Thursday, December 18, 2014


Esvelt Gallery in the Arts Center on the campus of Columbia Basin College, Pasco, WA
OPENING RECEPTION:  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 7, 2015 7:30 pm – 8:30 pm
Artist Talk: immediately preceding the reception, January 7, 2015 6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
GALLERY HOURS:  M-Th: 8 am – 8:30 pm, F: 8 am – 12 pm, Sa/Su: Closed, or by appointment
Esvelt Gallery is always FREE and OPEN to the public
Washington-based artist, Andy Behrle, is pleased to announce a solo exhibition of new sculptures to be on display at Columbia Basin College’s Esvelt Gallery in Pasco, Washington throughout the month of January, 2015.  Titled, frequency, the exhibition will feature new works inspired by the movement of water, the invisible world of radio waves, and the breathtaking natural light of the Yakima Valley and Columbia Basin.  
Since relocating to the Northwest after a stop in Alabama and years working in the museum world and teaching Sculpture courses in metro-Phoenix, Arizona, Behrle’s artwork has been transformed by his new surroundings.  frequency will feature a new body of work which combines the shells of antique radios and phonographs with mid-century tube electronics and cutting edge digital technologies to investigate ways to see sounds and listen to light.  This exhibition will also debut a portion of a large, immersive digital projection screen in the form of a twenty (20) foot geodesic dome- a project made possible in part by a 2013 “Grant for Artist Project” awarded by Artist Trust (a Pacific Northwest non-profit that financially supports artists and artist projects).  Imagine a sort of planetarium in which viewers are surrounded by moving images of water rushing through the Hanford Reach.  Together these seemingly disparate types of artwork encourage viewers to experience our natural world in news ways with the hope of stimulating more extra-worldly ideas. 
Andy Behrle (b. 1977 Lawrence, MA) received a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art and Philosophy & Religion from Elmira College in Elmira, NY in 1999.  In 2003, Behrle received his Master of Fine Arts degree from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona.  While in Arizona, Behrle worked for various galleries and art museums in the metro-Phoenix area including Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art, Arizona Museum for Youth (now i.d.e.a Museum), and Calvin Charles Gallery as an exhibits coordinator, installer, builder, designer, and curator.  While developing skills as a museum professional, Behrle also taught beginning through advanced coursework in Sculpture at Scottsdale Community College in Scottsdale, Arizona.
In 2009, Behrle moved to Birmingham, Alabama where he worked for the Birmingham Museum of Art and Birmingham Children’s Theatre while re-establishing his personal art practice.  While living in the South, galleries in Tallahassee, Florida; Gadsden, Alabama; and New Orleans, Louisiana hosted solo exhibitions of Behrle’s art.  In this time, Behrle was also honored with an award from the Huntsville Museum of Art in Huntsville, Alabama; an Artist Residency at Tulane University’s A Studio in the Woods; and inclusion of a large sculpture in Grand Rapid, Michigan’s ArtPrize 2012.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Leo Adams: Eastern Light

November 2, 2014 - February 22, 2015
Curated by Barbara Matilsky and Patricia Leach
The paintings of renowned Yakima-based artist and designer Leo Adams express his unique vision of nature and the landscape surrounding his celebrated home, itself an ever-evolving work of art. The show features work from private collectors as well as new paintings made by the artist exclusively for the exhibition.

Leo Adams
Untitled, 56 × 42 in., 1992
Image courtesy of Marquand Books, Seattle

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Thursday, November 13, 2014

Call for Artists

A national juried exhibit where I-90 meets I-82

Call Type: Exhibition
Eligibility: National
City: Ellensburg
State: Washington
Entry Fee: $35 flat fee for up to 3 artworks
Event Dates: February 24—March 15, 2015
Entry Deadline: December 15, 2014

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery at Central Washington University, located in Ellensburg, Washington, will host the inaugural INTERSTATE juried exhibit. All proceeds from this national, bi-annual exhibition will support student scholarships in the CWU Department of Art.

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery, founded in 1969, is dedicated to contemporary art exhibits and related outreach programs that enhance, engage, and challenge the viewer’s knowledge and understanding of art. The Gallery also presents artists and viewers alike with opportunities to explore culturally diverse ideas in an academic environment.

