Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts
September 17 - September 19
The festival is the largest juried fine art exhibition in Eastern Oregon, featuring representational realism as well as contemporary art from the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
This year’s festival—which includes an opening reception, a fine art show, a quick draw, a silent auction, the Joseph Gallery Walk, and live music—will be held September 17-19. Leading up to the weekend, the Josephy Center is excited to offer art workshops for local and visiting artists as well as a En Plein Air Competition which will begin on Saturday, Sept. 11th and end on Friday, Sept. 17th.
Due to rising Covid cases in Wallowa County and the new masks orders from the Oregon Health Authority, we will not be able to produce this year’s Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts as planned. We are making some adjustments that will keep people safe while still exhibiting, appreciating and selling the 95 pieces of artwork accepted and the 54 artists that deserve to be celebrated. In order to do this in the safest way possible, the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture will dial back many of the events for the weekend.
- Friday September 17th
- Fine Art’s Show and En Plein Air Opening Reception 7-8:30 p.m. Limited Capacity.
- Saturday September 18th
- Art Exhibit & Music 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. FREE Admission
- Downtown Joseph Art Walk 12-4 p.m.
- Steve Arment Wood Carving Demonstration 12-1:30 p.m.
- Quick Draw Event 2-3:30 p.m. Mt. Joseph Lodge Gardens (across the street from Josephy Center) Live music from 1:30-3:30 p.m, bidding closes at 4:00 p.m.
- Sunday September 19th
- Art Exhibit 10 a.m.- 2 p.m. FREE Admission
- Silent Auction bids close at 1:30 p.m.
- Buyers must pick up purchased art work at 2 p.m.
Check back tonight!
Festival Judge: Dennis DeHart
Dennis DeHart is a photographic artist whose 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. He has received grants and awards from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Arizona Commission on the Arts, and the Idaho Commission on the Arts. Dennis photographs are included in private and public collections including the The City of Phoenix and the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston.
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 currently an Associate Professor of Art with Washington State University in Pullman, Washington.