Small canvas, great fun


BAKER CITY — This month’s First Friday brings a scavenger of sorts, with 620 works of art for sale and spread between seven venues.

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The second-annual Little Big Show begins at 6 p.m. Aug. 4. All featured art was created on a board measuring 8 inches square, and is priced at $40. Of the 86 participating artists, many created multiple pieces which will be divided between galleries. Entries came from Oregon, Idaho, Nevada and Washington.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit a charity, which varies by location of the venue.

Broderick Gallery

The gallery, at 1802 Main St., will donate proceeds to Doernbecher Children’s Hospital.

Broderick Gallery will have glazed oil still lifes by Herbert Berman, bronze salt licks by Whit Deschner and a box by Kellie Trone on display.

Castle Gallery

At 1933 First St., Castle Gallery sales will benefit Future Farmers of America and will also show works by Phillip Charette and Bill Oyen.

Copper Belt Wine Tasting Rm.

Sales from the wine tasting room at 1937 Main St. will benefit Cub Scout Pack 422 in Keating to help purchase art supplies and support Scout school projects.

Crossroads Carnegie Art Center

Crossroads, at 2020 Auburn Ave., will donate proceeds to the Hand to Heart Scholarship Fund, which enables students to enroll in a class or workshop regardless of financial situation. Little Big Show work will be on display downstairs.

Additionally, Crossroads will feature “The Vanishing West,” an exhibit of 28 black-and-white photographs by Corvallis photographer Rich Bergeman through Aug. 26.

An opening reception will be held from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Aug. 4.

Bergeman’s photographs chronicle the disappearing traces of frontier days on
Columbia Plateau and Northern Great Basin — deserted homesteads, abandoned schoolhouses, and ghost towns giving up their ghosts.  A book containing over 50 images, with end-notes on the histories of each location, will be available for purchase at the reception.

The Crossroads exhibit includes images of old towns, historic ranches and deserted homesteads from the High Desert and mountain mining areas of Eastern Oregon, as well as the Okanogan and Palouse regions of Washington. Formerly prosperous Oregon towns such as Flora, Antelope, Granite, Richmond and Cornucopia are represented.

An exhibiting fine-art photographer for nearly 30 years, Bergeman was an artist-in-residence at Crossroads Carnegie in 2011, when he created the book “Baker County Country,” containing photographs of the county’s history and heritage. He retired from teaching photography and journalism at Linn-Benton Community College in Albany in 2007, and since then has been working full-time on his photography.

The show is sponsored by Rob and Dianne Ellingson, and features music by Marvin Sundean and food by Friends of Crossroads.

Earth & Vine

The restaurant at 2001 Washington Ave. will benefit Ronald McDonald House at Oregon Health and Sciences University.

Peterson’s Gallery

1925 Main St. Sales will benefit the YMCA youth sports programs.

Short Term Gallery

1829 Main St. Proceeds will support two charities — Baker Middle School’s Backpack Program, which provides backpacks of food for hungry families, and the Baker Art Guild to support numerous projects including Chalk It Up To Art and the We Like ‘Em Short Film Festival. The gallery will also feature artists Anne Carr and Zoe West in addition to The Little Big Show.

First Friday participants

Other locations that are open late for First Friday include Eastern Oregon Regional Theatre’s open house of the Baker Orpheum Theater, MAD Habit Boutique, Geiser Grand Hotel, Charlie’s Deli and No. 1911.

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