Juror: Michael Rooks, Wieland Family Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art, High Museum of Art, Atlanta, Georgia
Michael Rooks joined the High Museum of Art in January 2010. Also in 2010, Rooks was appointed Commissioner and co-curator of the U.S. Pavilion at the 12th International Architecture Exhibition, La Biennale di Venezia. Prior to joining the High Museum, Mr. Rooks held curator positions at the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, The Contemporary Museum Honolulu, and the Honolulu Academy of Arts.

The juror will select all of the awards:

  • First Place: $500 and a solo exhibition during the 2015/2016 or 2016/2017 academic year
  • Second Place: $300
  • hird Place: $200
  • Sarah Spurgeon Gallery Honorable Mentions (3)

Entry Procedure and Fees:
Entries must be submitted on or before December 15, 2014

  • All entries must be submitted online at
  • There is a $35 flat fee to enter up to three artworks.
  • All fees are non-refundable and payable by credit card or check through
  • One image or video file may be submitted per artwork.
  • Upload requirements for files must follow all CaFÉ parameters.


  • Open to artists over the age of 18 working in all 2-dimensional, 3-dimensional, and video formats.  (Installation is not eligible for this exhibition.) 
  • Works created/completed as a student are not eligible.
  • Only original works, where the artist is the sole copyright holder, will be accepted.
  • Substitutions of specific works selected during the jurying process will not be allowed.

All work must be ready to display with clear installation instructions:

  • Framed 2-dimensional pieces must include a wire that supports the weight of the work.
  • Plexiglas only, no glass frames will be accepted.
  • Unframed works on paper may be hung using clips or magnets provided by the artist.
  • 3-dimensional work that is intended to be hung on the wall must include a secure hanging device.

Size Restrictions:
Works cannot exceed 4 ft. in any direction or weigh more than 70 lbs.

Results of the jurying will be sent by email on or before January 12, 2015. 

Accepted Work:
All accepted work must arrive by February 13, 2015.

  • Accepted artists will receive a loan agreement contract form and instructions for shipping or hand delivery.
  • Shipping costs and insurance are the responsibility of the artist. The Gallery requests that artists use UPS or FedEx for shipping. 
  • Shipping materials must be reusable and a pre-paid return-shipping label is mandatory.
  • All accepted work must remain at the gallery for the duration of the exhibit.

Insurance coverage will be provided while works are on the premises of the Sarah Spurgeon Gallery. The Gallery cannot assume responsibility for any loss or damage to works in transit. The Gallery reserves the right to reproduce accepted artwork for publicity and educational purposes connected with the exhibition.

The Sarah Spurgeon Gallery does not charge commission or process sales. Any inquiries about sales will be courteously referred to the artist or the artist’s representative.

The CWU Sarah Spurgeon Gallery will host an opening reception on February 24, 2015, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. All artists are welcome to attend.

Contact Information: 
Heather Horn Johnson
Manager, Sarah Spurgeon Gallery
Department of Art
Central Washington University
400 East University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926-7564
Phone: 509.963.3153

CaFÉ.org technical questions: 888.562.7232

Sunday, October 26, 2014

The Forbidden City:
Inside the Court of China's Emperors

October 18, 2014 to January 11, 2015
Vancouver Art Gallery

Friday, October 24, 2014

On November 1, 2014, the Larson Gallery at Yakima Valley Community College will open the 59th Annual Central Washington Artists’ Exhibition.  83 artworks were chosen by guest juror Michael D’Alessandro;  created by 53 artists from Yakima, Benton, Kittitas, and Walla Walla counties.  The chosen pieces are in a variety of media including acrylic, ceramic, watercolor, glass, jewelry, monoprint, collage, fiber, oil, photography, ink, charcoal, enamel, metals, mixed media, and wood.   The exhibit will open with a reception on Saturday, November 1, from 3-5pm.  Admission to the reception and exhibit is free and open to the public.  The exhibit will continue through December 6, 2014.

