Gift of Art Exhibit

Saturday, Nov. 23 from 10 AM – 6 PM
A Fundraiser for Youth Art Programs
Gift of Art Exhibit Runs through Dec. 20


2019 Fundraiser to Benefit Youth Programming


Saturday, November 23rd marks the 6th annual Gift of ArtFundraiser to support the Josephy Center’s Youth Art Programs. This year we’ve added a fun family day where kids can get their faces painted, try the cupcake walk, bid at a kids’ auction table, play games, sip hot chocolate and create personalized art to give away as holiday gifts.  As part of the fundraiser, you can purchase participation tickets for one or all of the creative “art stations” including– clay ornaments, jewelry making, painting, printmaking and more.  Tickets are $1 each and most stations cost 1-5 tickets, depending on the craft.  In the spirit of giving the gift of art, there will be a place to drop off new art supplies, which will be distributed to needy families just before Christmas.  This fun-filled family event starts at 10:00 and ends at 4:00 with the announcement of the youth art auction winners.

Just after 4:00, we’ll put away the crafts and bring out the appetizers and wine to kick off the Silent Art Auction, where adults can bid on art from their favorite local artists including Leslie LeViner, Mike Koloski, Ted Juve, Pam Beach, Nancy Clarke, and more.  Bidding is open all day and winners will be announced at 6pm. (Winners do not need to be in attendance to win.)  If you happen to miss the event but still want to give the gift of art to someone you love, visit our Art Shop, open 12-4, Monday–Saturday or purchase the art on display until December 20th.

Youth programs depend heavily on fundraising dollars to be able to keep class fees low and pay for things like quality art instruction, art supplies, scholarships and student internships.  Funds raised during this event will pay for Friday Youth Art classes, a new “Mommy and Me” class, Building Healthy Families’ After-School Programming at three schools and Alternative Education Classes. New programs for families and youth will be offered after the New Year.

Whether your child makes a holiday card to give to grandma or you go home with a one of a kind ceramic mug to give to your sister, participating in this fundraiser is a wonderful way to support local artists and youth programing while also getting some amazing gifts for the holidays. If you are an artist or have art work that you would like to contribute, please contact Megan Wolfe at coordinator@josephy.orgor call (541) 432-0505.

print by Nancy Clarke

Function of Medium: New Works by Auburn Isaak and Kevin Boylan

Function of Medium:

New Works by Auburn Isaak and Kevin Boylan


Exhibit opening Friday, October 4 at 7 p.m. and will run until November 16.

About the Exhibit
Working in different mediums, using techniques specific to their own style; Kevin and Auburn have created a unique collection that displays their most recent expirations of materials while referencing the environments that surround them.

function [fuhngk-shuh n] noun
the purpose for which something is designed or exists; role

medium [mee-dee-uhm] noun
instrument by which something is conveyed or accomplished


Accompanying this exhibit: Live glass blowing demo on Saturday, October 5 from 12-4 p.m. at Moonshine Glass Art located at 624 S. River Street, Enterprise.


About Artist Kevin Boylan:  “Through the years, my work has evolved from my beginnings as a potter to my current stage as a mixed media sculptor and glassblower.  Exploring new mediums, learning new techniques, and examining my  most immediate surrounds; my process almost always results with a non-objective, abstract form.  

The common thread is that my work is a personal journal.  While my hands are creating an object that I’ve overthrough without sketching; my mind is contemplating ideas, relationships, past experiences, or daily occurrences in my life.

Because I use internal reflection of sorts to create my work, I consider it to be self-portrait work, and my latest body of work has become more figurative.”

About Artist Auburn Isaak: “I draw my color palette from nature in its most elusive form; notes defined realism in its physical form, but as I interpret an depict it in my mind. This allows me to use abstract as a function to create the landscape that surrounds me. I choose to incorporate my movement, discoveries, and intuition during my painting process. The paint becomes the medium that inter-operates the human experience and a record of that occurrence.”

Auburn’s Website

Auburn’s Artist Biography

Kevin’s Website

Kevin’s Artist Biography

Nez Perce Music- A Historical Sketch

June 22 – July 30

Virtual Gallery – Click here!

The Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will host an exhibit of historic photos beginning June 22 and running through Tamkaliks and Chief Josephy Days, ending on July 30. The exhibit will open on the same day as the installation of Doug Hyde’s sculpture, ‘etweyéwise– or “The Return” –in the Center’s front yard, on Main Street in Joseph.

