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First Friday Reception January 5th, 6:00 – 8:00pm

Sharon Poppleton of Albany is the featured artist for January at Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. W. in downtown Albany.

An artists reception from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, January 5, will include the works of Poppleton and 18 other mid-valley artists. Wine, beer and snacks will be served.

For the month of January, Gallery Calapooia will feature the watercolor landscapes of Sharon Poppleton, whose paintings of Oregon have graced our community for many years.

Sharon’s choice of watercolor for on-location painting is an unusual one. Time limits, imposed by light and weather, make outdoor painting a challenge in every medium, but Sharon says that “plein air painting is freer than studio painting” and she enjoys the spontaneity of watercolor in the field. While she usually finishes the paintings in her studio, they begin outdoors in the places where she finds her inspiration, like Silver Falls.

Since a watercolorist is working on white paper, the brilliance of that surface shines through and gives the painting an internal light. Sharon limits the number of layers of paint, so that this light comes through in her work. She chooses the colors of sky and water – Cobalt and Ultramarine Blue, and contrasts with warm tones like Alizarin Crimson and Burnt Sienna.

Over a lifetime of painting, Sharon has learned to edit her view and find her focal point in a large and confusing landscape. She locates that focus, not in the center of the painting, but asymmetrically to make a more interesting composition. “I learned to draw, not just what you see, but to paint what’s in your memory and your mind – to see what you may not realize is there at first glance. I like to have something in there that is inspiring to the viewer – spark a memory, see a color that is emotional to them…to send a message about nature that the viewer can appreciate – what we need to have and what we can do without.”

Sharon’s show will open on January 5th with our First Friday opening from 6pm – 8pm, and continue through January 27th.

Gallery Calapooia artists will show their work at the Main branch of the Albany Public Library from January 2, 2018 through February 27, 2018. A variety of work will be on display, including watercolor paintings, calligraphy, monoprints and linocuts, vinyl images, glass wall hangings and more.

The Library is located at 2450 14 th Ave SE, in Albany, near the Heritage Mall. Gallery Calapooia artists’ work will be displayed throughout the 2 nd floor. The main branch of the Albany Library is open from 10 am to 8 pm, Monday through Wednesday, from 10 am to 6 pm, Thursday and Friday, and from 1 pm to 5 pm on Saturday and Sunday.

We hope you have the chance to see the work at the Library. The Library is an excellent venue for large works that are displayed less frequently at the Gallery due to space constraints, so you may see some work in the Library show you have not seen before.

The Library is always looking for community artists to show in their space. If you or someone you know is interested in showing at the Library, contact LaRee Dominguez at laree.dominguez@cityofalbany.net

The innovative and always surprising cut vinyl artwork of GC artist Bill Thompsonwill be on display at Sybaris Bistro January 2018. 442 W 1st Ave, Albany, OR 97321 throughout the month of January.

Gallery Calapooia’s community – wide art exhibit: “Big Show of Little Art” February 2018

Entries are due January 19, 20 or 21 

Gallery Calapooia invites artists of all levels to participate in its first-ever community-wide art show, celebrating the art of the Albany community and surrounding area. The “Big Show of Little Art” will be open to everyone. It will be non-juried and free to enter. Each artist may enter two pieces. All artwork must be 8” x 8” or, in the case of 3-D, 8”x 8”x 8”.
Artists and their fans are invited to attend a community-wide reception from 6-8 PM on Feb. 2, 2018. The “Big Show of Little Art” will be featured at Gallery Calapooia during the entire month of February, 2018, providing a great opportunity to find the perfect gift for your Valentine.
Please use the links below to download the necessary forms. The entry form is a fillable form, so you can type your information into the fields on your computer and then print it out. Or, if you prefer, the form can be printed and filled out by hand.Bring the Entry Form to Gallery Calapooia, 222 First Ave. West, along with your entries, January 19 or 20 noon – 6pm or January 21 2pm – 6pmEntry forms and information are also available at


Gallery Calapooia 8 X 8 Call to Artists

Gallery Calapooia 8 X 8 Entry Form

8” x 8” canvases, canvas boards and cradle boards can be purchased from
The Frame House, 434 W 1st Ave, Albany, OR 97321


Thanks For Your Support!

Gallery Calapooia is now in its fifth year of operation and we thank you for your support. Your visits to the gallery, attendance at our monthly First Friday receptions, and purchases of art work have made our gallery a success. We couldn’t have done it without you.

As we look ahead to 2018 and our dreams for partnering with the Albany community in support of the arts, we invite you to consider making an end-of-year, tax-deductible donation to the gallery which is a non-profit, 501(c)(3). Our plans for the new year include expanding our outreach to the public with our February Big Show of Little Art to showcase the art of members of the community. This free, non-juried show will be open to all ages. (see related story) We will also continue to sell tote bags to raise funds for public art. 100% of the profits goes to the public art fund. It’s a great way to get a sturdy tote bag and support the arts.

Gallery Calapooia was organized in 2013 to encourage the creation, showing, sale and appreciation of art in Albany and the surrounding area. As a local cooperative art gallery, we are proud to be a part of the thriving downtown scene. We participate in the Wine Walk, trick or treating, the Art and Music Festival, Shop Small Saturday, Downtown Unwrapped and the Twice Around Parade as well as exhibiting at Albany City Hall, Albany Public Library, Sybaris Restaurant, and Brick and Mortar.

Donations can be brought to the gallery or mailed to:
Gallery Calapooia, 222 1st Ave. W
Albany, OR 97321

Gift Registry and Gift Certificates

Remember that Gallery Calapooia has gift certificates if you don’t know exactly what to get for your friends or loved ones. We also have a gift registry for those of you who really know what you want from the gallery and would like to be able to stop dropping hints! When your significant other says to you, What do you want for Christmas, Hanukah, or….?; You can say you put it in the gift registry at Gallery Calapooia. Easy Peasy! In addition, we have a great selection of artist made cards and we can wrap your gift for you so you can relax and enjoy the Season.


Gallery Calapooia is a 501(c)(3) organization.
Donations to the gallery are tax-deductible.

Gallery Calapooia is not accepting applications at this time.

If you wish to apply, your application will be kept on file and will not be reviewed until we have space available.

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Gallery Calapooia is a 501(c) (3) organization.