Scenes from Wallowa County Barn Tour

Historic barns inspire the imagination.  One can almost hear the clack of hammers against wood, a dusty farmer, a saw whirring in the distance as the barn is being built.  The industry of generations past who worked without manuals, YouTube videos, or the vast information found though the internet.  Just know-how passed to them from parents and community.

Maybe, instead, you hear the rustle of hay and the whispering voice of someone talking to their favorite milk cow, a wife calling out that breakfast is ready, children gathering eggs and going about their daily chores.

Or you can imagine the coats of paint, fixed windows, and greased hinges over the years, the generations of a family that passed through these barns.  Perhaps the barn you remember or see in your mind’s eye is one that has outlived its purpose and waits, slowly making its way back from where it came.  It now sits quietly, a haven for wild things.

This summer the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture in partnership the Wallowa County Chamber of Commerce invited artists to tour area barns and create art for an upcoming exhibit.  The exhibit, a compilation of photographs, paintings, and drawings by many artist, will open at the Joseph Center on October 6 at 7pm and will run through December 4, 2018.

If you’re interested in taking a barn tour yourself, you can pick up a  map from Josephy Center or the Enterprise Chamber of Commerce.  There are several routes to choose from.  Bring some snacks, your imagination, and enjoy some of the historic barns of Wallowa County.  And them come see if the artists’ renditions at the Josephy Center match the pictures in your mind.


The Wild Landscape: Art and Words of the Zumwalt Prairie

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture invites the public to the opening of their new Wild Landscapes-series exhibit: The Wild Landscape: Art and Words of the Zumwalt Prairie, on Friday, August 3, 2018 at 7 p.m., doors open at 6:30. The content of the exhibit is also available for purchase as a paperback exhibit catalogue.

The diverse exhibit includes poetry, essays, a sound-track and a short film; as well as paintings and photographs, by 25 writers and artists from around the northwest, including David Jensen, Leslie LeViner, Jenner Hanni, Janie Tippett, and Pamela Royes.  It will continue from August 4 until September 11.

Sunbath at Sunrise, photograph by Jennifer Hanni

Art and Words of the Zumwalt Prairieoffers a snapshot of The Nature Conservancy’s Zumwalt Prairie Preserve in mid-June—the peak flowering season. To produce this exhibit, the artists and writers gathered on June 16 to begin the week-long creative project to capture the landscapes, flowers, animals, and essence of The Zumwalt.

Their work depicts the wild nature of The Zumwalt Prairie Preserve, and also considers the question of what “wild” means in landscape that has been influenced, harvested, and managed by humans for millennia.

The exhibit catalogue includes all paintings and photographs in the exhibit, as well as the full text of poems, essays, and stories; and introductions by The Nature Conservancy’s Jeff Fields, and exhibit curator Ellen Morris Bishop.  It is available as a paperback book for $15.

Artist Jakob Haßlacher will be donating a painting to help raise funds for our art-education program. The painting will be up for silent auction during the exhibit. Come make a bid.

The Wild Landscape: Art and Words of the Zumwalt Prairieexhibit was funded by the Collins Foundation and Ann Werner. The Kinsman Foundation supported publication of the exhibit catalogue and The Nature Conservancy generously sponsored the artists’ time on their preserve.

During the exhibit’s run, we will offer several classes: Night Photography with Ellen Bishop on August 10 and a watercolor plein airclass on September 9. For more details, see our website. Accompanying events will be announced and will also be available on our website.



