2-year traveling show concludes in Baker City

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Screen Shot 2017-05-31 at 1.36.04 PMBAKER CITY — Baker City is the final stop for the show “Blending Poetry and Cloth,” an exhibit that has traveled around Oregon for two years. It opens at 5:30 p.m. June 2 at Crossroads Carnegie Art Center, 2020 Auburn Ave.

An informal talk with artist Diane Born begins at 5:30 p.m. For the evening, David Salo will provide live music and the Friends of Crossroads are supplying light refreshments.

For this show, the Studio Art Quilt Associates invited submissions of quilts that referenced a piece of poetry, a song or a quotation. Of the 70 entries, 38 were juried into the traveling show.

Leotie Richards is one of the exhibit curators who helped develop the theme.

“This one struck us as particularly dynamic,” she said. “Many artists through history have been friends with poets, or inspired by poets.”

If a quilter used actual words from a poem, the written work had to pre-date 1920 to avoid copyright infringement. Richards said most of the quilts used a poem as inspiration, and “lean toward a fine art, and are pictorial or abstract.”

All poems are referenced in the show catalog.

“The show’s been very well received,” Richards said. “When you see it, you’ll be intrigued.”

The SAQA’s next traveling show, titled “Bridges,” will start in the fall.

“As soon as one show closes, another starts up,” Richards said.

Short Term Gallery


“The Last Diety Web” is among the pieces that will be featured during Baker City’s First Friday Art Walk. The piece will be on display at Short Term Gallery.

Surrealist painter and fabric artist Carol Connett will show her works at Short Term Gallery, 1813 Main St., from June 1 to Aug. 2. The gallery will be open late for the First Friday art walk, June 2.

Connett’s work is described as exploring “the connections between nature, humanity, dreams and the subconscious.”

Her works include acrylic paintings and fabric wall hangings that incorporate acrylics.

Broderick Gallery

For June, Broderick Gallery will exhibit a show titled “Summer Color,” featuring Cuban artists from Havana, Cuba.

The gallery, located at 1802 Main St., will stay open until 8 p.m. for First Friday on June 2.

Peterson’s Gallery

During June, Peterson’s Gallery will focus on “Starting Summer” with a selected collection of pieces by various local and regional artists “that best reflect the summer season in Eastern Oregon,” Davey Peterson said.

Also, the gallery’s summer menu of chocolates, flavors and drinks will be available starting June 2.

Orpheum Theater

This theater, which is under construction at 1821 Main St., will be open during First Friday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. for tours and a clothing/costume sale.

Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre is in the process of renovating the building, which
will become Baker Orpheum Theatre.

Various downtown businesses stay open late during the First Friday art walk, including Copper Belt Winery tasting room, Debbie Does, MAD Habit Boutique, Dot & Rosie, Sweet Wife Baking, Earth & Vine, No. 1911 and the Geiser Grand gift shop.

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