Galleries reveal this month’s exhibits


Screen Shot 2017-05-02 at 11.45.00 AMBAKER CITY — It’s that time of the month again: Baker City’s art galleries open new exhibits for First Friday.

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Brian Sostrom, of Carnation, Washington, will show an exhibition titled “Western Shadows” opening May 5 at Crossroads, 2020 Auburn Ave.

The opening reception begins at 5:30 p.m. with an informal artist talk. The evening will feature live music by Russell Anderson on keyboard and Douglas Anderson on guitar. Light refreshments will be provided by Friends of Crossroads.

Sostrom said he has painted for as long as he can remember. These days, he balances time in the studio with his work creating art for video game apps.

“I always kept painting,” he said. “I’m motivated by experimenting with materials.”

His featured works at Crossroads are landscapes — and waterscapes and cloudscapes — created with acrylic paints on Plexiglas.

“I treat it like watercolors in a way, but thicker,” he said.

Brian Sostrom is the featured artist at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center. Sostrom works with acrylics on Plexiglas.

Brian Sostrom is the featured artist at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center. Sostrom works with acrylics on Plexiglas.

Using Plexiglas, Sostrom said, creates a different dimension for his paintings.

“The light reflects through the surface,” he said.

The nonporous surface does have its challenges, though.

“Whatever marks you make are permanent. It’s an unforgiving surface,” he said.

Broderick Gallery

Walla Walla, Washington, artist Martha Mason will exhibit her works at Broderick Gallery,
1802 Main St. The show opens at 5:30 p.m.

Mason grew up in a small town in Southern California in the early 1950s where the dry landscape and clear colors found expression in her art.

“In making art, I want to create a feeling of atmosphere that relates to the way I see the world: all things beautifully mysterious and melting,” she said. “During the process I am looking for windows of space to open up as I build layers. These windows make possible the tension in the space and add to the ambiguity and the sense of transparency that I love.”

Short Term Gallery

For the month of May, Short Term Gallery will show the photographs of featured artist, Theresa Uriarte. Scenes include nighttime shots of the Milky Way above Gunsight Mountain at Anthony Lake.

The gallery will also continue showing wildlife watercolors by Rebecca Litke, and works by the 35 local artists who display work at the gallery.

The opening starts at 5:30 p.m. with food, wine and punch.

Peterson’s Gallery

Peterson’s, 1925 Main St., will feature Western photographer Jerry Kencke for the month of May, beginning with a reception at 6 p.m.

Kencke has been the recipient of multiple awards for his work. In recent years, that includes the 2015 People’s Choice Award and 2014 Winner of the NW Cultural Heritage Award at the Wallowa Valley Arts Festival in Joseph, as well as “Best of Show” for several years in the Twin Falls Art in the Park.

His show at Peterson’s demonstrates an understanding, appreciation and affection for the great American West and the ranching and farming communities.

“I enjoy capturing the dusty excitement of local rodeos, life of Basque sheepherders, nature’s unexpected beauty in the lines, patterns and shadows of this rugged land and the flowers that offset the harshness,” he said. “I try to show the beauty of Western life around us, helping all of us to see its truth before it is gone.”

Copper Belt Wine Tasting

Mary Davies Kerns will showcase acrylics and pastels that “depict her love of ranch life in Eastern Oregon.” The Wine Tasting Room is located at 1937 Main St.

Open House

Compass Real Estate will have an open house from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at 1917 Court St. and show artwork by Bettie Towner.

Other locations

The Geiser Grand Hotel, MAD Habit Boutique, Dot & Rosie’s, No. 1911, Sweet Wife Baking, Earth & Vine and Debbie Does are also participating in this month’s First Friday.

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