at The East Harlem School, an independent private school for grades 4-8. Teaching art in East Harlem has made me question race, motivations, gender, interests, and society’s preconceived notions in ways I’ve never had to. To observe a child learn to draw, learn to see, constantly reminds me of the power of art – to see things for what they are, expose beauty, offer perspectives on life, and give power to the human experience.

Given the teaching schedule, I have spent the past few summers pursuing my own work at a studio space in Lostine, Oregon, generously offered by Peter Ferre.

In order to put full attention into my own learning, this coming year I will be attending the New York Academy of Art for sculpture. Dedicating myself to my own work and teaching are two things I plan to continue following this program. These two processes have been linked through history, and I consider education through art to be an incredibly valuable component of the human condition, regardless of a student’s interest in pursuing art as a career.

My day to day life in art exists in my sketchbook. Sculpture is drawing, drawing is sculpture. The sketchbook is where knowledge of form and gesture become part of an instinctive thought process. Every chance I get, I find myself at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, doing everything I can to appreciate the work set before us.

Website: http://www.gianlucagiarrizzo.com/sketchbook-from-life

The Way They Lived: Nez Perce Art Exhibit

The Way They Lived:

The Wal-lum-wat-kin Band of Chute-pa-lu, or Nez Perces

Exhibit Running June 3-24, 2017

Known more popularly as the “Joseph” or “Wallowa” Band of the Nez Perce. This month we honor the Indians who lived here for millennia and their descendants. The exhibit includes historic photos from the Nez Perce National Historical Park, the University of Idaho Library’s digital photo collection, and the Wallowa History Center. Nez Perce historian and long-time tribal official, Allen Pinkham, Sr. will give words to the exhibit at its June 3 opening, and Brown Bags and workshops throughout the month will continue the celebration. The month concludes with display and sale of contemporary Indian art.


Saturday, June 3, 4:00 p.m. —The exhibit of historic photos in the Main Gallery opens.

7:00 p.m. — Allen Pinkham Sr. talk at Center: “The Way We Lived”


Tuesday, June 13, noon, Brown Bag: Roger Magee  “The Indian Flute”


Friday, June 16 – Sunday, June 18 –Cece Whitewolf workshop: “Tule and Cattail mats and Baskets”


Tuesday, June 20, noon, Brown Bag:  Nez Perce Fisheries “Lamprey Return”


Tuesday, June 20 – Thursday, June 22 –Workshop 4-6 p.m “Looming with Beads”



Tuesday, June 21, noon. Brown Bag: “The Plateau Indian Cradleboard”


Friday, June 23 – Exhibit comes down and Indian art for sale goes up



Saturday, June 24, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.  Contemporary Plateau Indian Art on display



Art Sale –-4 p.m.

Oregon Printmakers from the Collection of Christy Wyckoff

April 1 – May 30


Josephy Center for Arts and Culture presents an exhibit of prints curated by Christy Wyckoff. The show features Oregon artists, who are part of Wyckoff’s artistic communities. Wyckoff grew up in Eastern Oregon and taught printmaking at Pacific NW College of Art in Portland for over 30 years.


Exhibit opens on Saturday, April 1 at  7 PM with an opening reception with fun hands-on printmaking lessons with multiple types of prints for all to try. Also a big closing party reception on May 26 at 7 PM and Christy will present a slide show presentation about his career as an artist and as a collector as part of our artist lecture series, “Live and Up Front” at 8 p.m. as part of the reception. Both events are free but donations are welcome. Printmaking fun will have pricing that will be determined.


Christy Wyckoff:

Wyckoff’s work in printmaking, painting and photography is focused on an intersection between abstraction and representation. His work has appeared in museum exhibitions including The Plates: International Contemporary Print Art at the Tokyo National University of Fine Arts and Music; One of a Kind: Monotypes from the Permanent Collection at the Portland Art Museum; Waters Edge: Landscapes by Contemporary Northwest Artists at the Maryhill Museum of Art; What’s Happening: Contemporary Art from California, Oregon and Washington at the Alternative Museum, NYC; and In Touch: Nature, Ritual and Sensuous Art from the Northwest at the Portland Center for Visual Arts.

He has had solo exhibitions at the Alysia Duckler Gallery and Blackfish Gallery, in Portland; at the Pendleton Center for the Arts in Pendleton and at Gravura Brasileira in São Paulo, Brazil and the Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba in Curitiba, Brazil. Wyckoff’s paintings, drawings and prints are represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Portland Art Museum, the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, the Tacoma Art Museum, the Minnesota Museum of Art, the Museu da Gravura Cidade de Curitiba, Brazil, the Jordan Schnitzer Art Museum at University of Oregon and the New York Public Library.

