NE Oregon Arts

Melissa Josephy

A Gathering Place for the Arts in Wallowa County

Melissa Josephy has the great good fortune to spend summer weeks on the family’s east moraine property, the Palojami Ranch. Her love for the mountains, rivers and sky of Eastern Oregon are the driving force in her artwork and in the heart she brings to the Josephy Center. The contrast with the lands and waters of her Olympia, Washington home near the Puget Sound and the Blue and Wallowa regions helps to inform her art and her wide knowledge of and appreciation for the dramatic and bewitching landscapes of the Pacific Northwest.

10672100_10152884814508885_4955007267268074635_nMelissa grew up in Idaho and Southern California, and, following college in Colorado, she moved to the Sun Valley, Idaho area. Here she raised her family, while working for the Sun Valley Company and in the real estate and property management worlds. While living at 6000 feet for over more than two decades, in a place of great natural beauty and serious seasonal changes, Melissa explored the country between the Great Basin and the Rocky Mountains throughout the year. Winters found her moonlight skiing in the Boulder Mountains, and enjoying hot springs along the Salmon River. June was the month for Yellowstone, visiting the spring babies that fill the park in that season. Summers included long weekends and weeks in Wallowa County and places west, all the way to Vancouver Island. All that time she collected and absorbed the images of Pacific Northwest, using them in her later artwork.

Melissa works less these days, acting as office manager for a law firm in Olympia, while she patiently waits for her husband, Al Josephy, to finish his career work there. Her days in Olympia are made busy with chickens, gardens and her two Yorkies. In the meantime she works, paints and travels the region between Montana and Oregon and British Columbia, visiting her family in Boise, Bozeman, and Salem, and absorbing the images and experiences of her beloved Northwest, watching the seasons cycle through these wonderfully varied landscapes she calls home.