The Plateau People listened to the world around them, and made music with voice, flute, and drum. Young people were sent to boarding schools and put in marching bands with trumpets and saxophones. They came home and played jazz. Today there are Nez Perce rockers and rappers– and still drummers and powwow singers. It is a rich musical tradition. We’ll have various Nez Perce events featured throughout July as well.

During the exhibit, the Josephy Center invites Plateau Indian artists to display and sell art work. One big wall is being reserved. The work will not stay on the wall, but be replaces as it is sold. There is also a raffle for a limited edition bronze by Doug Hyde, called Sweetwater Girl, whose brilliant sculpture, ‘etweyé·wise, was erected in front of the Josephy Center after a two-year grant and bronze creation period. Tickets are available online here!

37th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts

September 10-15, 2019; Joseph, Oregon


Fine Art Show | En Plein Air Competition
Quick Draw | Silent Auction | Gallery Walk
Classical Music Concert


Venues: Josephy Center for Arts and Culture (JCAC) and 
Wallowology Natural History Discovery Center

Judge: Bonnie Laing-Malcolmson


The show will run at Josephy through October 1 with participating artists!

This Year’s Judge

En Plein Air Raffle

Opening Reception Tickets

Classical Concert Tickets


The Wallowa Valley is truly a special spot on the map.  Our breathtaking scenery captivates the heart, piques the imagination, and has a knack for unleashing the artist within us all.  It’s not by coincidence, that this beloved corner of Oregon is renowned for its vibrant community of artists, its exquisite galleries, its numerous bronze foundries, and its “WOW-inducing” Main Street art installations.  Whether you’re a local artist who has lived here most of your life, or you’ve never ventured quite this far out to the “End of the Road”, we encourage you to come and let yourself experience, anew, how this place will enchant and inspire you.  And, while you’re at it, be sure to step out and play a bit…take advantage of the myriad outdoor recreation opportunities this area has to offer.  And, what better time to explore Joseph and the Wallowas, than during colorfully placid September?! Some have even taken to calling it our fifth season – our “Season of Art”.

Karen Bakke

Our 2019 dates for the Fine Art Show (including Opening Reception, Afternoon of the Quick Draw, and Silent Auction), will be September 13- 15.  We’re also excited to, once again, offer our optional En Plein Air Competition, commencing on the evening of Tues., Sept. 10, and culminating on Thurs., Sept. 12, with a special reception and art hanging at the Wallowology Natural History Discovery Center (please refer to our Prospectus for all the details on this event).  We will, again, host a Joseph Gallery Walk; and we will wrap up the festivities with a Sunday evening Classical Music Concert at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture.


Dream Oregon

Artist and Curator Anna Vogel

May 4 – June 18

“Take a tour through fantastic Oregon, as dreamed by local artists. See creatures and landscapes both strange and familiar.”

Opening Reception: Saturday, May 4 at 7 PM – Free!

Dream Oregon Viritual Exhibit: Click Here!

Pre-Exhibit Concert: Friday, May 3 at 7 PM – OK Theatre – $10 – Album release for instrumental piano & drums duo Kinzie Steele, featuring live painting by Dream Oregon!

About the Exhibit: Please join the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture for the opening reception of “Dream Oregon,” an exciting new exhibit running from May 4th to June 18th. Doors open at 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 4th, and the event officially starts at 7 pm. Catering will be by the Wallowa Pop People Mark and Denise, the culinary duo behind Joseph’s gourmet ice pop stand. The sounds of local pianist Seth Kinzie and drummer Andy Steele’s new album, “When I was a Tree,” will be heard throughout the evening. Admission is free but donations are welcome. 

“Dream Oregon” started with artist and curator Anna Vogel’s vision of a homegrown Oregon mythology, created through art. She invited several artists to join her with their own take on the theme: Jennifer Klimsza, Talia Jean Gavin, Kelly Riggle, Kolle Riggs, and Carrie Chupp. Through photography, painting, sculpture and illustration, they bring us on a tour of Oregon from the tiniest pebble to the tallest mountain. A “Dream Oregon” book, featuring photos of artwork and artist’s biographies, will be for sale for $15 at the opening and throughout the duration of the exhibit.

We appreciate the support for this exhibit: the Wildhorse Foundation, Oregon Community Foundation and the Ford Family Foundation.

