Quick Takes: Sept. 6, 2017

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Painting exhibit includes Sept. 8 reception

LA GRANDE — Local artist Diana Dominguez will exhibit her paintings in the new Co-op Gallery at Art Center East.

The Co-op Gallery is the only gallery in town that gives local artists the opportunity to curate and install an exhibit of their own work, as well as the ability to display and sell their artworks in a professional gallery setting.

The art of Diana Dominguez will be on display through Sept. 30 with a free opening reception from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 8. In celebration of her birthday, Dominguez is offering her artwork at a lower price for this show. The exhibit and reception are open to the public. 

Art Center East, is situated at 1006 Penn Ave., La Grande. Hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday and noon to 4 p.m. Saturday. For more information visit www.artcentereast.org or call 541-624-2800.


Celebrating Eve Slinker at the Josephy Center

JOSEPH — There will be a celebration of Eve Slinker’s life and work at the Josephy Center at 7 p.m. Sept. 13.

A long-time Wallowa County resident, Slinker passed away recently in Salem.

Slinker was a gifted musician and community activist who decided later in life that she would be a painter — and so she did, going back to school for degrees in art at Eastern Oregon  University and in Portland.

Slinker painted chickens, sheep and homesteads as well as Snake River canyons, Wallowa Mountains, thunderstorms and sunny days. Most of her work included the use of watercolors.

With Dave Jensen, Gary Wishart and Ted “Olaf” Juve, she founded, exhibited in and recruited artists for the Skylight Gallery in the back of the Bookloft in Enterprise.

Slinker was also a founding board member of the Wallowa Valley and Eastern Oregon arts councils, Fishtrap and Wallowa Resources, and she served two terms on the Oregon Arts Commission.

The celebration will include light refreshments and a bit of music by her close friend Gail Swart. Several of Slinker’s paintings will be available for the price of a donation for arts scholarships at the Josephy Center.

For more information, call Cheryl or Rich at the Josephy Center, 541-432-0505.


Auditions held for Shakespeare Co. season

LA GRANDE — The La Grande Shakespeare Company will be holding season auditions from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 12-13 at Looking Glass Books, 1304 Adams Ave., La Grande. Auditioners should prepare a brief 1- to 2-minute monologue from Shakespeare.

The 2017-2018 season includes Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” (Oct. 20-Nov. 5), “Twelfth Night” (April 13-29) and “Measure for Measure” (June 8-24). The program also includes the musical “The Fantasticks” (Feb. 9-17), which will be produced in partnership with the Elgin Opera House, and a One-Act Festival (Dec. 29-
Jan. 14).

All auditioners should call 971-244-3740, email lgshakespeare@aol.com, or visit Looking Glass Books to schedule a time.

Some roles have been pre-cast. All actors cast in the season will be paid for their participation.


Hells Canyon Mule Days entertains whole family

ENTERPRISE — Hells Canyon Mule Days will be three full days of events for the whole family.

Among the fast-action events are pole bending, barrel racing, mule races and the Fast Ass Express. Visitors can also enjoy vendors, exhibitors and western artists throughout the weekend.

The Max Walker Memorial Cowboy Poetry Gathering will start at 6 p.m. Sept. 8 in the Indoor Arena. A suggested $5 donation will benefit the Max Walker Memorial Scholarship Fund.

The pit BBQ dinner, held at 5:30 p.m. Sept. 9, will also raise money for the scholarship fund and will cost $10 for adults and $5 for children ages 6 and younger.

A country music concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Sept. 9 in the Cloverleaf Hall. Well-known country singer and poet Andy Bales will headline, and Robin Dale will open the show. Tickets cost $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Children ages 12 and younger get in for $5.

A Dutch Oven Cook-Off will start at 9 a.m. Sept. 10. For more information, visit www.hellscanyonmuledays.com.


BlueMountaineers plays La Grande Senior Center

LA GRANDE — The BlueMountaineers will perform from 11 a.m. to noon Sept. 5, 12, 19 and 26 at the Union County Senior Center, 1504 N. Albany St., La Grande. The group will also perform during the end of the month dance at the senior center. The dance is from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sept. 23. A finger-food potluck, door prize drawings and George Neer’s homemade ice cream will be available at the event. The cost is $3. Children ages 12 and younger get in for free.


Block party lets public ‘Celebrate La Grande’

LA GRANDE — The annual Celebrate La Grande End of Summer Block Party is set for 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sept. 7 at Max Square, on the corner of Fourth Street and Adams Avenue.

This event offers free hot dogs, soda, ice cream, music, dancing and fire truck rides.

If your non-profit organization would like to participate, contact Haley Hines at  541-786-5285.

Volunteers are needed for set-up and tear down. If interested, contact Dana Wright at 541-786-1041.


Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers perform twice

COVE — The Cove Sportsman Club will host the Blue Mountain Old Time Fiddlers on Sept. 15, and the Rockwall Grange in Elgin will host the group on Sept. 16.

Each evening, dinner is served at 5 p.m. The show begins at 6 p.m. The cost is $5, or $4 with a BMOTF membership card. Ages 12 and younger get in for free.


Will West & The Friendly Strangers touring area

HALFWAY — Will West & The Friendly Strangers, a modern folk, roots, bluegrass and groove sounds band, is currently touring Idaho and Oregon, including a set at Halfway’s Pine Fest.

The group features Carolina-born songwriter Will West. The five-piece band, which is now based in Portland, adds pop sounds and a touch of improvisation to the mix.

Will West & The Friendly Strangers will perform at Pine Fest on Sept. 8 and at Terminal Gravity in Enterprise on Sept. 10. Additional shows include:

  • Great Pacific in Pendleton, tonight
  • John’s Alley in Moscow, Idaho, Sept. 7
  • Pengilly’s in Boise, Idaho, Sept. 9
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