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40th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts Application

July 31

Full Application Prospectus

We hope this finds you all well, healthy, and enjoying a wonderfully inspiring spring.  Well, after two years of isolation and unprecedented challenges, we are looking ahead with anticipation and excitement – as this is certainly a time to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts!  We are looking forward to seeing YOU, our ever-growing family of artists, and enjoy your company in beautiful Joseph, Oregon, next September 10-18, 2022.

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”.

Our 2022 dates for the Fine Art Show (including Opening Reception, Afternoon of the Quick Draw, and live music), will be September 16-18.  As a lead-up to the main weekend, we are also excited to offer an extended optional En Plein Air Competition, commencing on Saturday, Sept. 10th, and culminating on Friday, Sept. 16th. We will, again, host a Joseph Gallery Walk; and have plans for a concert at the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture time to be announced at a later date.

The Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is the largest juried fine art exhibition in Eastern Oregon, featuring representational/traditional realism from the Pacific Northwest and beyond, as well as contemporary art.  The festival reflects the beauty, culture, and traditions of our region through its arts and artists.  Consistent with that intent, any subject, style, or medium within the categories listed below will be considered by our jury.  Exhibition space is limited, so jurors will select pieces that are most appropriate for the venue and our diverse audience.  The categories are as follows:

Sculpture……………Any Three-Dimensional Work in Wood, Clay, Stone, Bronze, or other Metal

Painting.…………….Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor

Drawing.…………….Pastel, Pencil, Graphite, Charcoal, Ink, or any combination thereof

Printmaking……….Woodblock, Engraving, Etching, Monoprint, Aquatint, Linotype, Lithography,       Silkscreen, or Digital Art Prints

Photography………Any Photograph that begins with the capture of the image through a lens, including 

                                 Digitally-Altered Photography

Other………………….Glass, Jewelry, Fiber Arts, Ceramics, or Mixed Media

*Copies, kits, reproductions, or work done under the supervision of an instructor are not eligible.

Below, are additional important details to keep in mind, as we approach this year’s Festival of Arts:

FIRST AND FOREMOST, PLEASE REFER TO OUR DETAILED PROSPECTUS, which is posted above, or on the CaFE website callforentry.org.  This Prospectus should be considered your “one-stop shop” for ALL pertinent information; as it contains nearly every detail you will need, in terms of pre-, during-, and post-festival instructions and announcements. The new size/dimension restrictions for individual art pieces and maximum number of juried art pieces are also listed in the Prospectus…so, please make yourself familiar with these details, prior to submitting your artwork for jurying.

The artist deadline to apply and submit images is July 31, 2022.  All artwork MUST be submitted through the online site, callforentry.org. Acceptance emails will be sent between August 8-12.  

We are proud to announce that our Judge for the 2022 Wallowa Valley Festival of Arts is the distinguished, Barbara Jaenicke.  Barbara is an impressionist painter in oils and pastel from Bend – view her website here

If you have questions and/or concerns that cannot be addressed through either the Prospectus, or the above websites, please contact the Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, (541) 432-0505.  Alternatively, you can reach Dawn Norman, [email protected] for help.  

We are grateful for all of you who have been past participants in our Festival of Arts, and we hope to see you back, this September 10-18, for our 40th annual festival, featuring a rich and diverse display of works.  Our group of dedicated volunteers has been hard at work for months, preparing for another fun and successful event.  Please come join us – to inspire, to be inspired, and to experience our “Season of Art”, amid the Wonder of the Wallowas.  See you in September…and, in the meantime, keep on creating!


Sept. 10th (12-5pm): Check-in and kick-off for En Plein Air Competition, Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, 403 N. Main St., Joseph, OR. For more information, refer to Section 10 (En Plein Air Competition), of this Prospectus.

Sept. 14th (11am – 2pm): Check-in of hand-delivered juried art to Josephy Center for Arts and Culture, 403 N. Main St., Joseph, OR.

Sept. 16th (11am-1pm): En Plein Air Competition Quick Finish and Hanging, on Friday
Josephy Center for Arts and Culture.
For more information, refer to Section 10 (En Plein Air Competition), of this Prospectus.

Sept. 16th (7-10pm): Fine Art Show & En Plein Air Opening Reception
Josephy Center for Arts and Culture (this is a ticket event).

Sept. 17th (10am – 8pm) & Sept. 18th (10am – 2pm): All Art Exhibits Open to the Public (including En Plein Air Artwork)…Featuring Live Music (see program guide for specific scheduled events)
Josephy Center for Arts and Culture

Sept. 17th (1-4 pm): Afternoon of the Quick Draw, Set up at 1pm – Quick Draw starts at 2, Live Music from 1:30-3:30pm
Mt. Joseph Lodge Gardens/Grounds (directly across Main Street from Josephy Center).
For more information, refer to Section 11 (Afternoon of the Quick Draw), of this Prospectus

TBA: Summer Arts Concert
Josephy Center for Arts and Culture


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Dawn Norman


Josephy Center for Arts & Culture
403 N Main St
Joseph, OR 97846 United States
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