Cheryl Coughlan, Josephy Center Director:  541-432-0505

Jeff Fields: The Nature Conservancy Manager:    541-620-1250

Ellen Morris Bishop, Curator:  paleobishop@gmail.com541 398-1810


“Zumwalt Prairie to the Seven Devils,”  Watercolor, Leslie LeViner

“Sunbath at Sunrise,” Photograph, Jenner Hanni


Zumwalt Prairie to the Seven Devils, watercolor by Leslie LeViner

Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts & En Plein Air

*36th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts*
Show: September 13-16, 2018: Joseph, Oregon
Venues:  Josephy Center for Arts and Culture (JCAC) & Mt. Joseph Lodge (across the street from JCAC)


down, finger, hand iconFestival of Arts Schedule


Since 1982, Joseph Oregon has been welcoming Artists and Art Lovers to the Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts. Please join us for this special attraction featuring the best of local, regional and national fine artists working in a wide variety of media. This is our 36th year and we’ve made some changes to our festival  — venue, events and more. We’ve mixed it up a little and we think you are going to like what we are planning.

First, we’re moving our festival to the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture (403 N. Main Street, Joseph, OR  97846) and our Quick Draw and En Plein Air events will take place at the Mt. Joseph Lodge (directly across the street from the Josephy Center – 404 N. Main Street).

This year we are featuring over 65 artists and over 125 pieces of artwork in the Festival’s Big Night. Over 15 artists will be participating in the En Plein Air and 17 artists will be creating special pieces of art in 90 minutes during the Quick Draw on Saturday afternoon at the Mt. Joseph Lodge’s garden. There’s a silent auction of the Quick Draw pieces during and until 4 pm. Please check our schedule for complete details (below). Tickets for the Arts Festival Opening Reception are on sale at Beecrowbee, Bookloft and the Josephy Center. Advanced tickets are $20 and $25 at the door.  Each attendee will receive a hand-painted wine glass to help celebrate the evening.

Our judge this year is Cory Peele  – Cory W. Peeke received his BFA from Kendall College of Art and Design and his MFA from the University of Idaho. Cory is Professor of Art at Eastern Oregon University in La Grande, Oregon where he also serves as Chair of the Art Department and Director of the Nightingale Gallery. He is represented by Gallery I M A in Seattle, Washington.

Also featured in the Festival is a beautiful raffle piece by artist Tom Clevenger. Tom has graciously donated one of his amazing segmented wood turning pieces called Chocolate Adobe. It’s made from 385 pieces of Peruvian Walnut, bubinga and maple, valued at $1900. Proceeds from the sales will benefit the Josephy Center’s Youth Art Program and the OK Theatre’s new film screen. Tickets are $5 or 5 tickets for $20.

Show runs at Josephy Center through Oct. 2

This Year’s Schedule

Cirque de Arment

Join us under the big top for Le Cirque de Arment:  THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH!

The grand opening of this show is Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m.  Meet a fortune teller, a magician, a ringmaster and crazy performers.  This evening will be like none other!  Imagine a world of animals in tutus and throwing rings at a pig’s nose.  Under Arment’s influence you will be transported into another place, and he does it all through ART.

The month of July will include a carving class, a “Live and Up Front- Brown Bag,” a wood carving class, and an exhibition catalog.  Please join us! Exhibit runs through July 31.

The “greatest show on earth” came to town…and follow right behind it is Steve Arment’s pretty cool circus will be in town on Friday, July 6  – show time is 7 p.m.Steve’s circus has been held up in Lostine in a Barn and ready to board the circus train to Joseph.  Train cars full of pigs, dragons and elephants in tutus have reportedly been seen near the train tracks. Plenty of characters will be there to entertain. Word is that Arment’s got a cast of animals and performers that promise to be mesmerizing, thrilling and entertaining.  A ticket for the Big Top is free but spare dollars and change are welcome.

The Josephy Center is bombastic about Arment’s new exhibit “Le Cirque de Arment” which opens Friday, July 6 at 7 p.m. (doors open at 6:30). The exhibit will be up until July 31. At the opening, be prepared for a cast of circus characters: clowns, fortune tellers, jugglers, ring master and more surprises…amazing animals doing tricks and all the games to play…it will be an art exhibit like no other.

A companion book will be produced but and will be available in mid-July. Advanced orders will be taken.