In 2014, Wyckoff’s prints were included in the Tacoma Museum of Art’s survey Ink This! Contemporary Prints in the Northwest. In 2015, Wyckoff and Tom Prochaska exhibited works on paper at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. The exhibition Tom Prochaska and Christy Wyckoff: In the Footsteps of Charles Heaney chronicled their project revisiting sites of Charles Heaney’s Oregon landscape paintings. Wyckoff received a BA from the University of Oregon and an MFA from the University of Washington. In 2012, Wyckoff retired as Professor Emeritus from his position as Chair of the Printmaking Department of the Pacific Northwest College of Art in Portland.

Check out his website: http://www.christywyckoff.com

Below: Juniper

Print by Christy Wyckoff

Women’s Art Show Exhibit

Honoring Women’s Art Month in Wallowa County, with brown bag lectures, classes, music, and films showcasing women in the world of art.

Josephy Center Hosts Fourth Annual Women’s Art Show

Visitors are encouraged to dress as their favorite female character, icon, or heroine at the Josephy Center’s Opening Reception for their fourth annual Women’s Art Show on Saturday, March 4th at 7 pm. A prize will be given for Best Costume as well as a People’s Choice Award from among the artwork in the exhibit. The exhibit, juried by Shelley Curtiss and sponsored by Soroptomist of Enterprise, will feature a wide variety of artwork by women artists of all ages, professions, and skill levels.

“This is our most popular show of the year,” said Cheryl Coughlan, Executive Director at JCAC, “We always get a ton of entries and it gives us an opportunity to feature some of the women artists in our community who have never been in one of our shows before.” Over 30 women artists will be featured in this year’s exhibit, including Nancy Clark, Pam Royes, Cynthia Harvey, Aimee Jungmann, and MC Reardon.

In addition to the art exhibit, JCAC and Soroptomist of Enterprise will be partnering to host a variety of special programs and events at the Josephy Center. JCAC will show the women’s suffrage film, ‘The Suffragette’ on March 8 at 7 pm; a Women’s Open Mic Night on March 12 from 4-6 pm; and, back by popular demand, the Wallowa Valley Music Alliance’s Music & Words Event on March 25 and 7 pm. The Josephy Library will also be hosting three special Brown Bags discussions at the Center: Women in Natural Resources featuring Pat Kennedy on March 7 at noon; Art History featuring Cheryl Coughlan on March 14 at noon; and Women’s Health featuring Dr. Rene Grandi on March 21 at noon. Finally, JCAC’s Lead Instructor, Mellica McIntire will be offering an Abstract Painting class on March 18 from 10-4 pm and Jennifer Klimsza will offer her Wine and Painting Class on March 11 from 4-7 pm. Anyone interested in these classes should visit www.josephy.org/classes or the Josephy Center to pre-register.

“I’ve never done a Women’s Art Show before and I’m thrilled at our line-up for the month of March,” said Casey Holmes, Resource Coordinator at JCAC, “It will be interesting to see the community’s response, from the costumes at the reception to our diverse set of Brown Bags and the music events. I think everyone will be really pleased.”




Places in Wallowa County

December 15, 2016

Contact:  Cheryl Coughlan, Executive Director, 541.432.0505

For Immediate Release:

 Josephy Center Opens New Year with ‘Places in Wallowa County’ Exhibit

Tori Suto

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will ring in the new year with a new art exhibit entitled Places in Wallowa County. The idea for the show originated from local painter, Mike Koloski. Places will be on display at the Josephy Center from January 6th-February 27th and will feature a variety of mediums of artwork, all depicting specific places in the county from agricultural scenes to small business.

“This is a unique opportunity to showcase not just landscapes, but other scenes that make Wallowa County special,” said Casey Holmes, JCAC’s Resource Coordinator. “Thousands of tourists come through here in the summer and many of them only experience a glimpse of what we see every day.”

Mike Koloski

An Opening Reception where visitors can vote for a People’s Choice Award will be held on January 6th at 7 PM. Several local artists, including Ellen Bishop, Rick Bombaci, and David Martin have submitted artwork for the show, which will be juried by Tim Norman, Vice President of the JCAC Board of Trustees. Artwork will range from oil and watercolor paintings to photography and woodwork. “We’re also only exhibiting artwork that has never been displayed here,” Holmes pointed out, “So for us, it will be an entirely new, fresh look at Wallowa County.”

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture serves as a gathering place to celebrate, promote, and inspire arts and culture in Wallowa County. One of the most important ways they fulfill that mission is through weekly art programs and workshops for youth and adults. More information about JCAC’s spring session of art programs is available at www.josephy.org/classes.