Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Crossroads Carnegie
Art Center

Current Exhibits

Place/Making: A Four-Way Conversation

Place/Making: A Four-Way Conversation

Starting: March 1st

“Place/Making: A Four-Way Conversation” a group exhibit of four artists whose work is connected by place. While perspectives, backgrounds and mediums are very diverse, we are all influenced by our surroundings in rural eastern Oregon. Nika Blasser, a multi-disciplinary artist with a focus on exploring the properties of materials; Shari Dallas, an abstract painter, whose work in oil and graphite on masonite reflects her surroundings; Roberta Lavadour, a book artist who uses diverse material to explore memory and storytelling; and Lori Sams, a fiber artist who translates the expressive quality of line with hand-sewn drawings. All four women live, work and create in Pendleton, Oregon. Together, they formed an art group to provide a much needed creative support network for one another which offers feedback, sharing of ideas and discussions on art related topics in the rural eastern Oregon town. The exhibit will be on display March 1st through Friday, March 29th.

Past Exhibits

January 4th 2019

We welcome art students from around the county to our Annual Student Art Show. This year we will be featuring the artwork of Baker High School, Burnt River and students of Crossroads art classes. Baker High students will be displaying a diverse array of work, including Micrography portraits. Micrography is the art or technique of writing with extremely small characters to create a picture. In this instance the students have used small words and characters to draw self portraits. BHS students will also be exhibiting projects in clay, fused glass, and some intriguing agamograph drawings. On display by the students from Burnt River will be pencil drawings and small scale acrylic paintings. We are excited to have the Burnt River students participating again after a short break from the annual show. Crossroads students may be exhibiting work created in one or more classes or workshops offered at Crossroads. Students have had opportunities to create artwork in acrylic, watercolor, pastel and oil painting classes, taught by Becky Litke, Paul Hoelscher, Amy VanGaasbeck, Antonia Carriere and Sam Collett, as well as ceramic classes taught by Mo Quinn, Shannon Gray and Aaron Frohnmayer. Jenna Lechner, artist and instructor from Portland taught classes in paper quilling, pet portraiture and botanical illustration. Students also learned how to use polymer clay like Fimo or Sculpey to create Fairies and other woodland creatures by local artist Dawn-Marie deLara. Terri Axness held her annual raku workshop at the Muddy Creek Studio in Haines, where students were taught five different raku techniques. We hope to see student work from many of these classes and to inspire new students to take a step and take a class!

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ABSTRACTS & PATTERNS - The Art of Seeing

ABSTRACTS & PATTERNS - The Art of Seeing

February 1st 2019

Every month Crossroads Carnegie Art Center opens a new art exhibit in the main gallery area upstairs in the 110 year old Carnegie Library. This month, February, we are very excited and pleased to announce a two-man show featuring award winning photographer, Jerry Kencke and local woodworking artist, David Mespelt. Mespelt, has been woodworking since age 11 and began exhibiting only one year ago. Currently he has collectors in Texas, Sun River, Oregon, Boise, and a handful in Baker City. Mespelts woodworking pieces are unique and beautiful. With careful thought, consideration, and insight given to the type of wood, David creates sculptures from found drift wood and felled trees, to small trays and plates made from the straight grain fir bleachers which were once used in the Baker High School gymnasium. Mespelt work is both practical and functional, like wood platters for everyday use or three dimension or two dimensional abstract art ready to display on a special shelf or wall. Jerry Kencke is a lifelong resident of Idaho and for the past 40 plus years he has used his camera to record the beauty, excitement and rugged scenes of the western life he has come to cherish. Jerry was named a "Western Masters Artist in 2013. He is the first and only photographer ever accepted in this fine art organization's 40-year history and partnership with the Charles M. Russell museum in Great Falls, Montana. Kencke has always been fascinated by the unusual when he is traveling. "The purest forms of abstract are all around us. The challenge is to see the pattern and formless shapes within our surrounds, to see more than just what we recognize and name as rock, trees, sky water." -Jerry Kencke.

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Christmas at Crossroads - The Gift of Art

Christmas at Crossroads - The Gift of Art

December 7th 2018

The Christmas at Crossroads Open Gift Show features the artwork of approximately 15 local and regional artists. Come in and see fine arts and crafts, small prints, jewelry, pottery, original tree ornaments, holiday cards, calendars and high quality local hand-crafted gifts. We have beautiful fused glass pendant necklaces starting at $12, leather earrings, ceramic barrettes, pendants and earrings. Fresh cedar satchels, eco-dyed silk scarves, porcelain bowls and mugs, watercolor, oil and acrylic paintings, cute little tree toppers and adorable ceramic gnomes! Merry Christmas and thank you for your support of the arts!

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