Thursday, February 25, 2010
NEWS RELEASE – 02/02/2010
Chehalem Cultural Center
415 E. Sheridan St.
Newberg, OR, 97132
For immediate release
Community invited to celebrate Chehalem Cultural Center opening
(Newberg, OR) The Chehalem Cultural Center is opening its doors at the end of March and the
public is invited to the celebration. A weeklong series of free events, exhibits and activities a will
highlight the long-awaited opening of the first phase of the cultural center. The initial renovation
transforms the former Central Elementary School into glass and clay studios, kiln areas,
classrooms, a technology room, a recording studio, an art gallery, and meeting space. The
Chehalem Cultural Center is located at 415 E. Sheridan Street, Newberg, Oregon.
Ribbon cutting ceremonies will kick off festivities on March 18th at 3:30pm. Self-guided tours of
the newly renovated 10,000 square foot space will follow until 5pm.
An open house week from March 22-26 at the Chehalem Cultural Center will provide an
opportunity for visitors to drop in to explore what the new center has to offer. Daily afternoon
mini-classes will preview the variety of workshops and classes offered at the Center this spring.
These free mini-classes will provide opportunities to meet instructors and take part in hands-on
projects. Each evening guest lecturers will present a variety of talks on different cultural
subjects, including arts, history and literature. A display of artwork from the Chehalem Cultural
Center teaching staff will be exhibited. An opening reception on Friday, March 26th caps the
open house week with a focus on the Center’s opening exhibition, “Infinite Possibilities.” Ann
Weber, a national renowned artist who weaves ordinary recycled cardboard into towering
shapes, will be on hand to discuss her work.
The Grand Opening Celebration highlights the Chehalem Cultural Center’s open house week on
Saturday, March 27. This event is a community party that runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. and
features live musical performances, guest presentations by Barbara Doyle a local historian,
Alden Kasiewicz, the architect for CCC, Ann Weber, exhibiting artist, Gil Reynolds, glass artist,
and Oregon writer and poet, Barbara Drake. Weber and education coordinator Karen White will
help participants take part in weaving a large community sculpture made of cardboard. Food is
provided by NW Natural.
“We want the community to be a part of this fabulous facility,” said Rick Lee, Chehalem Cultural
Center board president. “It’s a place to come and meet your friends, bring your family to
experience opportunities that inspire and enrich lives.”
Opening festivities for the Chehalem Cultural Center are free and open to the public. The
Chehalem Cultural Center is located at 410 E. Sheridan St. in Newberg. Visit
www.chehalemculturalcenter.org or call 503-487-6883 for a schedule of classes, calendar of
events and details on the week-long opening celebration March 22-27th.
Contact: Robin Anderson
Chehalem Cultural Center Open House Week Event Schedule
Free daily activities all week
Thursday, March 18- Community Ribbon Cutting – 3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26, 2010
1 pm to 4pm – Meet the instructors and enjoy free class demonstration in the Glass
Studio, Clay Studio, Painting Studio, Music Practices Rooms and more!
5:30 pm – Special Guest Presentation
Monday: Mark Terry – Art Department Chair, George Fox University
Tuesday: Karen White – Education Coordinator for Chehalem Cultural
Center and artist
Wednesday: Shannon Ray – Artist and Curator –Community and
Thursday: Historian Barbara Doyle – The History of the Central
Friday: Exhibiting Artist Ann Weber – Reception and gallery tour
Chehalem Cultural Center Grand Opening Schedule of Activities
Saturday, March 27
10 am to 3 pm – Enjoy our Grand Opening with live music and reception, then help to
create a giant community sculpture with help from artists Karen
White and Ann Weber.
Connecting Community with Cultural Lecture Series
10:30 – Barbara Doyle – Transitioning of the Central Elementary School to the
Chehalem Cultural Center
11:30 – Alden Kasiewicz – The architect for the Chehalem Cultural Center
12:30 – Ann Weber – National known artist and featured exhibitor at CCC
1:30 – Gil Reynolds – Contemporary glass artist
2:30 – Barbara Drake – Published poet and talented writer
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
Buddha Getting Out of Dodge, copyright Diane Lou 2010.
It all starts at the end of the line, whether it is an item buried in the bottom of the Goodwill bins or simply some flattened rusty detritus I find on the street. I pick up any item that calls to me, the discards and broken bits of our society, bits that will soon end up in a landfill or which will simply decompose back to organic matter.
What catches my eye? With complete disregard for the function of the item in its previously useful life, a shape, a texture, a color, will call out to me. Is it a squishy black ball with a Starbucks logo on it that will end up dramatically crowning a piece that has been described by some as religious? Will the disembodied doll arm later appear in Coupling? What about the rusted metal iron rest? It becomes a gothic arch in a piece currently in the process of being discovered.