Music, food, and entertainment will be the main event. Bring the whole family. Other events throughout the month include, a fortuneteller at the Joseph Farmer’s Market from 10-2 p.m. A special brown bag with Steve on Thursday, July 12 at noon– learn more about Steve’s wood carving. Then on Friday and Saturday July 13-14,Steve will teach a wood carving class at the Center. Beginners are welcome. Details are available on our website.

On Tuesday, July 10, Charlie Chaplin’s “The Circus” film will be shown at 7 p.m., free.

Steve was raised by a herd of carousel horses. They taught him to whittle and carve. From there he went to the Wood University and then traveled the world exploring the arts. He settled in a barn in Wallowa County and has been creating interiors, outdoor dragons and indoor pigs.

The Josephy Center is located at 403 N. Main Street, in Joseph. Please check out our website for a full schedule and details at or call 541-432-0505.

“When the circus comes to town, everybody acts like a clown. The world starts spinning upside down when the circus comes to town.”  – a children’s song lyric



Modes: Making Art, Jazz and History

A new exhibit, Modes: Making Art, Jazz and History, opens with a reception at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture April 7th from 7:00-9:00.  Lostine print artist Nancy Clarke will conduct at walk-through of the exhibit for docents and interested people at 6:30, before the reception.  The exhibit explores connections between fine art prints, jazz and Oregon’s cultural history. The Center has selected works that complement the premiere performance of “From Maxville to Vanport” which takes place the following Friday at the OK Theater in Enterprise. 

“Jazz musicians improvise independently but within a particular mode and structure to create a unified and unique performance. Print artists also experiment with a variety of modes to express their ideas visually,” said curator Jane Pagliarulo.

The Center is launching a print arts program. To inspire established and emerging artists Pagliarulo has chosen broad selection of prints that demonstrate the many different ways that ink can be applied to paper. Educational material about how prints are made will be displayed. Lostine print artist Nancy Clarke will conduct a walk-through of the exhibit for docents and interested people at 6:30 before the reception.

“This show includes works by some of Oregon’s top artists,” said Cheryl Coughlan, Executive Director. “We have two winners of the Governor’s Arts Award represented:  Avie Smith and George Johanson. Also winners of Oregon’s highest award for print artists, the Ray Trayle Prize, will be shown.”

The exhibit will run through May 28th. The exhibit is sponsored in part by the Oregon Cultural Trust and the Collins Foundation.

Print by George Johanson

Women’s Art Show

Honoring Women’s Art Month please join us for our exhibit featuring women and the art they have created.  Opening evening will be March 3, from 7-9pm with drinks and goodies catered by Lynne Curry. The exhibit runs through April 3.

We have a great line up of events and classes to participate in during the month of March.  Dabble in the art of abstract painting with Jennifer Klimsza on the 10th.  No experience necessary but expect to have some fun.  Terri Malec is offering a sculpting series class, every Tuesday from 1-4.  You must be able to commit to all Tuesdays.

Participate in the  “Women’s Tea” on March 18th at 4pm.  Come listen to readings by Mary Emerick and Pam Royes.  Delight in music played by Gail Swart on the piano.  To wrap up the month we’ll have a concert on the 31st showcasing women musicians and writers.

Brown bags every Tuesday at noon to be announced.

Puppy Love Exhibit

“PUPPY LOVE” exhibit

Opening Saturday, January 6, 2018 at 7PM; doors open at 6:30

Exhibit to run through February 14, 2018


January 6th at 7PM, Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will be opening our newest exhibit, “Puppy Love.”  We will be serving drinks (no-host bar) and a variety of Italian inspired foods by Jera and Casey.  Entry is free, but donations are welcome.  

Please come and enjoy this show, all about our love for our canine friends, will surely bring a smile to your face.  Your whole family will enjoy the wide variety of dog themed paintings, photography, drawings and more.   Open Monday through Saturday from 12-4, there will be plenty of opportunity to check out this lovely exhibit until it closes on February 14th.

Don’t forget to keep an eye out for our puppy themed brown bags and events at!

In partnership with the Extreme Dog Race and the Wallowa County Humane Society