83 artists throughout the central Washington region submitted 211 pieces of artwork for this year’s juried exhibition.  Michael D’Alessandro, the juror for this year’s show is the new, and first, executive director of the Northwind Arts Center in Port Townsend, Washington.  Michael earned his MFA in creative writing at Naropa University and then moved into a career in arts publications after a dozen years as an architect. He served as Community Resource Coordinator and Development Assistant for the Independent Publishing Resource Center in Portland, a non-profit arts organization specializing in resources for writers, publishers, artists and printers. He has taught creative writing and letterpress printing at the college level and has also worked at the Froelick Gallery in Portland.

At 4pm, during the opening reception, 19 awards will be presented totaling $4,120.  Awards sponsors include Shields Bag & Printing, Larson Gallery Guild, Kurt & Melissa Labberton, Heritage University, Peggy Lewis, Leo Adams, Allied Arts, Baha’i Faith of Yakima, Marcia Blevins, Gasperetti’s, YVCC President’s Award, Delma Tayer, Rob & Michelle Wyles, Yakima Valley Society of Artists, Jeffrey Reynolds, Bruce Simpson & Denali Granholm, Bob Villbrandt, and Oak Hollow.  This exhibition is also made possible through the generous support from Shields Bag & Printing, Christian & Janet Schlect, Heritage University, and Memorial Hospital & Memorial Physicians.

This year’s accepts artists are Karen Allen, Deborah Ann, Gary Bailey, Janice L. Baker, Becky Blair, Margaret Cato, Mindy Clark, Darwin Davis, Judith A. Dilley, Erik Dodge, Rachel Dorn, Eve Draper, Dena Elzie, Robert A. Fisher, Carol Fletcher, W.D. Frank, Laura Gable, Justin Gibbens, Terri Grant, David Hagen, Cheryl H. Hahn, T.A. Harris, Carol Hassen, Mike Hiler, Judy Hurcomb, Anne Hysell, Jerry Johnson, Kathryn Kaye, Eunsil Kim, McKenzie Lakey, Judith Markham, Kelly McKnight, Kristen Michael, Gary Miller, Pat & Karen Miller, Matt Morgan, Richard Nicksic, Jackie Niemi, Jan Nilsson, April Ottey, Julie Prather, Jackie Prout, Jeffrey M. Reynolds, Joseph Schliesman, Gayle Scholl, Penn O. Shelton, Shari Stoddard, Katherine Sylvan, Delma Tayer, Harry Thompson, Barbara Thrall, Thelma Triplett, and Sandra Westford

Thursday, October 23, 2014

 Tom Hausken: in media res 
OPENING RECEPTION: WED, OCT 29, 2014 5:30-7:30 PM 
Free and open to the public always 

Gallery hours: TH & F 12-6 pm, SA 1-4 pm or by appointment 

YAKIMA, Washington – September 26, 2014 – Tom Hausken: in media res, will mark the first solo-artist exhibition in the main gallery of the Yakima Light Project Gallery at The Seasons Performance Hall in downtown Yakima, Washington. Inspired by the natural light of the Yakima Valley and the writing of revered Yakima native, Raymond Carver, Hausken’s new paintings explore the beauty of the area and investigate the depths of the artist’s emotions. 

A recent transplant to the Yakima area, Hausken brings his experience of 25 years of painting professionally in New York, NY and Seattle, WA to the Yakima Valley. Two years into his new life in Yakima, Hausken has found a new palette that has been influenced directly by living here and watching light in nature change with each passing sunrise and sunset. Combined with his long refined techniques of layering coats of paints and lacquers, the influence of the new color palette has pushed his artwork to new boundaries. 

Hausken’s process involves starting paintings on large pieces of artist-board. Inspired by words, phrases, and paragraphs taken directly from the writings of Raymond Carver, Hausken applies paints that drip freely or build rich surfaces. This language of texture is a personal one for the artist. The layers and subsequent scraping of dried paint tell a story that is not universally deciphered by all who stand in front of his paintings. The simplicity of the shapes and forms he paints allow viewers to get lost in thought. As paintings evolve on the studio walls, the artist often rotates a painting to make drips run horizontally. With other paintings, Hausken will cut a large painting into many smaller panels - creating new compositions and completed works of art. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Yakima Hearing and Speech Center Benefit

To:  Artists

Benefit: Yakima Hearing and Speech Center

Sunnyside community Hospital Foundation is sponsoring a fine art sale to benefit Yakima Hearing & Speech Center, the newest complement to Sunnyside community hospitals goal improved regional health.

