The East Oregonian Gallery at the Pendleton Center for the Arts will take on a distinctly urban look this month, as selected artists from PDX CONTEMPORARY ART take over the 1800 square foot space in the renovated Carnegie library building. The Portland gallery, situated in the heart of the Pearl District, represents some of the most well-regarded artists in the country. The exhibit, titled PDX -> PDT opens on Friday, July 7 with a reception from 5:30 - 7:00 pm. The event is free and open to the general public.
Gallery owner Jane Beebe selected twenty-one artists to participate in the exhibit, which runs through July 29. She’s used to taking artists’ work on the road for contemporary events like Pulse Art Fair in Miami, VOLTA NY, or Art Market San Francisco, but this will be the first time a group of represented artists will have work travel to the Round Up City.
“We wanted the Pendleton community to be able to have the experience of walking into one of the best contemporary galleries in the country,” said executive director Roberta Lavadour. “This selection of artists is pretty much a dream team of contemporary art in the northwest, made by artists from across the country and beyond.”
Featured artists include Anna Gray + Ryan Wilson Paulsen, Amjad Faur, Bean Finneran, Ellen George, Johannes Girardoni, Elizabeth Knight, James Lavadour, D.E. May, Kristen Miller, Wes Mills, Megan Murphy, Vanessa Renwick, Tad Savinar, Adam Sorensen, Barbara Stafford, Storm Tharp, Terry Toedtemeier, Gus Van Sant, Molly Vidor, Nell Warren, Marie Watt and Masao Yamamoto. Several artists in the group are recipients of the prestigious Hallie Ford Fellowship in the Visual Arts and some have been invited to show their work in exhibits like the Whitney Biennial and the Venice Biannale.
Opened in 1996, PDX CONTEMPORARY ART is one of the Pearl District’s most forward-thinking commercial galleries. Representing artists both local and international, Beebe strives to mix conceptual work with more personal offerings that are “both intellectually and visually satisfying.”
The switch from the Arts Center’s usual Thursday evening exhibit opening night to a Friday date was on account of the gallery’s Pearl District activities. PDX CONTEMPORARY ART will open its own group exhibit titled “Dislocation” on Portland’s long-standing First Thursday.
The Arts Center partnered with Susan Bower of Eastern Oregon Business Source to be able to make the event a reality. With the help of the sponsorship, admission to the exhibit is free for visitors of all ages.
Pendleton Center for the Arts
214 North Main Street
Pendleton, Oregon 97801
Tuesday - Friday 10am - 4pm
Saturday noon - 4pm