Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts

39th Annual Wallowa Valley Festival of the Arts
September 17-19, 2021
Josephy Center for Arts & Culture

© Terri Rice

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 a Friday night viewing, a fine art show, a quick draw, a silent auction, the Joseph Gallery Walk, and live music—will be held September 18th.  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, Plein Air works will be on view at the Josephy Center until Sept. 19th.  

Festival Events

  • Friday September 17th
  • Fine Art’s Show and En Plein Air Viewing 7-8:30 p.m. (limited capacity / no food or drinks)
  • 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) 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.

Virtual Gallery

Click here to view all 94 original works of art in our 39th festival!

Click here to view all items on their online shop page. Purchase at home today!


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.

 “The Big Night” – Friday night, September 17 from 7-8:30pm we will open our gallery for a viewing of the artwork. All attendees must wear masks and will need to follow the social distancing protocol. We will allow a limited number of people at a time to stay within the regulations. Unfortunately, there will be no libations, food or live music. The Arts Festival will continue to hold a silent auction to help raise funds for future festivals. We also will hold the En Plein Competition exhibit on the 2nd floor of the Josephy Center.

On Saturday, September 18 the Josephy Center will open at 10 a.m.- 6 p.m. Admission is free and there will be live music. There will also be an Art Walk in Joseph from 12-4pm. The extraordinary artist Steve Arment, will be doing a wood carving demonstration from 12-1:30pm outside the Josephy Center. We will continue to hold The Quick Draw event on Saturday, starting at 2 pm at the Mt. Joseph Lodge’s lawn (directly across from the Josephy Center). Artist complete their works and bidding takes place while artists create their pieces (90 minutes) at 3:30 p.m. All completed art will be for sale in a written auction format at each artists’ station. Bidding and artwork will be moved to the front of the hotel and bids will continue until 4 p.m. Masks and social distancing are required.

On Sunday, art viewing and silent auction bids will continue until 2 pm. All purchased artwork can be picked up at that time. The festival will continue until 2 pm. Unfortunately, Sunday’s Summer Arts Classic Concert has been cancelled due to safety protocols. All artwork will be previewed and awarded by this year’s judge, Dennis DeHart. Dennis is a photographic artist whose interdisciplinary projects are informed by the connections, conflicts, and intersections of the natural and cultural worlds. He is a professor at Washington State University.

We are planning to have an online component to the event. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Norman, [email protected] or call 541-432-0505.

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.


Thanks to our Donors!

Award Donors

People's Choice - Photography Wallowa Valley Photo Club
Best Water-Based Medium Evelyn Swart
Best Print Medium Nancy Knoble
Nancy Clarke & Jim Dameron
Director's Choice Sally Brandt
Stewart Jones Designs
Jon M. Skovlin Memorial Award for Best Wildlife Sandra Skovlin Bosley
Richard H. Skovlin
Kirk Skovlin

General Donors

Carolyn Gilbert Gail Swart and family Linda Chrisman
Perry and Associates, PC WC Chamber of Commerce Wallowa Lake Lodge
Sharon Forster Nils and Anette Christopherson Debbie Surface
Glenn Marin & Lesslie Leviner Nancy & Carl Lincoln Marky & Edwards Pitts
Allison & Steve Wolowitz Cynthia Gaterud J Brent & Connie McKinley
Gorsline Timber Company David & Ingrid Cook Brad & Anne Stephens
Diane Daggett The Bookloft John Gorsline