We have a great venue for area artists to sell their work.

All art will be appropriately display; you set the sales price for your piece.

The cost of the artist is 15% of your sets price.  ($100 sale = $50 to artist, $50 to YH&SC); We have a great auctioneer!

Income from all sales benefit the Yakima Hearing and Speech Center.

Date:  Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm
Place: The Mini Mall, 214 South Sixth Street, Sunnyside
Refreshments: hors d’oeuvres, beer, wine, coffee

Of course, if you wish to donate a piece to benefit YH&S  for sale and/or auction, we gladly accept your kind offer….!

Venue, amenities are donated ….  It will be a lot of fun and, hopefully, profitable for participating artists, galleries, ….. and YH&SC.  We hope that you will join us!

Bill Flower 837-1337

Friday, September 19, 2014

Windows Alive!

Last year, the Yakima Arts Commission, an advisory group appointed by the Yakima City
Council, developed an idea to harness the creativity of Central Washington artists to help
invigorate windows of empty downtown storefronts by displaying their work as part of a new
project called, “Windows Alive!”. Based on similar projects that have proven successful in other
cities, “Windows Alive!” is part of an ongoing effort to bring new life and activity to Downtown

Following a submission and evaluation process that took place earlier this summer, six
outstanding artists from the region were chosen to be part of the 2014 “Windows Alive!”
exhibition, which will run from September 26th through January 25th. To kickoff the project’s fall
exhibition, a reception will be held on Friday, September 26th from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm on the
first floor of the JEM Building located at 321 East Yakima Avenue. The six artists chosen to
display their work through January 25th of next year will be on hand at the reception to talk about
their pieces and to help explain the concept of the “Windows Alive!” project.

“Empty windows in unoccupied storefronts send a message that isn’t very positive,” said Yakima
Cheryl Hahn who is chairperson for this year's "Windows Alive!" project. “The idea behind
‘Windows Alive!’ is to fill those storefront windows with beautiful art and create a more engaging
and vibrant environment downtown. The project also gives local artists a wonderful opportunity
to showcase their work,” said Hahn.

The six artists who were chosen for “Windows Alive!”, each of whom received a $250 stipend,
are Lynda Adams (digital media prints), Gretchen Bartz (painting), Alice Beckstrom (glass) ,
Carol Fletcher (fiber art), Craig Hotchkiss (sculpture installation), and Christie Tirado
(serigraphs, woodblock prints and linocuts). After the first displays complete their four-month
run in January, they will be replaced with a new set of displays that will go up in February.
In addition to the contributions made to the project by the Yakima Arts Commission, support has
also been provided by the City of Yakima, JEM Development, Inc., Stems, Gasperetti's, Action
Window Cleaning, David Lynx and the Yakima Bindery.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Many Waters: Artists from Walla Walla

On Saturday, September 13, 2014, Larson Gallery will open with Many Waters: Artists from Walla Walla from 3:00 – 5:00pm.  This exhibit will continue through October 18, 2014.

Sunset Orchards by Leslie Cain

“Walla Walla” translates as many waters in Sahaptin and illustrates the varied streams of ideas expressed by the artists of Walla Walla.  Exhibiting artists include Juventino Aranda, Leslie Cain, Wayne Chabre, Daniel Forbes, Sarrah Lynne Havens, Anne Hysell, Ben Lerchin, Penny Michel, Frank Munns, Candace Rose, Diana Schmidt, Rachel Smith, Cass Spangrude, Ralph Trethewey, and Sara Wyman.  David Lynx, director of the Larson Gallery, served as gallery assistant, then as director of Sheehan Gallery at Whitman College in Walla Walla from 1987-1992.  He is excited to share the work of artists he has known, and new artists that are producing work in Walla Walla.  His assistant during his tenure at Whitman College was Leslie Cain, who is one of the featured artists in this exhibit. Daniel Forbes, who is now director of the Sheehan Gallery, was a former senior art thesis student who Lynx was acquainted with while directing Sheehan Gallery.  This show will also show works by Frank Munns, who passed away in January 2013.  Frank Munns curated an exhibit at the Sheehan Gallery for David Lynx, and Lynx filmed Munns in his studio - with original music score by Jose Rambaldi. Sara Wyman served as a juror for Allied Arts 46th Annual Juried Art Exhibit.  This exhibit will feature a wide variety of media including sculpture, painting, video, installation, and printmaking