A River Runs Through Us: The Art and Words of the Lostine

Exhibit opening August 2 at 7 p.m. and running through September 9

Special Exhibit catalog available for sale online and at Josephy!
Virtual Exhibit: Click Here to View

The Wild and Scenic Lostine River is an iconic Oregon landscape. The river begins amid the rugged peaks, placid lakes, and weather-beaten white bark pines of the Eagle Cap Wilderness. Its clear, cold waters follow a glacially-hewn valley for 31 miles to the confluence with the Wallowa River, where it nurtured an important Nez Perce summer encampment. The ridges along its watershed are places of alpine splendor, home to Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep, Rocky Mountain goats, and other iconic wildlife. The river harbors bull trout, steelhead and rainbow trout, Chinook salmon, and recently restored Coho salmon, whose first returns occurred in 2018.

This exhibit will portray the entirety of this extraordinary wild watershed and its wild inhabitants, river, forests, and alpine setting, from sources to mouth, ridge-top-to-ridgetop, in words and images. It is the 30th year of the river’s official designation as a Wild River.

History in Photos from Wallowa County

The January-February exhibit at the Josephy Center explores local history through early photos and photographers. David Weaver of the Wallowa History Center chose the photos from his own collection, the History Center’s, and from family photos brought in to the Center over the last few weeks. The opening will be on Sunday, January 6, from 3:00—5:00 p.m. Exhibits runs through February 25.

This specific exhibit has some special features. Carrie Chupp designed a beautiful exhibition booklet for us, featuring many of the photographs from the exhibit. It is available here for $20.

We also have a virtual exhibit, for those who live far away, available for viewing here. This was designed by Seth Kinzie.

The Wallowa Country has gained a reputation for its art and artists in recent years, but photographers were roaming the Country and sometimes setting up shop in a storefront in Enterprise or Wallowa from the earliest days of white settlement. They were undoubtedly our first professional artists.

The exhibit, which will include about 50 photos with captions, and in some cases brief essays explaining the context and naming the photographer, is a “sampling,” because family portraits were common, and with the invention of cheap cameras and advent of “postcard” photos in the early 1900s, taking photos of homes, camping, fishing, and hunting trips, trains, airplanes and football games was fair game for all. We know that there are thousands of photos still in albums and closets.

And we hope that you will be inspired by this exhibit to do your own family photo history exploration. You might also have comments on the photos in the exhibit—we welcome them. And the Center is exploring the possibility of posting more photos on our web site. This should only be a beginning.

Women on the Edge

Theme:  “Women on the Edge”

Exhibit will run March 2 – April 18, 2019

Click here to view our virtual exhibit gallery!

The Josephy Center is excited to bring back our annual Women’s Art exhibit opening Saturday, March 2 at 7pm. This year will be our fifth! Everyone is welcome to help us celebrate these amazing women artists and Women’s History Month. Appetizers will be provided by Vanilla Stag and we will have a no-host bar. The exhibit is set to run until April 18 so there will be ample time to stop by before it’s over. Support for the show comes from Wallowa County Soroptimist, Oregon Arts Commission, and the Pacific Power Foundation.

This year’s exhibit has a wide range of talent. Many upcoming artists like Olivia Starks and Kolle Kahle Riggs. There are also some very experienced artists like leslie LeViner and Nancy Clarke. All artists will participate in the exhibit with a total of 36 artists and 57 pieces. Artist Dawn Norman is our curator this year. “This was my first time curating an open call exhibition for the Josephy Center. I was happy to see so many great entries from our Wallowa Valley women!”. Dawn teaches youth art classes on Friday at 10 a.m. for ages 5-7 and a drawing and painting class for teens and adults from 12:30-2 p.m. During the exhibit, she will be teaching a Wine and Painting class – with watercolors on March 9th at 4 p.m. Register for the class on our website or contact Mellica at

This year is a special year to celebrate women – it marks the 100th year that women were legally authorized the right to vote in 1919. On March 12 Wallowa County Commissioner – and former Enterprise Mayor – Susan Roberts will talk about her career in local politics at a noon Brown Bag event at the Josephy Center. On March 26 the Brown Bag will honor outstanding women in County affairs, beginning with Wilma Haller, an early Soroptimist who developed the Thrift Shop. And on April 9 several senior women agriculture and natural resource students from the OSU program at Eastern Oregon University will talk about the future for women in their fields.

Join in classes with local and regional artists Dawn Norman, Whitney Freya, and who will be leading Painting Meditation classes on the 13th of March and the 24th of April.

Feel free to email Megan at with any questions!