To say that the process is visceral would be completely accurate. At my earliest stage of memory, I recall having an excited “gut” feeling about the visual appearance of certain objects. Even at the age of 3, there was an unexplainable thrill when I first saw the shape of the unusual bobbin that fit in my grandmother’s sewing machine. That same feeling comes to me now when the shape, texture, or construction of an item tugs me in an unexplainable way as it begs to be included in a future piece.
Do I know where I am going when I begin a piece? Never. The container appears first, then I start setting potential ingredients near it as they speak to me. Later I’ll arrange and position and juxtapose the chosen pieces, discarding some and replacing them with others. As the parts and pieces reveal their place in the work, a cohesiveness and a theme also appear without any conscious intent.
The sense of mystery? Although not intentional, it seems a constant. The reward comes when a piece catches the viewer’s eye from a distance, then proceeds to pull him/her in to 5 feet, then 12 inches as each layer and the mysteries contained within are gradually revealed. The mystery intrigues me as well since I never “direct” the piece, but simply let it unfold on its own. Most often, I am stunned or at least surprised by the outcome.
Despite the fact that many of the pieces have a decidedly “dark” tone to them, I think of my process as playful creativity. I never know where I am going, but I do know when I am finished, just like a child who walks away from mudpies or the room filled with building block castles.
Contact me at: http://dianelou-mixedmedia.blogspot.com
Twenty-five years ago Nils Lou decided to have a replica of an 8th century Korean anagama kiln built on the property. Designed by Katsuyuki Sakasume, the kiln is a wood-fired hill-climbing kiln which uses 6 cords of wood for a firing, with 24-hour-a-day stoking for 3-4 days. It can hold 300-500 pots, and requires a week to cool.
The last weekend of February we'll be loading this special commemorative firing, and the following Wednesday night will start the warming fire which will build up to the ultimate temperature of 2400 degrees by some time Saturday.
The kiln has had over 100 firings during the past 25 years, and because it was Nils's vision which created this place of art and community, I (Diane Lou) am commemorating it by putting together a book about the history, the building, the people, and the events that have marked this 25 year period. Participants have contributed their photos and their stories which will be included in the book (created on blurb.com). Babies have been born and grown up during this time, coming to firings year after year, and some of their stories will be included too.
Visit Nils's blog at http://nilslou.blogspot.com
Saturday, February 6, 2010
The image attached below is "Paradise", the triptych at the Allison Hotel. The painting is of particular interest in this specific area as it depicts OUR West Valley as seen from the highpoint at the Delphian School. I was commissioned by the Austin family to show "the Bounty of Oregon" and sought a vista that could say just that. I've taught up at the Delphian School a few times, I knew that the view there was incredible, especially the coast range on the right - I found out after research that the site, at one time a Jesuit Novitiate, was actually selected because it is in view of Mt. Hood - way off to the left, barely visible in the summer due to atmospheric, and modern pollutant, haze. (I chased that mountain all over last summer, trying to get it right).
Willamina is to the right, Sheridan and Newberg beyond to the left, the Yamhill river threads through.
I've taken artistic liberties, planted a vineyard in a hay field in the foreground, a hazelnut orchard on the left, wiped out buildings and 'squished' together the horizontal while expanding the vertical to fit the composition into a statement. the color palate was very strict, the design firm of GGLO out of Seattle laid down some pretty rigid mandates. Made it a challenge that I finally actually enjoyed! It expands over 21 feet - it pleases me that the international clientele of the Hotel will see our valley!
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
I'm a retired Sr VP of an Insurance company, Liberty Northwest
Insurance in Portland, andmy wife and I moved to this community
almost 12 years ago. For the first couple years we gardened,
started a sheep flock, a flock of chickens and that sort
of thing. Some 8 years ago I decided I wanted to try painting
I thought I ought be serious about it so I set up a bedroom
in our house as a studio, made certain that I drew or painted at
least 2-3 hours daily, and scheduledmyself for formal classes at
least every 6 months.
My wife is a Master Knitter and when Boersma's Knit Shop opened
in McMinnville I contributed 10 paintings as decor. They are still up.
About 4-5 years ago Sandi Colvin asked if her gallery, Hidden Treasures,
might represent my work. I agreed and they still do. Four years ago I joined
the Yamhill County Arts Alliance October Tour and have participated
since. I'm a member of the Watercolor Society of Oregon. I've had
work up at several retail outlets on 3rd at different times.
I've also shown at outlets in Newberg and will be there again at a
law firm on the main street Saturday Feb. 5.
Sunday, January 31, 2010
This was the photo that was in the Sheridan Sun this week of some of our local artists, though there are many, many more. Thanks to Cindy at The Sun for her Photoshop expertise in putting two photos together into one. Front L-R: Ruri, Susan Faye, Monica Setziol-Phillips, Susan Ragan and Kim Hamblin. Back: Landry Deese, Shannon Ray, Jess Anderson, Daryl Nelson, Charles Gluskoter, Diane Lou, Nils Lou and Blythe Eastman.