Monday, September 8, 2014

SELFIE: A Community Conversation on Identity

Reading the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center newsletter, this article caught my eye, and thought I would share it with you.  Many artists have done self-portraits, and the current trend is to do a "selfie".  Although I have never done either, I think this might be a fun challenge.
The following information is from the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center:

"The self portrait, an essential exercise for any artist, is the ultimate act of self expression and technical skill. While the allure of self-portraiture is nothing new, the digital “selfie” has broken the barriers of traditional visual art mediums. In one quick snap, the selfie is one of the simplest images anyone can take. While the media may be as commonplace as smartphones, as our society spends more and more time living online, selfie-portraiture will continue to evolve.

Ultimately the selfie, like traditional self portraits, is a form of self-branding. The genre is becoming more than just showing off a new haircut or outfit. These images are about the creators themselves, deeply personal and increasingly revealing.

Join the Moses Lake Museum & Art Center as we present Selfie: A Community Conversation on Identity. The gallery installation will feature self portraits in any media (including, but not limited to, acrylic, ceramic, drawing, fiber, glass, metal, mixed media, non-traditional materials, oil, photography, print, watercolor, wood and, of course, selfies). Works may be representational likenesses or non-representational conceptual ideas of the self. Get ready to reinvigorate the genre of self portraits, and accept our invitation for exploration, discovery and conversation. Get to know yourself, perfect strangers and perhaps, snap a selfie or two."

For more information

Wednesday, September 3, 2014


, 2014
ink on wood


September 5-27,2014
Opening Reception: Friday September 5, 5-7PM
Artist in Attendance

“Allegory” is a study of how past cultures have created stories to form understanding about the mysterious animals they shared the earth with.  Throughout time, it is apparent humans only find understanding in the way they themselves interact with their surrounding world. So to explain these animals they have often have given them human or even god like attributes to give them significance and meaning.  Through a muted pallet of ink in the series “Allegory” represents these past understandings, as well as the artists, through an exploration of violent and literal storytelling.

Gallery One Visual Arts Center
408 N Pearl Street
Ellensburg, WA 98926

Friday, March 21, 2014

Coming Soon to the Larson Gallery. An art program luncheon.

On April 27, 2014 there will be a luncheon at the Larson Gallery where Ann Bowker and Sally Fitch will present a program about the textiles and fabrics they have gathered from their world travels.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Coming Soon to the Larson Gallery.

Now Showing - Functional Art:  The Wine Country Home.
March 7 - April 19, 2014

Dova Exhibition: A show of YVCC student art.
May 6 - May 31, 2014

Tour Of Artists Homes & Studios, May 17, 2014.
This year the participants will be:
Leo Adams, Sue Grimshaw, Tom Hausken, Brian Holtzinger, Goathead Press, and collector home of Cliff and Janie Plath.

Membership Arts & Crafts Show.
June 13 - July 3, 2014.
If you are a member of the Larson Gallery Guild you may inter one piece of art in this show free of charge.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Functional Art: The Wine Country Home. March 7 - April 19, 2014

Just a few of the items to be seen at the Functional Art show in the Larson Gallery.
Opening Friday, March 7.  5 - 7 PM

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Now Showing at Oak Hollow Gallery - Monika Lemmon.

New paintings by Monika Lemmon, ceramics by Jacob Commodore.
Jan. 28 - April 5, 2014
Artists" Reception
Saturday, Feb. 8 - 2:00 - 4:00